Argent was formed in 1969 by Rod Argent and Chris White, who had been the keyboard player and the bassist, and principal songwriters, in 60s hitmakers The Zombies. Chris White now assumed a writing and producing role, so Jim Rodford (Argent's cousin and formerly with the Mike Cotton Sound) was recruited on bass. The line-up was completed by drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist / vocalist / songwriter Russ Ballard (both previously with The Roulettes and Unit 4 + 2).
The first two albums Argent (1970) and Ring Of Hands (1971) performed well but it was the third album All Together Now (1972) that catapulted the band to stardom. Written by Argent and White, first single Hold Your Head Up reached number 5 in both the UK and the US, where it sold over a million copies, and second single Tragedy also sold well. The next album In Deep (1973) featured the massive rock anthem God Gave Rock and Roll To You, another worldwide hit, written by Russ Ballard. The song gained a new lease of life in 1991 when Kisss cover version was featured at the end of the film Bill And Teds Bogus Journey. The album also included the hit Its Only Money (Pt 2).
This 28 track 2 CD compilation gathers all the hits and the cream of the album tracks, including Rod Argents Christmas For The Free, which feature virtuoso performances and amazing vocal harmonies. The booklet incudes annotation by Alan Robinson.