ARTIST: The Zombies
TITLE: The EP Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Included here: She’s Not There (#2 US, #12 UK), Tell Her No (#6 US, #42 UK), She’s Coming Home (#58 US), I Want You Back Again (#95 US), Whenever You’re Ready (#110 US), Just Out of Reach (#113 US), Time of the Season (#3 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Love You (the B-side to Whenever You’re Ready)
LINEUP: Colin Bluestone, Rod Argent, Paul Atkinson, Chris White, Hugh Grundy
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Zombies released just two proper albums, but put out several singles and EPs while they were active. This collection compiles their six EPs and basically is a better bet for novice fans, after they buy Odessey and Oracle.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Now, the EP is used as a teaser for an album, especially by a new bands who want to create a buzz before the whole album is ready for release. But in the 60’s, especially in the UK, EPs were viable on their own as a medium between the single and the LP.
Record companies were cognizant of fans who couldn’t afford the album so they leaked out 2-3 EPs a record for those fans. Also, in the cases of the Zombies, it was a way to collect their singles and put them out on the market. Most of the Zombies singles failed in the UK, but they did have a fan base and it helped the company in recouping costs.
More so than their first LP, this is a good overview of the sound of the Zombies, and just includes two exileable cover versions. I think this and Odessey and Oracle are musts for Zombies fans. (The latter is just a must, period). The only drawback is that it fails to capture their final two singles – contractually obligated but actually good in their own right.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This has the mono and stereo version of “She’s Not There”. It’s kind of superfluous. Mono is fine.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: The top tracks are here and only two cross over to Odessey and Oracle.