If they recorded nothing else, The Zombies would be cemented in the legacy of 60s indelibles with She’s Not There and Tell Her No. But they recorded a lot more – and during the time of their initial tenure, they recorded a huge range of music and made it their own in the process.
Evidenced by this series of BBC Sessions for the Top Of The Pops Radio series from 1966 and 1967. Covering American Soul classics Goin’ Out of My Head, This Old Heart Of Mine and the haunting Burt Bacharach tune The Look Of Love, it was clear The Zombies had a lot more to offer than the acknowledged hits.
You may not be familiar with this aspect of The Zombies, or these tracks, which were not officially released (until a recent release of BBC session material came out). By the time they did the 1967 session which included The Look Of Love, music was changing, and so was the band. The Zombies would disband in December of 1967, leaving the milestone Odessey and Oracle (their misspelling) as a final gesture until reuniting many years later. Rod Argent would go on to found Argent, which became a huge success during the early 70s.
But this is The Zombies during their period of transition, and they offer some covers of songs which were hits for other people, but done in the inimitable Zombies style and shouldn’t be missed.
Crank it up and enjoy.
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