The Zombies : Odessey & Oracle (Anniversary Edition) (Repertoire)
This great collection of beautifully crafted songs has long been hailed as one of the best albums to emerge from the Sixties. And yet « Odessey & Oracle » was overlooked by both the media and public when it was first released back in 1967. It may have been because The Zombies had passed their peak in terms of chart success and were being overshadowed by the Beach Boys and The Beatles. Nevertheless their album – with its swirly psychedelic cover and miss-spelt title (it should have been « Odyssey »!) – began to attract more attention. Eventually, one of its stand-out songs, the soulful and funky « Time Of The Season » got to Number 3 in the US Billboard singles chart. Yet that was in 1969, two years after the group had split up, frustrated at their lack of recognition. The strident piano playing of Rod Argent and of Colin Blunstone’s richly melodic vocals imbue these confident lively pop songs with a special quality that makes this special 40th anniversary CD package all the more satisfying and attractive. The 2 CD set, which includes both Mono and Stereo versions of the classic album, plus 6 bonus tracks, includes a detailed booklet, which includes an interview with leader Rod Argent, and reminiscences of ‘Swinging London’ and the live music scene in the golden era of 60s psychedelia.