The Decca Stereo Anthology

The Decca Stereo Anthology

by The Zombies

CD

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Overview

There were a bunch of Zombies reissues in the 1990s and early 2000s, including a Zombies box set, Zombie Heaven, that seemed to gather just about everything conceivable recorded by the group. So how exactly does this two-CD, 48-song compilation of their 1964-1966 Decca sessions fit into the pecking order? Well, if you have the box set, it's for the fanatics, since most of these tracks also appear on that box. The crucial difference, though, is that these have been newly remixed for stereo. That's not a trifling distinction, since many of these songs have never been previously available in stereo (though it would have been nice if the otherwise admirably detailed liner notes made it clear which ones fall into that category). And you do get a little bit in the way of extras that haven't been previously available, in the form of backing tracks for "Leave Me Be," "Work n' Play," "Just out of Reach," and "Whenever You're Ready," as well as some bits and pieces of false starts to some of the tracks, though it would take a mighty dedicated Zombies specialist to figure out which such false starts might have previously appeared on other releases. On just two tracks, there's a little bit of 2002 overdubbing that might miff purists -- original Zombies drummer Hugh Grundy put an overdub on "She's Not There" to simulate the drum overdub that was used in the mono mix, as he did with a tambourine for "Is This the Dream." Keep in mind, though, that the mono mixes of those songs are available elsewhere (on Zombie Heaven, for instance, on the same label), so it's not as if any irreparable changes have been enacted. As for the music itself -- something that might get overlooked given the extremely specialized approach of this anthology -- it really is great, in remixed stereo as it is here, or in mono. For audiophiles and obsessives, these do give you the chance to hear this in conscientiously mixed stereo. But even if this is the only Zombies anthology you get, it's an excellent collection on its own terms, including all of their varied and wonderful singles and numerous non-single tracks recorded prior to 1967, showing them as one of the most melodically inventive rock bands ever. Note, however, that it has nothing recorded after 1966, which means there's no "Time of the Season" and nothing from their acclaimed Odessey & Oracle album.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2002
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667422529
catalogNumber: 225
Rank: 19338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zombies   Primary Artist
Chris White   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Rod Argent   Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Vox Continental
Colin Blunstone   Percussion,Vocals
Paul Atkinson   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Rickenbacker)
Hugh Grundy   Percussion,Drums
Ken Jones   Percussion,Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Chris White   Composer
Rod Argent   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Gus Dudgeon   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ken Jones   Producer
Adrian Kerridge   Engineer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Steve Orchard   Engineer
Derek Varnals   Engineer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Remixing
Bob Weinstein   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
David Wedgbury   Cover Photo
Preston Foster   Composer

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