Argent was an English art-rock band that released six studio albums and a live double-LP on Epic between 1970 and 1975, followed by a seventh on RCA. They were the namesake of ex-Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent. On their first five albums, Argent was a four-piece with singer/guitarist Russ Ballard, who found success outside the band […]

Argent ‎– Argent (1970)

Argent is the debut album by the namesake English art-rock/pop foursome, released in 1970 on Epic. Recorded a year after the band evolved from the ashes of The Zombies, the album bears some of that band’s hallmarks, as heard in the breathy, haunted vocals and smooth, frontal keyboards of “Schoolgirl” and “Dance in the Smoke.” […]

Argent – Circus (1975)

Circus is the sixth studio album by English symphonic/jazz-rock band Argent, released in 1975 on Epic. Tracklist: A1. “Circus” (3:45) A2. “Highwire” (9:05) A3. “Clown” (5:50) B1. “Trapeze” (8:48) B2. “Shine on Sunshine” (4:02) B3. “The Ring” (1:20) B4. “The Jester” (3:35) Credits: Rod Argent – Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Moog Synthesizer, Hammond organ, Piano, Vocals John […]

Argent ‎– Nexus (1974)

Nexus is the fifth studio album by English symphonic/art-rock band Argent, released in 1974 on Epic. Tracklist: A1. “The Coming of Kohoutek” (3:10) A2. “Once Around the Sun” (2:20) A3. “Infinite Wanderer” (3:02) A4. “Love” (3:51) A5. “Music From the Spheres” (8:10) B1. “Thunder and Lightning” (5:05) B2. “Keeper of the Flame” (6:02) B3. “Man for […]

Argent ‎– Ring of Hands (1971)

Ring of Hands is the second album by English art-rock foursome Argent, released in 1971 on Epic. Tracklist: A1. “Celebration” (2:52)* A2. “Sweet Mary” (4:05) A3. “Cast Your Spell Uranus” (4:29) A4. “Lothlorien” (7:50) B1. “Chained” (5:18) B2. “Rejoice” (3:44) B3. “Pleasure” (4:51) B4. “Sleep Won’t Help Me” (5:09) B5. “Where Are We Going Wrong” […]

Russ Ballard

Russ Ballard is an English musician and songwriter who recorded with the sixties beat groups The Roulettes and Unit 4 + 2. In 1969, he co-founded Argent with ex-Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent. He made five studio albums with the band and wrote their hits “Liar” and “God Gave Rock and Roll to You.” Concurrently, he […]