Paul Weller on Unsung Heroes, The Zombies. (MikeC)

"The Zombies made one of the all-time greatest records in Odessey and Oracle. It came out in 1968 and by the time it had come out I think they had split. No-one bought it at the time. "It made a very, very big impression and it's still probably my all-time favourite record" Paul Weller

"It was a fantastic record, and of all the albums that get some kind of recognition from that period, they always seem to get overlooked". "The first time I heard it was in the mid-70s, and it just blew my mind. "When I listen to it, I'm instantly transported back to autumn '74, sitting in my mate's flat overlooking Woking Park and the leaves falling and turning gold and green and orange. We would be hanging out, writing songs together and plotting how we were going to make it. "We'd be getting high and listening to as much music as possible and learning - it was a learning experience. "I hadn't heard music like that before. The harmonies were fantastic and so were the chord progressions. It's got a very wistful, melancholic English sound, a very autumnal sound and I can't think of many records that have got the same sort of sound.

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