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One Year [Import]

Colin BlunstoneAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Media
  • ASIN: B00007LVBJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Loves The Way They Love Her
2. Misty Roses
3. Smokey Day
4. Caroline Goodbye
5. Though You Are Far Away
6. Mary Wont You Warm My Bed
7. Her Song
8. I Cant Live Without You
9. Let Me Come Closer To You
10. Say You Dont Mind

Editorial Reviews

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Beauty July 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a gorgeous, gorgeous album this is!

Unlike many others, Colin Blunstone was not someone I knew or loved back when he fronted The Zombies nor when this album originally came out, yet I fell under its spell immediately upon the first listening.

I don't know if this has ever happened to you but this is one of those albums that, even as you hear each song for the first time, makes you feel that you are meeting again with an old friend or, more accurately, that you has just met a kindred spirit.

"Misty Roses," which you may know through Tim Hardin's original already, is simply breathtaking. In this version, it starts almost in a hush, a gentle guitar hinting bossa nova-like chords, as Blunstone glides over the melody, and then evolves into a string quartet interlude that, when you stopped expecting it, returns you to the original melody as he sings "If I believe in love forever / I'll forget the past / You are too lovely not to try."

The beauty does not end there, the self-penned "Caroline Goodbye" and Though You Are Far Away" ?in different ways? may remind you of Nick Drake's phrasing except than here the singing is backed by a full orchestra, ever so tastefully arranged.

"Her Song" and "Let Me Come Closer To You" are also gems, perfectly accompanied by Rod Argent and others ?who' together would go on to form the band Argent? and, again, showcasing the extensive, unforced emotional range of Blunstone?s voice.

All in all, as other people have already mentioned, this album is both a masterpiece of its time and unusually relevant by any current musical standards. Ultimately, this is an absolute, timeless beauty. Buy it now, and await with bated breath.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Zombies Gem 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy 70's pop masterpiece April 11, 2008
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable April 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year Well Spent. April 16, 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Integrates strings beautifully
Pop musicians sometimes try to integrate strings into their music. I am usually not that impressed. This recording contains the best use of strings on a pop album that I have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the NEW 3 CD Box Set Colin Blunstone Original Album Classics by...
For a complete collection, rare non-LP bonus tracks and excellent sound quality, I recommend that fans buy the Colin Blunstone Original Album Classics 3 CD Boxed Set released by... Read more
Published on August 10, 2010 by RockNRollGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Pop when Pop was ok
For almost 40 years I knew there was a Colin Blunstone album (tape/cd/download) I heard all the time on WJDX-FM from Jackson. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by Clarence E. Jones III
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I originally had this album on vinyl many years ago. Admittedly, I lost track of Colin Blunstone's extraordinary solo career upon arriving stateside. Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by Joy Andis
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Blunstone's gorgeous baroque pop masterpiece
First, there's the voice, familiar from all those wonderful Zombies singles ... wispy yet passionate, deceptively casual yet intense, the slightest whisper conveying subtle &... Read more
Published on June 11, 2008 by William Timothy Lukeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing album in unexpected format
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... Read more
Published on November 29, 2005 by T. Bowen
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much noise about nothing
I purchased this album after reading all the comments... Well, I've been surprised to listen something so common. Read more
Published on September 22, 2005 by Olivier Terradot
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Zombies LP That must be owned!!
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. Read more
Published on August 27, 2005 by Leonardo Flores
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