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Odessey and Oracle
The Zombies
Odessey and Oracle
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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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 ...  more »

      
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All Artists: The Zombies
Title: Odessey and Oracle
Members Wishing: 22
Total Copies: 0
Label: Big Beat UK
Release Date: 3/30/1998
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Import, Extra tracks
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Oldies, Psychedelic Rock, British Invasion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Odyssey & Oracle
UPCs: 029667418126, 002966741812

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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

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"This admission has been building up inside of me for years and it's not an easy thing to say, so I'm just going to say it: The level of lyricism, cohesion, performance, and baroque creativity that went into the creation of this album surpasses that of even the Beatles' masterwork of 1967.

This 1998 release by Big Beat UK is superior to the more recently remastered version in 2004 in that it contains both stereo and mono versions of Odyssey & Oracle in addition to several alternate takes (A Rose for Emily among them). And once again, mono proves superior."