Blunstone, Colin


Band members               Related acts

- Rod Argent -- keyboards

- Russ Ballard -- keyboards, guitar

- Steve Bingham -- bass

- Collin Blunstone -- vocals, guitar

- Phil Dennys -- keyboards

- Derreck Griffiths -- guitar

- Robert Henrit -- drums

- Byron Lyefoor -- drums

- Terry Poole -- bass

- Jim Rodford -- bass 

- Mike Snow -- keyboards, guitar

- Jim Toomey -- drums

- Pete Wingfield -- keyboards

 

 

 

- Argent

- Neil McArthur (aka Colin Blunstone)

- The Zombies

 

 

 


 

Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  One Year

Company: Epic

Catalog: E-3094

Year: 1971

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: original  textured cover

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

Say what you will about Colin Blunstone, but you'll have to admit that he has one of rock's most distinctive voices.  

 

Lots of folks are under the mistaken impression that 1971's "One Year" is Blunstone's post-Zombies solo debut.  It isn't.  With The Zombies calling it quits in 1968, Blunstone actually dropped out of music, taking a job with a London-based insurance company.  He reluctantly returned to music, cutting a series of three singles for Deram Records under the pseudonym 'Neil Macarthur'.  He even scored a UK hit with a remake of The Zombies' 'She's Not There'.  Those successes convinced Blunstone to embark on a true solo career.

 

By coincidence, Blunstone crossed paths with former Argent band mates Rod Argent and Chris White who had recently signed a recording and production deal with Epic.  The three quickly agreed on a collaboration, with the end result bring 1971's "One Year".  Co-produced by Argent and White the title was supposedly an autobiographical reference - the liner notes said "This album is the story of a year of mine from the July of 'She Loves the Way They Love Her' to the July of 'Say You Don't Mind', a time of searching and of beginning all over again."  It also apparently a reference to the long and painful recording sessions.  Musically the set's a wonderful showcase for Blunstone's instantly recognizable lighter than air voice.  It also serves as a showcase for Blunstone as a writer.  As a member of The Zombies few of his tunes were ever recorded, but here he's responsible for half of the material.  So what's it sound like?  Well anyone into The Zombies will love this album.  Propelled by Chris Gunning's pretty string arrangements tracks such as 'Smokey Days', 'Though You Are Far Away' and 'Her Song' are best described as baroque rock.  Imagine something by The Left Banke and you'll be in the right ballpark. Perhaps a bit fey for some listeners, those numbers are balanced out by a couple of nice rockers, including 'She Loves the Way They Love Her' and the blue-eyed soul-ish 'Mary WOn't Warm My Bed' (the former actually originally recorded by The Zombies and featuring the band Argent).  The result is probably Blunstone's most consistent and enjoyable album.  Epic also tapped the album for an American single: 'Say You Don't Mind' b/w 'You Are Far Away' (Epic catalog number 5-10868).  They should have picked 'Caroline Goodbye'.

 

"One Year" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) She Loves the Way They Love Her   (Rod Argent - Chris White) - 

2.) Misty Rose   (Tim Hardin) - 

3.) Smokey Days   (Rod Argent - Chris White) -     

4.) Caroline Goodbye   (Colin Blunstone) - 

5.) Though You Are Far Away   (Colin Blunstone) - 

 

(side 2)
1.) Mary Won't Warm My Bed   (Michael D'Abo) - 

2.) Her Song   (Rod Argent - Chris White) -     

3.) I Can't Live Without Her   (Colin Blunstone) - 

4.) Let Me Come Closer To You   (Colin Blunstone) - 

5.) Say You Don't Mind   (Denny Laine) - 

 

Blunstone has a small but interesting website at: 

www.colinblunstone.com

 

 


Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Ennismore

Company: Epic

Catalog: 65278

Year: 1972

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: UK pressing; textured cover; owner's name stamped on back cover; silver promo sticker on cover

Available: 2

GEMM catalog ID: 4533

Price: $15.00

 

One of a handful of LPs that I'd give a four star rating ...

 

I keep saying it, but Colin Blunstone has one of those unique voices that's simply instantly recognizable.  That's certainly the case on 1973's "Ennismore".  Like his debut co-produced by former Zombie alumnus Rod Argent and Chris White, Blunstone's second solo effort serves as a near perfect showcase for that voice.  Considerably more commercial than his solo debut ("One Year"), in some respects the album almost qualifies as an Argent LP.  The entire Argent lineup, including Rod Argent, Russ Ballard, Jim Rodford and Robert Henrit provide backing throughout. Additionally, Argent, Ballard and White contribute several songs to the album.  Anyone familiar with Blunstone's Zombies catalog will feel comfortable with this glistening mix of pop and rock offerings.  While the entire set is worth hearing (okay 'Time's Running Out' is a lame and forgettable ballad), personal highlights include the Ballard-penned leadoff ballad 'I Don't Believe In Miracles' and the rockers 'I Want Some More' and 'Andorra'.  Elsewhere, Blunstone enjoyed a pair of UK hits with the singles 'I Don't Believe In Miracles' b/w 'I've Always Had You' (Epic catalog number EPC-8434) and 'How Could We Dare Be Wrong?' b/w 'Time's Running Out' (Epic catalog number EPC-1197).   


"Ennismore" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) I Don't Believe In Miracles   (Russ Ballard) - 3:05

2.) Quartet

     a.) Exclusively For Me   (Colin Blunstone - Jones) - 2:30  

     b.) A Sign From Me To You   (Colin Blunstone) -  3:56

     c.) Every Sound I Heard   (Colin Blunstone - Jones) -  2:26

     d.) How Wrong Can One Man Be   (Colin Blunstone) -  2:00

3.) I Want Some More   (Colin Blunstone) - 3:02

 

(side 2)
1.) Pay Me Later   (Colin Blunstone - Phil Dennys) - 3:11 

2.) Andorra   (Colin Blunstone) - 3:31 

3.) I've Always Had You   (Rod Argent - Chris White) - 3:29 

4.) Time's Running Out   (Colin Blunstone) - 2:25 

5.) How Could We Dare To Be Wrong   (Colin Blunstone - Phil Dennys) - 3:18 

 

 

 


Genre: pop

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  Ennismore

Company: Epic

Catalog: KE-31994

Year: 1972

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: US pressing with official bio taped to the back

Available: 2

GEMM catalog ID: 4967

Price: $15.00

See review above.  In the States the album was released with different cover art.  I have a copy of the US pressing as well.


"Ennismore" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) I Don't Believe In Miracles   (Russ Ballard) - 3:05

2.) Quartet

     a.) Exclusively For Me   (Colin Blunstone - Jones) - 2:30  

     b.) A Sign From Me To You   (Colin Blunstone) -  3:56

     c.) Every Sound I Heard   (Colin Blunstone - Jones) -  2:26

     d.) How Wrong Can One Man Be   (Colin Blunstone) -  2:00

3.) I Want Some More   (Colin Blunstone) - 3:02

 

(side 2)
1.)
Pay Me Later   (Colin Blunstone - Phil Dennys) - 3:11 

2.) Andorra   (Colin Blunstone) - 3:31 

3.) I've Always Had You   (Rod Argent - Chris White) - 3:29 

4.) Time's Running Out   (Colin Blunstone) - 2:25 

5.) How Could We Dare To Be Wrong   (Colin Blunstone - Phil Dennys) - 3:18 

 

 

 

 

 


Genre: pop

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Never Even Thought

Company: Rocket

Catalog: BXL1-2903

Year: 1978

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: promo stamp on back cover; original inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4576

Price: $15.00

 

 

Blunstone's fifth solo effort (only the fourth to see an American release), isn't exactly rare, but by the same token you don't run across copies every day.  

 

Does it matter?  Not really.  Having listened to this album a dozen times over the last year, as much as I'd like to say nice things about the collection, there just isn't much to recommend.  Mind you, Blunstone's voice remains instantly recognizable and one of rock's lost treasures, but here he wastes it on meaningless MOR pop.  Of the nine tracks (including seven originals), the poppish 'I'll Never Forget You', 'Lovelight' and ''Do Magnolia Do are all serviceable pop.  Nothing spectacularly good; nothing really hideous.  Blame part of it on producer Bill Schnee and part of it on Elton John, whose Rocket Records shipped Blunstone to LA where he recorded the album.  Guess I just expected more from such a talented guy.

 

"Never Even Thought" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) I'll Never Forget You   (Colin Blunstone - Richard Kerr) - 

2.) Lovelight   (Colin Blunstone - Alan Phillips) - 

3.) Ain't It Funny   (Colin Blunstone - Richard Kerr) - 

4.) Who's That Knocking   (Colin Blunstone - Alan Phillips) - 

5.) Never Even Thought   (Murray Head) - 

 

(side 2)
1.) Touch and Go   (Colin Blunstone - Alan Phillips) - 

2.) You Are the Way for Me   (Colin Blunstone - Alan Phillips) - 

3.) Photograph   (Colin Blunstone - Alan Phillips) - 

4.) Do Magnolia Do   (Severin Browne) - 

 

 

 

 


Genre: pop

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Never Even Thought

Company: CBS Embassy

Catalog: 31760

Year: 1979

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+  /VG+

Comments: UK pressing

GEMM catalog ID: 5379

Price: $20.00

 

 

 

"I Don't Believe In Miracles" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) 

 

(side 2)
1.) 

 

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