Terje RypdalOdyssey

Label:ECM Records – ECM 1067/68 ST
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Fusion


A1Darkness Falls3:27
B2Better Off Without You7:31
C1Over Birkerot4:42
C2Fare Well11:22
DRolling Stone23:54

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This album won the "Deutscher Schallplatten Preis" awarded by Deutsche Phono-Akademie e.V.
Some copies carry a sticker acknowledging the award.

Subsequent copies were distributed with a silver sticker bearing the subsequent catalogue reference 2641 067 together with the original catalogue number ECM 1067/68.

Earliest copies have no sticker at all.

No label code (LC) on release.
Gatefold sleeve.

Recorded August 1975 at Arne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo.

An ECM Production
℗ 1975 ECM Records GmbH
Made in W. Germany [on labels]
Printed in W. Germany [on cover]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): ST-ECM 1067/68-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): ST-ECM 1067/68-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, stamped): ST-ECM 1067/68-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, stamped): ST-ECM 1067/68-D

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Odyssey (2×LP, Album)ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM RecordsECM 1067/68, 2612 030, 2335 112US1975
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Odyssey (2×LP, Album)ECM RecordsPA-6057~58Japan1975
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Odyssey (2×LP, Album, Promo, Stereo)ECM RecordsECM 1067/68 STGermany1975
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Odyssey (Reel-To-Reel, 7 ½ ips, ¼", 4-Track Stereo, 7" Cine Reel, Album)ECM RecordsECM 1067-G-DPUS1975
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Odyssey (CD, Album, Reissue)ECM Records, ECM RecordsECM 1067/68, 835 355-2Germany1988



  • winchrecords's avatar
    While the rhythm section clearly has a role in this, this is Rypdal's album, conversing with himself through multi-tracking (I assume) with synthesizer, sax and especially electric guitar--all Hendrix and electronic harmonics. While fusion had gotten pretty annoying by the mid 1970s, Rypdal (and the ECM label) moved into new directions while also looking back to innovators Miles Davis, Weather Report and Coryell (Rypdal himself was recording in 1968 but I've never heard those recordings.). Of course, this also might owe something to The Mahavishnu Orchestra, but while fans of that group might find this a lesser version, it's so much enjoyable for me. I can't stand 97.3% of the stuff that John McLaughlin did, but I can thoroughly enjoy the work of Rypdal, unless of course he sounds too much like McLaughlin, which I suppose this set does for brief periods. Fortunately most of the time, this sinks the guitar sounds into the compositions to create dark soundscapes. And even when it rocks out with guitar excess, it's usually much less annoying than many fusion guitarists, maybe because it seems to still remember the early fusion fuzz of Coryell where the guitar wasn't used to show off the speed and talents of the player--technically perfect and perfectly technical--but rather to create sounds that help you forget the players and even the instruments and just enjoy the offerings. This seems such a great example of how Hendrix influenced jazz, and how someone clearly heavily influenced by Hendrix can move that influence into new territory. This also seems so much connected with Norway, cold, dark and expansive, winds across frozen lands, and it's interesting to hear Hendrix influence there in 1975. I imagine this set influenced many, including many not so obvious bands and artists and genres in Norway. It also likely had an influence on the shoegaze, post rock and progressive metal of the 21st century, even if some of those bands working in those genres are twice removed and don't even know this album exists. This shows that exploratory indulgence can actually be more than just annoying. It can be interesting and enjoyable. -- winch (green noise records)
    • vinyluvr's avatar
      On a jazz label, and while there elements of jazz, this artist and LP is more soundscapes/mood music akin to (but better than most), New Age music. Much of his guitar works also has a mournful psychedelic property, sending the listener on a whimsical voyage to wherever their imagination leads them. Hauntingly beautiful.


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