An early/mid-1970s group resembling a hybrid of T-Rex and Big Star, might sound like a band that should be universally adored but Memphis' Zuider Zee have remained something of an untapped curiosity. Until now. With this first time release of their album Zeenith, recorded between 1972 and 1974 and featuring all previously unheard tracks, the band should no longer be a boxed-up mystery.
Prior to Zeenith, Zuider Zee's 1975 self-titled LP was the only record out there that existed. Released on Columbia, it was hailed as a true great power pop record of the time by such contemporaries as Cheap Trick. Despite love from such bands and a later line-up of Zuider Zee even supporting the Sex Pistols at the Taliesyn Ballroom in Memphis in 1978, the group never quite took off and dissolved into the ether of cult band land. However, an untold chapter of the group's history has now been unearthed as Light In The Attic's ability to pluck gold from seemingly nowhere continues on this release.
Comprised entirely of previously unreleased tracks, Zeenith is an album in which sugar-coated glam stomp nestles up alongside Mersey beat and where rousing power pop, crunchy rock and an undercurrent of pop-peppered psychedelia all merge seamlessly. Zeenith finds the band perfecting their craft whilst still driven by wide-eyed optimism, youthful energy and a sense of fun that radiates throughout every note played. Something that still resonates well over 40 years later!
• All tracks previously unreleased
• Re-mastered from the original tapes by John Baldwin
• Compilation and liner notes by Alec Palao, in cooperation with band members Richard Orange and Gary Simon Bertrand
• Booklet with unseen photos, deep notes and lyrics