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We’ve put together an album that could have been the Zombies follow up to Odessey & Oracle. There is a lost album which does the rounds, usually goes by the title “R.I.P”. This is different, we’ve used different tracks & mixed the album to work better as a piece. It works pretty well & better than R.I.P in our opinion.
I like everything about sgt pepper era Beatles. Apart from the music, it’s the way they changed. The shorter hair, the sergeant major style clipped moustaches, their outfits & even just the way they looked..they all looked slimmer & wiser somehow. In 1966 The Beatles were donning their out grown mop tops & smart suits. They were cleanly shaven but looking jaded & they left the world with a cliff hanger Tomorrow Never Knows. This track was the highly experimental, possibly eternally timeless final track on their 1966 album Revolver. The Beatles then went eerily quiet for 6 months, unusually so for them, sparking rumours of a break up & prompting sections of the media to report that the band had lost their creative edge & it was all coming to a spluttering, disappointing end. You can imagine how eager the band must have been, sitting in Abbey Road’s studio 2, anxious to reveal their next single to prove everybody wrong. Then they jump out of their supposed slumber with a big “SSSURPRISE!” and they release the most advanced pop record in history, Strawberry Fields Forever, re-emerging from the shadows, looking like a gay section from the American civil war.
I love to imagine what I would’ve been feeling had I been alive at the time, impatiently waiting to hear what my favourite band were going to do next & then being slapped around the face with Strawberry Fields, a knockout blow! For anyone who wasn’t around at the time of it’s release it’s easy to just accept that song as just, a great song. But I’m guessing in 1967 it was like hearing. ..well basically like hearing nothing you’d ever heard before, or even thought possible of hearing in the future. A huge step forward, a progression, fast forwarding everybody else in popular culture towards new horizons & opportunities. And this was just the first taster of what the band had been up to all those months. The album, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was coming next & this was to contain more of the same. Big, new sounds, new song structures & concepts. It’s just a really interesting, intriguing period in The Beatles history, which was the turning point to a completely new approach for the band & every other band around at that time.
We’ve been collecting images of the Pepper sessions for a while & have cross referenced what we found with the “Complete Recording Sessions” book & the “Recording The Beatles” book for dates. We checked on what days they wore what clothes so we know what session they were currently involved in on each picture we found. Check out the collection so far on our Pinterest board.
1. End of the Day – Kytes
2. Dougal – Bulldog Breed
3. Today is the Day – Ola & the Janglers
4. Somewhere Up High – The Guess Who
5. Lake Hope – Chrysalis
6. Friendly With You – Del Shannon
7. Days Are Only Here & Gone – Gandalf
8. Twenty Ten – Tinkerbell’s Fairydust
9. Eileen’s Haberdashery Store – Bulldog Breed
10. Wendy – Malcolm Holland
11. Lonely Am I – Stained Glass
12. We’re Not Those People Anymore – Rifkin
13. Wintry Morning – Maury Muehleisen
14. Not So Young Today – Five Steps Beyond
15. Pat’s Song – The Peppermint Trolly Company
16. I Don’t Need Love – The Tidal Waves
17. Hear My Lamentation – The Tages
18. Shelly Tell Me Why – River Deep
The Zombies have a lot to answer for. When you read almost any interview with US bands of the 60’s, The Zombies (along with The Beatles & The Stones) are invariably mentioned as a key influence on their sound. They were a huge part of The British invasion, & bands like The Left Banke, or The Turtles may have never existed in the form that they do were it not for The Zombies. Listen to any US Garage compilation & you’ll no doubt hear more than one track that bears a resemblance to “She’s Not There”. And this isn’t just limited to US or UK bands, you could do the same with any European garage compilation too. Swedish bands in particular seem to favour The Zombies minor chord, polite, English baroque style. Jorgen Johansson, the Swede behind the Fading Yellow compilations, kind of opened up a new genre for many 60’s pop fans to delve into; minor chord baroque pop. It kind of has a mood of it’s own, & the term “Fading Yellow” is now frequently used to describe the sound of records on music blogs, or to catch the eye of record collectors on ebay. Would the Fading Yellow series have existed without The Zombies? Not sure. With Rod Argent mimicking the classic baroque style of playing on his Hohner Pianet, did The Zombies help to re-popularise the clavichord & harpsichord too? Suddenly an instrument not utilised in popular music since the late medieval period was appearing on pop records by the coolest bands in the 60’s, used alongside the latest electric musical instruments.
Anyway, Odessey & Oracle is obviously one of the finest albums ever made. Not exactly psychedelic but welcomed into the genre because of it’s mood, inventiveness, lyrical content & its use of echo & mellotron throughout. We really wanted to find the essence of that album in other artists music so we put a compilation together of what we could find. It’s been hard to find anything close to being as good as any of the tracks on Odessey, but this compilation should be an interesting listen for fans. We would have loved to have unearthed more tracks with a mellotron, but searching for tracks sounding specific to Odessey & Oracle was challenge enough, without finding ones that also contained a mellotron. Maybe we’ll find some for a future volume. Again, as always, we’ve done our best to steer away from anything too obvious, & maybe some songs you’ll listen & think “nothing like the Zombies” yet listen again & you might go “ah yeah”.
Yup we’re now on Mixcloud. You can download our uploads to listen to in the car or on your way to work. Expect all of the usual stuff.. psychedelic pop, folk rock, 60’s pop, lost albums, albums that never were etc.
About 10 years ago we made a series of themed mixes for blogs & forums. We called those compilations “Behind the Tymes”. It was a mix of psychedelic tunes that sounded slightly behind the times between 1969 to mid 70’s. Basically artists making psychedelic music in the post-psych period which, ideally would not have been compiled anywhere else previously (a couple have since appeared on compilations.)
We were initially inspired to make these compilations after hearing Jörgen Johansson’s Fading Yellow Volume 5, a flawless compilation of 1970’s soft psychedelic album tracks. So if you love that volume you should understand & hopefully dig Behind The Tymes. We started with UK only artists on volume 1 & eventually made a US based mix with volume 2 & then a worldwide mix with volume 3. We really dug deep to find the tunes but think it was worth the hours spent when we listened back.
A few years later we started a: “Behind The Tymes” twitter page but we now post everything on our: Fuzzdandy Music Account..
Unfortunately a few of the tunes we originally mined are not currently available on Apple Music or Spotify, but we have re-compiled volume 1 with a few extras to make up for whatever is missing from apple music or Spotify’s current library. We will add those missing tracks at a later date.. if they ever appear on either of those hosts.
TRACK LISTING & ALBUM INFO:
1) Galliard – Open up your Mind (from new dawn 1970)
2) Strawbs – Where is this Dream of My Youth (from s/t 1969)
3) Cochise – lost hearts (from swallow tails 1971)
4) Quicksand – empty street empty heart (Home is where I belong 1973)
5) Stackridge – Percy the penguin (from S/T 1970)
6) Lindisfarne – Lady Eleanor (from nicely out of tune 1970)
7) Gringo – Emma & Harry (from S/T 1971)
8) Byzantium – I am a stranger to my life (from S/T 1972)
9) Pacific drift – grain of sand (from feelin free 1970)
10) Dave cousins – two weeks last summer (from two weeks last summer 1972)
11) Jackson Heights – bebop (from ragamuffins fool 1972)
12) Ironbridge – getting older (from S/T 1973)
13) Clifford T Ward – jigsaw girl (from escalator 1975)
14) The Pretty Things – Peter (from freeway madness 1973)
15) Richmond – Clifftop (from frightened 1973)
16) Alan Hull – Picture a Little Girl (from squire 1975)
17) Camel – spirit of the water (From Moonmadness 1976)
18) Mother nature – where did she go? (From orange days and purple nights 1971 single)
19) Marvin, Welch & Farrar- (From S/T 1971)
20) Trader Horne – here comes the rain (from here comes the rain 1970 single)
21) Music motor (Swinging blue jeans) – where am I going (from happy 1970 single)
If you like The Band but you’ve listened to the albums, you dig them but wish they’d made another album, maybe around 1970 time, then this Compilation should appease you. We’ve been searching, listening & compiling this mix for about 3 years, it will probably be an ongoing playlist which we add to as we find more, but this makes a terrific Band-esque album as it is. We actually found lots more tracks which were not available on Apple Music so we couldn’t add those, but luckily the majority were available.
Uncut made a similar compilation available in 2005 as a free CD, but that was made up mostly of modern artists & no real rarities. We wanted the mix to sound authentic, so we’ve made sure all of the tracks were recorded in 1969 – early 70’s. Some artists clearly want to be The Band, but a few I’m sure actually inspired The Band’s sound.
Track Listing & Album Info:
- Street people – Bobby Charles (from s/t 1972)
- Hoona spoona – Hungry Chuck (from s/t 1972)
- Roll em down – Morning (from s/t 1970)
- Lay me back – Alvin Lee & Mylon Lefevre (from on the road to freedom 1973)
- Yazoo City Jail – Roger Tillison (from Roger Tillison’s Album 1970)
- Trouble – Little Feat (from sailin’ shoes 1972)
- The slow one – Brinsley Schwarz (from despite it all 1970)
- Humming bird – Leon Russell (from s/t 1970)
- I won’t go through that again – Goose creek symphony (from welcome to goose creek 1970)
- Good morning Mr. Railroad man – Ry Cooder (from boomer’s story 1972)
- Motorcycle man – John Simon (from John Simon’s album 1971)
- Malt & barley blues – McGuinness flint (from happy birthday Ruthy baby 1971)
- In no resistance – Frankie Miller (from once in a blue moon 1972)
- Wallflower – Doug Sahm (from Doug Sahm & his band 1973)
- Raid on bush creek in 39 – Goos Creek Symphony (from est 1970 1970)
- Fool for a cigarette – Ry Cooder (from paradise & lunch 1970)
- Tannenbaum – John Simon (from John Simon’s album 1971)
A post we did for our mate Pete at the “Bite it Deep” blog a few years back. Now revised & remixed 2018:
You never know, the story may not be too far from what actually happened. Either way, it’s nice to imagine it did while listening to “Cubist Town”
- No Better No Worse
- It’s So easy Falling
- Cubist Town
- Harry the One Man Band
- Up the Junction
- Everyday Another Hair Turns Grey
- Funniest Gig
- Rainbow Eyes
- Too Many People
- There is a Man
- Just For Me
Just finished reading the Kindle edition of this captivating book by Rob Young.
Electric Eden tells the historical story of British Folk music, a mystical, magical journey through time introducing us to, apart from the music, some fascinating, eccentrically colourful characters, some deep thinking, troubled souls & primitive ideas & Religion. Taking us along a dirt track out of the City & into the wild, painting a sepia tinted picture in your mind of the British countryside & all that evokes it.
It tells the story from the beginning, a similar tale to the beginnings of the US folk music scene. It took a handful of dedicated, obsessive personalities to unearth the songs of the people, the country folk & the working classes. These people scoured the length & breadth of the country, out to the sticks, collecting songs, poems & folklore tales from the few people that had them handed down to them.
The story then shifts from these dusty narratives to explain how these original unaccompanied songs then became the folk music we know so well from the early 1960s. Music by artists such as Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, The Watersons.
We are then turned onto how the genre developed through that decade & beyond, to incorporate psychedelia, the Occult & the fuse of other musical genres, such as Jazz & US country music & how this in turn inspired the mainstream to contrive some of the classics of our time. Sgt pepper, Piper at the Gates of Dawn et al.
The book gives us in depth write ups of recommended albums, a track by track guide by picking out the instruments used, the conflicts between band members, and the significant lyrics & what they could have meant to it’s authors. All presented in a very welcome, finicky fashion.
|Author Rob Young. has written for Uncut & The Wire|
It tells of the inspiration behind a lot of these albums & of the places where the songs were conceived & recorded. Throwing you right into the Studios & country retreats alongside the artists, or in the case of 1970s band Heron (shown on the cover above) out in the fields & plonked on a log by their makeshift open-air recording studio.
The book is a hefty companion & a recommended read, even for those who don’t particularly like some of the artists or albums featured within. The stories are all educational & interesting none the less. Not too sure why the book swings dramatically towards the end to include in depth chapters on Kate Bush, Talk Talk, David Sylvian. You can’t help but feel that the author was looking for an excuse to force in a few personal favourite bands of his generation. Despite having little to do with Folk music as we know it & wandering off & away from the general feel of the book, these pages still make for interesting reading.
If you can’t afford a Holiday this year, then just stay home & read this. You’ll be transported away from work & the stresses of everyday life & into the carefree countryside as often as you like. And all for the price of a book.
Review by fuZZdandy