The Zombies

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Composed by Rod Argent

Song Review by

The leadoff song to the Zombies' 1967 classic Odessey & Oracle was a true quantum leap for the group and the songwriter, Rod Argent. In one song, Argent distills all of his latent Brian Wilson/Paul McCartney influences, while remaining wholly original at the same time. A breezy, infectious pop melody (buttressed by some melodic bass playing by Chris White) is broken up by a series of choral harmony breaks. The overall effect is that the writer was clearly thinking arrangement during the songwriting process. The dichotomy of the lyrics -- about a woman returning from jail -- only adds to the song's charm.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Odessey and Oracle 1968 Varèse Sarabande 3:54
Time of the Zombies 1973 Epic
The Singles A's & B's 1990 Teichiku Records 3:13
Zombie Heaven 1997 Big Beat Records 3:57
The Singles As & Bs [Repertoire] 2002 Repertoire 3:54
Ultimate Best 2004 Sony Music Distribution
Complete Hits 2007 EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Odessey and Oracle: 40th Anniversary Live Concert 2008 Red House Records 4:05
Odessey & Oracle: The CBS Years 1967-1969 2011 Repertoire 3:57
Recorded Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London 2012 Convexe / Conveyor
Extended Versions BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
The Roots of Tommy
Various Artists
Uncut Music 3:55
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