The Zombies ‎– Odessey And Oracle

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Care Of Cell 44
A Rose For Emily
Maybe After He's Gone
Beechwood Park
Brief Candles
Hung Up On A Dream
Changes
I Want Her She Wants Me
This Will Be Our Year
Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)
Friends Of Mine
Time Of The Season

Versions (48)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
S 63280, 63280, SPBG 63280 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) CBS, CBS, CBS S 63280, 63280, SPBG 63280 UK 1968 Sell This Version
TES 4013 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) Date TES 4013 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
SBP-233587 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) CBS SBP-233587 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
TES 4013 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) Date TES 4013 US 1968 Sell This Version
TES 4013 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, 1st) Date TES 4013 US 1968 Sell This Version
63280 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Mono) CBS 63280 UK 1968 Sell This Version
TES 4013 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Promo) Date TES 4013 US 1968 Sell This Version
SONP50089 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) CBS/Sony SONP50089 Japan 1969 Sell This Version
44037 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Mono) Epic 44037 Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
27017 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Promo) CBS 27017 Uruguay 1969 Sell This Version
TES 4013 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, RE) Date TES 4013 US 1969 Sell This Version
TES 4013 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, RE) Date TES 4013 US 1969 Sell This Version
HH-5001 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Unofficial) Holy Hawk Record Co. Ltd. HH-5001 Taiwan 1969 Sell This Version
SXL 0933 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) Pronit SXL 0933 Poland 1973 Sell This Version
XL 0933 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Mono) Pronit XL 0933 Poland 1973 Sell This Version
MACD 6 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Rock Machine MACD 6 UK 1986 Sell This Version
MACH 6 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(LP, Album, RE) Rock Machine MACH 6 UK 1986 Sell This Version
MACH 6 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(LP, Album, RE) Rock Machine MACH 6 UK 1986 Sell This Version
RNCD 70186 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) RNCD 70186 US 1987 Sell This Version
RNCD 70186, R2 70186 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2), Rhino Records (2) RNCD 70186, R2 70186 US 1987 Sell This Version
RNLP 70186 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) Rhino Records (2) RNLP 70186 US 1987 Sell This Version
22DN-24 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Overseas Records 22DN-24 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
REP 4214-WZ The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, Comp, RE) Repertoire Records REP 4214-WZ Germany 1992 Sell This Version
TECX-20496 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Overseas Records TECX-20496 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
CECC-00655 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Century Records (6) CECC-00655 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
WIKD 181 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, RE) Big Beat Records WIKD 181 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CDWIKD 181 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Big Beat Records CDWIKD 181 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CDWIKD 181 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(CD, Album, RE, RM, Mono) Big Beat Records CDWIKD 181 UK 1998 Sell This Version
TECW-20897 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE) Overseas Records TECW-20897 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
REP 4940 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, Comp, RE, Dig) Repertoire Records REP 4940 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
302 061 413 2 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fuel 2000 302 061 413 2 US 2004 Sell This Version
TECI-21220 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Imperial Records (13) TECI-21220 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
CDHP 025 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(CD, Album, Mono, RE) Big Beat Records CDHP 025 UK 2007 Sell This Version
TEJI-33011 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, RE, Ltd, 180) Imperial Records (13) TEJI-33011 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
REP 5089 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Repertoire Records REP 5089 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
TECI-23601 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Imperial Records (13) TECI-23601 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
REP 5182 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle - The CBS Years 1967-1969(CD, Mono, RM + CD, RM) Repertoire Records REP 5182 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
TECI-18690 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Imperial Records (13) TECI-18690 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
V 102S, V 102 S, REP 2207 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, RE, 180) Repertoire Records, Repertoire Records, Repertoire Records V 102S, V 102 S, REP 2207 UK 2013 Sell This Version
63280 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Unofficial) CBS (2) 63280 2013 Sell This Version
V 102S, REP 2207 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Repertoire Records, Repertoire Records V 102S, REP 2207 UK 2014 Sell This Version
302 067 254 1 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Varèse Sarabande 302 067 254 1 US 2014 Sell This Version
302 067 254 3 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Varèse Vintage 302 067 254 3 US 2015 Sell This Version
V 102M, REP 2206 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, 180) Repertoire Records, Repertoire Records V 102M, REP 2206 UK 2015 Sell This Version
302 067 254 3 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album, RE) Varèse Sarabande, Varèse Vintage 302 067 254 3 US 2015 Sell This Version
CDWIKD 181 The Zombies Odessey & Oracle "30th Anniversary Edition"(CD, Album, Mono, RE, RM) Big Beat Records CDWIKD 181 UK Unknown Sell This Version
RNCD 70186, R2 70186 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(CD, Album, RE, RP) Rhino Records (2), Rhino Records (2) RNCD 70186, R2 70186 US Unknown Sell This Version
63280, S 63280, SPBG 63280 The Zombies Odessey And Oracle(LP, Album) CBS, CBS, CBS 63280, S 63280, SPBG 63280 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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beatlekid123

beatlekid123

July 27, 2016
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, RE, 302 067 254 3

This sounds great for a slightly lightweight pressing at only 140 grams.
Billhambone

Billhambone

June 16, 2016
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, RE, WIKD 181

BEWARE! The 1997 Big Beat version has stamped matrix numbers. The version that's being sold on Amazon right now is a counterfeit. It has hand written deadwax numbers, the label fonts are different and everything looks kind of fuzzy. It also sounds dull compared to the all analog version from 1997.
firewalkwithme

firewalkwithme

February 28, 2016
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, 302 067 254 3
Can anyone comment on the quality of this pressing? Eh?
Remi78

Remi78

February 1, 2016
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, 180, V 102M, REP 2206

Probably not the same sources for the two sides of this vinyl. Side 1 sounds correct but sometimes compressed, not a good separation between instruments. Side 2 is very good.
patientot

patientot

January 28, 2016
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, RE, WIKD 181
This release, as well as the mono/stereo Big Beat CD, both sound great. If you are seeking this album on vinyl, it's worth noting that at the time of this writing this is the only version in print/still available out of the 3-4 I see in record stores that's cut from analogue tapes.
vinyl1988

vinyl1988

January 16, 2016
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, 180, V 102M, REP 2206
From the sound quality it seems that they were trying hard to get the best out of the aged reel to reel tape with software.
You clearly hear it on "Beechwood Park". This version is not that bad, but I wish there would be a better monophonic reissue.
johnmoses10

johnmoses10

November 25, 2015
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red, 302 067 254 3

One of the best albums ever made. Magic
streetmouse

streetmouse

November 19, 2015
edited 10 months ago
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, S 63280, 63280, SPBG 63280
There are those who hold Odessey and Oracle [Homer's Odyssey relayed by the Oracle?] as some sort of psychedelic musical religious relic, stationed somewhere on the cross between The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, delivering a wider musical and sonic palette, creating more dramatic and daring structures, all designed to expand your mind ... and then there are those who just don’t get it at all. To be truthful, Odessey and Oracle have little in common with The Zombies certified AM hits, such as “Tell Her No, or “She’s Not There.” And if I were to imply that other re-discovered classics from the era, such as Forever Changes by Love, and then suggest that these hang together more cohesively, I may not be so far from the truth, because Odessey and Oracle does circumvent all that came before and after, with mere smatterings to suggest the genesis of this adventure, and thereby connecting it to The Zombies.

Considering that nearly everyone connects the revered single “Time Of The Season” with the wide-eyed heyday of the mid sixties, consider that the song actually came out in 1968 ... with the Summer of Love actually beginning in 1966 and carrying on into the first half of 1967. Meaning that this album did not exist at that magical moment in time when the world was in and of the moment; and it shows. For the most part, the album has a third person feel, and even then it’s uncomfortable, as if it existed in a space we hadn’t moved into yet, with a more foreboding atmosphere and texture. It’s fascinating to consider that the album was made free of corporate influences, that the band held sway over their vision, and that is the actual seminal point of Odessey and Oracle. The Zombies were on the verge of a breakup, the distillation of the songs were not part of a cohesive unit, each member, like it or not, was seeing the world through their own eyes, looking forward into their future, to where they wanted to be, missing the point of being in the moment and working as a unit, instead of delivering what so often sounds like thematic shifts that are jarring, as if dropped in without due consideration.

This I feel is why Odessey and Oracle is so loved by those who appreciate jazz, delighting in the disconnect, the creation of “Art Rock,” and the preoccupation with the huge [not just bigger] picture, a musical image that could never actually be delivered; even if all members had been on the same page. Of course, The Zombies were one of the few bands of the time made up of classically trained musicians, which certainly put them slightly out of step with the mainstream music of the day. But I’ve neglected the plaintive nature of nearly all of the songs, songs such as “Care Of Cell 44” ... a number that does a double twist, with a guy dreaming of his girlfriends release from prison. And then there’s “A Rose for Emily,” a delightfully humorless song based on the William Faulkner story, “A Rose For Emily,” a minimalist sorrowful tale of a spinster who lives and dies alone. Yes, there are those who will tell you that Blunstone and Argent create, or more possibly, evoke a heretofore unheard of emotional depth. Nevertheless, this much epic sadness and longing is not the stuff of splendor, or huge record sales.

And of course, it all ends with “Time Of The Season,” a song whose greatness can not be denied, a song that will maintain its place in history, but without “Time Of The Season,” Odessey and Oracle would to this day be nothing more than an afterthought in the history for a band who went their separate ways achieving their crowning glory within the progressive rock scene.

This is one of those relics that’s somehow found it’s way into the top 100 albums of all time for some reason ... I’m certain I could list album after album and never consider this release. So this begs the question, “Am I missing something?” I think not, I merely think that some people found something here at a seminal influential moment in time and it works for them ... me [?], I find a couple of keepers on the album, but on the whole, I’m not a progressive [prog rock] person, it’s not my style or taste, any more than I enjoy John Cheever’s “The Swimmer,” or “Catcher In The Rye” for that matter. I still delight in Joan Miro and quote Dylan like others quote the Bible. So please, place Odessey and Oracle where you will, just not on my turntable.

Review by Jenell Kesler
onlyaudiophile

onlyaudiophile

November 5, 2015
edited 6 months ago
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, S 63280, 63280, SPBG 63280

The album i want to hear at my last supper. In my opinion, the most underappreciated album of all time. Absolutely essential. Begin here, and end here.
Fujee

Fujee

October 12, 2015
referencing Odessey And Oracle, LP, Album, RE, WIKD 181
Cut from analogue tapes, can't be bad!