September 16, 2012 – 4:32 am

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Washington 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Howard Theatre, Washington DC; August 9, 2012. Good to very good audience recording.

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In concert, The Zombies of course jammed through a powered up version of their best-known hit Time of the Season, which spotlighted Argent’s talent on the keyboards as he took them on a symphonic roller coaster ride in the middle of the song. The band later closed with their other best-known song, She’s Not There, a quickly paced rocker’s lament of misplaced love.

While the hits by The Zombies are impressive enough, their show quickly becomes something else altogether with the realization as to how deep their individual musical resumes truly are. In addition to closing with She’s Not There, the band also closed with a howling performance of Hold Your Head Up, the best known song from the self-named group Argent formed in the wake of The Zombies’ dissolution in the 1960s.

Blunstone stayed busy in the following decades as well, releasing solo albums and contributing to other efforts. He delivered impressive renditions of two such songs to which he contributed his mighty voice - Dave Stewart’s arrangement of What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted… and one of the songs he sang for the Alan Parsons Project, Old and Wise, from the 1982 album, Eye in the Sky.

Thanks to reader Charles Biern who recorded the show and sharing the tracks.

Location: Center Table 25′ from stage
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Disc 1
Track 101. Announcer (2.2MB)
Track 102. I Love You (5.2MB)
Track 103. Can’t Nobody Love You (3.4MB)
Track 104. Breathe Out, Breathe In* (4.6MB)
Track 105. I Want You Back Again (7.6MB)
Track 106. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (5.3MB)
Track 107. I Don’t Believe In Miracles (4.3MB)
Track 108. Show Me The Way* (6.4MB)
Track 109. Any Other Way* (7.8MB)
Track 110. A Rose For Emily (3.6MB)
Track 111. Care Of Cell 44 (5.6MB)
Track 112. This Will Be Our Year (4.0MB)
Track 113. Beechwood Park (4.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I Want Her. She Wants Me (4.4MB)
Track 202. Time Of The Season (7.6MB)
Track 203. A Moment In Time* (6.1MB)
Track 204. Whenever You’re Ready (4.2MB)
Track 205. Tell Her No (3.3MB)
Track 206. Old And Wise (8.4MB)
Track 207. Hold Your Head Up (15.4MB)
Track 208. Some History and Band Intros (6.6MB)
Track 209. She’s Not There (5.4MB)
Track 210. Just Out Of Reach/Summertime (9.6MB)

* Songs from the 2011 album, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

Rod Argent - keyboards
Colin Blunstone - vocals
Tom Toomey - guitar
Jim Rodford - bass
Steve Rodford - drums

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  1. 10 Responses to “THE ZOMBIES - WASHINGTON 2012”

  2. i saw them live a couple of years ago and was amazed by blunstone’s voice…it was incredible

    By Rien on Sep 16, 2012

  3. Odyssey & Oracle is better than Pet Sounds and holds up as well as Sgt. Pepper. An amazing lp from 67. They are still a great band.

    By Mike on Sep 16, 2012

  4. well that statement might get you tarred and feathered mike but I personally tend to agree with you simply because I am not at all a Beach Boys fan.
    To tell the truth , Sgt.Pepper doesn`t excite me as it once did either, I prefer Magical Mystery tour , but that `s just my feelings. I think Sgt. Pepper went a long way into ruining rock and roll ,Before you get too excited hear me out.
    It was a stupendous lp but right after that real rock and roll went out the window, i`m talking live off the floor roots recording one mic etc..everybody and their brother started multing tracking songs to death, you suddenly needed strings sitars, synthesizers and tons of over dubs…live playing was taking a shit kicking because these recorded sounds could not be reproduced properly on stage with the technology of the day.So..rock and roll was dying and I didn`t like that sometimes i just wanted a hamburger instead of a three course dinner. On the other hand I got my mono copy of Sgt.Pepper the day it was released in Canada .I was in Montreal for the Expo 1967 world fair and picked it up , my buddy who was with me picked up the latest Dave dee,dozy,beaky,mick and tich lp.
    I won!

    By sluggo on Sep 16, 2012

  5. Sluggo, you certainly did win! My comparison to the other lps was contained to the same year. The Beatles and The Beach Boys have been battling it out for decades but The Zombies should also be part of the equation, musically that is.

    By Mike on Sep 17, 2012

  6. As I recall the Beatles returned to good old roots recording with the White Album. You really can’t put the blame on Pepper just because everyone went crazy trying to copy it with mostly unsucessful results. A good example is “Susan” by The Buckinghams with it’s totally out of place “Day In The Life” freakout in the middle of an otherwise great song.

    By Ernie Clark on Sep 17, 2012

  7. good call ernie that song was a great little pop song till the goofy part ruined it.
    But really, look how many record companies started throwing money at unknown bands hoping for the next sgt. pepper.

    Right off the top of my head one that stands out as wretched excessive crap would be the electric prunes mass in f minor…others?

    By sluggo on Sep 17, 2012

  8. I think my thing about the Beach boys would be that if you removed Brian Wilson there is no band.
    On the other hand remove one of the Beatles and you still two other excellent songwriters.

    By sluggo on Sep 17, 2012

  9. Odyssey & Oracle - so underated. I read about how long and all the hassles it took to get that album released. Had it been released when it was supposed to, it might have been more in the discussion with the albums mentioned above….

    By natel nawami on Sep 17, 2012

  10. I find it amazing that the same five guys who were in the band in 1964 are all still alive and playing together — still sounding great, too!

    God bless ‘em.

    By Jonny Paisley on Oct 5, 2012

  11. Jonny,
    Only Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent are the original two members. Bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy are still with us, but retired from the music scene. We lost guitarist Paul Atkinson to cancer back toward the beginning of the decade.

    By Jeff on Oct 8, 2012

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