The Zombies 40th Anniversary Concert Live Album Out Now07 Jul 08
For those unlucky enough not to be present to witness The Zombies replicate live, for the first time since its release 4 decades ago, their seminal album ‘Odessey & Oracle’, you are in for a Zombies feast. The entire concert staged on that mild, March evening at the Shepherds Bush Empire earlier this year is to be released as a double CD, a set so good that you need never feel like you weren't part of those magical shows. On that night the original members of The Zombies reunited to perform the premiere of ‘Odessey & Oracle’, preceded by a veritable banquet of Zombie connected material, from Argent hits to Colin Blunstone’s string quintet material from his beautiful album ‘One Year’. The album opens with ‘Care of Cell 44’, instantly letting you know you’re in for a treat with beautiful escalating harmonies that excel all expectations heard live. Only to be followed by highlights including the layered harmonies of ‘Maybe After He’s Gone’ and ‘Beechwood Park’, the soaring vocals during ‘Hung Up On A Dream’ and an amazing performance of ‘Time of the Season’ heralds a standing ovation before they close with their much loved debut ‘She’s Not There’.
A super-group of musicians including Paul Weller, Robert Plant, Robyn Hitchcock, Snow Patrols Gary Lightbody & members of Garbage queued to witness the premiere performance of the 1968 album, that has inspired so many and become a cult classic. This A-List audience only confirms what an influential album this has been on stars of yesterday and today with Paul Weller picking up tickets for all three nights of his favourite album and Dave Grohl claiming that ‘Care of Cell 44’ changed his life.
After kicking off their current national tour with the release of ‘The Zombies and Beyond’ the Zombies are now set to release ‘Odessey and Oracle’ after the ultimate gig of the 31 date tour. The Zombies are back from the un-dead to resurrect ‘one of the best albums of the Psychedelic era’, perfect timing for a summer full of pure nostalgia...“As their voices soar in the middle of ‘Hung Up On A Dream’, it’s real shivers-down-the-spine stuff……timeless” – The Independent
“You could hardly credit it had taken 40 years to reach this seminal moment, which deserves to be ranked beside Brian Wilson’s remarkable comeback for its impeccable artistry and uplifting power” – The Scotsman
“Odessey and Oracle sounds fantastic. Some of it even gains in translation. Live, the surging harmonies of Care Of Cell 44 knock you sideways…………As Time Of The Season draws to a close, they get a standing ovation. It is the triumphant reception Odessey and Oracle always deserved, 40 years after the event” – The Scotsman