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Odyssey

4.3 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor / Polygram
  • ASIN: B000001FOS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The collaboration of Joe Lynn Turner and Yngwie Malmsteen make this album a classic in my book. The songs are perfectly crafted, which says a lot for an artist who is known as a guitar virtuoso, but a mediocre songwriter. In fact, this is the only album by Yngwie Malmsteen where the songs are equal in appeal to his guitar mastery.
From the opening cut to the final note, this album is a winner. The prerequisite themes of dragons, fire and medieval times are touched on, but not with the frequency of Yngwie's other albums such as Marching Out and Trilogy. Instead, Joe Lynn Turner tempers Yngwie's "mystical" view with a little romanticism that plays very well on this release. "Dreaming" and "Now is the Time" are probably the best examples of this blend, while "Heaven Tonight" is possibly the most overproduced and dated of all of the tracks. "Heaven Tonight" screams "...made for radio."
The vocal performance is outstanding, the musicianship is top notch, and the work as a whole definitely deserves five stars. Bravo! Encore!
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This is far and away the best Yngwie Malmsteen album after his original RISING FORCE lp. Yngwie goes through lead vocalists like I go through pairs of shoes, but I always felt that Joe Lynn Turner was the best singer to complement Malmsteen on a studio recording.

This was a great album because Yngwie got a chance to fully develop his sound by melding it with an 80's hair band (ala Poison or Cinderella), but at the same time he freely expressed himself by way of mind-boggling solos, sweep-picked arpeggios and some of the fastest playing I have ever heard. Examples of this can be found in the three 'hits' from this album, 'Deja Vu,' 'Hold On,' and 'Heaven Tonight.' The last of the three starts with a fantastic vocal harmony and is probably the 'catchiest' Malmsteen song ever.

On the other side of the coin, I felt Malmsteen missed the boat on albums like TRILOGY and MARCHING OUT, where we had great hits like 'Queen in Love' and 'Liar,' whereas the remaining songs were never really that great. On ODYSSEY, however, I find myself enjoying other less known tracks like 'Crystal Ball,' 'Rising Force,' and 'Now is the Time.' All of Yngwie's solos on studio recordings are improvised and you will never hear the same solo twice. I always liked his live solos much better, but if I had to pick one studio release where I truly enjoyed his soloing over the live performance, it would be ODYSSEY. Notable solos occur on 'Deja Vu' and the instrumental 'Krakatu'.

Listeners not familiar with Malmsteen will inevitably be turned off by the corniness of songs like 'Crystal Ball,' and will dismiss it as unoriginal 80's hair band 'glam rock,' but those of us who can appreciate this style of guitar playing know how important and revolutionary Malmsteen's style was, and continues to be today.
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I was estatic when I hear Joe Lyn Turner and Yngwie were hooking up. My favorite singer and my favorite guitarist. The album is a milestone, and to me, exactly what I had hoped for from Yngwie, though with some flaws. It's on this album where the songs ruled, and the solos accentuated. I just love the dreamy atmosphere of the album. Especially songs like "How Long," "Dreamin" and "Deja Vu." "Now it the Time" turns into a fun, pop song. Krakatoa is a jam. But "Crystal Ball" was the overlooked hit of the80's. A bluesy, beautiful song with beautiful vocals and one of the best melodies ever. Actually, Yngwie's guitar on this record seems a little too raw. I think it had to do with his accident that injured his hand. But still, I wish Yngwie had stayed in this mode. His guitar work gets more polished as the years go on, but his "Dungeons and Dragons" direction of his music doesn't appeal to me as much. Still, he's the greatest, and I enjoy most all his albums. An absolute wonder on the guitar.
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This album arguably showcases Yngwie at the peak of his songwriting skills. Having shared the pen here with the gifted singer Joe Lynn Turner, the final result is a perfect mix of neoclassic-flavored shredding and soaring-but-radio-friendly melodic vocal lines. These are all great songs, whether you play them with a full backing band (like in the album) or just with a poor acoustic guitar. I guess that's what makes this album so transcendent to my ears: the songs in there stand on their own, no matter how they're played, and that certainly is a big plus.

In fact, what I like the most from this album is what many hardcore fans seem to hate. First of all, the change in style is a total success from a musical point of view, even if it's true that there's an explicit commercial intention. Secondly, Joe Lynn Turner does sound mellow, but he adds a lot of value to Malmsteen's music. Turner's perfect intonation and well-controlled voice is a present to anyone's ears. In addition, his huge range, expressiveness and beautiful tone are top notch. I list him in my top five vocalists of all times, really. Take for example the power ballad "Dreaming". Yeah, that's a love song and everything but... do you want a better example of "baroque & roll with tears"? Both Turner and Malmsteen gave the best from them on that song! Also listen carefully to "Hold On" - admittedly a very AOR theme. Do you want a better performance than *that*? Or take a look to the big arena rock airs on both "Heaven Tonight" and "Now is the Time". Ok, they sound tamed as hell, I agree... but you can't deny those also are two perfectly crafted pieces of music, aren't they? And all that is in big part possible thanks to the wonderful pipes of Joe Lynn Turner!
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