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Old 11-21-2008, 06:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Odessy and Oracle

Listening to this album, I wonder why The Zombies arenít more popular, why they arenít remembered more as one of the masters of the 60s sound. The first song, Care of Cell 44 is the most 60s sounding song Iíve ever heard. And itís about waiting for someone to get out of prison, but only if you are not too busy taking acid and not showering to notice. A Rose For Emily is a sad little ballad with brilliant vocal harmonies. Everything on this album goes down smooth. Maybe After Heís Gone is the third track, and The Zombies are 3 for 3 so far in the album in terms of songs that are quality musically with really great musicianship and melodies. They are one of those bands that have great choruses but donít rely solely on them (Coldplay anyone?)

Beechwood Park is a song dripping in that hazy 60s nostalgia, with slow distorted guitars saturated with echo and reverb. Itís one of the weaker songs on a brilliant album, although when I say weaker, I mean weaker in comparison to the other songs, because on its own itís a very good song. Brief Candles on the other hand is one of the better songs on the album. You know that whole Pixies loud/quiet/loud thing? Yeah they didnít invent that. I donít know if The Zombies did, but this is a proto-loud/quiet/loud type song, like Helter Skelter was to Metal. Hung Up on A Dream keeps building and building until it finally reaches itís chorus. I just want to point out that this album sounds more like the 60s than ANY album Iíve ever heard, but in a good way. Changes, when I first listened to the album, instantly hypnotized me. This song shows The Zombies can compete with bands like The Beatles or The Beach Boys vocally. Itís a really dark song yet still catchy and somehow uplifting all at the same song, like some tribal chant, then turning into a mass or something. I Want Her She Wants Me is another very strong song. Notice the totally 60s use of harpsichord. I like how you think the hook is going one way, but in the middle of a phrase, the actual hook comes, for instance: and life seems kinda Ė I want her she wants me. This Will Be Our Year seems like it should be the theme song for a TV show or a movie about high school. The piano chord has that nostalgic thing going on.

Butcherís Tale shows The Zombiesí talents come to full flourish. While everyone else was writing anti-war songs set in Vietnam or alluding to Vietnam, The Zombies write an anti-war song set in World War I, sounding like a twisted carnival song, and in my mind, packs more of a punch than all of the other 60s anti-war songs. The chorus is especially brilliant. Listen to it now. Friends of Mine is tied with Beechwood Park as the weakest song on the album. It lists a bunch of names that the band is friends with. Itís a good song, but just good. Time of the Season could be in the running for the coolest, smoothest and most arrogant song of the sixties. It has a f*cking great line: Whatís your name? Whoís your daddy? Is he rich like me?

This band doesnít get enough credit when people look back at the sixties. Although this may have been their only album solely comprised of original compositions, The Zombies made it count, itís one of the best albums of the sixties.

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This album has been sat on my HD for nearly a month. I need to listen to the damn thing and come back with a reply.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is one of those albums where not everyone has heard it but those who have, love it. It's not really psychedelic or edgy but it's very upbeat, melodious and soothing.

When I first discovered this album (mid 70's) no one else knew about this album. I have seen it slowly grow in popularity as each year more and more people discover this gem. This is my all time favourite album.
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had this album years back but have no memory of thinking that it was anything special. Perhaps I will have to revisit.
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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For those who like Odessy and Oracle may I suggest seeking out the lost album RIP. This album was supposed to be released in 1969 but the Zombies broke up and no one was ambitious to release it. It has been since released in Japan and has been reissued with bonus tracks else where.

All the songs are compiled on the Box Set Zombie Heaven also.

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1. She Loves The Way They Love Her
2. Imagine The Swan
3. Smokey Day
4. Girl Help Me
5. I Could Spend The Day
6. Conversation Off Floral Street
7. If It Don't Work Out
8. I'll Call You Mine
9. I'll Keep Trying
10. I Know She Will
11. Don't Cry For Me
12. Walking In The Sun
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great, great album. Solid review as well.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:03 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A little bump but...

I have been rating albums just for myself (I might post them, eh) and this one was one of the few albums I rated as high as my personal taste. A-, I believe...

It is such a pure, atmospheric(but in a good way), and beautiful album. Definitely not the album to listen to when you are filled with rage.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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A little bump but...

I have been rating albums just for myself (I might post them, eh) and this one was one of the few albums I rated as high as my personal taste. A-, I believe...

It is such a pure, atmospheric(but in a good way), and beautiful album. Definitely not the album to listen to when you are filled with rage.
Or perhaps the perfect album to listen to under such circumstances : P

I hadn't heard of The Zombies nor of Odessey & Oracle, so I assumed it would be a neat effort, if anything good at all when Double X introduced it to me.

I love it, what else can I say? Oh, I know: I agree with this being one of the most under appreciated records of the 60s.
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've only had this album for a few days now, but it's easily one of my favourites now. Friends Of Mine is actually one of my favourite songs on it, but otherwise I agree with you about the whole thing. Great review man
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I've only had this album for a few days now, but it's easily one of my favourites now. Friends Of Mine is actually one of my favourite songs on it, but otherwise I agree with you about the whole thing. Great review man
I agree with Friends of Mine. The track I like least is Butcher's Tale, but I guess it's all based on the individual.
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