CD Review – The Zombies: “Odessey And Oracle” 50th Edition

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Odessey and oracleIn 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.


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Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.
Pat FrancisCD Review – The Zombies: “Odessey And Oracle” 50th Edition