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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

THE ZOMBIES: JAZZ CAFE, CAMDEN, LONDON

Pictures by Tina Wilson

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It's back to business as usual for Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone. After the four surviving members of The Zombies toured twice from 2008 onwards and Rod went back on the road with Argent and Colin Blunstone was busy in the studio recording his solo album, it's time for the two to get back to the 'normality' of fronting their preferred version of The Zombies to promote the 'Breathe Out, Breathe In' album from last year which writers of Classic Rock Magazine voted as one of the best of 2011.

Two sold out nights at the Jazz Cafe and once again fans were treated to a classy night of psychedelic pop from the swinging sixties onwards to the progness of the seventies right up to the now with two guys who refuse just to live in the nostalgia circuit and who can still write quality music in their twilight years. Not only does the set feature music from their time in The Zombies but also from their retrospective careers as a solo artist from Blunstone and also Rod Argent's time in Argent.

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Starting the set with 'Sticks And Stones' from 'Begin Here' all the way from 1965, followed by the knockout punch of 'I Love You', the familiar hits of 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted' and 'I Don't Believe In Miracles' followed by a trio of new numbers that went down well.

But what was interesting this time round was that The Zombies ended the first half of the set with six tracks from the cult classic album 'Odessey And Oracle', including the dark but enchanting 'A Rose For Emily', 'Care Of Cell 44' - a favourite of Dave Grohl - 'This Will Be Our Year' - covered by the Foo Fighters - 'Beechwood Park' - a song covered by Beck - and 'Time Of The Season' - a song that has been played on American radio over six million times, second only to 'Stairway To Heaven' from Led Zeppelin.

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Returning for the second half with two more new tracks, 'Play It For Real' and 'A Moment In Time'. 'Tell Her No' was another dating back to their beginnings in St Albans.

Originally done by the Alan Parsons Project with Blunstone on vocals was 'Old And Wise' and it now sounds more poignant than ever before. Rod Argent got the chance to really show us what he can do on the Hammond with an extended solo on the Argent classic 'Hold Your Head Up' ending the set with a song he wrote only when he was seventeen years old, 'She's Not There', a track which toppled the Beatles off the number one slot in America and was later covered by Santana.

Most rock fans will think of it as a Kiss song but as Argent rightly points out it was in fact written by himself and we were treated to a progtastic take on 'God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You' with the dulcet tones of Blunstone's voice on the Gershwin classic 'Summertime' ending a superb evening from a band I can happily see over and over again.

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Set list:

Sticks And Stones
I Love You
Can't Nobody Love You
Breathe Out, Breathe In
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
I Don't Believe In Miracles
Show Me The Way
Any Other Way
Let It Go
A Rose For Emily
Care Of Cell 44
This Will Be Our Year
Beechwood Park
I Want Her, She Wants Me
Time Of The Season
Play It For Real
A Moment In Time
Whenever You're Ready
Tell Her No
I Want You Back Again
Old And Wise
Say You Don't Mind
Hold Your Head Up
She's Not There

God Gave Rock 'N Roll To You
Summertime

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