In 1968 The Zombies released their second full length LP called “Odessey And Oracle” a bonafide classic from start to finish.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by the band themselves with longtime Beatles collaborator Geoff Emerick handling the engineering duties the album contains 12 songs including the monster hit “Time Of The Season”
With “Odessey And Oracle” The Zombies created a collection of tracks that is best enjoyed as an album listening experience. “Care Of Cell 44” opens the album with Rod Argent’s brief harpsichord that gives way to Chris White’s catchy bass line. Next up is the beautiful “Rose For Emily” right into the heartbreaking “Maybe After He’s Gone.” For our vinyl listeners Side 2 is packed with the pure pop perfection of “I Want Her She Wants Me,” “This Will Be Our Year,” “Friends Of Mine” and of course “Time Of The Season.”
Every track on “Odessey And Oracle” is every bit as good as what the other British bands were recording in 1968. The 50th Anniversary Edition is released through the Varese Sarabande label and contains 7 bonus tracks including the non-album B-Side “I’ll Call You Mine.”
For the uninitiated now you know that “Odessey And Oracle” is on par with The Kinks’ “The Village Green Preservation Society,” The Rolling Stones’ “Between The Buttons” and even The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Clocking in at just over 35 minutes “Odessey And Oracle” is a masterpiece of 60’s British Invasion pop that you will find yourself listening to over and over again.