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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 63 customer reviews
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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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2008 reissue of the '60s Pop-Rockers' final, and finest, album, released to coincide with the album's 40th anniversary. Featuring the worldwide smash hit 'Time Of The Season', Odyssey & Oracle contains both the stereo and mono versions of the original album's 11 cuts and five bonus tracks: mono and stereo versions of 'This Will Be Our Year', plus 'A Rose For Emily' (Alternate Version 2), 'Time Of The Season'(Alternate Mix) and 'Prison Song' AKA 'Care Of Cell 44'(Backing Track), the last three of which are previously unreleased. 27 tracks total. Big Beat.


The Zombies were perhaps the most British-sounding of all British Invasion groups, and yet they never scored a hit record in their native U.K. The band released three great singles over here, including the wonderful "Time of the Season," which concludes this 1968 masterpiece, frequently called Britain's version of Pet Sounds. This 30th anniversary edition presents both the stereo and mono versions (and there are substantial differences) of the melancholic, keyboard-dominated pop that flowed from Rod Argent and bassist Chris White. The Zombies' main songwriters explored "psychedelic" themes from odd angles. Here songs address a letter to a girlfriend in jail ("Care of Cell 44") and war ("Butcher's Tale"). There's even a "flowers-in-their-hair" hippie anthem (the gorgeous "Hung Up on a Dream"). Totally of its time, and, nevertheless, a timeless classic. --Bill Holdship

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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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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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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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Odessey and Oracle is sometimes called the British Pet Sounds. While I can't fully justify that title (What album is honestly another Pet Sounds?), the first and last proper album of The Zombies does present astonishingly complex musical and lyrical schemes that, like those of The Beach Boys' grand opus, push the boundaries of the pop song beyond the limitations it faced before the mid-sixties. Not that this is anything new to The Zombies, who, from 1964 to 1967, released a string of unorthodoxly constructed pop songs full of tricky time changes and twisting melodies to, unfortunately, little notice. Odessey and Oracle does, however, represent a new prime for the band.
Although the playful "Time of the Season" was its only hit, this 1968 album includes a wealth of excellent material. The remarkable "Care of Cell 44" is a light, airy song featuring gorgeous harmonies and stomping piano that just happens to be written to a woman in prison. The rousing "This Will Be Our Year" features an assertive performance from lead singer, Colin Blunstone that overflows with joy and excitement. Similarly stirring is "Friends of Mine," a tribute to friendship and love, deemed one of popular music's greatest love songs by the file-sharing service/online music magazine, Audiogalaxy. The album's best track, however, is the spell-binding "Changes," in which choir-ish harmonies that softly remember a summer queen overlap almost tribal-sounding drums for a truly dreamlike effect. I could continue the daunting task of trying to unravel these spectacular songs, but I trust I have made my point: This is one of the truly great albums of its era.
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