A Message To Commemorate the 1968 release of Odessey & Oracle

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Rod has made a statement to give thanks about The Zombie’s legendary release, “On April 19th, 1968 our album ‘Odessey And Oracle’ was released. This album although initially didn’t garner much attention, went on to change our lives dramatically. It has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “Greatest Albums of All Time”, by NME Magazine as the “No. 2 Best Album Recorded at Abbey Road Studios“, and Q Magazine said it was one of “Best British Albums Ever”, but it will always be our first born and we’re very proud of it’s accomplishments. Thank you to everyone who has ever bought, downloaded, listened to, and even shared the album, it’s because of you that the album is still very much alive today. Happy Birthday Odessey And Oracle!!”


2 thoughts on “A Message To Commemorate the 1968 release of Odessey & Oracle

  1. Great Things always endure the test of time. Musically, I consider the early 60′s to the early 70′s to be about the greatest “decade” ever. There was so much great music that came out of that era. Too bad great music is so scarce to find now. There was just so much innovative creativity in that time frame, that is so sadly missing in what the world considers “Music” now !

  2. I’m late to this party. I was a fan of Argent (on the strength of Hold Your Head Up), and although I’m old enough to have heard the big hits by the Zombies, I didn’t realize till years later Rod was the keyboard player for them.

    Coincidentally, just a week ago I was given a copy of Odessey and Oracle. I knew nothing other than Time of the Season, and that the album was highly respected. Didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly didn’t expect what I heard. To be blunt, many pop/rock albums from back then had a couple of good tracks and a lot of fill. What surprised me straight away about O & O was how well-crafted the songs were, the interesting instrumentation, interesting keyboard chords and progressions. Not predictable. And the vocal harmonies … the Beach Boys-like sound in Cell 44, for example … are impressive.

    I can’t say I actually liked the album first time through, though I didn’t dislike it. But, my commute can be long, and I liked it better the second time through, now that I was a bit familiar with the tunes. Now that I have listened through it five times, I love this album. I’m not a musician, but I do like music that is both accessible and interesting, and there are a lot of little surprises spicing up these songs.

    The album sounds “of its time”, you might say, but neither does it sound outdated.

    I’m also impressed that it sounds like the album was recorded quickly, without a lot of time for retakes.

    I’m not sure I would have liked this album when I was 9 or 10 (but I really liked Time of the Season back then), but there are many things you only appreciate when you get older. I’m so happy to have discovered this little treasure.

    If there’s a downside, I now have Cell 44 resident as an earworm.

    Thank you Mr. Argent.

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