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THE way for mono-lovers to get into early Zombies
on October 1, 2014
This review is for "Begin Here - The Complete Decca Mono Recordings". (For whatever reason it is cataloged along with other issues of the original album.)
If you like mono sound and you think you might like this music, just buy it. You won't be disappointed. I wasn't particularly familiar with the early work of The Zombies when I did. At first I thought I made a mistake and I still give the original album only 3*. The R&B covers are not very exciting and in retrospect, they lessen the impact of the originals. (It might have made sense at the time but it doesn't hold up well today.) However, the second CD is phenomenal - all 22 tracks range from good to great. This means that the best way to listen to this material is to augment CD2 with the originals from CD1 (which when put into proper context are all quite good). It is a bit of a pain to do so but once you do, you'll join the multitudes who realized that the Zombies never got the acclaim that they deserved. And that is before they even started on Odessey and Oracle.
Instead of getting the Zombie Heaven boxed set (Zombie Heaven), I think you will get the best bang for your buck by buying either this or The Decca Stereo Anthology (The Decca Stereo Anthology) and Odessey and Oracle - the CBS Years (Odyssey & Oracle).