12 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the time of its release in 1968, the Zombies’ swan song LP was largely overlooked and ignored until nearly two years later when the irresistible “Time of the Season” finally scored as a hit single. One of the British Invasion’s most consistent groups (“She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No”), they had disbanded and it took years of accumulated critical goodwill for their album to attain its deserved status as a psychedelic classic. With mellotron, horns, interweaving harmonies and expansive melodies, Odessey and Oracle is one of the psychedelic era’s most adventurous and luxuriant albums. Singer Colin Blunstone uses his gentle, smoky voice for maximum effect, adding a gorgeous melancholy to the piano and choir chamber pop of “A Rose for Emily,” a cautious joy to the Penny Lane-like “This Will Be Our Year,” a jaunty teasing to the Beach Boys-Kinks-Turtles pastiche of “Care of Cell 44” and a seductive come-on to “Time of the Season.” The album is a production masterpiece, balancing the era’s thirst for new sounds with the needed economy to keep the songs properly grounded.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the time of its release in 1968, the Zombies’ swan song LP was largely overlooked and ignored until nearly two years later when the irresistible “Time of the Season” finally scored as a hit single. One of the British Invasion’s most consistent groups (“She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No”), they had disbanded and it took years of accumulated critical goodwill for their album to attain its deserved status as a psychedelic classic. With mellotron, horns, interweaving harmonies and expansive melodies, Odessey and Oracle is one of the psychedelic era’s most adventurous and luxuriant albums. Singer Colin Blunstone uses his gentle, smoky voice for maximum effect, adding a gorgeous melancholy to the piano and choir chamber pop of “A Rose for Emily,” a cautious joy to the Penny Lane-like “This Will Be Our Year,” a jaunty teasing to the Beach Boys-Kinks-Turtles pastiche of “Care of Cell 44” and a seductive come-on to “Time of the Season.” The album is a production masterpiece, balancing the era’s thirst for new sounds with the needed economy to keep the songs properly grounded.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
256 Ratings

256 Ratings

LukeWienecke ,

FINALLY!

I really don't want to go out on a tangent here, so I'm gonna keep it short and some-what sweet: If you love The Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones, etc., and think you have heard it all, but you haven't heard this, think again. This is one of the best albums of the 60's, topping many Beatles albums in terms of song-by-song excellence. You owe it to yourself to buy this album. It's that freakin' good. It's only $10, what have you got to lose? Nothing. No go buy Odessey and Oracle, one of my favorites.

Five out of Five. Masterful.

STUGUY ,

WOW!!!!

I cannot believe it took me so many years before I finally discovered this amazing album. This album did not get its proper due at the time of it's release, several years later when "Time of the Season" became a hit, or even today. This album is a work of genius and it should be on everyone's required listening for 60s music. The harmonies, lyrics and arrangements are all top notch. A must have...

Spot-On Sound ,

Fan Fuc*** Tastic

I can't believe no one has reviewed this album...one of the 3 or 4 best albums of the era, along with Something Else by The Kinks, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd, and Da Capo by Love - Everyone knows "Time Of The Season", but there is WAY better stuff than that on here. Check out 'A Rose For Emily' and 'This Will Be Our Year'. This blew my mind when I heard it for the first time back in 1993.

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