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Al Kooper, the omnipresent producer and session player, saved the Zombies' album Odessey and Oracle, from extinction. He found a copy in London and, back in New York, pushed it to Clive Davis, head of Columbia Records, saying he heard three hit singles on it. They got one — "Time of the Season" — which was plenty, especially considering that the Zombies had disbanded by the time the album came out in the U.S., in 1968.
So, were there two other hits among the dozen tracks? It doesn't matter. Consider the circumstances: Keyboardist Rod Argent and bassist Chris White, the main composers, were itching to form another band (Argent); this was just a farewell gesture three frustrating years after their last hit ("Tell Her No"); the sessions were rushed. Still, they produced a superb album that deserved Davis' attention. Sure, there could've been other hits, like "Care of Cell 44" and "Friends of Mine." But every cut will be interesting, especially for lovers of British pop of that period. Vocalist Colin Blunstone and gang evoke the Kinks, the Beatles, Badfinger and the Alan Price Set. They mount gorgeous harmonies and mix piano, guitars and mellotron behind songs of… read more »