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The Zombies — Time of the Season
Album: Odessey and Oracle
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Released: 1968
Length: 3:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It's the Time Of the Season.
When love runs high.
And this time, give it to me easy.
And let me try with pleasured hands.

To take you in the sun to (promised lands).
To show you every one. It's the time of
the season for loving.

What's your name? Who's your daddy?
(He rich) Is he rich like me.
Has he taken, any time.
(To show) To show you what you need to live.

Tell it to me slowly (tell me what).
I really want to know. It's the time of
the season for loving.
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 LowPhreak wrote:

Actually we're both a bit wrong and right. It may have been a vocal sound but it was done through an old EMT Plate Reverberator according to this article:

"The clap and breath effect that make ‘Time Of The Season’ so distinctive were overdubbed as a result of a eureka moment that Argent experienced while hearing the backing track playback. “That little clap in front of the snare and then the ‘aah’ that comes after it, we rehearsed it without that. We put it down and because we had extra tracks, I said, ‘D’you know what? I can hear this mouth percussion thing.’ So I just zoomed into the studio and did it. That was it. It was just absolutely at the moment, y’know. The EMT plates at Abbey Road were brilliant and that’s what was used on it.”

So maybe a vocal sound overdubbed onto the track as a "mouth percussion" sound, which can be heard either as a splash or a sigh. (?) But Rod Argent doesn't say exactly here if it was a vocal, a splash or china cymbal, a keyboard sound or what initial sound was put through the Plate Reverb to get the "breath effect".

I have a pretty decent audio rig that's very accurate and I'm a drummer, and to me it sounds more like some cymbals I've heard or an e-effect than a vocal sigh when I focus in on it. I think on most stereos in the 1960s though (and a lot of playback systems today) it comes off as a sigh, which was the intended effect.




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 Grahamthefirst wrote:

Great song, still sounds fresh after all these years. 9+

This appeared on a CBS sampler album called "The Rock Machine Turns You On" which provided the soundtrack to the summer of '68 to many of my generation, introducing us to many great artistes (and a couple less so!).

Anyone else remember that record? 



Oh yes, remember it well. Still upstairs with all the other vinyls.
The Zombies..St Albans finest 👌 
Colin Blunstone has such a unique and timeless voice. You could plunk him down in nearly any era and he would work, and sound modern. Just beautiful
Sex & drugs & rock n roll...and The Zombies
 martymoose15 wrote:

Who's your daddy!!!



Hoosier Daddy
I will allow it
I dig it, man.
I like the version of Eminem more ;-)
Colin Blunstone, what a voice....this song, this album took the 60s to another level (dimension) musically.  I had the pleasure of seeing them 8 years ago at a small venue (The Kessler) in Dallas.  Glanced up in the balcony and there was Don Henley enjoying the great show.
Now reads as completely creepy. 
Epitome of 1960s Cool , "Time of the Season" is a Classic ...
You are listening to one song off one of the greatest albums ever recorded.  Up there with all the best.  Check it out.  
The quintessential 60’s song !
@john_m_hopkins "Boones Farm in the bong" - oh dear... that made me LQIM (Laugh Quietly Inside Myself)! Up here in Canader, eh, we didn't have Boones Farm but there was definitely a period of experimentation circa 12th grade involving local equivalent Lonesome Charlie and other nasty "panty removers" in the bong that I had managed to forget. Thanks for the jog down Memory Lane.
Who's your daddy!!!
 kcar wrote:
At the very heart of the 60s. 10 forever. 
 

Boones' Farm apple wine in the Bong...
 kcar wrote:
At the very heart of the 60s. 10 forever. 
 
True that (even though I'm at a 9 rating) - still that Album art reeks of the 60s (a good thing) - Long Live RP!!
The Zombies, formed in 1961, are still touring. A recent concert in L.A. gets a glowing review. 


https://variety.com/2018/music/reviews/concert-review-the-zombies-bring-baroque-n-roll-to-l-a-s-troubadour-1202936319/

Far out dude! {#Daisy}
Groovy.  
At the very heart of the 60s. 10 forever. 
A golden nugget, seemingly timeless.
very good song!
 trevc wrote:

In fact it is a vocal sigh.

 
Actually we're both a bit wrong and right. It may have been a vocal sound but it was done through an old EMT Plate Reverberator according to this article:

"The clap and breath effect that make ‘Time Of The Season’ so distinctive were overdubbed as a result of a eureka moment that Argent experienced while hearing the backing track playback. “That little clap in front of the snare and then the ‘aah’ that comes after it, we rehearsed it without that. We put it down and because we had extra tracks, I said, ‘D’you know what? I can hear this mouth percussion thing.’ So I just zoomed into the studio and did it. That was it. It was just absolutely at the moment, y’know. The EMT plates at Abbey Road were brilliant and that’s what was used on it.”

So maybe a vocal sound overdubbed onto the track as a "mouth percussion" sound, which can be heard either as a splash or a sigh. (?) But Rod Argent doesn't say exactly here if it was a vocal, a splash or china cymbal, a keyboard sound or what initial sound was put through the Plate Reverb to get the "breath effect".

I have a pretty decent audio rig that's very accurate and I'm a drummer, and to me it sounds more like some cymbals I've heard or an e-effect than a vocal sigh when I focus in on it. I think on most stereos in the 1960s though (and a lot of playback systems today) it comes off as a sigh, which was the intended effect.


A relic from the organ era. Not my thing, sounds so so dated to me. Great concept, but cannot get over that sound.
two of The Zombies were on Tom Petty's XMRadio show a few months ago
they said when they went into the studio to do this album The Beatles were on there way out after recording Sgt Pepper
the crew told them these crazy things that they had them do like sync two 4-trak recorders together to have 8-trak
they said "oh really now? hmmm"
 LowPhreak wrote:

It's not a vocal sigh, it's a small, trashy sounding splash cymbal or china-type cymbal. But I get what you're saying, yeah today they might do it as some dumb sampled fake sound.

 
In fact it is a vocal sigh.
{#Motor}   {#Motor}    {#Motor}
With any kind of a buzz on, or not, one of the coolest songs of all time! And IF you're at Standard Orbit or above, then this is DA BOMB
 stunix wrote:
great recording, if it were done today the sigh would be a sample and the vocals would all be autotuned.    it would lose what makes this tune sexily good.     the point is that the record label wouldnt have it any other way, but hey what do they know about good music.

 
You are absolutely correct, they only know what sells.  Genuinely unique musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin would never be produced on major labels, today.  They would be just 2 more indies trying to sell their records.  Today we live in a cultural low point (e.g., the presidential election).
 btt wrote:
Anybody know whether it was Rod Argent or Colin Blunstone handling the vocals on this one ?

 
I'm pretty sure it's Blunstone singing the lead, though I think Rod Argent wrote the tune.
 stunix wrote:
great recording, if it were done today the sigh would be a sample and the vocals would all be autotuned.    it would lose what makes this tune sexily good.     the point is that the record label wouldnt have it any other way, but hey what do they know about good music.

 
It's not a vocal sigh, it's a small, trashy sounding splash cymbal or china-type cymbal. But I get what you're saying, yeah today they might do it as some dumb sampled fake sound.
 btt wrote:
Anybody know whether it was Rod Argent or Colin Blunstone handling the vocals on this one ?

 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_the_Season
Anybody know whether it was Rod Argent or Colin Blunstone handling the vocals on this one ?
Great Times! {#Clap}{#Meditate}{#Daisy}
 Grahamthefirst wrote:
Great song, still sounds fresh after all these years. 9+

This appeared on a CBS sampler album called "The Rock Machine Turns You On" which provided the soundtrack to the summer of '68 to many of my generation, introducing us to many great artistes (and a couple less so!).

Anyone else remember that record? 

 
Sorry, after my time.
Great song, still sounds fresh after all these years. 9+

This appeared on a CBS sampler album called "The Rock Machine Turns You On" which provided the soundtrack to the summer of '68 to many of my generation, introducing us to many great artistes (and a couple less so!).

Anyone else remember that record? 
thanks RP  

                          You can reach out.
                         You've a long spoon,
 kingart wrote:
Love Potion No. 9. 

Who's your daddy?

 

 
Far out man! {#Sunny}
 kingart wrote:
Love Potion No. 9. 

Who's your daddy?

 
The songs have different chord progressions, but it does sound very similar in some spots.  Both songs have that minor-key groove going on.
Love Potion No. 9. 

Who's your daddy?

 
great recording, if it were done today the sigh would be a sample and the vocals would all be autotuned.    it would lose what makes this tune sexily good.     the point is that the record label wouldnt have it any other way, but hey what do they know about good music.
 bmccaul wrote:
More Zombies please - this is the only Zombies song ever played on RP?!

 
No, there is also Brains!...More Brains! with George A. Romero sitting in on drums.  {#Wink}



Hmmm, the first time "Who's your daddy?" appeared in the lyrics of a pop tune?
I Hope 2015 is a year full of Sugar sweet Zombie-love for each of you Precious People!!!
It's the WAAAAAY Back Machine again!{#Roflol}
Part of Argent's genius on this song is how he arrays the tonal qualities of the vocalists.
... it's the funky "percussion" -- including the vocal sigh -- that rivets me to the speakers.  A 9 to be sure.


And that comment {#Arrowd}  is a jewel!
Went way back in the comments to spot this gem:



coloradojohn

(Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan -- 15 min. west of Shinjuku, center of the freaking Universe)


Posted: Sep 25, 2008 - 00:39
 

Some days spent in orbit of shining RP are like decades of toiling and spinning on oft-blighted Earth...and I don't have to go far from my speakers, nor cope with much grief to winnow the joy — it's pretty much ready to put in the pipe and smoke! — so decidedly user-friendly!
 notftpdoug wrote:
Rod Argent is seriously under-appreciated for finding a sound that was way too sexy for the times.

 
right on!  still arrests my attention, and the whispering repeats are so wow man
Rod Argent is seriously under-appreciated for finding a sound that was way too sexy for the times.
{#Music}
 apd wrote:
This song has such a great groove... and then the chorus brings it to a grinding halt. Is it just me? Did you have to be there?

 
Not necessarily, but I guess it could help.
The organ...the way Ray Manzarek should have played.
This is pretty much played on german stations. Nice classic song btw.
 
i-c-o-n-i-c, but yes, perhaps you had to be there...
I've never owned this record, but I swear I get this song in my head at least once a month. My personal ear worm. 
Groooooovy man! Timeless stuff.
I. Love. This. Song.
 apd wrote:
This song has such a great groove... and then the chorus brings it to a grinding halt. Is it just me? Did you have to be there?

 

Yes you did......
By the time Odessey and Oracle was released in April 1968, the group had disbanded. The album sold poorly and was only given a US release because musician Al Kooper convinced his label of the album's merits. Remember Argent's "Hold Your Head Up"  ... that was Zombies founding member Rod Argent.  He also played piano on the Who's title cut "Who Are You."   More useless trivia to fill our minds ...

Wonderful cover!

Post-mortem and post-modern...

 

PS

By the way: Why no Mamas? Why no Papas?


This followed Blackfield's End Of The World and yes it is the Time!           {#Sad}

Incredible cover-design!

 

 


This song has such a great groove... and then the chorus brings it to a grinding halt. Is it just me? Did you have to be there?
Another era-defining song. It blows my mind.
More Zombies please - this is the only Zombies song ever played on RP?!
i wonder if this is the first documented usage of the phrase "Who's your daddy"?
 capandjudy wrote:
Slippery
 
Slope....
            ....
                 ....


 peter_james_bond wrote:

Hippy

 


Slippery
 ziakut wrote:
Who's your daddy? Love it.

Hey...Ray Manzarek of the Doors...take a hint...a keyboard solo doesn't have to be 18 minutes long. This tune is good moderation...take note. Love the Zombies. 
 
I think you're advice is just a wee bit late.  Great song.

as it happens, we were just talking about brain-eating amoebas, haha! Brrrraaaaaaaiiinnnnnnnssss!
 peter_james_bond wrote:

Hippy

 

Bippy
One of my favorite songs from this era! {#Music}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Trippy.

 
Hippy

 cohifi wrote:
Skippy.
 
Trippy.

 alisavox wrote:
Yippy.
 
Skippy.

Yippy.
Killer use of this song... Melanie Fiona's Give It To Me Right:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPBQmzKQRvU

Who's your daddy? Love it.

Hey...Ray Manzarek of the Doors...take a hint...a keyboard solo doesn't have to be 18 minutes long. This tune is good moderation...take note. Love the Zombies. 
BRAINS!   {#Skull}
Oh, this song just makes me wanna trot out my Mamas and Papas CD, and my Tommy James, and....

I have a CD by Brent Bourgeois, and he does an excellent cover of this song, complete with a huge thunderboomer.  It's really good. If I can ever find it, I'll try to get it here for review and playage, although I don't seem to be having much success in that area yet. {#Roflol}
 kaybee wrote:
Gormless as the band may have looked, it appears this song has great associations for all of us old geezers.  I can recall few pieces of rock that sounds so unique.  As soon as you hear the 1st bar, you know what song it is.

 
ahhh ........  yes, just baking in the nowhere rays, here in wet Alaska, remembering younger days...oh shit, I am an older geezerette.........

Gormless as the band may have looked, it appears this song has great associations for all of us old geezers.  I can recall few pieces of rock that sounds so unique.  As soon as you hear the 1st bar, you know what song it is.

 spigolli wrote:
What a cool band!


 

Now I ask you, don't they look like Zombies?
What a cool band!


A true classic.{#Bounce}
Stereo sound at its best ! And yes,,organ gasm !{#Bananapiano}

In this time, give it to me easy
And let me try
With pleasured hands
To take you and the sun to
Promised lands


The hammond solo takes me to a higher level...the sound...
Very haunting indeed .... reminds me of my "first time" .... way back in high school .... youthful bliss and great sex!!

osbyec wrote:
Love the harmonies in this song.  Haunting.
 


 redeyespy wrote:
Classic, yeah, but this song always seemed like a 4 minute obscene phone call.
 
You state that as if it's a bad thing.  Besides, the lyrics may seem a bit creepy by today's standards, but they were certainly never "obscene".

 Inamorato wrote:

Well, I was in the back seat with an older woman of 16 and happily there were no parents around , but the opportunity for real passion was tempered by the presence in the front seat of an older pal and my date's best friend. {#Lol} That memory elevates this fine song to Radio Nostalgia paradise.


 
I learned to drive at 14. In my aunt's car in rural SC. But that was long ago. And I was not lucky enough to park at 14.


One of the British albums of the sixties. Every song a psychedelic pop masterpiece.
Psichadelic situation {#Propeller} (LION)
 toterola wrote:

I was perusing the comments. 99% of the comments were favorable, some were even stellar (coloradojohn).

But there's always gotta be one "Debbie Downer" in the mix, right? This guy reminds me of a dude I knew from New Jersey who went to Woodstock. The Woodstock. He had pictures.

And his only stories were about the traffic getting there, the crowds at the sh*tters, the mud, and the drug use.

I guess that proves the point: there's gonna be somebody bitching in Heaven. {#Pray}
  You go Dude! Right On. Always one in every crowd.


 andrewimft wrote:
It is— the lyrics are inane. Who's your daddy, is he rich like me? Basically they're coming on to the women who already have boyfriends and are trying to score with them. Sick. But I still like the song anyway, guilty pleasure I guess, and the Zombies, I don't know I just like that combo of Rod Argent's keyboards and the different kind of sound they put out.
 
I was perusing the comments. 99% of the comments were favorable, some were even stellar (coloradojohn).

But there's always gotta be one "Debbie Downer" in the mix, right? This guy reminds me of a dude I knew from New Jersey who went to Woodstock. The Woodstock. He had pictures.

And his only stories were about the traffic getting there, the crowds at the sh*tters, the mud, and the drug use.

I guess that proves the point: there's gonna be somebody bitching in Heaven. {#Pray}
These guys give Zombies a good name. {#Yes}
This is now the 21st Century Baby Momma Theme ....

Who you daddy?
Love the harmonies in this song.  Haunting.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Some days spent in orbit of shining RP are like decades of toiling and spinning on oft-blighted Earth...and I don't have to go far from my speakers, nor cope with much grief to winnow the joy — it's pretty much ready to put in the pipe and smoke! — so decidedly user-friendly!

 

You, Sir, are a Master Wordsmith!  I sit at your feet.
 lily34 wrote:
i love the zombies!
 


In SC back in the 60's you could get your learner's permit at 14 and I did.  Unless I am dreaming that.  Entirely possible.  Once you had your permit you could slip away with the car...

 radiojunkie wrote:
You "parked" with a girl at 14? I guess she must have been at least two years older, since you can't even get a Learner's Permit until you're 16!*
Lucky bastard...

*Of course I just had this horrible image of the two of you "parked" in the back seat, with a parent at the wheel.

 

Well, I was in the back seat with an older woman of 16 and happily there were no parents around , but the opportunity for real passion was tempered by the presence in the front seat of an older pal and my date's best friend. {#Lol} That memory elevates this fine song to Radio Nostalgia paradise.


Inamorato wrote:
The first time I ever "parked" with a girl, I was 14 and this song was on the radio. It's one of those moments you never forget and it put "Time of the Season" on my lifetime favorites list.
You "parked" with a girl at 14? I guess she must have been at least two years older, since you can't even get a Learner's Permit until you're 16!*
Lucky bastard...

*Of course I just had this horrible image of the two of you "parked" in the back seat, with a parent at the wheel.

 redeyespy wrote:
Classic, yeah, but this song always seemed like a 4 minute obscene phone call.
  Now I just feel like a child molester listening to this.


Ya  .Hold your head up bachbeet wrote:
Great song from an underrated group.  I liked them from their first two hits — Tell Her No and She's not There.  Rod Argent left and had a pretty successful career with his self named group.
 


Great song from an underrated group.  I liked them from their first two hits — Tell Her No and She's not There.  Rod Argent left and had a pretty successful career with his self named group.
{#Daisy}
Sooooooooooooo CooooooooooooL  !!!!!!!! 10
Man!! I was trying to remember who used to sing this song like hell the other day. Thank you so much for playing!! The Zombies...Time of the Season. Amazing!! And this version has such a high quality sound. They have probably remastered it. Groovy and catchy lyrics: "What's you name? Whose is your daddy? is he rich like me? Has he taken anytime to show you what you need to live?"

Some days spent in orbit of shining RP are like decades of toiling and spinning on oft-blighted Earth...and I don't have to go far from my speakers, nor cope with much grief to winnow the joy — it's pretty much ready to put in the pipe and smoke! — so decidedly user-friendly!

wowowowwo - I have not heard this for a llllooooonnnnnggggg time - still cool!


i love the zombies!
"breakthrough in 1969, over a year after the band split up, reaching #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 early in the year."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_the_Season
9
if for no other reason, just making the charts.


kylemichael wrote:
To me this is the sixties in a song.
There is a very interesting music video to this.