The Zombies

She's Not There

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"She's Not There" is the kind of song that makes you think its composer is a major talent destined for a long and prolific career, which is not quite what happened. In 1964, Rod Argent, the keyboard player in the Zombies, was challenged by U.K. Decca Records producer Ken Jones to write a hit record for his group, which had just won a talent contest leading to a contract with the label. He came up with "She's Not There," a spooky minor-key tune with a lyric in which the singer takes out his frustration over a duplicitous (and, of course, absent) woman on a friend who failed to warn him about her in the first place. The Zombies gave the song a recording that mixed Argent's jazzy electric piano playing and Colin Blunstone's ethereal vocal with a turn toward Merseybeat rave-up on the choruses. It was a masterful effort that made the British Top 20 and crossed the Atlantic to hit number one on at least one U.S. singles chart. What the Zombies needed to do, of course, was keep turning out more of the same, and they did initially with Argent's "Tell Her No," but after that they had trouble, and by 1967 they called it quits, not even re-forming when Argent's "Time of the Season" belatedly gave them a final hit. Meanwhile, there were cover versions of "She's Not There" by the Ventures, Vanilla Fudge, and Orpheus, each in their individual styles. Blunstone went solo under the pseudonym Neil MacArthur and hit the British Top 40 in 1969 with a string-filled remake of "She's Not There" that continued to demonstrate its appeal beyond the original recording. But it took Santana to reconceive "She's Not There" in its patented Latin rock style for a 1977 Top 40 single for the song to be thought of as more than a British Invasion standard.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Zombies (Featuring She's Not There and Tell Her No) 1964 Varese 2:26
Begin Here 1965 Big Beat Records 2:25
I Love You 1966 Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:25
No Image 1969 London 2:19
Time of the Zombies 1973 Epic
No Image 1974
Original Soundtrack
Arista 2:21
No Image 1979
Various Artists
MCA 2:21
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
Brit's Blitz: The Very Best of British Rock 1987
Various Artists
Polytel (Silver Eagle) 2:24
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1988 Possum
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Rhino
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1964 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
The Greatest Hits 1990 DCC Compact Classics 2:25
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:23
British Rock, Vol. 3 [Original Sound] 1991
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
Collection [10 Tracks] 1992 Castle Music Ltd. 2:26
Super Box of Rock [1992] 1992
Various Artists
Dominion 2:26
Wild Palms 1993
Original TV Soundtrack
Capitol 0:00
Classic Rock: 1964 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:25
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Import
Sensational 60's, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Dominion 2:26
Memories: Love Songs from '60s 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Greatest Hits, Greatest Recordings 1995 Transluxe 2:22
British Rock [Original Sound] 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:23
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Temple 2:24
Cool Beat: 20 Rock Classics from the Sixties 1995
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:23
British Rock, Vols. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:23
Days of Flower Power 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:28
1960's Rock N Roll 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:26
Whole Lotta Rock: 1964-1965 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:22
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:26
Zombie Heaven 1997 Big Beat Records 3:34
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Rockin' Jukebox, 1964 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:26
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:28
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 7: The Great Bands 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:28
#1 Hits: The British Invasion 1998
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:25
60's Beat [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Summer of Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:24
60's Mix [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:24
Killer Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:22
60's Generation 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials on the Radio, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Varese
Mods Vs. Rockers 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:26
Best of the Zombies 1999 Music Club International Records 2:27
Absolutely the Best 1999 Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 2:22
Sixties Power, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:25
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Varese
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:24
Classic Rock Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:27
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:28
The Woodstock Generation: Out of Time 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 2:23
The Story 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:25
Woodstock Generation [Crimson] 2001
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:22
A Decade in Sound 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:26
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:23
A Year in Your Life: 1964, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:24
Absolutely the Best of the Sixties 2002
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:22
The Singles As & Bs [Repertoire] 2002 Repertoire 2:25
The British Are Coming, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:24
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
The Decca Stereo Anthology 2002 Big Beat Records / Big Beat UK 2:45
The Definitive Love Collection [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:25
Ultimate British Invasion Collection 2003
Various Artists
Magada International / WEA International 2:24
20 Years of Rock 'N' Roll 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:25
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Ace 2:25
American Dreams: Original Soundtrack 1963-1964 2003
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 2:24
The British Are Coming 2003
Various Artists
Sanctuary 0:00
Rock and Roll at Fifty: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:22
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 2:23
British Invasion: 1963-1967 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:24
Sixties Rock 2004
Various Artists
Passport Audio
Ultimate 60's Collection [Fuel 2000] 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:22
The British Invasion: The 1960's and 1970's 2005
Various Artists
Passport Audio
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:23
Gold: British Invasion 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:24
The British Beat: Best of the '60s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 2:23
Complete Hits 2007 EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Cavern: The Most Famous Club in the World 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:25
Sugar, Sugar: 60s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:24
Begin Here: The Complete Decca Mono Recordings 1964-1967 2011 Repertoire 2:25
Saturday Night Party: '60s Party, Vol. 1 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:27
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:27
Box of Rock [Disc 2]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:23
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
No Image
Various Artists
Sire 2:20
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:23