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2003 reissue of highly-regarded 1990 reunion album, also known as 'Return of The Zombies', features 15 tracks including 2 unissued bonus tracks, 'Hold My Hand' (aka 'Lula Lula') & 'When My Boat Comes In' (a fabulous 1978 demo featuring Chris, Rod & Colin Blunstone harmonizing a la 'Surfs Up'-era Beach Boys). Big Beat.
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The current incarnation of the Zombies has both Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent. This album originally recorded around 1990, has Blunstone but Argent plays keyboards only on one track (A new recording of Time of the Season). Founding member Paul Atkinson also contributes to one song. Chris White another founding member and frequent songwriter is on this album along with drummer Hugh Grundy.
The title track, New World (My America), which was written by Chris White & Andy Nye(White's nephew) is the best track on the album. Other tracks that I enjoyed were Blue, Losing You and Alone in Paradise. There are also great liner notes written from an interview with Chris WhiteT. The album also includes two bonus tracks of 1978 demos.
Overall, I would recommend this album. Colin has one of the best voices from the British Invasion and it remains strong and beautiful to this day. Chris White writes some excellent songs.
The band's original guitarist and keyboardist were substituted for this album with Sebastain Santa Maria (due to practical, rather than acrimonious reasons), who also contributes four songs, though only "I Can't Be Wrong" really sticks in the head, and "Moonday Morning Dance" is a creaky 80's refugee if ever I heard one. Chris White adds the decent "Lula Lula" and "Heaven's Gate", and the cover of Paddy McAloon's "When Love Breaks Down" comes off fairly well. Colin really steps up, writing or co-writing almost the whole back-half of the record, "Losing You" being the highlight. The best song is one of the least Zombie-like, the anthemic opening title track co-written by Chris White and his nephew. It's wonderfully catchy and optimistic, and features some guitar work courtesy of original Zombie Paul Atkinson, who was otherwise unavailable due to his work as an Artists & Repertoire man.
The main ingredient missing here is obviously the singing, songwriting, and immaculate keyboard skills of Mr. Rod Argent, who appears only to recreate his distinctive soloing on a remake of Time of the Season. Pointless, but pleasant nostalgia on an album that doesn't otherwise re-invent the wheel anyway.
Thankfully, Rod's presence is beefed up (and the rating boosted a whole star) by the inclusion of two 1978 bonus tracks recorded by Chris White with Colin and Rod on harmonies. One of these is an early, haunting demo of Lula Lula (then titled "Hold My Hand") while the other is the pretty, elegic "When My Boat Comes In," which has a gorgeous middle-eight. While these tracks add a lot of value to the album, there was room for additional material, particularly the stripped-down Time of the Season that is mentioned in the liner notes and was included on the German version of the album. Including the live recordings (if they exist) of "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season" from the group's one-off 1997 reunion at a Colin Blunstone show would also have made this a more comprehensive document of the group's post-1968 activities. As it is, a worthwhile chronology-filler for hardcore Zombies fans, passable for everyone else.