Odessey and Oracle Import
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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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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!
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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The vinyl repress is cheaply made. The vinyl feels thin (can't be 180 gr) and the cover is thin-flimsy cardboard.Published on May 2 2014 by Keith Dodge
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. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by Mark W.K.
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... Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Scot
I am a Brit-Pop / J-Pop fan to the hilt. My choice for best album ever is Odessey & Oracle. Better than any single Beatles album, better than Straight Up by Badfinger (their... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by C66Master
I bought this album when it was first released in 1969. I bought it again when it was re-released with a new cover (it was renamed Time Of The Season after the single hit big. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Rick Holly
What an album. I got this last week and have listened to it in my car ever since. Very, Very Good. The best songs to me are probably "Maybe After He's Gone", "Brief Candles", and... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004 by Sean Hoffman
Well, I'll give it up: Amazon's good. This was just posted to me as a recommendation, and not only do I already own it, but it's one of my very favorite records.
Buy this. Read more
Everyone has heard "Time of the Season," but the album from which it came has become little more than a footnote in the annals of pop history. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by David Bonesteel