Musical palate cleanser, what’s your name, who’s your daddy edition

I went and saw The Zombies Saturday night at Variety Playhouse.  The group, both in its current configuration and also in the one that brings together the four surviving members of the original group, are touring in support of the fiftieth anniversary of the recording of their second album, Odessey and Oracle.

That album is one of the more ill-fated stories of pop music.  (Wikipedia has the back story here, if you’re interested.)  Aside from the “group makes great record, then promptly disbands” part of it, the album itself is a minor miracle, given keyboardist and musical leader Rod Argent’s tendency towards stylistic self-indulgence (something that was on display in a rather up-and-down first set Saturday) combined with the surprising decision to let the group produce the album itself.

Happily, though, the final product was a taut effort, with not a single wasted note on twelve songs clocking in at a tick over thirty-five minutes.  (If you’ve got the time and like late sixties British pop, give it a listen.)  The band performs the album live virtually note for note, which made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Anyway, the album may be obscure, but it was the source of the group’s monster hit, “Time of the Season”, which was recorded in 1967, released as a single six months later and became a chart success in 1969.  It sounded as great the other night as it did the first time I heard it on the radio.


UPDATE:  Talk about your small world.



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7 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, what’s your name, who’s your daddy edition

  1. Russ

    Nice. Thanks for the background, Senator.


  2. doiknowu

    They were my second-favorite British Invasion group, and I never could figure out why they didn’t have more hits than they did. “Gotta Get a Hold of Myself” in particular deserved more attention, IMO. Of course, their song “I Love You” was a hit for the group People, but I prefer the original.


  3. Athens Dog

    Well, you learn something new every day. Just downloaded it.


  4. David K

    Been thinking of this album lately after hearing “Rose for Emily” used prominently on the S-Town podcast. My favorite was always “Care of Cell 44.”


    • Dawg Vegas

      Care of Cell 44 was my favorite also. This Will Be Our Year, Brief Candles, A Rose For Emily… such a great album. I saw them about 10 years ago at Variety, and wish I did this time too.


  5. Saw them on an American tour in the sixties-enjoyed the show. The big hit for them at the time was Tell Her No.


  6. Hobnail_Boot

    Dave Matthews Band does a fantastic cover of TOTS.