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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Colin Blunstone - misty roses.mp3

The Zombies principal songrwriter, Rod Argent, claims that when their first single She's Not There was a world wide smash hit in 1964, it was no surprise to him. But then, he was a naive 19 year old full of bravado, but within 3 or 4 years the band had failed to match their initial success and had split.
Singer Colin Blunstone returned to his job in the insurance industry and it wasn't until the Zombies Time Of The Season started doing well in the states a while later that he considered returning to the music industry to record a solo album.

Misty Roses comes from his first solo album One Year which is remarkable not only for his breathy Nick Drake-like voice but for the wonderful orchestration. He was helped out by his former band mates Rod Argent and Chris White who produced, as well as writing a couple of tracks.
Misty Roses was written by Tim Hardin (click here to download original _2.28Mb). Colin's version starts out all classical samba guitar, (not too disimilar from the Hardin original) before mutating into a tense dissonant arrangement for string quartet and voice which is chilling.

Blunstone and Argent have been recording and playing together again for the last few years, you can listen to a radio interview from 2004 (real audio) part1, part2 has them telling stories from the days when the Zombies were #1 in the USA.
(click here to buy One Year from AmazonUK)
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