Colin Blunstone At The City Winery 5/13/2014

Posted: May 14, 2014 in Music, NYC Art Shows, NYC Live Music, NYC Music
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Colin Blunstone did a rare solo show at The City Winery.

Although he is best known for being the lead singer of The Zombies, Colin also has done some amazing solo work as well.  Tonight he was promoting his new record, “Turn Your Heart.”  His backing band included drummer Steve Rockford, who plays with The Zombies.  Mr.Blunstone’s voice still soars, and he played a good mix from his solo career.  Songs like “Wonderful,” “Andorra,” “Caroline Goodbye” and the beautiful Tim Hardin ballad,”Misty Roses,” sounded great. Colin does a fab job on his cover of David Ruffin’s song, “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?” He enjoys covering Motown songs like Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks Of My Tears.” He even has a song called “Levi Stubbs,” which was  named after The Four Tops’ late lead singer.

Colin told funny stories about how things were different in the 1960’s compared with today. Back then, the party got started after the gig by hanging out at the bar; today, the band will rush back to the hotel  for some warm milk and to read a book.

Of course he performed the classic Zombies tune, “Time Of The Season,” to  a dedicated crowd of very fab people  that were tripping out on his groovy music.  Colin ended the show with “She’s Not There,” telling the sold out crowd how it was recorded 50 years ago with a drunk sound guy who fell asleep, but luckily another sound guy took over, and the rest was history. Colin returned  for an encore with what I consider one of the best Zombies tracks – “Just Out Of Reach.”  It was from the movie “Bunny Lake Is Missing,” the classic 1960’s British film with Lawrence Olivier.

He finished off with a new song, “I Want Some More,” that really rocked out hard and left the audience wanting more!

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