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  • Vinyl (27 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Repertoire Records
  • ASIN: B00E9AWCT4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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LP COVER WITH SPECIAL ALL ROUND ‘VINTAGE’ FINISH, LAMINATED FRONT, FOLD-OVER FLAPS & CRUSHED SPINE. A Sleeve replicated to look like it has survived the decades (only with a superbly remastered crackle-free LP within).....All this at the fraction of the cost of an expensive original!

This classic landmark psychedelic rock album is now available remastered in STEREO sound and presented as a highly collectable Vinyl LP that is a faithful replica of the original LP release.

Features all the original 12 stereo tracks -no fillers, no ‘alternative' versions -just as originally intended on the initial LP release, back in the groovy 60s Summer of Love.

Expertly re-mastered in the studio by Jon Astley (who has worked on recordings by the Who, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison and many others). This superb album now sounds brilliant, far out and groovy in Stereo!

Come with us on a journey through space and time back to the days when the Zombies ruled. Here is the British pop group's all-time classical ‘concept' album, now available on both mono and stereo LPs. All serious ‘completist' record collectors and Zombies fans will want to savour a work that has been the subject of a huge revival of interest.

Recorded at EMI's Abbey Road studios in 1967 during the final months of the original group's career, this long lost masterpiece yielded their last great hit ‘Time Of The Season', destined to be released after the Zombies had broken up. Featuring the angelic tones of Colin Blunstone, backed by Paul Atkinson (guitar), Rod Argent (keyboards), Chris White (bass) and Hugh Grundy (drums), this collection of moving, poignant and melodic songs that were finally performed ‘live' in concert when the band recently began touring again. Listen and you'll know why American A&R man Al Kooper insisted that Columbia put out the album, when it was in danger of being overlooked.

Presented in vinyl LP format (Mono or Stereo versions), this is an unmissable retro rave up to delight all serious collectors. You don't have to be an oracle to know this is the season of the Zombies.

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The Zombies were not your standard, down-and-dirty, working-class rockers. They were a quintet of polite English schoolboys from the provincial town of St Albans, Hertfordshire, who turned professional aged 19.
Their crowning glory, recorded at the end of 1967, was Odessey and Oracle, probably the closest we have to a British 'Pet Sounds', the precision 3-part harmonies of lead singer Colin Blundstone and songwriters Rod Argent and Chris White forming the album's distinctive sound. Every track is an unforgetable gem - from the tweeness of 'Friends of Mine' to White's mournful vocal on the haunting 'Butchers Tale'; from the pure pop balladry of 'This Will Be Our Year' to the psychedlic period-piece 'Beechwood Park'. And, of course, we mustn't forget the monster hit single 'Time Of The Season'. No wall of sound or wailing guitar solos here - just crafted pop at its very very best.
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One of those forgotten classics of the sixties, this was first released in 1968. Prior to buying it I knew of the album from frequent references as a "classic" but was only familiar with the first and last tracks (Care Of Cell 44 and Time Of The Season). It's a good album but very much of its time, reminiscent of contemporaries like the Moody Blues and the Small Faces' Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. Overall I found it well worth owning, but probably an album I'll be dusting off every year or two rather than playing through every couple of months.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2007
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Many bands (the Beatles, the Beach Boys) at least dabbled in psychedelica, but the Zombies are often overlooked. For the 30th anniversary of "Odessey and Oracles," the Zombies' best album was rereleased in a new form, proving that their enchanting psychedelic pop has aged exceeedingly well.

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.

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,. Psychedelic flair minus the hazy, and every song is a gem. Though "Time of the Season" was the sleeper hit from the album, it's not the best or catchiest song on here -- it's just one of many excellent ones.

Rod Argent was definitely an outstanding songwriter. He was able to create atmospheric and beautiful songs with very simple writing ("Brief candles in her mind/bright and tiny gems of memory"). Perhaps his finest moment here is "I knew he when summer was her crown/and autumn sad/how brown her eyes," as a kick-off to a colorful look at a woman compared to all the seasons.
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I can't enthuse about this enough since buying it last month! Odyssey and Oracle is a quite literally a revelation and worthy of all the british Pet Sounds hype! I can see why Paul Weller rates it so highly - sort of psychedelic folk rock but so catchy and poppy and not a bad track in twelve! Blunstone's plangent vocals and Argent's swirling organ and White's bounding bass the whole thing's a summer joy tinged with autumnal melancholy. A rose for Emily is as good as Eleanor Rigby and as moving, Beechwood park and Brief candles are incredible hymns to memory and loss and Time of the Season as a vintage slice of sixties psychedelia. These guys are up there with The Beatles and The Beach Boys let alone The Kinks and Small Faces who never made an album as good as this! I've run out of hyperbole for this wonderful life enhancing record and they came from the Ancient Roman hub of Britain St Albans! Buy this expanded edition ( unbelievably the 16 extra tracks are good too! ) and go and see 'em at Hammersmith at the end of the month play it live for the last time. Then you'll be playing it for the rest of your life - I know I will.
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A lovely collection of 12 songs written by Rod Argent and Chris White, this 1968 release is another of the forgotten classics from the progressive movement which was inspired by the likes of The Beatles. The opening track, 'Care Of Cell 44', with its gorgeous Beach Boys-inspired harmonies, is a marvellous opening track and the quality just keeps on coming. Lead vocalist, Colin Blunstone, shows what a fine song stylist he is throughout this LP. The closing track 'Time Of The Season', which was released as a promotional single, could easily have been a chart hit, but The Zombies, after the huge success enjoyed by 'She's Not There' in 1964, found it difficult to achieve major success in either the singles or albums market. Still, this is a superb album with plenty of interesting bonus tracks and I can heartily recommend it to fans of 1960s pop music.
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