The Zombies

Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)

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Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

Easily one of the strangest and most experimental songs that the Zombies ever attempted, "Butcher's Tale" adds a fine strangeness to the second side of Odessey & Oracle. Inspired by Chris White's interest in World War I, the lyrical subject was certainly timely in 1967, when the Vietnam War was becoming a serious topic. Musically, it's propelled by some odd-sounding Mellotron and sound effects, making this a fine experiment on musique concrète.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Odessey and Oracle 1968 Big Beat Records 2:47