The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

Stereo 180 Gram Vinyl Half Speed Mastering At Abbey Road

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Odessey and Oracle is the second studio album by the British rock band The Zombies, originally released in April 1968 via CBS Records.

The Zombies are an English rock band, formed in 1962 in St Albans and led by Rod Argent (piano, organ and vocals) and Colin Blunstone (vocals).

The group scored British and American hits in 1964 with She's Not There. In the US two further singles, Tell Her No in 1965 and Time of the Season in 1969, were also successful. Their 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The band were active from 1962 until they split in 1968. The band has reformed intermitently between 1990 and 2004 as the members pursued solo projects. From 2004 the band has been active with Argent and Blunstone helming the core of the band.

Odessey and Oracle was recorded over a period of three months between June and August 1967, in sessions that took place at Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, in London. Time of the Season was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969.

Because the album was recorded to a tight budget and deadline, The Zombies worked quickly in the studio, having rehearsed rigorously beforehand. This meant that there would be no outtakes or unused songs recorded during the sessions. 

The album was recorded using a Studer four track machine, the same tape machine used on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandArgent and Chris White mixed the album down into mono, but when they handed the master to CBS, they were informed that a stereo mix was required. The recording budget having been spent, Argent and White used their own money to pay for the stereo mix.

Morale within the band was at a low point at the end of the recording. Two singles, Care of Cell 44 and Friends of Mine, had been unsuccessful, and the band had a declining demand for live appearances, so after a final gig in mid-December 1967, the band split up.

Time of the Season was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969, almost a year after the albums release, by which time Rod Argent and Chris White were busy with their new band, Argent.

Because the band split before the album was released, they never performed any of the songs onstage. However, due to the surprise success of Time of the Season, several "fake" versions of The Zombies were created by unscrupulous promoters in 1969 to cash in on public demand to see and hear the band

The album was received indifferently on release, but has since become critically acclaimed. It ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and Mojo magazine placed it at number 97 in their "100 Greatest Albums Ever Made" list.

Check out a couple of tracks from the album:  Time of the Season, Care of Cell 44, Changes, Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914) and Friends of Mine.

This LP Record is a Limited Stereo Edition 2015 reissue on 180 Gram Vinyl, mastered at half speed at Abbey Road Studios, pressed in Europe.





Care Of Cell 44



A Rose For Emily



Maybe After He's Gone



Beechwood Park



Brief Candles



Hung Up On A Dream






I Want Her She Wants Me



This Will Be Our Year



Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)       



Friends Of Mine



Time Of The Season


SKU 4009910220719
Record Label Repertoire Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number V 102S
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 May 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 19 April 1968
Barcode # 4009910220719
Shipping Weight 0.2800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format 180 Gram Vinyl Remaster, Half Speed Mastering At Abbey Road Studios, Stereo Mix
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock

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