Colin Blunstone’s voice was considered one of the main factors in making The Zombies’ single, “She’s Not There”, a worldwide hit. In 1968 the band split over management issues, shortly after completing the baroque pop classic LP, Odyssey and Oracle. Blunstone briefly worked as a clerk in the insurance business before resuming his musical career. In 1969, he signed with Deram Records and cut three singles under the pseudonym Neil MacArthur, including a re-make of “She’s Not There”, which charted in the UK.
Blunstone gained success as a solo artist in 1972 with “Say You Don’t Mind” (peaking at number 15 in the UK chart and written by future Paul McCartney and Wings member Denny Laine, and “I Don’t Believe in Miracles”. Additional minor hits followed with “How Could We Dare To Be Wrong” in early 1973 and “Tracks of My Tears” in 1982.
Blunstone also contributed to Dave Stewart’s hit cover version of “What Becomes of the Broken-hearted”. He went on to appear on several albums by The Alan Parsons Project including Eye in the Sky, where he sings the hit single “Old and Wise”, and Ammonia Avenue. In 1984, he joined with other Parsons musicians to form Keats.
His solo album The Ghost of You And Me was released in the UK, Benelux and Scandinavia on 9 March 2009. Blunstone completed a twelve date UK tour, his first in several years. He continued to tour with Rod Argent as The Zombies, and the original surviving members of the band played four reunion concerts performing Odyssey and Oracle, in April 2009.
In 2010, Sony released Colin Blunstone Original Album Classics, a 3-disc boxed set featuring digitally re-mastered versions of Blunstone’s solo albums One Year, Journey and Ennismore. The collection also includes two bonus tracks that were originally released as non-LP B-sides in UK.
Blunstone continues to be active, occasionally in tours with 1960s bands such as Manfred Mann, often collaborating with Rod Argent. Some of his more recent albums are As Far As I Can See, the mid-1990s Echo Bridge and Out of the Shadows (with Rod Argent).
In this interview Colin talks about his early solo career and working with Peter Bardens, former keyboard player with progressive rock band Camel.
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