Zombie Heaven Review by John Reed

Thanks to John, who sent in his review,
which was published in The Boston Globe, August 6, 1998.


The Zombies
Zombie Heaven
Ace/Big Beat Records

The short British Invasion-era career of the Zombies has never been as widely celebrated as it should have been. But now with the release of the aptly titled "Zombie Heaven," a shining testament to one of the more musically complex ensembles of the mid '60s has finally arrived. The exhaustive 120-track collection is encompassed on a quartet of CDs and also includes a 64-page book that chronicles the day-by-day endeavors of the Zombies. (It's interesting to note that the band's only local show was in 1965 at the Boys Club in Pittsfield.) Fronted by the atypical talent of vocalist Colin Blunstone, the Zombies' style was unlike their peers'. Similar to the Doors, the Zombies relied heavily on an organ-based pyschedelic excess. The Zombies' most illustrious moment is found on the tracks from the fabled "Odessy & Oracle" album, which is included in its entirety. Most of the songs on this disc showcase the band at its artistic climax. Strangely, soon after releasing "Odessey & Oracle," the band came apart and refused to regroup. Even the success of their hit "Time of the Season" couldn't persuade them to continue. "Zombie Heaven" is a nice time capsule of '60s pop and possibly the best-put-together box set on a British combo from that epoch.

-John Reed