Aside from the Beatles and perhaps the Beach Boys, no mid-’60s rock group wrote melodies as gorgeous as those of The Zombies. Dominated by Colin Blunstone’s breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent’s shining jazz—and classical-influenced organ and piano—the band sounded utterly unique for its era. Their 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle, a near-masterpiece of pop/psychedelia, is ranked 80 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This early British group came and went like a flash, but they left a plethora of haunting, completely original-sounding songs.
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