Song of the Day, April 21: Time of the Season by the Zombies

ZombiesTimeToday’s song is a hit that almost wasn’t. The Zombies’ final album, Odessey and Oracle, was a masterpiece of baroque pop, bringing all of the members’ talents together in a beautifully cohesive package. Sadly, label neglect and internal tensions broke up the group just as the disc was released. One of the album’s biggest fans was Al Kooper, wo had just assumed A&R duties at Columbia, home of the band’s US label, Date. He pushed hard for singles, but nothing stuck. Finally, one of his choices was packaged with a failed UK single from the album and became a smash symbol of the age.

Time of the Season is a rich, layered track celebrating new love, a perfect fit for the post flower power psychedelic age. Writer Rod Argent had a very specific sound in mind and fought bitterly with bandmate Colin Blunstone over the vocal delivery. Blunstone finally turned in a performance that Argent approved, and the result is magical. Sinuous and urgent, it both captures and transcends its time. Tight, haunting playing and lush harmonies complete the package nicely. The single was also a big hit, spending two weeks at #3 on the Hot 100 a year after the band ceased to be.

Enjoy this classic hit today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, April 21: Time of the Season by the Zombies

  1. F.X. says:

    thanks for the great memory jog!

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