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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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Closet Classic. Dig it out

This album is the fifth Beatle in a pentet of 60s psychedelic masterpieces along with Sgt.Pepper's, Surrealistic Pillow, Pet Sounds and Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Get it. Play it. Love it

I cannot remember . . . .

. . . . . when an album had such a significant effect on me. This can only be described as perfect. At no time do you feel the need to 'skip' to the next track. Stand outs are tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12. It's that good. Get on a bike, plug in the ipod, hit some hills, play this album. Sublime.

'Odessey and Oracle'

One of music's best kept secrets, Odessey and Oracle is an all-time classic. It should be in any serious music fans collection.


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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