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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

AS 4 Argent - Heads Up album art Various Be Free Various - Heads Up(7", Promo) Epic AS 4 US 1970 Sell This Version
AS 69 Argent - Play:kcab album art Various Keeper Of The Flame Various - Play:kcab(7", EP, Promo, Smplr) Columbia, Epic AS 69 US 1974 Sell This Version
TRS.17 Argent - Kaatskill Takes : The Greene County Edits album art Various Hold Your Head Up (Schoharie Creek Dub) Various - Kaatskill Takes : The Greene County Edits(12", Smplr, Unofficial) Track Rabbit Suppers TRS.17 US 2012 Sell This Version
M 043 Argent - Join Together album art The Who Hold Your Head The Who - Join Together(7", EP, Unofficial) 4 Track M 043 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
M. 142 Argent - Sunshine Lover album art Various God Gave Rock And Roll To You Various - Sunshine Lover(7", EP) 4 Track M. 142 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
KS-155 Argent - Whisky In The Jar album art Various Christmas For The Free and 1 more… Various - Whisky In The Jar(7", EP) Cash Box KS-155 Thailand Unknown 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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