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Odessey and Oracle

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A Rose for Emily
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Maybe After He's Gone
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Beechwood Park
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Brief Candles
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Hung Up On a Dream
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Changes
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I Want Her She Wants Me
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This Will Be Our Year
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Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)
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Friends of Mine
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Time of the Season
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 35:06

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Ben Fong-Torres was a writer and music editor at Rolling Stone and was portrayed as such in the 2000 film, Almost Famous. He is the author of eight books, inclu...more »

08.05.09
The Zombies' final album, and one of the high marks of '60s British pop
2003 | Label: Marquis Enterprises / AWAL

Al Kooper, the omnipresent producer and session player, saved the Zombies' album Odessey and Oracle, from extinction. He found a copy in London and, back in New York, pushed it to Clive Davis, head of Columbia Records, saying he heard three hit singles on it. They got one — "Time of the Season" — which was plenty, especially considering that the Zombies had disbanded by the time the album came out in the U.S.,… read more »

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Odessey and Oracle

OhGreat1

Pop music perfection. My desert island disc.

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Time of the Season

B4MTV

A local haunt in 68 had this on the jukebox, remember those, and got lots of play. Can't say what I was doing though, if this to be published on eMusic, beyond saying it involved swirling colors This ranks with the likes of Sunshine of Your Love etc.

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marginalia

marginalprophet

A bit more "poppy" than I expected (for 1968), but I still like it. British psychedelic will never measure up to American.

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glorious, none better

augenmaugen

A few spins of this classic and you will be hooked for the rest of your life. This entire album is simply genious. At least 8 of the songs on this album easily overshadow their hit single and album closer "Time of the Season", in my opinion.

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Brilliant!

happymedium27

I've read about it and heard it name-checked a million times by people whose musical taste I completely respect. Now I own it and my music collection is all the better for it.

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Rob's formative years

Crippelift

This is the best album from the period when Rob was singing with his four brothers. Wow, his music has gotten heavier and meaner over the years! Probably due to father Joe's physical and verbal abuse.

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often imitated-never duplicated

judegreengus

they made Strawberry Alarm Clock, Beach Boys, Lovin' Spoonful plus the whole west coast 60's sound possible. still good after xxxx years

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Greatest of all time

Stick-Up-Artist

In my opinion, this is the greatest album of all time.

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Don't miss it

mauriziomelino

I had the CD, but it was a pleasure to find such a masterpiece on e-music. Absolutely astonishing. The strange story it was a flop when it was released, at at time the Zombies had already split.

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Timeless

jrhombus

Great album, sounds better each time you listen.

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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, having worked hard for three years only to see the quality of their 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/rock 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 white 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 time making their point, and most of the CD reissues have bonus tracks to fill out the space available. – Bruce Eder

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