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I started the week with a band (The VU) that would only be fully appreciated posthumously. I end it with another. While St. Albans is no New York, the town gave birth to the short-lived brilliance of The Zombies. Formed in 1962 by Rod Argent (piano, organ vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals), the band released just two proper albums; and because they broke up immediately after recording their second, Odessey and Oracle, their impact would be delayed. The LP was recorded in the summer of 1967, as a last hurrah. The accessible hit singles may have dried up, but you can hear how they were pushing the boundaries. While the harmonies of ‘Maybe After He’s Gone’ are reminiscent of The Beach Boys, the instrumentation is as close as you will get to proto prog rock. The result was timeless and influential. Have a great weekend.