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One Year Import

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2002 reissue of 1971 album (that's unavailable domestically), packaged in a digipak. Epic.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Media
  • ASIN: B00007LVBJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Leonardo Flores on July 5, 2004
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The post Zombies album recorded with 3/5 of them after they broke up. If you're a fan of their music this is the one solo record you absolutely need to buy. The album can be split into two parts: The pure pop songs of Mary Won't You...,She Loves The WAY They love Her, Caroline Goodbye and the absolutely beautiful sting arrangements of such songs as Misty Roses and Say You Don't Mind. Very Crafty! The current Zombies Touring group (Featuring Colin and Rod Argent) played two songs from this LP in LA and brought a string Quartet with them. Misty Roses and Say You Don't Mind Live will be a memory I'll never forget. There is a reason why they played two songs off this LP: It's one of the BEST! Buy it and love it!
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One Year, so named for the year Colin Blunstone took off from the music business after the Zombies' failure to translate their incredible musicianship, songwriting and recording into commercial success, is nearly the equal (in quality) of the band's masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle. Not surprisingly, though, the album was even less successful than the Zombies' swan song. Luckily, all these years later, it's at last gaining some of the respect it deserves.

Essentially, the album is half finely-crafted 70's pop rock, half quirky ballads and more atmospheric tunes featuring primarily Blunstone's voice and incredibly compelling string arrangements. Of course, Blunstone's voice is the key draw--any fan of the Zombies is familiar with how ethereal, ghostly, and liquid it is, and One Year doesn't disappoint on the vocal front. The opener, "She Loves The Way They Love Her," is the first of several tracks that should have been hit singles, replete with a hook-laden vocal part and some screaming electric guitar. "Misty Roses" is a jazzy ballad; halfway through, the strings are introduced for the first time on the album, playing unusually dissonant lines, but it really works. When the vocal returns, it's backed only by the strings, and it's heavenly. "Smokey Day" is another slow-burner, with dual Blunstone vocals breathily harmonizing with one another in the darkness. "Caroline Goodbye" is another should-have-been hit single--the way Blunstone sings "no use pretending/I've known for a long time/your love ending," then wordlessly sighs is pure pop magic. Add "Mary Won't You Warm My Bed" to the list, with its springy beat and Blunstone's high-register vocal acrobatics.
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I can't believe how modern this album sounds. Brimming over with strings and emotion, it's absolutely essential for anyone who loves music.
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Admittedly, when I bought this CD, it was shortly after my buzz from the Zombies box set. Though I was familiar with the jazz and classical leanings, I was blown away by this project and its heavy use of symphonic strings. The intimacy Colin's vocals emote is staggeringly breathtaking once the shock wears off, and the album became addictive after 2 plays. It is short, but packs a beautiflly romantic wallop, and his take on "Misty Roses" just makes me...well, plain misty.

The album opens with the rocking "She Loves the Way They Love Her,' but the venture is basically a lushly baroque, and individual expression on his part that is almost a 180 degree turn from his former group. "Caroline Goodbye," a song about an old girlfriend, is also a very beautiful and touching number made all the more intimate by his soft, yet deceptively strong, voice. The Denny Laine song, "Say You Don't Mind" is also a favorite, playful and serious at once, emphasizing Colin's love of hitting high notes when you don't often see them coming.

I love this album. It is sexy, romantic, individualistic in every way, and it has turned me into one of his biggest fans. The only complaint I have is that it isn't longer!
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First, there's the voice, familiar from all those wonderful Zombies singles ... wispy yet passionate, deceptively casual yet intense, the slightest whisper conveying subtle & complex emotion. It's a voice that manages to hold both innocent exuberance & wise worldweariness in the same note.

And then there are the songs: some of his own, some written by his former bandmates, and some by other writers. But he makes them all his, so that the collection flows seamlessly from song to song. The arrangements are sophisticated without ever being overbearing, the perfect complement to his vocals. His cover of Tim Hardin's "Misty Roses" is sublime, worthy of the original, and his own "Caroline Goodbye" has got to be one of the most beautiful, gentle, aching & heartwrenching songs about the end of a love affair that I've ever heard.

They simply don't make albums like this any more, and that's a pity. It's a treasure, not to be missed, perfect for a quiet summer evening, or a lonely autumn day -- most highly recommended!
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As a Zombies fan it was about time I got this and I'm glad I did. The details have been gone over already so no need to go there but I did want to be added to the list of those who recommend. Standouts IMO are "She Loves The Way They Love Her" "Caroline Goodbye" and "Misty Roses". The first two are in the Zombie tradition of poppy rock sounding but much classier than the average, and MR is an extended mellow acoustic with some nice and unexpected turns...really a great track.

Speaking of mellow I should mention that this album is very laid back...it's nicely done but the two rock tunes I mentioned, while great, almost seem out of place or is it that the other tracks contrast too much in their acoustic atmosphere?

The good thing is it doesn't matter since it's all good, but I did want to mention it is mostly a fairly quiet album, but again, nothing wrong with that. Colin's vocals are excellent throught, BTW. Enjoy!

TB
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