Liner Notes fromů

THE ZOMBIES

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(1995) TransLuxe "Insight Series" CD #57803
Available from TransLuxe Records,
P.O. Box 239, Las Vegas, NM 87701

15 tracks plus interview with Rod Argent; 67 minutes

She's Not There, Gotta Get a Hold of Myself, I Remember When I Loved Her,
Tell Her No, She's Coming Home, I Love You, Summertime, Whenever You're Ready,
You've Really Got a Hold on Me/Bring It on Home to Me, Leave Me Be,
Time of the Season, I Can't Make Up My Mind, Can't Nobody Love Me,
I Want You Back Again, Sometimes

Insight Series Interview with Rod Argent, June 20th, 1994 (Interview divided into twelve separate tracks titled): Would You Like to Be in a Band?, The Most Exciting Time of All, Creating Waves, Early Decca, She's Not There, British Invasion, Scissors, Tell Her No Vs. Leave Me Be, Frustrations, Time of the Season, Don't Look Back, Diamonds Are Forever

Liner Notes by Robert John Jones (punctuation, grammar, and capitalization kept intact)

EARLY 1960s SEEMINGLY OUT OF THE ETHER, OUT OF THE CHEAP SPEAKERS OF AMERICAN RADIO CAME THE SOUND OF REBELLION, THE SOUND OF MAGIC: A NEW SOUND. IT WAS MUSIC, IT WAS AMAZING AND IT WAS OUR OWN.

WHETHER IT WAS THE BEATLES, THE ROLLING STONES OR THE ZOMBIES; THE SUPREMES, MARVIN GAYE OR THE TEMPTATIONS; THE BEACH BOYS, THE BYRDS OR BOB DYLAN -- IT DOMINATED THE TIMES THE WAY IT DOMINATED OUR PERSONAL LIVES.

THE LASTING INNOCENCE AND POWER OF THE CREATIVE WRITERS, PERFORMERS AND MUSICIANS OF THAT ERA STAND AS A TESTAMENT TO THE SPECIALNESS OF THEIR MUSIC.

THIS PACKAGE IS DEDICATED TO CAPTURING ON ONE ALBUM THE SPECIALNESS AND INNOCENCE OF THE ZOMBIES. "SHE'S NOT THERE" DIDN'T JUST BLAST OUT OF OUR RADIOS, IT CAME FROM OUT OF THE ETHER AND WITH IT THE PROMISE OF A NEW GENERATION.

SHE'S NOT THERE
written by THE ZOMBIES founder ROD ARGENT
It was only the second song he had ever written. It peaked on the BILLBOARD POP SINGLES chart in October of 1964 at number 2 and hit number 1 in Cashbox. Since that time it has become recognized as a classic and has been recorded by several other artists. ROD ARGENT'S favorite cover recording was the SANTANA version released in 1977. It was one of SANTANA'S biggest singles.

GOTTA GET A HOLD OF MYSELF
written by CLINT BALLARD JR + ANGELA RIELA
In 1966 THE ZOMBIES recorded this song having heard it on a DEE DEE WARWICK album. On this terrific track notice the harmonies which are characteristic of many ZOMBIES recordings. Even before the group heard the BEATLES, it was standard at live ZOMBIES' gigs for COLIN to sing lead while CHRIS and ROD shared a second microphone during harmonies.

I REMEMBER WHEN I LOVED HER
written by ROD ARGENT
This recording captures the moody, haunting, melodic qualities that made these new BRITISH BANDS so mysterious and seductive to the American teenager. The organ solo creeps along the rhythm track as plaintively as the vocals. Producer KEN JONES is heard on tambourine.

TELL HER NO
written by ROD ARGENT
THE ZOMBIES were actually recording this song late one night when a telephone call came from America to say that SHE'S NOT THERE had just hit number 1 on the CASHBOX charts. It was released as the second ZOMBIES single in January of 1965 and peaked at number 2 in BILLBOARD. In 1983 it was a top thirty hit for country/pop artist JUICE NEWTON.

SHE'S COMING HOME
written by ROD ARGENT
It was the group's third single in America but only reached number fifty-eight on the Billboard charts. Fantastic singing by COLIN, fantastic record. Parrot Records, THE ZOMBIES American label couldn't get the job done.

I LOVE YOU
written by CHRIS WHITE
This was the B-side in England (1965) of WHENEVER YOU'RE READY. Obviously this B side should have been a hit ZOMBIES single. It is a great recording of a great song. In 1968 the song was a hit by pop/rock group PEOPLE on Capitol Records.

SUMMERTIME
written by GEORGE GERSHWIN for his musical PORGY & BESS
Many artists have recorded this song -- it has had many different interpretations. THE ZOMBIES totally unique live version of SUMMERTIME caught the attention of DECCA RECORDS in the U.K. and helped the group win the HERTS BEAT COMPETITION in Hertfordshire-England, as well as a DECCA recording contract. Their live version of the song was much longer and jazzier than their recorded version. This version was actually the second recording of this song that THE ZOMBIES did for Decca. SUMMERTIME was originally slated to be their first single until the birth of SHE'S NOT THERE.

WHENEVER YOU'RE READY
written by ROD ARGENT
One of the great ZOMBIES recordings, this record was released as a single in America and in the UK. Everyone involved thought it would be a hit, but it did nothing anywhere. The frustration of this record not being a hit began to erode the band's confidence in their own songs. Their songwriting, of course, was one of the main ingredients of their success.

YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME written by SMOKEY ROBINSON
BRING IT ON HOME TO ME written by SAM COOKE
These two songs were more about where THE ZOMBIES were coming from than about where they were going. They were songs that almost all up and coming British bands included in their live performances. The BEATLES versions of rhythm and blues songs turned a lot of British bands on to the songs and the artists from whence they came. Ironically a lot of Americans were exposed to American R& songs for the first time by hearing the cover versions of them recorded by British bands. YOU'VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME was originally a hit by THE MIRACLES in 1963/BRING IT ON HOME TO ME was a hit by SAM COOKE in 1962.

LEAVE ME BE
written by CHRIS WHITE
It was the second ZOMBIES single released in England and was recorded at the same session as TELL HER NO. COLIN BLUNSTONE'S breathy vocals were encouraged by producer KEN JONES. The group felt this was to the detriment of the song which never charted. However, this recording stands today as classic ZOMBIES music.

TIME OF THE SEASON
written by ROD ARGENT
The song was recorded in 1967 and "escaped" on to the American charts in 1969 after the group had called it quits. It was a million selling single and peaked on the Billboard singles chart at number 3 and at number 1 in Cashbox. The jazzish, pre-DOORS keyboard playing and songwriting of ROD ARGENT was most certainly influenced by his love for American jazz. He was listening to the bebop sounds of MILES DAVIS, JOHN COLTRANE & BILL EVANS, to name but a few. It is interesting to note that although the band had been fighting with past producer KEN JONES about his keenness to stress COLIN'S breathy vocals, this record [that ROD + CHRIS produced] seems to drip with it -- even including breathy vocal percussion parts.

I CAN'T MAKE UP MY MIND
written by CHRIS WHITE
Released originally on their first U.K. album BEGIN HERE it echoes the essence of the period during which TELL HER NO & SHE'S NOT THERE were being created. Just one listen and you know . . . . this has to be a ZOMBIES record.

CAN'T NOBODY LOVE YOU
written by JAMES MITCHELL
THE ZOMBIES first heard this song by Atlantic Records recording artist SOLOMON BURKE. PAUL ATKINSON accompanies COLIN on the twelve string guitar as the song begins. It gradually builds into a British pop/R& atmosphere piece which was magic to the primitive ears of emerging teenage American audience.

I WANT YOU BACK AGAIN
written by ROD ARGENT
It was released as a single in America in June of 1965 where it barely made the charts, disappearing after only three weeks. It was probably rejected by American radio at that time because of the band's hard, spare approach. It seems now to have been one of the first clues to one of the new directions pop music would take. It's almost the prototype upon which the much harder JOHN LENNON song -- I WANT YOU (SHE'S SO HEAVY) [from THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD LP] is based. The LENNON song was recorded a few years later than THE ZOMBIES song and a lot happened musically during those years. But this ZOMBIES track was unusual for pop music then -- and well ahead of it's time.

SOMETIMES
written by ROD ARGENT
British Invasion 1965!