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The Decca Stereo Anthology Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1964
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Big Beat UK
  • ASIN: B00006L830
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. It's Alright With Me
2. She's Not There
3. You Make Me Feel Good
4. Summertime
5. Woman
6. Leave Me Be
7. Kind Of Girl
8. Sometimes
9. I'm Going Home
10. Road Runner
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Disc: 2
1. She's Coming Home
2. I Must Move
3. Just Out Of Reach
4. Remember You
5. Nothing's Changed
6. I'll Keep Trying
7. Don't Go Away
8. Whenever You're Ready
9. How We Were Before
10. I Love You
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Editorial Reviews

This 2-CD set presents The Zombie's entire recorded output during their tenure at Decca from 1964-66 (outtakes and all) presented in fresh, crisp stereo mixes. The band and their producer Ken Jones never mixed any of their Decca sides for stereo. After their demise, a staff producer did some hasty remixes of their hits plus a few album/singles tracks: these are the stereo versions that have subsequently circulated on various reissues over the years. And several tracks from the Decca period have never ever appeared in stereo before at all. Big Beat has gone back to the original session tapes and remixed everything in a more sympathetic fashion, replicating the original mono reverb and EQ, and reinstating edits and overdubs wherever possible.

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What an excellent job re mastering in stereo.
Paul Pollio
The 12 page booklet has great information on the recording of the singles/album tracks included here by producer Ken Jones and the band.
Wayne Klein
If you are a Zombies fan or like great 60's music, this 2 CD set is a MUST !!
William J. Sweeney

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on March 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When the recordings of artists have been reissued ad nauseum over the years, in an effort to milk a little more out of the tape vaults record labels have sometimes resorted to issuing remixed versions or musically insignificant scraps that would otherwise not warrant release. Thankfully, Big Beat, part of Ace Records' family, has constructed this new collection of Decca-era Zombies recordings with intelligence, care and balance.

In this two-CD collection is first an anthology of the recordings done for Decca in the years 1964-66. Beyond just another collection of songs though, here, the previously available stereo versions of these songs have been replaced with newly remixed versions done with utmost care and attention to retain as much of the original sound of the mono mixes while yielding the dynamics of the stereo soundstage. In some cases though, that replication is impossible in that some of the instrumental or vocal overdubs that were added to the mono mixes were never put in the original multi-tracks and therefore are lost to time when trying to reconstruct the final mix from these component tracks. These missing entities were, by necessity, disregarded when creating these new mixes except in a few cases where the omission left the remixed version harshly lacking as with the missing drum overdub on "She's Not There". To get this signature song up to snuff, the Zombies' drummer Hugh Grundy, using the original snare, superimposed the missing drum track onto the multitrack. While anyone can argue then, that this is not the "original" song, one listen tells the story.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2003
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When I first learned of this release forthcoming, I just crossed my fingers and hoped the stereo remixes would not be butchered, as had been the case a few months earlier with the remix of The Who's first album. Well, no need to worry: For the most part, these tracks have received the royal treatment this brilliant quintet deserves. The advertisement that each track was freshly rremixed is not quite correct: The time-trained Zombies fan's ear can pick out at least four exceptions (most notably "Kind Of Girl" and "She Does Everything For Me," both distinct drop-offs in quality and stereo separation from the tracks around it), but you will still get most everything you expect from this set. Well over a dozen of these songs are in true stereo for the first time ever, including absolute gems like "She's Coming Home," "Remember You" (single version), "Gotta Get Hold Of Myself," and the undubbed masters of "I'll Keep Trying" and "She'll Be For You." The musical intro to "I Love You," completely amputated from the old stereo mix, has been fully restored--but sadly, the "hey hey hey"s omitted from the old stereo mix of "Is This The Dream?" still are. One thing the chronological placement of these recordings does, particularly on disk two, is bring into stronger focus the rapid growth and maturation of Chris White's songwriting: Heartfelt ballads like "I Must Move" and "Don't Go Away" rank up there with any works of his British writing contemporaries.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. R Sategna on May 25, 2004
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The Zombies in True Stereo--what a treat! This album has very clear true stereo the way it was meant to be recorded back in the sixties. I rate this album a must have with a plus 10 rating- The stereo is incredible with all tracks excellent--Zombie fans must all get this album (the Decca recordings) and play it loud!!!!! This beats any other Zombie out as far as stereo sound- Buy it now-----
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Sousa on August 12, 2004
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Although I rarely dip into the musical past, the Zombies music still haunts me after all these years. This brilliant band from the 60's recorded some amazing music that never got the recognition it deserved. Unlike a lot of music from that era, much of what the Zombies did still holds up today. Their originals and covers both offer a unique style even now. This collection offers the best sound quality available that helps make their music sound as good today as I remembered it to be. Although I own a few of their other collections, this one is it. Buy it now! There are 48 cuts on the two CDs, so pick 20 or so of your favorites and create the best Zombies collection one could hope for. The only essential missing link from this collection is "Time of the Season" and you can get that elsewhere and add it to your mix..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2002
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While I highly recomend the "Zombies Heaven" Box to purchase first as the best overall Zombies collection, this new CD is the best sounding collection of all the Decca-era recordings.

Some of these recordings have been reissued in true stereo before, but they were quickly done mixes done without the band's supervision by a Decca staff engineer in 1969 for a budget compilation album. These inferior mixes have wound up on many Zombies compilations over the years from poor quality master tapes.

Fanstasic "You Are There" sound quality (headphones are a must) and every song was remixed to sound as close to the original mono mix while opening up dimensions never heard before in true stereo. Colin Blumstone's one-of-a-kind breathy voice stands way out in these new remixes.

Theres also a few instrumental bonus tracks that show how tight and brilliant this group was. Give away or sell off your other Zombies CD's (except for "Oddessy and Oracle - 30th anniversary", and "Zombies Heaven") and pick up this one!
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