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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa...
First of all this MIGHT have been seen as "selling out" by making this album a commercial type of album. Yngwie recruited vocalist extraordinaire, Joe Lynn Turner, to perform on "Odyssey." Joe Lynn also wrote all the lyrics for the 1988 effort, and the result was like magic. The two complimented each other perfectly, and together they created an album...
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by BurningFate

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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece of work
Odyssey, Yngwie J. Malmsteen's fourth full-length album, was released in 1988. Out of a total of 12 tracks, three are instrumentals: "Bite the Bullet," "Krakatau," and "Memories." The gothic-sounding "Bite the Bullet" is almost two minutes. The tight, medieval-flavored "Krakatau"--just over six minutes--sports noteworthy, commanding rhythm guitar playing from...
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4.0 out of 5 stars For what is was...This album should have put him over!, Nov. 23 2005
This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
This work was his "1984" Van Halen album equal, minus the mega hits. Sadly, it was a couple years too late (re:car crash). Odyssey, was better than the majority of what was out there in the late eighties though... "Heaven Tonight' made top 40, and I think it's a safe bet that because of his name and NOT being US born, the marketplace was not as warm to him as they should have been. Joe Lynn Turner did a good job making the lyrics more friendly to the mainstream. All in all, this rather cheesy album should have put him over...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa..., Feb. 9 2004
This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
First of all this MIGHT have been seen as "selling out" by making this album a commercial type of album. Yngwie recruited vocalist extraordinaire, Joe Lynn Turner, to perform on "Odyssey." Joe Lynn also wrote all the lyrics for the 1988 effort, and the result was like magic. The two complimented each other perfectly, and together they created an album that outshines all others. The highlights were the ballads, Joe Lynn has a gorgeous voice and he was the best vocalist the Malmsteen had hired out of all the albums that he had created. Yngwie's guitar rips your heart out, and Joe Lynn's vocals tear it apart. When he sings Dreamin' (Tell Me) it is so beautiful that it still the heart. The lyrics only add to the sorrow with verses like "dreaming visions of you, feeling the love I never knew" and another favorite is "here we are on the crossroads of forever, shining star lights the way, walk with me on the winds of time, love's mystery is for us to find." And the guitar music in this one blends with the music wonderfully. Its not too loud, it allows Turner to really get to you with his soaring vocals, but its there, a sweet, harp-like acoustic in the background, and then during the solo it switches to a bubbling electric, that fits the mood of the song. Hold On is another classic ballad from this album, and in some ways is even more heartbreaking than Dreamin'. The opening guitar riff is an attention grabber, and makes the heart skip a beat when it starts up, its so beautiful. Hold On has a bluesy type feel to it, and the vocals are lush and beautiful, only Turner could perform them like this. There are some rockers on "Odyssey" too, like the thundering Rising Force which has another great verse in it "the lightning strikes cracking the night, it feels like never before, thunder and sparks in the Heart of the Dark, I hear a rising force". There is also an off-with-their-heads gothic metal song, that leaves you missing the days when Ronnie James Dio would sing songs about witches,demons, dragons, and magic spells, in Rainbow, Sabbath, and Dio. The song is called Riot In the Dungeons and is really killer, the necromancer rips on this one. Another album hot spot is Deja Vu. Overall, "Odyssey" was wonderful, there was no way Yngwie could ever top this, especially since Turner left to join Deep Purple, so Yng was forced to find another singer. Swedish born, Goran Edman came in to fill in the spot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uno dei più belli, Feb. 5 2004
This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
Questo CD è forse una delle produzioni piu' belle del grande chitarrista, che emerse alla grande con le sue soluzioni barocche nel primo valevole album "Rising Force", ma che poi si è andato sempre più aggrappando (forse disperatamente) a queste stesse soluzioni, che si traducono praticamente in circa 10 album, stilisticamente uno fotocopia dell'altro. Questo Odyssey invece è tutt'altra storia, brioso e arieggiato grazie ai testi e alle belle melodie di Joe Lynn Turner che sicuramente apporta una "botta de vita" a tutto quanto. I virtuosismi di Malmsteen sono sempre presenti, ma in questo caso sono perfettamente integrati in melodie originali ora malinconiche, ora struggenti ora grintose, aggiungendo al già elevato phatos uno splendido tocco di tecnicismo mai gratuito o scontato. Peccato che la megalomania di Malmsteen (e forse la paura di non brillare più da solo nel suo gruppo), abbia portato alla rapida esclusione di Turner dalle successive formazioni (e dai suoi album), e quindi ad un decadimento a picco dell'originalità delle sue successive composizioni che (anche se bisogna dire presentano qualche volta qualche spunto originale) risentono di una farraginosità di note e scale armoniche "da manuale", che sebbene da un punto di vista strettamente estetico possano far la loro bella figura, riducono a mio avviso il tutto, ad una serie di CD "Come imparare a suonare la chitarra come Malmsteen". In conclusione, questo Odyssey è IMPERDIBILE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Again, A Masterpiece!, Jan. 28 2004
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Shannon O'Brien (Palmer, AK United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
Joe Lynn Turner (from Rainbow) makes this CD great! It mellows out the "Viking from Hell" image of the previous recordings. I absolutely LOVE the ballad "Dreaming (Tell Me)." It would be great to have more compositions like these from one of the greatest guitar players of all time. (It's a girl thing.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Album, Jan. 26 2004
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This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
"Heaven Tonight" was the first Malmsteen song I ever heard, and to this day it reigns as my favorite. It was the original reason for me to buy this album, and once I started listening to the rest of it, I realized what a gem I had on my hands. The songs on this album are quite diverse - there is something for every fan. The tender ballad "Dreaming (Tell Me)" is parked right next to a rockin' instrumental called "Bite The Bullet". And for the fans of the darker side of melodic rock, "Rising Force" should do the trick. "Faster Than The Speed Of Light" features scorching guitar work, and "Now Is The Time" will have you hitting the repeat button. All in all a great album, and if you like this one, get the album "Trilogy" along with it...they go great together!
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4.0 out of 5 stars mm...good album., Oct. 22 2003
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This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
Oh..this one's so - so - so "80's". The vocals, and all..so, so 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic, Oct. 19 2003
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This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
This is one of the greatest guitar cds of all time. Yngwie Malmsteen teams up with Turner (former Rainbow singer) to produce a fantastic cd that will blow your brain with guitar riffs and fill you up with quality songs. Rising Force, track 1, is powerful and a perfect start to the cd with a great guitar solo. Hold On follows up, and then Heaven Tonight: both quality songs. The next song, Dreaming, didn't do much for me. Bite the Bullet is Yngwie's "Eruption" (Van Halen) and it's not bad at all. Riot in the Dungeons blows you away with it's lightnight quick riffs and long intro. Crystal Ball is my personal favorite on this cd. Turner on vocals is absolutely phenominal delivering perfect melodies and the chorus is very catchy. The last three songs are good, but nothing stands out for me. Overall this is a great cd, and one of the best guitar cds of all time. Get this and Buckethead's Giant Robot for a true guitar experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Yngwie!!!, May 22 2003
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This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
I know...I'll probably get some criticism from other Yngwie fans for saying this, but this is truly one of my favorite Yngwie albums. It has been criticized for being "too commercial", but personally, I love it! This is the CD that introduced me to Yngwie and as soon as I heard "Dreamin", I was hooked. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, and solo on it will give you chills! After listening to this CD, I soon found myself looking to buy anything and everything that Yngwie ever recorded. I now own most of his CD's, as well as those from his days with Steeler and Alcatrazz and I like just about all of them, but "Odyssey" is one that I find myself pulling out to listen to the most. I've heard it said that Yngwie plays without emotion, but I'll tell you what...if you can't hear the emotion on this CD, especially in "Dreamin" something's wrong with you!!! I don't see how anyone who really listens to Yngwie's music can say that he plays without emotion, because I can hear the passion with which he plays in nearly every song on this CD (as well as on others). I've seen Yngwie in concert multiple times and there is nothing but passion in this man when he plays. I think that people say that he plays without emotion only because he plays with such ease and such technical perfection. His fingers float so effortlessley across his fretboard that that I think his immense talent sometimes clouds the passion when he plays. In any case, Yngwie's talent is a true gift for all of us to enjoy and while this CD may be more commercial than some of his others, it contains some really great work. For those of you that are not really into the super heavy guitar-shredding stuff, but who appreciate good guitar work and true talent, this CD and "Eclipse" would be good for you. This was a good introduction to Yngwie's work for me and I feel that it would be for others as well. However, if you've never heard anything from Yngwie before and you want a true flavor of what Yngwie's all about, I think a good introduction with a little more variety would be to get his "Collection" CD. That being said, I think this is a great CD and Yngwie really shines in it. He is, without a doubt, one of the world's greatest guitarists ever!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, April 4 2003
This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
With the exception of "Heaven Tonight", which sticks out like a sore thumb, as Yngwie's attempt at getting some airplay, this is a well-crafted cd. Musically, it's not his best disk, but it is very good & worth picking up if you're already a fan of Yngwie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, May 17 2002
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Mattowarrior "Mattowarrior" (Madison, WI United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
This album from egoist shredder Yngwie is usually pinpointed as his "aor" downfall. However I would have to disagree. Compared to the album following this (Eclipse), the aor/hair metal elements are confined to mainly Joe Lynn Turner's lyrics and some of the vocal melodies. "Heaven Tonight" has some awesome riffs however cheesy the song is. On Eclipse, alot of the neoclassical elements were gone, and straight up hair metal was the result. On "Odyssey" even the most "hairy" of songs had the neoclassical riffs and solos to save them. Besides, who says the aor elements didn't start much earlier (example: "On the Run Again" from Marching Out")? And besides, alot of the more "Traditional" songs on this album are the best to me since "Rising Force" (Examples: "Krakatu", "Riot in the Dungeon"). Yngwie remains one of my favorite guitarists besides his ... ego and predictable albums.
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