The nice thing about Friday afternoon’s at the gym is, like, there’s nobody here. I have the entire place to myself so I can spread out and do some strength and core circuit work as opposed to limiting myself to what I can do on my mat. Awesome. Conversely, I saw a special on CNN the other night called ‘The 60’s: The British Invasion’, so I was inspired to listen to my particular favorite from this genre, the Zombies brilliant album ‘Odessey & Oracle‘ (yes, that’s sadly how it was misspelled).
This second release from these English psychedelic rockers was laregely recorded between the months of June and August in 1967 at famous Abbey Road Studios, where the recording sessions for the Beatles masterpiece ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ had just wrapped up. As the story goes, the Zombies more or less strolled into the studio and literally demand that engineers re-set up the studio just as the Beatles had it arranged for their recording sessions, a task that given the innovativeness and ingenuity of time, was not fun nor easy. After all, the advance 0f £1000 granted by CBS to record the album did not buy much time at Abbey Studios, so they were keen to make the most of it; even then, they still ended up using £200 of their own money. The result is incredible, although it went virtually unnoticed for many months (in fact, it did not chart at all) until DJ’s unexpectedly picked up on ‘Time of the Season‘ two years later, which would then go on to peak at #3 on Billboard Charts. But by that time, however, they had broken up.
Since then, the album has fared only a little better recognition-wise, ultimately achieving #97 in my bible (Mojo’s ‘100 Greatest Albums of All Time’). Particular favorite tracks include the harmonious ‘Care of Cell 44′, ‘A Rose for Emily’ and ‘Brief Candles’. But, truthfully, this album was a bit, well, ‘floofy’ to actually workout to. Sure it’s a good album, but it doesn’t exactly inspire one to rip their muscle fiber apart, let’s put it that way. Thankfully, at only 39 minutes it was over pretty quickly so I could put on a more masculine, He-man inspired playlist to finish out my set.