Album review

The Zombies - The Decca Stereo Anthology

St Albans' fab five had a bizarre career where superstardom only arrived after the band had split acrimoniously in 1967. Their output had been recorded in mono, and shoddy, half-baked stereo mixes were rushed out in 1969 to meet commercial demands. The stereo version of "She's Not There" played incessantly on 'oldies' radio stations actually misses several of the key elements that made it such a huge mono hit in 1964. Painstakingly remixed on vintage analog equipment, the original multi-tracks have given the keyboard flourishes and guitar textures a lustrous clarity, and afforded the three-part harmonies new depth.

Rating: 3 / 10


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