Time of the Season

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"Time of the Season"
Single by The Zombies
from the album Odessey and Oracle
B-side "I'll Call You Mine" (UK and initially in US) "Friends of Mine" (subsequently in US)
Released March 1968
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios, August 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop
Length 3:34
Label Date Records
Writer(s) Rod Argent
Producer(s) The Zombies
The Zombies singles chronology
"Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)"
(1968)
"Time of the Season"
(1968)
"Imagine the Swan"
(1969)

"Time of the Season" is a song by The Zombies, featured on their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. It was written by keyboard player Rod Argent and recorded at Abbey Road Studios in August 1967.

Song information[edit]

Several other songs from Odessey and Oracle were released as singles prior to "Time of the Season". Columbia Records supported the album and its singles at the urging of new A&R Rep, Al Kooper. One of the singles issued on Columbia's Date label was the uncommercial sounding "Butcher's Tale", which Columbia thought might catch on as an anti-war statement, at the time a popular trend. "Time of the Season" was only released at Kooper's urging, initially coupled with its' original UK B side, "I'll Call You Mine" without success. After previous singles flopped, Date rereleased "Time Of The Season" backed with another UK flop single, "Friends Of Mine", and it made its breakthrough in early 1969, over a year after the band split up. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and #1 in Canada. It did not chart in the band's native Britain, although in mid-1969 it peaked at #2 on the South African hit parade.

The song's characteristics include the unique voice of lead singer Colin Blunstone, the memorable bass riff (which is similar to Ben E. King's hit "Stand By Me"), and Rod Argent's fast-paced psychedelic improvisation. The lyrics are an archetypical depiction of the emotions surrounding the Summer of Love. It is famous for such call-and-response verses as "What's your name? (What's your name?) / Who's your daddy? (Who's your daddy?) / Is he rich? (Is he rich like me?)" approximately 50 seconds into the track. Both stereo and monaural original releases contain vocal responses.

In 1998, Big Beat Records released a CD reissue of Odessey and Oracle containing both the original stereo and mono versions of "Time of The Season". It also featured a newly remixed alternate version containing instrumental backing underneath the vocals during the entire chorus. These instrumental backings had been mixed out on the original 1968 stereo and mono versions to create a cappella vocal sections.

Music critic Antonio Mendez called it one of the sublime songs on Odessey and Oracle.[1]

Milwaukee's Third Coast Daily.com called the song "something of a counterculture anthem."[2]

In 2012, NME named the track the 35th best song of the 1960s.[3]

Usage in pop culture[edit]

"Time of The Season" is frequently used in pop culture to represent the late 1960s. In that sense, it is featured in the films 1969, Awakenings, A Walk on the Moon and Riding the Bullet, all of which depict the year of 1969. The song was played during the 2013 supernatural horror movie The Conjuring, which took place in 1971.

It has been used in many television programs, where it sometimes portrays romance, as in the Will and Grace episode "Marry Me A Little", it is used to represent Grace's joy after marrying Leo.

"Time of the Season" has been featured in several TV commercials, such as a 1999 Tampax ad set at the Woodstock Festival, a 2005 Fidelity Investments commercial, a 2006 ad for Sprite. It was also used in the advertising campaigns of Nissan Tiida in Japan (2004), Greece (2007), Russia (2008) and Toyota RAV4 (2013) in Russia.

During the 2006 playoffs, the song was played in Shea Stadium as the home-team New York Mets took the field.

Cover versions and samples[edit]

The song has been covered many times by other bands in recordings, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mendez, A. (2007). Guía del pop y el rock 80 y 90: Aloha poprock (2nd ed.). Editorial Visión Libros. p. 413. ISBN 9788498215694. 
  2. ^ http://thirdcoastdaily.com/2013/09/the-zombies-return-to-milwaukee-this-time-at-the-pabst/
  3. ^ http://www.nme.com/list/100-best-songs-of-the-1960s/263950/article/264102
  4. ^ http://www.globaldogproductions.info/a/a-square.html (45 Discography for A-Square Records)
Preceded by
"Dizzy" by Tommy Roe
RPM Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
March 31, 1969
Succeeded by
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension