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The Zombies | Different Game (2023)

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The Zombies began work on the album, titled Different Game, after their 2019 induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a USA tour with Beach Boys auteur Brian Wilson. The band, which features founding keyboardist Rod Argent and lead singer Colin Blunstone, along with drummer Steve Rodford, guitarist Tom Toomey and bassist Søren Koch, hoped to finish writing and recording the follow-up to their Billboard-charting 2015 album Still Got That Hunger during a busy 2020 touring schedule, but COVID-19 had other plans for them. Despite the Pandemic, The Zombies made the past 3 years productive, finishing the album, and giving fans previews of their new songs with a live-streamed concert from Abbey Road Studios London in 2021, and 65 concerts across North America and Europe in 2022. The Zombies

The Zombies: Different Game

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The Zombies‘ first hit, “She’s Not There,” topped the charts at the end of 1964. Their masterpiece, Odessey and Oracle, featuring the classic “Time of the Season,” came four years later. The two original members who are still with the band full time, keyboardist and songwriter Rod Argent and lead singer Colin Blunstone, are both 77 years old. The band itself is a year older than the Rolling Stones!
All that is to say that releasing a new album, Different Game, more than 60 years later is a feat in and of itself. Not a lot of bands make it that long, let alone are still making new music. But even more amazing? The music is pretty good. Most legacy acts end up graded on a curve, but in the Zombies’ case, that’s not even strictly necessary.
A big part of that is because Blunstone’s voice still sounds pretty shockingly close to how it did over half a century ago. In fact, it sounds nearly identical when listening to the old and new albums back to back; the changes to his voice with age sounding pretty strikingly similar to the artifacts of early ’60s recording technology. Riff Magazine

  • Different Game (4:57)
  • Dropped Reeling & Stupid (3:53)
  • Rediscover (3:58)
  • Runaway (3:17)
  • You Could Be My Love (3:48)
  • Merry-Go Round (4:25)
  • Love You While I Can (3:19)
  • I Want to Fly (4:17)
  • Got to Move On (3:55)
  • The Sun Will Rise Again (3:27)

Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Cooking Vinyl
Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2023
Label ‏ : ‎ Cooking Vinyl
Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1

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