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Odessey and Oracle [30th Anniversary Edition]


  • 1. Care of Cell 44 - (stereo)
    2. Rose for Emily, A - (stereo)
    3. Maybe After He's Gone - (stereo)
    4. Beechwood Park - (stereo)
    5. Brief Candles - (stereo)
    6. Hung up on a Dream - (stereo)
    7. Changes - (stereo)
    8. I Want Her She Wants Me - (stereo)
    9. This Will Be Our Year - (stereo)
    10. Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914) - (stereo)
    11. Friends of Mine - (stereo)
    12. Time of the Season - (stereo)
    13. Care of Cell 44 - (mono)
    14. Rose for Emily, A - (mono)
    15. Maybe After He's Gone - (mono)
    16. Beechwood Park - (mono)
    17. Brief Candles - (mono)
    18. Hung up on a Dream - (mono)
    19. Changes - (mono)
    20. I Want Her She Wants Me - (mono)
    21. This Will Be Our Year - (mono)
    22. Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914) - (mono)
    23. Friends of Mine - (mono)
    24. Time of the Season - (mono)
    25. Rose for Emily, A - (previously unreleased, stereo, alternate version 2)
    26. Time of the Season - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased, stereo)
    27. Prison Song AKA Care of Cell 44 - (previously unreleased, stereo, "Care Of Cell 44" backing track)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 181

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerGeoff Emerick; Peter Vince

    This edition of ODESSEY AND ORACLE contains the entire album in stereo, followed by the album in mono, plus 3 unissued tracks not included in their box set.
    The Zombies: Rod Argent (vocals, keyboards); Colin Blunstone (vocals); Paul Atkinson (guitar); Chris White (bass, background vocals); Hugh Grundy (drums).
    Reissue producer: Alec Palao.
    Includes original liner notes by Rod Argent and Al Kooper, and reissue liner notes by Alec Palao.
    Personnel: Rod Argent (vocals, piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards); Chris White , Colin Blunstone (vocals); Paul Atkinson (guitar); Hugh Grundy (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Al Kooper; Alec Palao; Rod Argent.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
    Arranger: The Zombies.
    UK 1960s psych-pop scarcely gets more seminal than this. The Zombies' '68 swan song is their crowning achievement, a Day-Glo, baroque-tinged masterpiece on a par with PET SOUNDS or SGT. PEPPER'S. Like the Beatles, the Zombies had left their Merseybeat sound far behind by the late '60s, pursuing instead a moodier, more sophisticated sound. "Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)," a grimly haunting accordion-led WWI narrative would have been unimaginable on an earlier Zombies record, and the simmering, ominous classic "Time of the Season" is as far from "She's Not There" as "Strawberry Fields Forever" is from "She Loves You."
    Still, the peerless pop craftsmanship of keyboardist Rod Argent and bassist Chris White (the group's principal songwriters) makes for plenty of richly melodic gems, as realized by Colin Blunstone's breathy, angelic voice. The delicately beautiful "A Rose for Emily" and the sunny, optimistic "This Will Be Our Year" can melt even the coldest of hearts. The 2004 reissue's bonus cuts (equally as entrancing as the initial tracks) and top-notch remastering further secure ODESSEY & ORACLE's status as an absolute must-own.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.114) - Ranked #80 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Its baroque psychedelic arrangements continue to exert a powerful influence..."
    Rolling Stone (2/1/69, p.28) - "...a very high level of musicianship and creativity....they have handled the problems of added orchestration and elaborate production quite well [here]...one of England's very best rock bands."
    Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.114) - Ranked #80 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Its baroque psychedelic arrangements continue to exert a powerful influence..."
    Rolling Stone (2/1/69, p.28) - "...a very high level of musicianship and creativity....they have handled the problems of added orchestration and elaborate production quite well [here]...one of England's very best rock bands."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he album has become an evergreen thanks to its Beach Boys-styled voices, its very English strain of melancholy and bassist Chris White's idiosyncratic writing..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Colin's mellow tones shone on the soaring 'Hung Up On A Dream.' Other standouts included the impressive beat of 'The Butcher's Tale'..."
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