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|The Zombies||Primary Artist|
|Chris White||Bass, Vocals|
|Rod Argent||Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron|
|Al Kooper||Liner Notes|
|The Zombies||Arranger, Producer|
|Chris White||Composer, Producer|
|Rod Argent||Composer, Producer, Liner Notes|
|Alec Palao||Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
This is by far one of the best CD's I own. There is no reason any person with a love of beautiful melody (and harmony, this album definitely has both in abundance) should not own this album. If you enjoy the Beatles and heard about the Zombies, listening to this album will just break your heart knowing they would never again make another album. Speaking purely on melody, this album surpasses any record the Beatles did. Get it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
After the Zombies¿ first album was issued in early 1965, fans had to wait three years (four years in the U.S.) to get another one. What this band produced in 1968 still stands as one of the monuments of Rock music history. The deliciously spellbinding ¿Odessey and Oracle¿ was worth the wait. And after hearing this exceptional, even glorious recording, you too will lament the fact that this band didn¿t produce more albums. Actually, by the time ¿Odessey and Oracle¿ was released The Zombies had already disbanded. (Later, Rod Argent formed the group ¿Argent¿ in 1969.) This album seduces me like few others. I won¿t go into all the usual mumbo jumbo of comparing it to ¿Pet Sounds¿ and ¿Pepper.¿ Let¿s just say that it¿s on that level and that I like it better than both of those. What we have here is a collection of fantastically crafted songs ¿ songs that contain beautiful, wistful melodies and chords. The exquisite harmonies on ¿Care of Cell 44¿ knock me for a loop. ¿A Rose For Emily¿ puts me in a cosmic stupor. So does ¿Hung Up On a Dream.¿ The whole album is comforting, calming, sensual, endearing, thought provoking, magical, wonderful, ethereal, poetic¿shall I go on? There is only one other album that puts me in such an OM zone: Donovan¿s ¿Sunshine Superman.¿ If I listened to this one and the Donovan back to back, old Murray would be useless for days! ¿Odessey and Oracle¿ is on my list of absolute favorites. I don¿t call just anything a monument. It gets my highest recommendation! And, I am thankful that this CD reissue gives us both the mono and stereo mixes. Cheers, MurrayWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.