Odessey and Oracle [30th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Odessey & Oracle was one of the flukiest and best albums of the 1960's, and one of the most enduring long-players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base. But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America with a big push by Al Kooper, who was then a Columbia Records producer; and it was neglected in the U.S. until the single "Time of the Season," culled from the album, topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded. Ironically, at the time of its recording in the summer of 1967, permanency...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Odessey & Oracle was one of the flukiest and best albums of the 1960's, and one of the most enduring long-players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base. But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America with a big push by Al Kooper, who was then a Columbia Records producer; and it was neglected in the U.S. until the single "Time of the Season," culled from the album, topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded. Ironically, at the time of its recording in the summer of 1967, permanency was not much on the minds of the band members. Odessey & Oracle was intended as a final statement, a bold last hurrah, having worked hard for three years only to see the quality of their gigs decline as the hits stopped coming. The results are consistently pleasing, surprising, and challenging: "Hung up on a Dream" and "Changes" are some of the most powerful psychedelic pop/rock ever heard out of England, with a solid rhythm section, a hot Mellotron sound, and chiming, hard guitar, as well as highly melodic piano; "Changes" also benefits from radiant singing. "This Will Be Our Year" makes use of trumpets one of the very few instances of real overdubbing in a manner reminiscent of "Penny Lane"; and then there's "Time of the Season," the most well-known song in their output and a white soul classic. Not all of the album is that inspired, but it's all consistently interesting and very good listening and superior to most other psychedelic albums this side of the Beatles' best and Pink Floyd's early work. Indeed, the only complaint one might have about the original LP is its relatively short running time, barely over 30 minutes, but even that's refreshing in an era where most musicians took their and our time making their point, and most of the CD reissues have bonus tracks to fill out the space available.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1998
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667418126
  • Catalog Number: 181
  • Sales rank: 22,735

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Zombies Primary Artist
Chris White Bass, Vocals
Rod Argent Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron
Colin Blunstone Vocals
Paul Atkinson Guitar
Hugh Grundy Drums
Technical Credits
Al Kooper Liner Notes
The Zombies Arranger, Producer
Chris White Composer, Producer
Rod Argent Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Colin Blunstone Composer
Paul Atkinson Composer
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Hugh Grundy Composer
Peter Vince Engineer
Alec Palao Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest undiscovered albums of the 1960s.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No, make that TEN stars.

    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, Murray

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