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It ain't over. (4/28a)
ANOTHER DAMN. CHART STORY
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SONG REVENUE CHART: TOP DAWG, TOP DOLLAR EDITION
Kendrick's top five songs clear more than $1m. (4/28a)
HARRY STYLES TO TOUR THE WORLD
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Retail lives, baby. (4/28a)
It took five decades, but The Zombies are finally getting a well-deserved victory lap. They’re wrapping up a U.S. tour 5/4 in Houston, to celebrate the belatedly deified Odessey and Oracle album, playing the 1968 masterpiece from start to finish (for the final time, they say). “The Zombies have really had an odd path to success,” says vocalist Colin Blunstone, “Almost backwards in a way.”
Odessey, recorded 50 years ago, was a stunning send-off for the band, but was mostly ignored at the time of its release, other than for its posthumous U.S. hit “Time of the Season,” leaving the Zombies to slink into the annals of obscurity after a promising early career.
After scoring two quick U.S. top-5 hits in 1964 on the coattails of the Beatles-led British Invasion (“She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No”), The Zombies band hit a commercial wall for much of their rest of their initial incarnation. Despite a handful of solid singles, as the ‘60s got more hip, the Zombies became more irrelevant. The band was undone by an image that can be generously described as square, thanks to ill-advised publicity early in their career.
“We were labeled academic geeks,” says Blunstone, 71. “It was just the opposite of what we are. We wanted to be exciting. People who are daring. They want pirates. They don’t want academic geeks.”
The writing was on the wall, but before disbanding, The Zombies got their creative ya-yas out with Odessey, but it wasn’t until a decade later, when up-and-comers like Paul Weller publicly espoused the album’s greatness, that it was dusted off for reassessment. Since then, Odessey has been slowly but surely getting its props as a masterpiece of baroque chamber pop, chock-full of lush harmonies and swirling psychedelic textures.
To coincide with the Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Finale Tour, which includes rare live appearances from original Zombies Chris White and Hugh Grundy, alongside Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent (who have toured the States several times with The Zombies since 1999) the album’s been given the deluxe re-issue treatment, complete with mono mixes and alternate tracks. A lushly-photographed band history, The “Odessey”: The Zombies in Words and Images has also been issued, with a foreword from fan Tom Petty.
Live From Daryl’s House has garnered its second Webby Award, earning the People’s Voice nod in the Music (Channels and Networks) category. The web series also won the award in 2010.
The monthly live-performance web series debuted in November, 2007, starring Daryl Hall jamming, cooking and drinking with his friends. Hall produces the series with Hall and Oates manager Jonathan Wolfson of Wolfson Entertainment.
"When I first had the idea for this series, I was hoping to reach a wide audience, and this honor, voted on by the people, is just another sign we're doing something right," said Hall.
Guests during the 2017 season include Cheap Trick, Wyclef Jean, Elle King, the O'Jays, Anderson East, Daughtry, Grace and Kenny Loggins.
Hosted by Joel McHale, the 2017 Webby Awards will be held 5/15, at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York and streamed on YouTube.
By Phil Gallo
What glowing accolade is left to be said about John Coltrane? Filmmaker John Scheinfeld knew long before he shot a single reel of Chasing Coltrane that a combination of talking heads and cradle-to-grave biography would insufficiently serve Coltrane’s legacy. To push beyond the limited footage and interviews—Denzel Washington reads Coltrane quotes and liner notes to give the saxophonist a voice in the doc—Scheinfeld amplifies Coltrane’s connections to the world beyond jazz, touching on the civil rights movement and its leaders, his admiration for intellects such as Einstein and fulfilling his responsibilities as a parent and husband.
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, which opens today in Los Angeles, is the story of the man as much as it is the saxophonist. The film is wall-to-wall Coltrane music culled from his years with Atlantic, Impulse, Prestige, Blue Note and, with Miles Davis, Columbia, yet it avoids any dissection of his style and concentrates on how he conducted himself and how his music would affect multiple generations after his death in 1967.
Scheinfeld focuses on a crucial period for Coltrane, the late 1950s, when Trane worked with Davis, created his own quartet and became a leading light among jazz composers. He also dealt with a heroin addiction and going cold turkey at a time when he was also attempting to be a decent father and husband.
While the film concentrates on the man, Rhino will focus on the revolutionary music he recorded for Atlantic Records.
A new anthology, Trane: The Atlantic Collection, focuses on 1959-1961 and comes out 6/9. Mono LPs of Giant Steps, Olé Coltrane, Coltrane Plays The Blues, Bags & Trane and The Avant-Garde follow on 6/16 and a mono CD of Giant Steps arrives 7/7. The albums were recently issued together as part of Rhino's boxed set John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years In Mono.