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