This is the day for us to listen to ‘The Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)’ by the Zombies, those plumy, oh-so-English boys whose ‘She’s Not There’ was three years ahead of its time. Skipping on to the Summer of Love, they released their album masterpiece ODESSEY & ORACLE, from which comes the dreadful beauty of this song. Over salvos of explosive Moog synthesizer and reversed sound FX, Rod Argent’s furious harmonium pedalling drives songwriter Chris White’s lost choirboy vocals, as he catalogues the places in which his friends have thus far fallen – Gommecourt, Thiiepval, Mametz Wood and French Verdun. Recorded on July 20th 1967, the song was released in the US by Date Records, who believed its lyrics to be an oblique comment on the Vietnam War. It did not chart.