THE ZOMBIES – ” R.I.P. / I Love You / The Zombies ” Reissues

Posted: July 31, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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The Zombies is the classic debut album from the rock icons including smashes “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No”.I Love You” is best known to Zombies fanatics as the crucial compilation, originally released as an introduction to the American public, featuring the top 5 hit “She’s Not There.”  The reissue of I Love You is be the record’s first wide re-release in the United States.

The first wave of the 60’s British Invasion saw a diverse influx of sounds and styles infiltrating the soundwaves. At one end of the scale were the students of American R&B, whose music emphasized inspirations drawn from jazz and blues of a bygone era. On the other end lived the sophisticated, intricately arranged atmospherics of The Zombies.

There was no other band whose sound filled space as gorgeously and completely as The Zombies: the jazz-inflected electric piano of Rod Argent, the choirboy vocals of him and his St. Albans schoolmates, bassist Chris White and lead singer Colin Blunstone. Other schoolmates, Paul Atkinson on guitar and vocals, and drummer Hugh Grundy, rounded out the classic original line-up, which endeared itself overnight to the most loyal and dedicated army of fans, to which any rock band can lay claim.

Originally scrapped in 1969, R.I.P has gone down in musical lore as the legendary group’s “lost” album. Assembled in the wake of the success of “Time of the Season” the album contains the band’s last recordings and other assorted unreleased numbers including, “Imagine the Swan” and “If It Don’t Work Out.”

The classic U.S. debut album from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes two Top 10 smashes “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.”  Most of the contents from the record came from the previously released U.K. album, “Begin Here.” Relative to the time, The Zombies was a fresh mix of pop, rock and R&B blended with blues and jazz elements.   Keyboardist, Rod Argent, would be the primary writer of the material, with Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke and a George and Ira Gershwin track added in for good measure. While this LP has appeared in a box set and as a special edition in recent years, this constitutes the first widely available re-release since the mid-1960’s.

A must-have compilation from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.  Originally released only in The Netherlands and Japan.  After the popularity of  the single, “I Love You,” and two other Zombies songs in the Philippines, The Zombies sold out 10 concerts at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, near Manila, one if the largest arenas in Asia.  Widely available for the first time in the U.S., the compilation includes the Top 5 hit “She’s Not There.”

R.I.P., also known as R.I.P. The Lost Album, was originally scheduled to be released in 1969, but was cancelled. It was finally first released in Japan in October 2000 by Imperial Records.  In 1968, Rod Argent and Chris White began working on material for a possible new band when they were approached by CBS to do another Zombies album. Side A of the album is composed of new tracks that were cut with a lineup of led by keyboardist, Rod Argent and musicians who would become the band, Argent.  Side B is composed of old out-takes and demos that were overdubbed and enhanced.  Two songs from the album, “Imagine the Swan” (one of the newly recorded songs) and “If It Don’t Work Out” (a demo of a song that Dusty Springfield recorded and released in 1965), were put out as singles in 1969.

While this LP has appeared in a box set and as a special edition in recent years, this constitutes the first ever widely available release in the U.S. and Canada.

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