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• Emerging from the ashes of Southend-based late Sixties psych-pop crew Cardboard Orchestra, heavy rock band Zior were one of the first acts to attach themselves at the turn of the decade to the occult-themed heavy rock element of the British underground scene.

• Although Zior never really threatened to replicate the commercial success of brand leaders Black Sabbath, their live shows were hugely theatrical events involving mock-sacrifices, staged fights and diabolic costumes and masks that terrified their young audiences and apparently freaked out other bands as well!

• They also left behind three albums that have been wildly collectable for many years. Featuring such essential tracks as ‘Your Life Will Burn’ and ‘Before My Eyes Go Blind’, their self-titled debut set “Zior” was issued in 1971 by the Nepentha label in a highly atmospheric gatefold sleeve design by the legendary Keef.

• A year or so later, Nepentha boss Larry Page put out the German-only release “Every Inch A Man”, an equally thrilling collection that contained such archetypically demonic Zior creations as ‘Have You Heard The Wind Speak’ and ‘Entrance Of The Devil’, the latter an integral part of the band’s stage show.

• Sandwiched between those two albums, Zior also pseudonymously recorded the LP “The First Monument”, which was promoted as the work of members of a witches’ coven in downtown Essex. Titles like ‘Dog Man’, ‘Stale Flesh’ and ‘First Taste Of Love’ ensured that the band had no difficulty in living down to the record company’s lurid, sensationalist claims.

• All three albums, plus Zior’s 2018 reunion album ‘Spirit Of The Gods’, are now collected for the first time on Before My Eyes Go Blind, a 4-CD set that’s presented in a clamshell box with replica album sleeve wallets, a lengthy new essay on the band and a number of evocative, previously unpublished photos.

TRACKLISTING

DISC ONE: ZIOR

  1. I REALLY DO
  2. ZA ZA ZA ZILDA
  3. LOVE’S DESIRE
  4. NEW LAND
  5. NOW I’M SAD
  6. GIVE ME LOVE
  7. QUABALA
  8. OH MARIYA
  9. YOUR LIFE WILL BURN
  10. I WAS FOOLING
  11. BEFORE MY EYES GO BLIND
  12. ROLLING THUNDER

BONUS TRACK

13. SHE’S A BAD, BAD WOMAN

DISC TWO: EVERY INCH A MAN

  1. ENTRANCE OF THE DEVIL
  2. THE CHICAGO SPINE
  3. HAVE YOU HEARD THE WIND SPEAK
  4. TIME IS THE REASON
  5. SHE’LL TAKE YOU DOWN
  6. DUDI JUDY
  7. STRANGE KIND OF MAGIC
  8. RIDE ME BABY
  9. EVOLUTION
  10. EVERY INCH A MAN
  11. CAT’S EYES
  12. SUSPENDED ANIMATION
  13. ANGEL OF THE HIGHWAY

DISC THREE: THE FIRST MONUMENT

  1. DOG MAN
  2. STALE FLESH
  3. DON’T RUN ME DOWN
  4. GIVE ME LIFE
  5. THE METAMORPHIS TANGO
  6. BONEYARD BUMNE
  7. FIRST TASTE OF LOVE
  8. AND SHE GOES
  9. OVERTURE FOR LIMP PIANO IN C
  10. I’M COMING BACK

DISC FOUR: SPIRIT OF THE GODS

  1. WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF DARKNESS
  2. THE WICCA MAKER
  3. CROWMAN RISES
  4. DEMON WOMAN
  5. VAMPIRE NIGHT
  6. EARTH HELL & FIRE
  7. THE SPIRIT OF INDIA
  8. RELEASE THE DOGS
  9. EASTWOOD BUGSY
  10. SABBAT 8
  11. SCORPION
  12. STORM CHASER
  13. ENTRY OF THE DEVIL VOICES
  14. RUE CHANOINESSE
  15. DATA BIZARRE

BONUS TRACK

16. INNER MIND VISION (1971)

 

DISC ONE: ZIOR

I REALLY DO
ZA ZA ZA ZILDA
LOVE’S DESIRE
NEW LAND
NOW I’M SAD
GIVE ME LOVE
QUABALA
OH MARIYA
YOUR LIFE WILL BURN
I WAS FOOLING
BEFORE MY EYES GO BLIND
ROLLING THUNDER

BONUS TRACK

13. SHE’S A BAD, BAD WOMAN


DISC TWO: EVERY INCH A MAN

ENTRANCE OF THE DEVIL
THE CHICAGO SPINE
HAVE YOU HEARD THE WIND SPEAK
TIME IS THE REASON
SHE’LL TAKE YOU DOWN
DUDI JUDY
STRANGE KIND OF MAGIC
RIDE ME BABY
EVOLUTION
EVERY INCH A MAN
CAT’S EYES
SUSPENDED ANIMATION
ANGEL OF THE HIGHWAY

DISC THREE: THE FIRST MONUMENT

DOG MAN
STALE FLESH
DON’T RUN ME DOWN
GIVE ME LIFE
THE METAMORPHIS TANGO
BONEYARD BUMNE
FIRST TASTE OF LOVE
AND SHE GOES
OVERTURE FOR LIMP PIANO IN C
I’M COMING BACK

DISC FOUR: SPIRIT OF THE GODS

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF DARKNESS
THE WICCA MAKER
CROWMAN RISES
DEMON WOMAN
VAMPIRE NIGHT
EARTH HELL & FIRE
THE SPIRIT OF INDIA
RELEASE THE DOGS
EASTWOOD BUGSY
SABBAT 8
SCORPION
STORM CHASER
ENTRY OF THE DEVIL VOICES
RUE CHANOINESSE
DATA BIZARRE

BONUS TRACK

16. INNER MIND VISION (1971)
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