Keeping in the tradition of doing Rock Band-related CAT’s I figured I’d do The Zombies’ 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle since they have a pair of songs coming out as Rock Band DLC today.
Recorded in 1967 at Abbey Road studios, Odessey and Oracle was The Zombies second and final album that they would record as the group would disband by the time the album was finally released in 1968. The album would be then re-released in 1969 when the single “Time Of The Season” became a surprise hit in the U.S.
There’s a very lush and symphonic sound to the production of Rod Argent and Chris White’s songs which are all complemented beautifully by Colin Blunstone’s breathy vocals. It’s really hard not to love the unabashed optimism of songs like “Take Care of Cell 44” and “This Will Be Our Year”. And yet Odessey and Oracle is also a very instrumentally complex album that’s certainly in the same league as other concept albums of the time such as Sgt. Pepper or Pet Sounds.
Even though The Zombies were lumped along with a lot of other lesser British invasion bands, you could already see that they were somewhat above their peers just from hearing the unique jazz influence on singles like “She’s Not There”. And Odessey and Oracle stands as one of the best albums to come out of the British Invasion and probably the ’60s in general. Truly a gem of an album if there ever was one.
Favorite Tracks: “Take Care of Cell 44”, “Brief Candles”, “This Will Be Our Year”