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Odessey and Oracle Import


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  • Audio CD (June 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ACE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000005YZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

1. Care Of Cell 44
2. A Rose For Emily
3. Maybe After He's Gone
4. Beechwood Park
5. Brief Candles
6. Hung Up On A Dream
7. Changes
8. I Want Her She Wants Me
9. This Will Be Our Year
10. Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)
11. Friends Of Mine
12. Time Of The Season
13. Care Of Cell 44
14. A Rose For Emily
15. Maybe After He's Gone
16. Beechwood Park
17. Brief Candles
18. Hung Up On A Dream
19. Changes
20. I Want Her She Wants Me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Lowe on April 9 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yet another in a seemingly never-ending series of albums from the sixties that were unfairly ignored at the time of their release. Like "Pet Sounds", "The Village Green Preservation Society", and "Forever Changes", the Zombies swan song sounds absolutely contemporary, mainly because, along with the aforementioned records, its influence has permeated the consciousness of musicians everywhere. The inclusion of the mono mix is a welcome addition (and should in fact be mandatory!). As most audiophiles know, no one mixed for mono quite like the British. The revelatory bonus tracks, reproduction of the original UK CBS label on the disc and the exhaustive liner notes add up to a top notch package. All reissues should be this wonderful. And, as with "Village Green", a little mellotron doesn't hurt either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
So, you enjoy psychedelic-pop from the late 60s? Of course you've heard of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds". Perhaps you even have found lesser-acknowledged psych-pop albums such as The Who's "The Who Sell Out" and The Small Faces' "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" (among several other overlooked albums). But, if you are still not satisfied and keep looking, you'll find a criminally-overlooked album...The Zombies' "Odessey and Oracle". Perhaps most well-known for containing the most famous song the Zombies ever put out, "Time of the Season", the album is chock-full of psych-pop goodness. However, after listening, you'll realize why many of the songs most likely never got radio airplay. The Zombies often had hooks to songs that sound perfectly innocent unless you pay attention to the lyrics. Songs like "Care of Cell 44" - about a boyfriend writing letters to his girlfriend in jail (yeah, I'm sure that would've gotten mainstream radio airplay in the 60s)...also "Butcher's Tale" - boyfriend is writing letters to girlfriend during World War I. I doubt any review could do this album justice...just find it, buy it, and listen to it...you'll be doing yourself a favor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matt tan canada on June 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
when the music begins on track one, there is a temptation to write it off as zombies wearing blue stripes and carrying surf boards.
yes, it does sound like mike love to the timbre and strains of god only knows ,etc... however, that would be totally unjust to a talented bunch as rod argent , colin blunstone & co.
granted the influence of the beach boys is there, but then again, it's easy to draw comparision to pink floyd, the beatles, dylan, moody blues blah blah blah... that's besides the point.
the dynamics of this album is commendable. if you are looking for homogeneity of so many crass pop albums today, ie: 1 hit and 10 cloned fillers;
you are not going to find it here.
instead you find imaginative harmonies, innovative interplay of musical instruments, some pop renditions, some rock, some classical. the lyricism of each tune is evident , and colin blunstone handles the role with a good ear... no off key neil young stuff here lol...
and orchestration is tasty. if a comparision has to be made; i would rather draw the analogy with something like the better albums of blood sweat and tears, todd rundgren,etc... ie: schizoid rock with more than the occasional classical tendencies. good arrangement, clean production, tight band with very little self-indulgence. the band plays like a good ensemble should, ie. this is a fine british band, mate!
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
The vinyl repress is cheaply made. The vinyl feels thin (can't be 180 gr) and the cover is thin-flimsy cardboard.
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Format: Audio CD
One of my favorite albums, ever.
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Format: Audio CD
If you haven't heard this, or only know Time of the Season, you're missing out on one of the very best albums of the past 35 years. Incredible song craft, imaginative and innovative (for the time) production, and fine performances make this a treasure you'll never stop listening to.
I've had this album in various formats since the mid-70's and everyone I've ever played it for just looks at me and says "How is it that I never heard any of this?" I suppose we could blame Columbia Records which seems to have done NO promotion on this at all, except for shilling the psychedelic cover art as a poster on the inside sleeve of every 70's album they released.
Just get out there and get it. You'll be thrilled and amazed.
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Format: Audio CD
My wife and I cannot stop listening to this album. After a year of "heavy rotation" at our house, it's still fresh and compelling -- which is lucky for me, because she blasts it at least once a week, it's always the first thing she reaches for.
It's a bit unusual in some ways and took a few listens to grow on me, but now I'm convinced it's a masterpiece and I can't resist it. The arrangements and song topics are often unconventional, yet come off successfully.
Take "Care of Cell 44" for example -- the "waiting for my girlfriend to get out of jail" theme probably kept it off the radio, since that may seem corny at first. What a shame, this has to be one of the most underrated songs of the 60's, written with compassion, depth and harmonies that make me drop whatever I'm doing to listen to them, even though I've heard this 50 times by now.
And that's just the first song.
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