Judge Patrick Naugle doesn't believe in miracles, but knows you don't mind.
George Romero not included.
Take a ride back to the time of mood rings and "flower power" with The Zombies, one of the seminal psychedelic bands from the Summer of Love. Original Zombie members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone take you on a trip through their catalog of hits, in the intimate London setting of Metropolis Studios, featuring 19 of their best known tunes.
• "I Love You"
The Zombies are an English rock band formed in 1961 and went on to leave an indelible mark on music with such hits as "Tell Her No," "Hold Your Head High," "She's Not There," and the certified classic "Time of the Season." Rolling Stone named their 1968 album Odyssey and Oracle as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Clearly, the band has struck a chord in rock fan's hearts, even though they broke up after the release of their most celebrated album and didn't play together again until the 1990s.
For those who missed seeing them in concert the first time around, here's your chance. The Zombies: Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London (apparently no one could come together on a shorter title) is an 80 min set by Argent, Blunstone, and their band playing many recognizable hits, some deep cuts, and covers of other popular rock hits. It's an enjoyable show but sometimes creaks. The vocals feel strained, but that may be because I know the originals so well that anything else pales in comparison.
Argent and Blunstone have a pleasant if bland stage presence. There isn't a lot to the concert—no fancy light show, large Stonehenge-style props, attractive back up singers, or huge LCD monitors in the background. It's truly all about the music. Happily, The Zombies know the songs their fans want to hear, and when "Time of the Season" finally gets underway, the show starts to liven up. Some of the covers are professionally slick but add little to the original recordings ("What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"), and the deeper cuts ("Care of Cell 44") don't hold a candle to their better known compositions.
The Zombies: Live in Concert isn't a disc I can recommend to the casual fan. If you're just interested in the band's better known songs, there are plenty of "greatest hits" compilations floating around. Diehard Zombies fans will certainly want to pick up this disc, especially considering the band's output is limited as they near the end of the careers.
Presented in standard definition 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the transfer is decent if wholly unimpressive. The show was filmed on an intimate stage without a lot of fancy lighting or theatrics. The DTS 5.1 Surround mix is sonically enveloping, the organ haunting the side and rear speakers. Also included is an LPCM 2.0 Stereo mix.
We get two bonus features with this release: a dual interview with Argent and Blunstone, each discussing how they met, formed the band, and what it's like playing their famous songs; and a bonus CD with 70 minutes of music from the concert.
Only for those who love the band with all their hearts…and brains, and kidneys, and livers.
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