THE ZOMBIES Odessey And Oracle 1968 UK CBS 1st *STEREO* - NEAR MINT
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  • THE ZOMBIES Odessey And Oracle 1968 UK CBS 1st *STEREO* - NEAR MINT

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Aug 4, 2018 End Date
Jul 25, 2018 Start Date
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THE ZOMBIES Odessey And Oracle 1968 UK CBS 1st *STEREO* - NEAR MINT

THE ZOMBIES
Odessey And Oracle

UK CBS (S 63280) FIRST *STEREO* PRESSING (April 1968)
AN OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL COPY DELIVERING BEAUTIFULLY CLEAN SOUND

PRESSED WITH SOLID ORANGE CBS LABELS
MATRIX: SPBG 63280 A2 / SPBG 63280 B2
THE RECORD IS HOUSED IN THE ORIGINAL FRONT LAMINATED MONO SHELL COVER “Printed and made by Ernest J. Day & Co. Ltd., London W.11." WITH LARGE GOLD *STEREO* STICKER TO THE BACK
COMPLETE WITH THE ORIGINAL DIE-CUT "PATENTS APPLIED FOR" PLAIN WHITE INNER SLEEVE

Odessey and Oracle was one of the finest albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base.
But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America where it was neglected until the single "Time of the Season," topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded.
Ironically, at the time of its recording in the summer of 1967, permanency was not much on the minds of the bandmembers. Odessey and Oracle was intended as a final statement, a bold last hurrah, having worked hard for three years only to see the quality of their gigs decline as the hits stopped coming.
The results are consistently pleasing, surprising, and challenging: "Hung Up on a Dream" and "Changes" are some of the most powerful psychedelic pop/rock ever heard out of England, with a solid rhythm section, a lush Mellotron sound, and chiming, hard guitar, as well as highly melodic piano. "Changes" also benefits from radiant singing.
"This Will Be Our Year" makes use of trumpets (one of the very few instances of real overdubbing) in a manner reminiscent of "Penny Lane"; and then there's "Time of the Season," the most well-known song in their output and a white soul classic.
Superior to most other psychedelic albums this side of the Beatles' best and Pink Floyd's early work. Indeed, the only complaint one might have about the original LP is its relatively short running time, but even that's refreshing in an era where most musicians took their time making their point

Side 1:
Care Of Cell 44
A Rose For Emily
Maybe After He's Gone
Beechwood Park
Brief Candles
Hung Up On A Dream
Side 2:
Changes
I Want Her She Wants Me
This Will Be Our Year
Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)
Friends Of Mine
Time Of The Season

LABELS: EXCELLENT+
Both labels are clean and unmarked with moderate spindle traces
VINYL Visual: EXCELLENT
Both surfaces shine like new with nothing but harmless light hairlines/brush marks, mostly in-vinyl blemishes.
VINYL Audio: NEAR MINT
This copy has seen a moderate amount of play but clearly only on a top-end system as there is no hint of groove wear or distortion.
It plays exceptionally clean on the quieter sections with no scratches, clicks, ticks or pops.
Just a light touch of surface noted on the run-ins and in-between some of the tracks - absolutely nothing really
A really superb copy and one very, very highly recommended indeed
SLEEVE: EXCELLENT+
A fantastic example with crisp, sharp edges and spine where all text is clear and bold.
The front laminate has a nice deep, unworn gloss and apart from a little wear on the corners and some very light marks to the untreated back it really is one of the best you are likely to find

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