Begin Here is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Zombies,[5] released in April 1965 by Decca Records.[6] The American version (titled The Zombies) repeated many of the tracks from it, but, as was common at the time, deleted some and substituted others.

Begin Here
Studio album by
Released9 April 1965
Recorded12 June – 12 December 1964[1]
StudioDecca, London[1]
ProducerKen Jones
The Zombies UK chronology
The Zombies (EP)
Begin Here
Odessey and Oracle
Singles from Begin Here
  1. "She's Not There"
    Released: July 24, 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Record Mirror[4]

The 1999 CD reissue on Big Beat expands the track line-up substantially with the addition of three songs from the band's 1965 UK 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.[1]

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."[7]

Track listing edit

Side one
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
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
1999 Big Beat bonus tracks
15."It's Alright with Me" (from January 1965 The Zombies EP)Rod Argent 
16."Sometimes" (from January 1965 The Zombies EP)Rod Argent2:05
17."Kind of Girl" (from January 1965 The Zombies EP)Rod Argent 
18."Tell Her No" (from December 1964 A-side)Rod Argent2:09
19."Sticks and Stones" (Alternate take)Henry Glover, Titus Turner 
20."It's Alright with Me" (Alternate take)Rod Argent 
21."I Know She Will" (undubbed, previously released on Zombie Heaven, for the lost album, R.I.P.)Rod Argent, Chris White 
22."I'll Keep Trying" (undubbed, previously released on Zombie Heaven, for the lost album, R.I.P.)Rod Argent 
2001 Repertoire bonus tracks
15."You Make Me Feel Good"White2:36
16."Leave Me Be"White2:06
17."Tell Her No"Argent2:05
18."She's Coming Home"Argent2:33
19."I Must Move"White1:55
20."Kind of Girl"Argent2:09
21."It's Alright With Me"Argent1:49
23."Whenever You're Ready"Argent2:42
24."I Love You"White3:20
25."Is This the Dream"Argent2:42
26."Don't Go Away"White2:33
27."Remember You"White1:57
28."Just Out Of Reach"Colin Blunstone2:06
30."How Were we Before"Blunstone2:04
31."I'm Going Home"Acker Bilk, Paul Mares1:49

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 c Zombie Heaven (liner notes pp. 41–44). Alec Palao. Zombies. Big Beat Records). 1997.
  2. ^ a b c Mark Deming. "Begin Here - The Zombies | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  3. ^ The Odessey - The Zombies in Words and Images. BMG Books. 2023. p. 21.
  4. ^ Jones, Peter; Jopling, Norman (17 April 1965). "The Zombies: Begin Here" (PDF). Record Mirror. No. 214. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2022. Retrieved 17 August 2022.
  5. ^ "The Zombies - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ "The Zombies - Begin Here". Discogs. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Begin Here - The Zombies | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 March 2018.