This is a tribute to some of the unique and forgotten music and artists of the past.
Some of this music and the artists never received the chance they deserved,
some deserve to be forgotten. None the less, enjoy my tribute to Retro Rarites



I am a fan of Mad Men, the television series that just concluded its seven-season run on AMC. I enjoy the show for several reasons. One is the nostalgia aspect and another being the attention to detail in the show. Wow, did it ever bring back some memories.
I only found a couple things that I could not call “period correct” as far as the show goes.
One was the IBM Selectric Typewriters, which were even highlighted in the first episode.
And while they never really said what the date was, I did a little checking. If the first episode was supposed to be 1960, that particular typewriter was not introduced until 1961. Possibly they had a line from IBM to get them in use early, sure. Companies did that to put their products under fire back then. Put them where they would get used and see how they hold up.
The other, and of this I am sure, was as an episode where folks were at a party. A 45 RPM record was on the spindle and the label was “ERIC” -- a label not introduced until the mid 70’s as I recall.  Either way, that one was clearly wrong.
But that’s enough about Mad Men and the reason for all this, the music. I was reminded of a song, which I hadn’t heard nor even thought of in at least 30 years. I first heard it on the Zombies greatest hits double LP called “Time of The Zombies”. It includes all their hits as well some flip sides and others. One is this song: “This Will Be Our Year”.
The song, originally a B side of “Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)” was released after the first issue of “Time of The Season” on the “Odessey and Oracle” album (the name spelled incorrectly as a result of a mistake by the designer). They tried to say it was intentional when the album was released to the public.
It was recorded in 1967 mostly in England at Abbey Road studios and on a tight budget. The Zombies, which included Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of “Hold Your Head Up” fame, rehearsed everything before the session to keep costs down, and most cuts were recorded in one take in the studio.
There were several mixes of this song, the original mono version and a “faked’ stereo version that CBS required for the album. They were told they needed this after everything was done. That became an issue at the time because the horns were dubbed directly onto the mono mix by a separate producer for later release. Using what they had, members Argent and White using their own money paid for a fake stereo remix tweaking audio on separate channels and handed it in to CBS. Since the group owned the master 4-track recordings, subsequent stereo mixes of the song have been done, but do not include the horns.
It is fairly easy to see why “Butchers Tale” was not a hit, one listen will explain. It is difficult to listen to. It was just too weird for the time, a time in which The Beatles could barely get away with such experimentation. But that brings us to “This Will Be Our Year”. Why was this single not flipped over and this song discovered? That was fairly common in the 60’s; see Sookie Sookie by Steppenwolf or “Gloria” by Them.
Furthermore, how has this song gone SO long without showing up in a TV series or Motion picture? Its lyrics beg to be incorporated into a movie.
“And I won't forget - The way you helped me – Up, when I was down
And I won't forget - The way you said - Darling I love you
You gave me faith to go on
Now we're there - And we've only just begun.
This will be our year - Took a long time to come”
I have been humming this song for weeks, so I thought I would include it here, along with its various versions. My thanks to Mad Men writers and producers for reminding me of this great song, released in July of 1968, The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year”.

This Will Be Our Year … by The Zombies


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