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Although 1968's Odessey and Oracle was released after The Zombies split, its lush and complex sound cemented the group's legacy for generations to come. It's easily among the finest examples of British psychedelic pop, draped in baroque orchestral arrangements, innovative Mellotron, layered harmonies and Colin Blunstone's soft, breathy vocals. The breezily euphoric "Care of Cell 44", the haunting ballad "A Rose for Emily" and the sensual, jazzy "Time of the Season" exhibit keyboardist Rod Argent and bassist Chris White's uncommon sense of melody, arrangement and dynamics.

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Reward Your Senses

This is quite simply the most powerfully beautiful record ever comitted to vinyl/ tape/ disc. Taut songwriting, dynamic arrangement, diversity of material, a muscular rhythm section and timeless performances.....oh, and those soaring harmonies. Each song is a bona fide classic (OK maybe not "Hung Up On A Dream"... hey, it was '67). This music enlivens the listener and is testament to the power of song. I must have listened to it over 1000 times and I want to listen to it again after writing this review! Can never be bettered as it exists in a league all it's own.

Odyssey and Oracle

I have followed the Zombies since their inception and have to say that this is their most enjoyable and inventive venture ever.


Formed: 1962 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, Englan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Aside from the Beatles and perhaps the Beach Boys, no mid-'60s rock group wrote melodies as gorgeous as those of the Zombies. Dominated by Colin Blunstone's breathy vocals, choral backup harmonies, and Rod Argent's shining jazz- and classical-influenced organ and piano, the band sounded utterly unique for its era. Indeed, the Zombies' material -- penned by either Argent or guitarist Chris White, with unexpected shifts from major to minor keys -- was perhaps too adventurous for the singles market....
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