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on October 17, 2016
"Odessey and Oracle" is a musical masterpiece. Chock full of catchy melodies, great hooks, and excellent musicianship. It is on a par with "Sgt. Pepper" and "Pet Sounds" ... it's THAT good. This Big Beat release has excellent sound quality as it is remastered from the master tapes. The fact that this CD contains both stereo and mono mixes of the album, plus 3 unreleased bonus tracks, is a wonderful bonus. I would stay away from other versions ... the Big Beat issue is the one to get. This is an underappreciated gem that sounds as good and fresh today as when it was first recorded back in '67. Buy it and enjoy it.
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on March 11, 2017
Two discs (one the stereo version and the other mono version) with this set. The bonus tracks are just as great as the band's designated album material. Get detailed information about the tracks in the booklet. I prefer the mono recordings over stereo due to being able to distinctly hear all the components of the songs. Highly recommended for great music of this era!
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on May 25, 2017
One of the great rock albums ever! I had the good fortune to catch them on their recent tour where the original band performed O&O in it's entirety. A truly magical night!

This cd sounds fantastic. Having always been a big fan of Care of Cell 44, I really enjoy takes 1&2 of the backing track. When Rod hits a sour note you can hear the band cracking up and someone says "Leave it in!" Fantastic!

The only thing that could've made this edition better would have Ben an inclusion of the original mono mixes. That said, just buy it. Buy it for yourself even it's the 20th time you've bought it. More importantly, buy it for the youngsters who need to understand where real quality rock music originated.
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on March 27, 2015
Despite the fact that someone, years ago, didn't know how to spell odyssey, this is one of those perfect albums. To add to the original album, the material that's added on the second disc is all interesting and worth a listen for the Zombie completist. Well worth adding to the library. The addition of bonus material is sometimes problematic . . . . appealing more to the "completist" than to the music lover. While I'm uncertain if the remixes are all necessary, "A Rose for Emily" with some discarded overdubs is worth listening to . . . as many times as one listens to the familiar release.
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on January 8, 2013
A group whose songs are well loved. A group far ahead of their time, America caught on to their wonderful blend of rock and pop a little too late to keep the group going from their initial stage. The Zombies combine the great writing style of the Beatles with the great Beach Boy type harmonies to a sound uniquely their own.
Groups during this era came up with epic albums such as Pet Sounds and Sgt Peppers, the Zombie's Oracle and Odessey rates with the best of these!
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on February 3, 2013
you can feel the group were bummed that they knew their music hadnt been
received well enough (criminally) for future releases to be supported,
so this music feels like a going-away party..like any going away party,
its bittersweet.
the sweet parts, however, are heart-wrenching.
without using too many words, o&o is, well, an amazing recording.
r.i.y.l. the beatles, love, hollies, turtles, raspberries, etc.
5 stars.
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on September 17, 2017
Compared to the lavish 50th anniversary celebration of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which included a giant deluxe box with two full discs of outtakes, a DVD, a Blu-Ray, and a 5.1 surround remix, and a book, to have the Zombie's masterpiece come out in a skimpy digipak with a few bonus tracks was kind of disappointing. Glad I didn't get rid of my 30th Anniversary Edition on Big Beat (has it been out that long?) thinking the 50th Anniversary version would be better. Because it really isn't... BUT, for the Zombies newcomer, it's not bad.
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on June 23, 2013
If you are old enough to remember them, you know that this was one of the most under rated groups in 60's era Rock music. Everything they did was both cutting edge and superb. In the music industry everything is about timing and presentation. Sad to say this group was not well presented in the industry and by time they became known they were already history because the group had split up. This pressing is fully up to presenting the material covered with superb accuracy and the wonderfuls sounds presented by the Zombies. Gotta get you some!
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on January 29, 2013
This is an underrated piece of pop music. Among all the British Invasion bands of the 60s, very few had much staying power. Most were merely able to generate a few pieces of forgettable radio hits while being overshadowed by the likes of the Beatles and the Stones. But among the fray was the Zombies, a quintet from St. Albans, who were born to sing and write music. Colin Blunstone had the most angelic voice and was arguably one of the most talented front man vocalists of that era. He might not have had the showmanship of a Jagger or a Daltry, but he had a much stronger voice with an ear for pop zeal. Chris White was a brilliant, underrated songwriter. The songs are about love won, love lost, looking back on previous experiences from a wiser perspective, and being young. "Time of the Season" is the instant standout, but each song provides something rewarding to the listener. "This will be our year" is one of the greatest romantic pop songs ever written; "Rose for Emily" is a beautifully sung ballad by Blunstone; "Care for Cell 44" is an outstanding album opener. This album's stature has only grown in the years since its release, and it's no wonder why: it is a timeless treasure from the summer of love that featured the group at its zenith. The band split up in 1968, but this album remains their triumph. It may not be Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper, but it is indeed one of the strongest albums released from the 60s.
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on August 21, 2017
Excellent album from a great 60's group. The production of O&O is exceptional and the remastering is terrific. This is a special album that was released s few months before Sgt. Pepper's. It deserves its ranking of one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone and the rest of the group are brilliant. Very pleased with purchase.
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