Monday, January 4, 2010

The Zombies: Longevity vs. Nostalgia

Originally posted on July 1, 2008

Something old? I’ve been listening to a Zombies Greatest Hits CD (Disky) and as usual with the bargain compilations, when they don't have enough hits, they throw in songs that people have heard of, but weren’t made famous by the artist. Nevertheless, there are the old chestnuts “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season,” along with seven other group originals. That makes ten out of fourteen, which is OK.

The group sounds so sparse by today’s standards. Bass, drums, keys, and a guitar most of the time, and that’s it. No double tracking or extra instruments....The originals still wear well to me, although there were other British groups that were more prolific. These sorts of oldies may or may not appeal to generations following the peak time for the style. I think the Kinks (early, at least), Stones and Beatles can still appeal to younger listeners. Not so sure about guys like the Dave Clark Five or The Searchers. Nostalgia is one thing, longevity in the history of music is another. But the Zombies still have their moments for today, I believe.

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