The Zombies w/Hollis Brown

When: Fri., April 25, 6:30 p.m. 2014

In the annals of ’60s rock, The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle stands tall among a group of albums that includes The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers and Love’s Forever Changes, as well as The Who’s Sell Out. These records represent the high-water mark of pop-rock experimentation in that decade — Odessey’s song structures often seemed slightly off-kilter, and the album took the melodicism of British Invasion rock into new territory. Rod Argent’s jazzy keyboard playing and sophisticated songwriting complemented Colin Blunstone’s soul-influenced vocals, while the album’s lyrics straddled the line between schoolboy insouciance and young-adult angst. One of the British Invasion’s most consistently excellent groups, The Zombies never made an uninteresting record, and they’re still out there touring and recording — Argent’s songs sound as original as ever, and Blunstone remains one of pop’s finest vocalists. EDD HURT

Price: $25

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