Live at the BBC

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Like a majority of up-and-coming British bands of the 1960s, the Zombies made nearly two dozen BBC Light and Radio 1 transmissions between the fall of 1964 and the spring of 1968. The 29 cuts hail from a variety of those programs. In many cases their alternate persona as a consummate and immensely soulful cover combo is likewise illuminated. The parenthetical "bonus tracks" moniker may be seen as somewhat of a misnomer, since this volume is in essence the fourth "Live on the BBC" volume of the remarkably thorough and highly recommended Zombie Heaven 1997 four-CD compilation. The contents are presented in a relatively chronological manner, commencing with one of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Like a majority of up-and-coming British bands of the 1960s, the Zombies made nearly two dozen BBC Light and Radio 1 transmissions between the fall of 1964 and the spring of 1968. The 29 cuts hail from a variety of those programs. In many cases their alternate persona as a consummate and immensely soulful cover combo is likewise illuminated. The parenthetical "bonus tracks" moniker may be seen as somewhat of a misnomer, since this volume is in essence the fourth "Live on the BBC" volume of the remarkably thorough and highly recommended Zombie Heaven 1997 four-CD compilation. The contents are presented in a relatively chronological manner, commencing with one of the group's earliest shots if not the earliest shot on Saturday Club, broadcast on October 3, 1964. The obligatory plug of their own "She's Not There" and "You Make Me Feel Good," coupled with a fiery take of Bo Diddley's "Road Runner" and Little Richard's "Early One Morning," most reveal the quintet's passion. That becomes a prominent motif throughout, resulting in some of the Zombies' best and most spirited performances during their all too brief history. Other practically compulsory listens include their rendering of "I'm Going Home," Henry Glover's "Soulsville," and an additional Little Richard number, "Rip It Up," which is reworked into a masterful fusion of pop and rock guilded with hints of jazz. Billy Stewart's "Sitting in the Park" and the gorgeous rendering of Bacharach and David's "The Look of Love" are among the other zeniths. The latter boasts what may be Colin Blunstone's finest vocal with this aggregate. The mind boggles that it was not crafted into some kind of official studio release. In terms of originals, there are two inspired takes of "Tell Her No" -- one highlighted by Rod Argent on acoustic piano -- as well as an absolutely riveting and blistering reading of "What More Can I Do" from a late January 1965 Saturday Club session. The "Kenny Everett Show Jingle-Medley " is taken from a pair of appearances by Argent and Chris White from April of 1968. Sadly, this is the only material circa Odessey & Oracle 1968, as they had already broken up by the time the album was issued. Live at the BBC is essential for enthusiasts and the curious. Those not in need of the massive aforementioned Zombie Heaven can easily couple this title with any number of the single or double-disc anthologies to achieve a copious collection of the Zombies' pre-Odessey & Oracle output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910479025
  • Catalog Number: 4790
  • Sales rank: 39,201

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Zombies Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Buster Brown Composer
Paul Gayten Composer
Carole King Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Titus Turner Composer
Dinah Washington Composer
Chris White Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Rod Argent Composer
Colin Blunstone Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Bob Bain Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Ralph Bass Composer
Hal David Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Morris Levy Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
James Mitchell Composer
Billy Stewart Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Bob Weinstein Composer
Clint Ballard Jr. Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Fats Washington Composer
Angela Riela Composer
John Thornton Composer
Chris Welch Liner Notes
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