Argent was the name of a rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up. The other original member was guitarist Russ Ballard, who contributed to several compositions through the group's career (curiously some of of Ballard's compositions became hits when they were covered by other bands, like Rainbow or Santana). Argent's biggest hit was Hold Your Head Up. They also recorded the original version of the rock anthem God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You, which was more famously covered by KISS. The sound of the band was a mix of rock and pop but probably their finest moment was The Coming of Kohoutek, an instrumental from their Nexus album, which steps on more progressive ground. When Russ Ballard left the band after "Encore", they took an even more progressive/fusion turn and signed to a new label (RCA) for the two final albums. By 2005, all albums, including compilations, has been re-released on CD, except Counterpoints. Rock band (or rock group) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Rod Argent was a member of pop group The Zombies. ... For the undead creature of Vodun lore, see zombie. ... A rainbow arches over Florida. ... Santana during concert in Barcelona 2003 Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a famous Mexican rock and roll guitarist, originally from Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco. ... The original line-up of KISS; from left to right, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, and Paul Stanley. ...
Ring of Hands (1971)
All Together Now (1972)
In Deep (1973)
Encore [Live] (1974)
The Best of Argent - An Anthology [Complilation] (1976)
Argent's flashy, jazzy piano leads and Blunstone's voice were the hallmarks of the band.
With their career almost over, the Zombies signed to CBS Records[?] for one final LP, only the second of the career and the only would that would be designed as an LP from the beginning, instead of being a motley collection of random songs.
The resulting concept album, Odessey and Oracle[?], was one of the very first to utilize a Mellotron, as the band's budget did not allow for the hiring of session musicians.
Argent were an English rock band founded in 1969 by Rod Argent after his previous band, The Zombies, broke up.
When Russ Ballard left in 1973, his place was taken by guitarist and vocalist John Verity and guitarist John Grimaldi and there followed a period of intense recording and touring until the band decided to come off the road late in 1976.
The sound of the band was a mix of rock and pop but probably their finest moment was The Coming of Kohoutek, an instrumental from their Nexus album, which steps on more progressive ground.
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