Argent

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

Albums

Argent - Argent album art Argent Argent (Album) CBS South Africa 1969 Sell This Version
Argent - Ring Of Hands album art Argent Ring Of Hands (Album) Epic Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
Argent - All Together Now album art Argent All Together Now (Album) Epic, Epic US 1972 Sell This Version
Argent - In Deep album art Argent In Deep (Album) Epic, Epic UK 1973 Sell This Version
CN 1716/S Argent - Stereo Pop Special-34 album art Argent Stereo Pop Special-34(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 1716/S UK 1973 Sell This Version
EPC 65475 Argent - In Deep album art Argent In Deep(LP, Album) CBS EPC 65475 Israel 1973 Sell This Version
Argent - Nexus album art Argent Nexus (Album) Epic Australia 1974 Sell This Version
Argent - Encore album art Argent Encore (Album) Epic US 1974 Sell This Version
Argent - Circus album art Argent Circus (Album) Epic, Epic Spain 1975 Sell This Version
Argent - Counterpoints album art Argent Counterpoints (Album) RCA Victor Canada 1975 Sell This Version
WINCD 067 Argent - In Concert album art Argent In Concert(CD, Album) Windsong International WINCD 067 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CLCD284 Argent - High Voltage Festival album art Argent High Voltage Festival(2xCD, Album) Concert Live CLCD284 UK 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Argent - Liar/Schoolgirl album art Argent Liar/Schoolgirl Date US 1969 Sell This Version
Argent - Schoolgirl album art Argent Schoolgirl (Single) Epic Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
Argent - Celebration album art Argent Celebration (Single) Epic US 1971 Sell This Version
Argent - Sweet Mary  album art Argent Sweet Mary (Single) Epic US 1971 Sell This Version
Argent - Hold Your Head Up album art Argent Hold Your Head Up (Single, Maxi) Epic Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Argent - Tragedy album art Argent Tragedy (Single) Epic UK 1972 Sell This Version
SSC.1181 Argent - Hold Your Head Up / Sweet Mary album art Argent Hold Your Head Up / Sweet Mary(7", Single) CBS SSC.1181 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
Argent - God Gave Rock And Roll To You album art Argent God Gave Rock And Roll To You (Single) Epic UK 1973 Sell This Version
Argent - It's Only Money Part 2 album art Argent It's Only Money Part 2 (Single) Epic Germany 1973 Sell This Version
S epc 3954 Argent - God Gave Rock And Roll To You album art Argent God Gave Rock And Roll To You(7") Epic S epc 3954 UK 1973 Sell This Version
5-10972 Argent - Christmas For The Free album art Argent Christmas For The Free(7", Mono, Promo) Epic 5-10972 US 1973 Sell This Version
Argent - Thunder And Lightning album art Argent Thunder And Lightning (Single) Epic Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Argent - Keep On Rollin' album art Argent Keep On Rollin' Epic UK 1974 Sell This Version

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September 11, 2018
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 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 also continued the minor keys and complex lyrics of The Zombies, often by Argent's writing with former Zombie bassist Chris White. Guitarist and vocalist Russ Ballard also developed strong melodies and hit singles, writing a string of FM staples. The band was completed by bassist Jim Rodford and drummer Bob Henrit.

Their first album, Argent, was critically acclaimed, if not a massive seller. It was a solid start and contained Ballard's excellent number "Liar", which was subsequently covered by Three Dog Night. 1971's Ring of Hands saw Argent build their following and become major artists. All Together Now was their artistic and commercial high water mark. An album containing a handful of great songs, it produced the song that they are best remembered for-- "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", 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, Rod Argent's writing dominated the album, with Ballard only contributing 3 of the album's 9 songs. The album's 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. 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 and guitar/vocalist John Verity. Argent changed direction again, this time exploring jazz fusion. 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 their final albums Circus and 1975's Counterpoints were poorly received and failed to sell, though their final concert tours were well attended. In 1975, John Grimaldi decided to leave the band. While Rod Argent considered whether to continue Argent, the remaining members (Henrit, Rodford and Verity) became Phoenix.

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