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The Singles Collection: A's & B's, 1964-1969 Best of

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  • Audio CD (June 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: ACE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000042O15
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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1. She's Not There
2. You Make Me Feel Good
3. Leave Me Be
4. Woman
5. Tell Her No
6. What More Can I Do
7. She's Coming Home
8. I Must Move
9. Whenever You're Ready
10. I Love You
11. Is This The Dream
12. Don't Go Away
13. Remember You
14. Just Out Of Reach
15. Indication
16. How We Were Before
17. Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself
18. The Way I Feel Inside
19. Goin' Out Of My Head
20. She Does Everything For Me
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Ace Record's compilation of British Invasion act featuringColin Blunstone and Rod Argent. Both sides of all 14 singles released under The Zombies name in the '60s, presented in mono as originally issued. 28 tracks. 2000 release. Standardjewelcase.

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To say that The Zombies were not among the most prominent of those identified with The British Invasion would be understating the fact. In 1964/65 they had just four North American hit singles for the Parrot label: She's Not There (# 2 in December b/w You Make Me Feel So Good); Tell Her No (# 6 in February 1965 b/w Leave Me Be); She's Coming Home (# 58 in May 1965 b/w I Must Move), and I Want You Back Again (# 95 in July 1965 b/w Remember When I Loved Her).
When nothing else worked by 1967 they had decided to disband but, before doing so, spent some considerable time putting together the album Odyssey And Oracle for CBS (# 95 in April 1968) which included the track Time Of The Season. With "I'll Call You Mine" on the flipside it was released as a single at the same time without success. Someone must have had faith in the song, however, because it was re-released in February 1969 by the Date label, this time b/w Friends Of Mine, and it rose to # 3 in March.
Because of that unexpected success, and with original members Rod Argent [keyboardist and the author of all their hits), vocalist Colin Blunstone, guitarist Paul Atkinson, bassist Chris White, and drummer Hugh Grundy scattered to the four corners (Rod had already formed the group Argent), a number of bogus groups began calling themselves The Zombies leading to legal actions.
Strangely, they had even less success in their native U.K. where just 2 of their over 20 singles released by Decca made the charts - She's Not There (# 12) and Tell Her No (# 42). Even so their music was appreciated by the likes of Santana who would take She's Not There to # 22 in 1977, and Juice Newton who would have a # 27 with Tell Her No in 1983.
This compilation, despite being billed as "the Singles" collection, leaves off I Want You Back Again and its flipside and for that reason I had to deduct one star. Everything else of significance is here, though, and the sound quality is excellent.
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By A Customer on May 23 2000
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I bought this CD not knowing exactly what to expect - my best Zombies knowledge came from what I heard on the radio stations - only their biggest hits. This however, is a great compilation - there are no boring lulls or dull moments, i.e. no need to fast-forward to a good track, unless of course, you have a favorite! Also, I think the choice to present the songs in mono was a great one - I feel like I'm experiencing the recordings the way they were meant to be heard. Aside from their bigger hits, some of the choicest songs are "Woman", "Care of Cell 44", and "She's Coming Home" This record is actually persuading me to dish out for the box set... it's looking more and more promising. To have been alive when this British Invasion band, the most underrated of them all, was around!
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I feel that this update of the See For Miles version of "The Singles A's & B's" is a bit flawed. The sound is amazing in mono (where the original was issued in stereo) but the material can already be found in the 4 CD Box Set "Zombie Heaven." PLUS, the omission of the US Only Single "I Want Her Back Again/I Remember When I Loved Her" really hurts the difinitive-ness of this set. If you want the complete set of mono mixes stick with the box set...it's not as streamlined as this CD but it gives you everything you want from the Zombies. Big Beat has done a great job so far with upgrading the Zombies' catalog for the digital age and what I'd really like to see next is a singles set featuring newly remastered stereo mixes (including the US Only single).
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It all started with the soft voice and engrossing organ of "She's not there" lost on a tape of 60's Best Of. Digging a little in the hope of finding more nuggets I found this Singles Collection. What can I say? Pure gold and probably one of the most underrated 60s act, which is just plain incomprehensible considering the consistant qualities of the singles that the Zombies produced during their brief carrier. I guess they might have seemed a bit too nice at a time when other bands were busy adding Sex and Drugs to Rock 'n Roll (nothing wrong with that either), and competing for public attention with the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds, etc. just can't have been easy. Still the Zombies' songs remain, pure pop gems.
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