Odessey and Oracle Original recording remastered, Import, Extra tracks
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There are many reasons for my stance on this, but the most important reason is the album itself. Unlike "Pepper," which even Lennon put down in his later years as being uneven, "Odessey and Oracle" is a beautifully constructed lp of majestic beauty that is years ahead of its time. It's somewhat unfair to call it a "psychedelic" lp for the same reasons that Love's "Forever Changes" isn't quite psychedelic. Both lps transcend categorization. For every "Hung Up On a Dream" (arguably Rod Argent's finest 3 minutes- I call it Rod's "Good Vibrations"- listen to the 2 tracks back to back..both 3 minutes...amazing similarities) there is a glorious "Beechwood Park" or "I Want Her She Wants Me."
Chris White (his songs the true beneficiary of the late 60's technological progession and more overtly influenced by psychedelia than Argent) and Rod Argent proved time and again on this lp that they were master songwriters and musicians of great majesty, with White's progression as a songwriter startling. As was true for the band throughout their brief tenure, they were willing to take great chances on their tracks. Their obvious understanding and tasteful, proper use of the mellotron, is the pre-cursor of the 70's Progressive sounds; the use of backwards tape loops makes White's harrowing "Butcher's Tale" all the spookier. And those harmonies! Colin, Rod, and Chris created among the finest 3 part harmonies ever made.Read more ›
The Zombies were unusually good at taking perky, sweet, lush music and wrapping it around a more serious song, such as the upbeat "Care of Cell 44" (guy writing to his jailed girlfriend), or the lovely "A Rose For Emily," a poignant little song that tells of a lonely woman doomed to stay lonely. "And as the years go by/she will grow old and die/The roses in her garden fade away/Not one left for her grave..."
But the Zombies aren't all sadness wrapped in happy music. There are perky songs about being happy in love, losing a love and hoping she'll return, and reminiscing about "golden days and golden summer nights." The album ends on a reassuring note with the laid-back "Time of the Season," which sounds like the ultimate hippie anthem.
The extended anniversary edition has quite a few perks -- the liner notes have a detailed look at the band during the making of "Odessey and Oracle" and afterwards. There is also each song in both mono and stereo, although on computer I can't tell the difference.
Additionally, there are some previously unreleased tracks: an alternate version of "A Rose For Emily," which isn't too different from the original. Also a slightly different mix of "Time of the Season," which is a bit more uptempo, and an instrumental version of "Prison Song aka Care of Cell 44."
I have no memories of the 60s, since I was only born in the eighties. But "Odessey and Oracle" gives a rosy glow to that era,.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BEWARE! This version is not the same as the 90s Big Beat pressing, which was all-analog cut from the UK stereo master tape by Ray Staff. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Hambone
This has got to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Quite the 180 from their first album, but it's a must have for any music lover.Published 3 months ago by Reed Hartman
Side A is good, didn't like flowers for Emily, too sad. B side is less good with the exception of "time of the season" which blows all of the other tracks away.Published 8 months ago by Illiterate chimp
Another example of how good "the old sounds" were and are!! Definitely worth "re-discovering"! Robert Holland.Published 9 months ago by ROBERT HOLLAND