Le National, Montreal, QC
Please allow me a little self indulgence before I get to the review. I have loved music from the 60s since I first started buying records in the mid to late 70s, The Beatles, Stones, The Who, Dylan quickly became established in my collection. Later, I got to know classics such as Pet Sounds, Forever Changes and the first Velvet Underground album. Arrogantly I thought I had pretty much everything one might need until my ex asked me if I knew Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies. She played it to me and I fell in love with the record (and with her). Peerless songwriting from Argent and White, some of the best vocals ever put to tape and glorious arrangements. We talked of having “This Will Be Our Year” as our wedding song, marveled at Care of Cell 44’s subject matter and wondered whether any song captured the transience of relationships as well as Brief Candles “Brief Candles in her mind, bright and tiny gems of memory …”.
This was about 12 years ago, we saw The Zombies touring band play in 2009 but the jewel in the crown was to » Continue Reading.