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Rolling Stone top 100 albums: #100 The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.

Number 100 is by The Zombies and it is called Odessey and Oracle.

The album was the second studio album by English pop rock band The Zombies. Mainly recorded between June and August 1967 at Abbey Road and Olympic Studios, it was released on 19 April 1968 by CBS Records. “Time of the Season” was released as a single and became a surprise hit in early 1969. The album was received indifferently on release, but has since become critically acclaimed. The band split before it was released.

It’s not an album I’ve come across before, but have heard of the excellent single, Time Of The Season. If you didn’t already know, on listening you easily guess that this was made in the late 60’s. That’s not a criticism, it just has that vibe from the time; a bit trippy and light. The production is lush, with lots of layered vocals and effects on the instruments, especially on the lovely song Beechwood Park and that’s really impressive as it was recorded on a four-track system.

Overall, it was a pleasant listen but for me, only a couple of songs suggested that they were something special and there was a bit too much filler. I’m glad I heard it, but I wont be rushing out to buy this album.

My rating: 6/10

Listen to the album via Spotify here.

See the Top 100 here.

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