The Zombies

A Rose for Emily

Composed by Rod Argent

Song Review by

A real English ballad. Surrounded by an elegant, wistful, classically inspired piano figure, Rod Argent's take on a lonely spinster is one of the most evocative songs on the Odessey & Oracle album. Although the title was lifted from a William Faulkner book, the subject matter has nothing to do with it. It's more akin to McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Odessey and Oracle 1968 Varèse Sarabande 2:18
Time of the Zombies 1973 Epic
No Image 1988 Possum
Zombie Heaven 1997 Big Beat Records 2:21
R.I.P. 2000 Teichiku Records 2:18
The Zombies and Beyond 2008 Universal Music TV 2:19
Odessey and Oracle: 40th Anniversary Live Concert 2008 Red House Records 2:49
Odessey & Oracle: The CBS Years 1967-1969 2011 Repertoire 2:21
Recorded Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London 2012 BMG / Salvo 2:33
Extended Versions BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
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