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30 Days Out Exclusive Interview: Colin Blunstone of the Zombies

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 26, 2010 by 30daysout

One of the most distinctive voices of the British Invasion belonged to Colin Blunstone, lead singer of the Zombies.  Hits like “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and the international smash “Time Of The Season” were perfect showcases for Blunstone’s soaring, soulful singing.

In addition to Blunstone, the Zombies included drummer Hugh Grundy, guitarist Paul Atkinson, bassist Chris White and keyboardist Rod Argent.  Argent wrote “She’s Not There” (1964), as well as the U.S. hit “Tell Her No” (1965), which brought the group stateside in the wake of Beatlemania.

The Zombies

In 1967, the group recorded the psychedelic album Odessey and Oracle, with songs written by Argent and White and powered by Blunstone’s remarkable tenor.  This was the album that contained “Time Of The Season.”  But even as that song climbed the charts, time for the Zombies had already run out – the group broke up a year before their biggest hit.

Odessey and Oracle (the first word misspelled by the album cover’s designer) was released in 1969 to commercial and critical indifference, but over the years it has come to be recognized as a masterpiece of the era.  Songs like “Care of Cell 44” and “Friends Of Mine” have been covered by many artists and of course the Argent-penned “Time Of The Season” has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows.

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Bad Career Moves, Part 2

Posted in Rock Rant with tags , , , , on July 24, 2009 by 30daysout

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In the years following the Beatles’ breakup, the only member of the Fab Four to start a real group of his own was Paul McCartney.  Wings, which included former Moody Blues member Denny Laine and Paul’s wife Linda, had its moments but more often the music was distressingly bad – especially for someone who just a few years before wrote and sang some of rock’s greatest songs.

Wild Life, the 1971 album that introduced Wings, was the worst.  To be fair, McCartney was still struggling to get a handle on his post-Beatles career, and Wild Life did have a few decent songs.   McCartney admired Bob Dylan’s organic, simple recording style and tried to emulate that but he forgot one thing – the songs.  “Mumbo” and “Bip Bop” sound unfinished – the former was made up on the spot – and the synthesized cover of Mickey and Sylvia’s “Love Is Strange” was kind of, well, strange.

Of course, McCartney and Wings would rebound spectacularly in 1973 with the title song from the James Bond movie Live And Let Die, and later that year, Band On The Run.  McCartney would again flirt with total suck-osity in the 1980s (Give My Regard To Broad Street, a movie and a record with remakes of Beatles songs) and the 1990s (Off The Ground), but by that time nobody cared any more.

Sir Paul is now something of a beloved entertainer, made even more so by his announcement last year that he’s retiring from live performances (after this tour) and the fact that his old Beatles fans are getting older.  McCartney is that rare entertainer who has given us so much to love, and so much to hate.

MP3: “Bip Bop”

MP3: “Mumbo”

Paul McCartney official website

Tomorrow: It was all downhill after Woodstock …

Valentine’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by 30daysout

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Have  a good day, both you and your loved one.   

MP3: “Valentine” by Nils Lofgren (w/Bruce Springsteen)

MP3: “Heartbeat” by Denny Laine (w/Paul McCartney)

MP3: “Two Hearts” by Graham Nash (w/Carole King)

MP3: “Hearts Against The Wind” by Linda Ronstadt (w/J.D. Souther)

MP3: “Wavin’ My Heart Goodbye” by the Flatlanders (w/Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock)

MP3: “Valentine’s Day Is Over” by Billy Bragg

MP3: “Love Stinks” by the J. Geils Band

MP3: “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” (Promo version) by Bob Dylan

MP3: “Cupid” (live) by Sam Cooke

MP3: “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

 

Paul McCartney’s Top 10 Guest Shots

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2008 by 30daysout

During and after his stint in the Beatles, Paul McCartney was one of the most important rock musicians in the world.  Songs written by McCartney alone were hits for other artists (see our post from May 26, “With A Little Help For Their Friends”) and any time he showed up at someone else’s recording session it was an event.

But those Beatle boys were rascals and more often than not they would get into some tomfoolery; McCartney was no exception.  Some of his cameos could be called bizarre at best.  Nevertheless, today we’ll count down his top 10 guest appearances on record (and video).

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