Odessey and Oracle [2004 Bonus Tracks]

Odessey and Oracle [2004 Bonus Tracks]

by The Zombies

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Odessey and Oracle [2004 Bonus Tracks]

Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, 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 bandmembers. Odessey and Oracle was intended as a final statement, a bold last hurrah, as the band had worked hard for three years only to see the quality of its 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
ock 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 blue-eyed 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. [Odessey was reissued at least four times over the years, with various tracks added or subtracted depending on the issuing label. While many consider Big Beat's import-only "30th anniversary" edition to be definitive, the album was nevertheless reissued again in 2004 by Fuel 2000. It included a mono mix of "This Will Be Our Year," two stereo mixes of "Imagine the Swan," alternate versions of "I'll Call You Mine," a U.K.-only mono mix of "Time of the Season," and overdubs of two other tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Fuel 2000
UPC: 0030206141320
catalogNumber: 061413
Rank: 79002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zombies   Primary Artist
Chris White   Bass,Vocals
Rod Argent   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron
Colin Blunstone   Vocals
Paul Atkinson   Guitar
Hugh Grundy   Drums
Chris White   Bass

Technical Credits

Kooper   Liner Notes
Zombies   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
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
Greg Russo   Liner Notes

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