Argent

Argent

Profile:
Rod Argent - Keyboards And Vocals
Russ Ballard - Vocals And Guitar
Jim Rodford - Bass
Bob Henrit - Drums
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Argent Discography

Albums

S 63781 Argent Argent (Album) CBS S 63781 UK 1969 Sell This Version
BN26285 Argent Ring Of Hands (Album) Epic BN26285 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
EPC 64962, S EPC 64962 Argent All Together Now (Album) Epic, Epic EPC 64962, S EPC 64962 UK 1972 Sell This Version
ELPS 3664 Argent In Deep (Album) Epic, Epic ELPS 3664 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
CN 1716/S Argent Stereo Pop Special-34(LP) BBC Transcription Services CN 1716/S UK 1973 Sell This Version
ELPS 3685 Argent Nexus (Album) Epic ELPS 3685 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
PEG 33079 Argent Encore (Album) Epic PEG 33079 US 1974 Sell This Version
EPC 80691 Argent Circus (Album) Epic, Epic EPC 80691 Spain 1975 Sell This Version
PK 11694 Argent Counterpoints (Album) RCA Victor PK 11694 UK 1975 Sell This Version
WINCD 067 Argent In Concert(CD, Album) Windsong International WINCD 067 UK 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

2-1659 Argent Liar/Schoolgirl(7", Promo) Date 2-1659 US 1969 Sell This Version
5-9979 Argent Schoolgirl (Single) Epic 5-9979 Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
EPC 7120 Argent Celebration (Single) Epic EPC 7120 Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
5-10718 Argent Sweet Mary (Single) Epic 5-10718 US 1971 Sell This Version
EPC 7662 Argent Hold Your Head Up (Single, Maxi) Epic EPC 7662 France 1971 Sell This Version
EPC 8115 Argent Tragedy (Single) Epic EPC 8115 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
5-10919 Argent Tragedy(7", Mono) Epic 5-10919 US 1972 Sell This Version
EPC 65475 E Argent God Gave Rock And Roll To You (Single) Epic EPC 65475 E Spain 1973 Sell This Version
5-11019 Argent It's Only Money Part 2 (Single) Epic 5-11019 US 1973 Sell This Version
5-10972 Argent God Gave Rock And Roll To You(7", Promo) Epic 5-10972 US 1973 Sell This Version
EPC S 2147 Argent Thunder And Lightning (Single) Epic EPC S 2147 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
S EPC 2849 Argent Keep On Rollin' Epic S EPC 2849 UK 1974 Sell This Version
S EPC 2448 Argent Man For All Reasons (Single) Epic S EPC 2448 UK 1974 Sell This Version
2613 Argent Thunder And Lightning / Gonna Meet My Maker(7", Single) Epic 2613 Turkey 1974 Sell This Version
RCA 2624 Argent Rock 'N' Roll Show (Single) RCA Victor RCA 2624 UK 1975 Sell This Version

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June 12, 2013
Rod Argent put together Argent just as his former band The Zombies's posthumous single "Time of The Season" was becoming a worldwide hit in 1969. Argent (b.1945) had enjoyed considerable success with The Zombies but wanted his new outfit to become part of the burgeoning progressive rock scene. Indeed his new band employed much heavier rhythms and a generally weightier sound but they also inherited the minor keys and complex lyrics which were the signature of his former band. Argent also managed to maintain the knack of coming up with strong melodies and hit singles due to the excellent writing of guitarist and vocalist Russ Ballard (b.1945) and during their career he wrote a string of numbers destined to become FM staples. Ballard had previously played with the The Roulettes. The band was completed by bassist Jim Rodford (b.1941) and former The Roulettes drummer Robert Henrit (b.1944). Both Ballard and Henrit had played together in Unit 4 + 2 too.

Their first album, the eponymous Argent was critically acclaimed if not a massive seller but made for a solid start and contained Ballard's excellent number "Liar" which was subsequently covered by Three Dog Night. The release of 1971's Ring of Hands saw them build their following and become major artists. The big breakthrough came with All Together Now which was artistically and commercially their high water mark. An album containing a handful of great songs it produced the number that they are best remembered for in "Hold Your Head Up" which was a major hit in both Europe and the USA.

Their next album In Deep contained two more hits in "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" and "It's Only Money" and was an indication of the band's future direction into full blown progressive rock. 1974's Nexus was a dark and complex album that lacked all the band's previous signatures. Without a hint of a potential hit the album saw Rod Argent's writing dominate with Ballard only contributing 3 of the album's 9 cuts. The albums centerpiece "The Coming of Kohoutek" was inspired by that year's appearance of the comet of the same name. Uninspired by this change and seeking a vehicle for his prodigious songwriting Ballard left after the album's release to pursue a successful career as a solo artist with a succession of albums and hits for other artists which included Redbone's "Come And Get Your Love", Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone", Santana's "Winning" and Hot Chocolate's "So You Win Again". Ballard's departure was followed by the release of the poorly recorded live album Encore.

The band regrouped as a quintet with the addition of a young virtuoso guitarist John Grimaldi (b.1955) and guitar/vocalist John Verity (b.1949). Argent then changed direction again this time exploring a more jazz fusion direction. This new direction alienated both Rod Argent's followers from his Zombies' days but also many of those who followed the band because of the progressive side of their music. Both of the two final albums Circus and 1975's Counterpoints were poorly received and failed to sell though their final concert tours were well attended. The band finally called it a day in 1975 after John Grimaldi announced his decision to leave the band. Henrit, Rodford and Verity had already been working on a side project in a more straight ahead rock vein. Whilst Rod Argent decided to take time out to consider whether to continue the band, Henrit, Rodford and Verity became Phoenix and released a debut album amid much publicity in 1976 on CBS. By the time their second album In Full View appeared former Frankie Miller Band guitarist Ray Minhinnett had joined the band with Rodford departing after accepting an invitation to join The Kinks.

Rod Argent opted to record a solo album Moving Home then became a successful producer and session musician and worked extensively producing soundtracks for many BBC television programmes. He also released further albums in conjunction with luminaries such as Barbara Thompson and John Dankworth and briefly formed a band called Shadowshow with former Colosseum II members. The new century saw him re-unite with former Zombies colleague Colin Blunstone as Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent who toured extensively. Argent also used his talents to write and stage his own musical, Masquerade, in London's West End and teamed up with Andrew Lloyd Webber to become principal keyboardist for Webber's hit stage musicals Cats and Starlight Express. He also added keyboards for The Who on their "Who Are You" album and latterly worked with Jules Shear on "Healing Bones".

Following his departure from Argent John Grimaldi wasted no time in launching his own eponymous jazz rock band, later re-named Captain Sussex. Despite the quality of the musicians in the band, jazz rock was falling out of fashion at a time when punk was kicking in. Both Phoenix and Captain Sussex felt the effects. Grimaldi, an exceptional artist and multi-instrumentalist, formed a new band Cheap Flights and started touring the college and pub circuit. After a few line up changes the band became stable and toured heavily over a three year period. With their new wave brand of rock they were ahead of their time and a record deal proved elusive. As Grimaldi was considering his next career move, and with no shortage of options, he was struck down by illness which was diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis. Sadly he passed away shortly afterwards.

Following Phoenix, Verity and Henrit briefly joined Charlie. Robert Henrit later teamed up with former colleague Jim Rodford in The Kinks as Mick Avory's replacement. John Verity went on to form his own band, releasing several albums including the well received Truth of the Matter. He still records and tours today with Robert Henrit on drums.

Two posthumous Argent albums have been released, both from the BBC’s archives – In Concert and The BBC Sessions.

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