Begin Here

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Begin Here
Begin here decca.jpg
Studio album by
Released9 April 1965
RecordedJune–November 1964
Genre
Length33:30
LabelDecca
ProducerKen Jones
The Zombies chronology
The Zombies (EP)
(1964)
Begin Here
(1965)
Odessey and Oracle
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Begin Here is the first album by the British pop/rock band the Zombies,[2] released in April 1965 by Decca Records.[3] The American version (titled The Zombies) repeated many of the tracks from it, but, as was common in those days, deleted some and substituted others.

The 1999 CD reissue on Big Beat expands the track line-up substantially with the addition of three songs from the band's 1965 US EP The Zombies and alternative versions of "Sticks and Stones" and "It's Alright with Me", as well as demos of "I Know She Will" and "I'll Keep Trying". The demos of these last two tunes do not have the overdubs on the versions available on other albums.

The song "The Way I Feel Inside" was used in director Wes Anderson's film The Life Aquatic and is included in the film soundtrack. It was also covered by Taron Egerton for the animated film Sing. Additionally, the song "She's Not There" as covered by Santana appears in Renny Harlin's film The Long Kiss Goodnight. The song "Can't Nobody Love You" was used in the opening of a season 4 episode of the HBO series Girls.

Reception[edit]

In his retrospective review of the release, critic Mark Deming for AllMusic wrote "Given the wealth of fine original tunes that the Zombies released on various non-LP singles and EPs during this period, it's a shame that so much of Begin Here was given over to covers; it's still a fine album and certainly better than what most of their peers had to offer in 1965, but what could have been an achievement on a par with the Kinks' Face to Face or the Beatles' Rubber Soul ended up being something quite good instead of an unqualified triumph."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Road Runner"Bo Diddley2:06
2."Summertime"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward2:17
3."I Can't Make Up My Mind"Chris White2:37
4."The Way I Feel Inside"Rod Argent1:28
5."Work 'n' Play"Ken Jones2:07
6."You've Really Got a Hold on Me/Bring It on Home to Me"Smokey Robinson/Sam Cooke3:39
7."She's Not There"Rod Argent2:20
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Sticks and Stones"Henry Glover, Titus Turner2:56
9."Can't Nobody Love You"Phillip Mitchell2:15
10."Woman"Rod Argent2:25
11."I Don't Want to Know"Chris White2:07
12."I Remember When I Loved Her"Rod Argent2:00
13."What More Can I Do"Chris White1:38
14."I Got My Mojo Working"Preston Foster, McKinley Morganfield3:35

Personnel[edit]

The Zombies
Additional personnel
  • Ken Jones - piano on "Work 'n' Play", tambourine on "I Remember When I Loved Her"
  • Dezo Hoffmann - cover photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mark Deming. "Begin Here - The Zombies | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ "The Zombies - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ "The Zombies - Begin Here". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  4. ^ "Begin Here - The Zombies | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-29.