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Odessey And Oracle

The Zombies

1968

Odessey And Oracle

Album Summary

Odessey and Oracle is the second studio album by English rock band the Zombies. It was originally released in the UK in April 1968 by CBS Records. The album was recorded primarily between June and August 1967. The sessions took place at Abbey Road Studios and Olympic Studios in London. The Zombies, having been dropped from Decca Records, financed these sessions independently. After signing with CBS, two singles and later the album itself were released to critical and commercial indifference, and the band quietly dissolved. A third single from the album, "Time of the Season", became a surprise hit in the United States in early 1969 after CBS staff producer Al Kooper recommended it be released on Date Records. The album gradually achieved critical praise and a cult following, and has since become one of the most acclaimed albums of the 1960s. It was ranked 100th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. When Rolling Stone revised their list in 2020, the album ranked 243rd.

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Rating

3.46

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4860

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Psychedelic Rock
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5

One of the best 60s psych rock albums of all time

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5

Baroque pop perfection. The Zombies are criminally underrated!

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5

Despite the fact that I grew up listening to classic rock, I never listened to this album until about 5 years ago. I instantly fell in love with it. It's a shame that it was "received indifferently" on its release, and the Zombies didn't really do much after. They could have been one of the all-time greats for sure. But at least we have this classic. 5 stars.

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5

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a british rock band recorded an album at Abbey Road in the 60s. No, not that british band. This one recorded their album two years before that band. It's kinda crazy how much this sounds like The Beatles, honestly. It makes me wonder what else was going on in the British music scene at the time. Whatever the case, this was a very enjoyable album. Everything I love about The Beatles is on display here. The songwriting isn't quite as good (unsurprisingly) but the vocals are better and the harmonies are all on point. I think the most interesting thing about this is how clearly one can hear the thumbprint of the studio itself. The recording is immaculate and the production is just SO good. It sounds like an Abbey Road joint. Almost gave this a 4 but the last track is Time of the Season which is just a monster of a single. Took it to a 5 easily.

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5

Honestly this album is amazing. It was received indifferently when it was released, but has since become a cult favorite. I feel like there isn't a bad song on the album... its really, really good.

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5

I love this album, Care of Cell 44 probably ranks among my favorite songs. Great from front to back!

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5

College era cult favorite among friends. A thing of beauty. Up there with Pet Sounds. I consider this a perfect album.

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5

Yes.

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Two thoughts before I even listened to this: 1) Since the 1001 App has hit us with so much Psychedelic, I get noxious when we are sent an album with a release date in the late 60s. 2) The choice of the band's name might not be the worst band name ever but second only to The Electric Prunes. Given the above, this album had to start the race 10 meters behind the starting line. The keyboards figure prominently. I don't think the organ works particularly well on songs like Butcher's Tale but the piano playing on some of the songs (e.g. Rise for Emily, This Will be our Year, et al.) makes some lovely ballads that are similar to what Bowie did a year or two later with Life on Mars. No accusations but, come to think of it, Zombies have a song named "Changes" and two years later Bowie releases a hit w the same name. Still no accusations. Now if his 1969 hit was called "Space Odeyssey" (sic), Bowie would need to do better than say that he went to the same grammar school that Argent and White went to. lol I find some of the songs tried to create too big of a sound. Care of Cell 44 is a fabulous song. It starts with vocals and keyboards but more sound keeps being added. First some very talented bass as well as drums which work well. They should have stopped there but it sounds like an orchestra is then added in the background. I expect this was Mellotron since that instrument was the bright new shiny object that everyone wanted to play around with at that time. Rather than helping the overall sound, it makes it cheesy. A lot of songs use harmonies extensively. The Zombies' harmonies are humble rather than being pretentious pursuits of perfection like CSNY's and the Beach Boys'. They end up wearing on me eventually but around half the time they are enjoyable the same way Queen's harmonies are. I didn’t remember that the song Time of the Season had the words "Who's your Daddy". The flavour of the song would have changed if it were released today. Given this line I figured it must be the sampling gift that keeps on giving to hoards of MCs. I couldn’t resist utilizing Google and the first hit from my search was Necro “The Sexorcist” I can’t make this stuff up. Check it out but probably not when there is anyone around who is too young, too old or too white. I have an unusual rating dilemma. I want to give a 4 for how the songs are written but a 3 for how they’re performed. If you don’t believe the songs are better written than they are performed you should track down Elliot Smith’s version of Care of Cell 44. wtf I’ll round up this time. Good news: While I'm not sure I'll smile, I’ll probably not grunt when the 1001 App sends us more hippy shit

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Expected so much more from the band that gave us 'She's not There' and 'Time of the Season' - it's a listenable album but very forgettable

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Happy, nice strings and vocal. Very good!

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5

Good listen

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5

Beatles-esk

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5

One of the best albums, musically, lyrically, and vocally, I've ever heard

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5

Happy, upbeat, chill, easy listening Favourite track: Care of Cell 44

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5

First song sounds like it could be a demo of a 2010s band. These songs sound pretty 60s. I see influence on Queen, and influences from the Beatles. This was *surprisingly* good. Also, doesn't sound like what I would imagine a band called "The Zombies" would ever sound like.

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5

I have listened to this album before and I love it!

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5

Classic - amazing to hear the artists they inspired listening to this album.

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5

Vibes man. Very cool

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5

Great sound. My fist experience knowing what I was listening to was music by the Zombies. I like it.

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5

Una maravilla de principio a fin

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5

Genieten met Time of the Season als leuke verrassing helemaal op het einde.

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5

Never listened and loved it

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5

I’d definitely listen again.

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5

What a classic! Not a bad song on the album. Beautiful harmonies, groovy psychedelic music. Love it.

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5

A chill, relaxing album with some really catchy songs. Overall, really nice.

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5

very good imo

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5

Neat.

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5

A genuine lost classic, they should have been huge. 1 perfect song after another. I particularly like the bit when you realise the girl in the first song is in prison

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5

At least today, there's nothing groundbreaking or original about this album. Like The Beatles with more technical depth, like The Hollies with more psychedelia, like The Moody Blues with less organ. It seems like I've heard it all before, yet The Zombies combines these disparate parts perfectly to a great album that hits the right spots and which I'll gladly revisit. Standout song: Time of the Season.

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Magnifique, du rock psychedelique qui fait penser a Forever Changes de Love. Premier coup de coeur du Challenge. Inattendu, vu le nom qui me faisait penser a du punk/metal. Je l'acheterai a la Fnac. Triste qu'ils n'aient jamais été reconnus.

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#30 - the best album so far, and they had tough rivals - Deep Purple, Talking Heads, The Smiths, Elvis, Kraftwerk. Oh my God... What they did I never heard in my life. Every songs sounds both different and similar to the others. This is so good that you're afraid of listening to this album again.

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A fabulous album through and through, one of my favourites. And props for one of the all-time most iconic songs of the 60's - Time of the Season. It so perfectly encapsulates the hippie counter-culture of that time.

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5

A revelation. Amazing arrangements. Doesn’t go full on psychedelia, which is a good thing. Gorgeous melodies, great harmonies. Classic.

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5

fuck yeah, I love The Zombies 9/10

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5

I had forgotten how much I enjoy a lot of tracks on this album, used to listen to a lot of them while in college. Standout song for me is This Will Be Our Year - I hadn't heard it in a long time and it put a big nostalgic smile on my face. I think this is gonna be the first 5 star for me - I would do 4.5 if possible, but it definitely deserves more than just a 4. This definitely isn't everyone's style, so it's not something I'd recommend to just anyone. But if you can get into it, then it's a great listen.

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One of the best pop albums of the 60s, certainly after the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Right up there with the Kinks best work for me. Fucking tragedy this band only made two albums.

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5

I only knew one song by The Zombies. Loved this album!

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5

How in the world was this not the biggest album on the planet? I thought it was here because of the one single that everybody knows, but so many of the other tracks reached up and slapped me out of nowhere. Incredible. Best track: Time of the Season

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5

Sick Album. Must have

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Þessa uppgötvaði ég á Spotify fyrir nokkrum árum. Hún er geggjuð, mögulega besta barokkpoppið. Ekki mjög stórt genre, en oft mjög skemmtilegt svo þetta er mikið hrós.

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5

Really enjoyed listening to this album. Has a very classical 1960's psychedelic and rock & roll feel. I could see myself listening to this album again. My favorite songs on the album were Care of Cell 44, I Want Her She Wants Me, and Time of the Season.

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5

Uno de mis discos favoritos, tremendos muertos vivientes sedientos de sangre

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Maybe after he's Gone and Care of cell 44 extremely expressive songs, since lyrics with hope are embedded in quite life-affirming music, but the situations described are extremely gloomy and lyrical

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5

Wow, I absolutely loved this one. It's refreshing, fun, and the perfect mix of psych and pop. I also knew a lot more tunes from it than I expected. So good.

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5

SPLENDID music

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5

There isn't a bad track on this album. There are a couple of truly exquisitely good tracks on this album. Two thumbs freshly, even after more than fifty years.

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5

a feel good listen! that sixties, happy pop is still a wonderful listening experience. most songs made me smile, but the zombies didn't restrict themselves on subject matter: "a rose for emily," a sort of gothic pop song, and "butcher's tale (western front 1914)," a song using only a harmonium with white's unsteady voice to depict a scene in world war i. major props for including a protest song despite the album's generally pleasant tone. i was so reminded of the beach boys, especially on "care of cell 44"--it's so reminiscent of "good vibrations" from the year before. the subject matter, however, is different from the beach boys' number, but honestly i'm in love with this song. the topic, combined with the tone, made it stand out! "time of the seasons" is a great classic, but my goodness this album is rounded out nicely! an album that deserves its spot on this list but also on my personal album rotation.

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5

Wow. This is some Pet-Sounds-Sgt.-Pepper level psych rock! I can hear a lot of influences here from their peers. It's very '60s, might even be the most definitive '60s psychedelic rock album. I mean, just look at that cover

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Pop psicodélico. Un megahit. Venga, vinilo.

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Ikkje dumt. Eg e ein sucker for barokkpop

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5

An absolute classic. One of my favorite albums of the 60s.

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Awesome album, up there with the best in terms of classic 60s albums. Time Of The Season the obvious standout track, but a lot of amazing stuff on here.

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5

Deceitful cover ahoy! This ain't no psychedelic headfuck, no tripping on the radical zephyrs of the Mother-Creator's minddrive. Of course, this album fits chummily into the late 60s hippy climate, and one can gesture towards the album's occasional suggestions of dreamscapes, but it's not a journey into the beyond. Rather, it's a genteel, mildly quizzical but bittersweet slab of baroque pop. Think Village Green Preservation Society instead of Tomorrow Never Knows. Actually, focus on that bittersweetness. Odessey and Oracle (the typo was an honest mistake by the cover artist, which the band tried to sell as deliberate). The album seems to have been dipped in the joyful pain of irrecoverable nostalgia. Fully the first side does not deviate from depicting the grief at the loss of potential, of the blueness at remembering when one could have been a contender. The first song, Care of Cell 44, has the convict wondering if his partner still loves him, A Rose for Emily concerns a woman who shall stay unloved her whole life, Maybe After He's Gone deals with a deluded suitor trying to persuade himself that she'll return to him, etcetry etcetry. And all that I found very effective. The songs themselves are exquisite, almost flimsy in their delicacy. But these multifaceted studies are great for a supine wallow. The second half turns more spritely and more positive, with some exception. Changes continues the melancholy of side 1, and Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914) is The Zombies' pacifist anthem, of a fear-ridden WW1 Tommy cursing the priest who encouraged him to enlist (set to an ironic church organ). But apart from those, side two is a lot more smoochy and romantic, ending with Time of the Season, that tribal hippy makeout perennial. You can guess that the second side coheres a little less than the first, but not that it alienates the listener at all; indeed, there will be plenty who prefer the songs about your current girlfriend to the ones about your ex. I was hesitant about awarding this 5 stars, but why not? One can ferret out flaws if one wants, but who wants to undertake such a miserable activity? I guess these five stars are partly akin to a Grade II listing, but I enjoy focusing on Odessey And Oracle's considerable charms much more than its scarce peccancies.

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5

Based on my methodology which assigns 5 stars to anything that is 8 out of 10 or higher - it’s not perfect but then again what is!

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5

¡Excelente!

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5

A great album. Catchy tunes, and the harmonies were beautiful. There wasn't a bad song in the bunch, but the one that really stood out for me was A Rose for Emily.

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This is one of the sounds of the 60s. Everything from the garish, psychadelic cover to the keyboards, the drum beat and harmonies. The production is crisp and clear- there's nothing to not like. I love it.

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5

Very good, like it a lot

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5

Back to the 60's, i haven't personally listened to too much material from this era but the influence of the Big Bang is definitely here in the opening track with a tinge of the psychedelic movement coming in. I'm digging the vibe here, lots of choral sections that lay pleasantly over the instrumental composition. Swelling music dropping to silence hits the emphasis on the and of songs or transition points and the song to song changes/progression is chosen well. The Zombies sound as a British rock band really come out in the vocals with some influence in the instruments, there's a Beatles-esque sound here and the bands careers did overlap. Closing out with Time of the Season had really good vocal recording, you can hear the echoes in the mastering and the crisp percussion. For me this was up there with Hung on a Dream and Changes, which as classically regarded as highlights of the album.

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5

Album cover looks like it's going to be a psych album but a couple songs in it seems super poppy for the 60s. I really enjoyed this album. The harmonies are catchy and there is some darkness in the lyrics and instrumentation in contrast with the overall poppiness. Added 4-5 songs to Spotify and I'll be on the lookout for this album at vinyl places.

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I listened to this album with low expectations. Ok, chien had 5 stars but there's not much predictive skill in that. But I listened, and once again, and once again. It's not incredibly long, that helps. The last song is of course a massive classic but it fits on the album as just one of the songs. Amazing record, very addictive. I had some associatian with Elliott Smith at some point. Google tells me he actually covered Care of cell 44. And the title is a typo. Only the greatest can afford that. All this leads inevitably to .. yes .. to 5 stars.

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5

one of the best albums of the sixties

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An incredible classic start to finish

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5

Une sublime tranche de vie

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How would it feel to realize “Odyssey” was misspelled on your new record cover? If your The Zombies, probably just fine because the music on this album is so great! I’ve always loved “Time of the Season”, but hearing the rest of this album released just weeks after I was born was a trippy, fantastic little journey. Two more really standout tracks I fell in instant love with were “Care of Cell 44” and “Brief Candles.”

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5

Only familiar with Time of the Season, I did not expect The Zombies to feel so light and optimistic. I love almost every song on this album. Terrific!

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5

Amazing.

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Absolutely incredible album. It's amazing how all of the songs flow together and how "cool" it all sounds, especially Time of the Season. That song is the highlight of the album and it's a great way to close it off. But the entire album is a pleasant ride through psychadelica. Definitely worth checking out.

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5

Loved this

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5

This is a wonderful album. It's short, breezy, and pleasant. And yet it manages to pack in so much creativity. Their vocal harmonies are consistently on-point, and their lead singer has a voice that's so easy to listen to. He doesn't even really stretch it until "This Will Be Our Year", but then just absolutely crushes that. Half the songs are super-catchy sing-alongs, but with a surprising amount of compositional sophistication. The modulation to the m3 / m6 mid-verse on "Care of Cell 44" is jarring but works perfectly, as are the similar chromatic lines to conclude the chorus of "Time of the Season" and the verses of "Beechwood Park". And I'm a total sucker for repeated themes, which they have both writ-small and writ-large - nowhere better than the section of "Changes" that re-quotes "Flowers for Emily". The production isn't perfect - it was 1968, which is a reasonable excuse, although in a somewhat unfair comparison, contemporary Beatles records had better sound quality and more lush instrumentation - but it's got a dreamy sound (leaning like a man with one leg on that Leslie organ) that works perfectly for the style.

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1/21 If “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” was an album, it expands on that psychedelic journey vibe. Standout Tracks: Beechwood Park, Brief Candles, Time of the Season

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7.5/10 F.t.: Time of the Season. Duh.

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4

This was not bad. Makes for good background music while assembling Halloween goodie bags.

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4

Pretty nice 60s vibes

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4

Feels like listening to every other 60's BritPopRock. Solid album overall. No bad songs, and Time of the Season is the most recognizable classic song.

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4

very good.. a few songs I knew (time of the season) highlight..my hands wont stop shaking! butchers tale

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I'm having a hard time classifying the musical stylings of this album. Regardless, I kinda like it! Maybe it's resonating with the rainy April day outside, but I think I'd listen to it again even if it were sunny. 4 stars!

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Gut für Früh- oder Spätsommer

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4

Enjoyable Psych Pop

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music wasn't as trippy as the alum cover

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Sounds of Beatles, Beach Boys, The Doors. Can hear influences for White Stripes Cool harmonies and low lead vocal

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Me: Mom can we have Sgt. Pepper? Mom: We have Sgt. Pepper at home Sgt. Pepper at home: Enjoyed the psych-tinged 60s/early 70s pop vibes this gave me. 'Time of the Season' is a track that's been on the mental tip of the tongue for a while and the rest of the LP is similarly good.

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4

Albums and Bands like these really prove that the Beatles only scratched the surface of how good this style of music can be

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This morning I'm listening to 'Odessey and Oracle' by The Zombies released in 1968. I've heard Time of the Season many times over the years and I had no idea how good this album was. I've really enjoyed this and it is quite a journey through the late 60s with this band. Of the 'psychedelic' albums of the late 60s, this is by far the most enjoyable album track by track i've heard. I really like 'This Will Be Our Year' I'm sure Ive heard this before. Maybe it has been covered by someone. I'll check that out. I've already added to my playlist to hear over again. Really enjoyable!

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4

It’s a wonder this album wasn’t more popular. Pretty great, timeless hippie-pop. Probably got lost in the era of the Beatles.

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4

Pretty cool not sure I would listen to it again

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No denying their sound, Time of the Season makes this album a must. That song alone personifies the 60’s. Great classic album

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British Beach Boys! Yay! Great album, fun listen and Time of the Season is still phenomenal!

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4

A very good example of 60's rock.

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Sounds very similar to Beatles. Recognized some tracks I would not have been able to name the artist for previously!

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4

Pretty good for its time but feels a bit similar to its contemporaries

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Old timey hippy

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An enjoyable mixtures of style here. Reminiscent of The Beatles and The Moody Blues.

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Catchy, some cool. Seems like a staple of the 60s.

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Pretty good melodic British psychedelia, kind of in the spirit of a "Beatles meets the Beach Boys" fusion band. The album is solid, but the real standout is the closing track, "Time of the Season".

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I enjoyed this. It's kind of surprising that this band wasn't more popular than they were. They were kind of one hit wonders with that "Time of the Season" song. And that's far from the best one on this album. 4/5

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It's good! It sounded pretty fresh for being 53 years old.

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liquid sunshine. Love the opening track. Just drips 60's

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Psychedelic wow. A great journey...I feel like Flaming Lips were influenced by this album.

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What up what up y’all it’s Chanclas Batman a.k.a. Chanclas checkin in and checking out “Odessey and Oracle”. A sun-dipped daydream from the 60’s with a lingering finish. Bangers on top of bangers in the last half of the album. I’ll admit you might have to be in the mood for the genre or the dudes voice, but if you are it’s definitely a close to perfect album that deserves a full listen. Saved tracks: 8/12 tf? track: “changes” tf? I’m kinda sad now track: “butchers tale” Stand out tracks: final 3 tracks

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4

Better than expected. Great musicians

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First song and last song are pretty good. The rest are just alright 60s semi-psychedelic rock tunes. 7

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Loved "time of the season

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Very nice surprise. One more album for my favorites from this site.

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Un disc per l'estiu. Increïbles harmonies vocals, pop psicodèlic -però accessible- i brillant i algunes de les millors cançons de l'època (ni més ni menys)

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cute happy

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4

Better than I expected. The hit songs are immediately recognizable and the rest of the album sounds surprisingly contemporary.

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4.2 + Some beautiful songwriting with surprising quirks throughout. Strong 60s pop.

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heard some of these before. Me likey very much.

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8/10. Pretty good, but nothing super exciting

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A real good listen. I thought 'Rose for emily' screamed 60s. Fantastic Also, "This will be our year" sounded familiar as soon as it kicked in. I'd heard the cover by Beautiful South but not this original. A really good album and I'm sure it will get another listen.

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Yesterday I worked on adding details from Train A into Train B and filtering out what we needed v "not used" information. I also worked on getting our slab plan and demo plan set up for the addendum. This album reminded me a lot of the Beatles which is always a go to for helping me get through my work day. My top songs were Care of Cell 44 & Brief Candles.

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Groovy, nice background. Bit forgettable though. 8

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this was fun! goofy and psychedelic but not over the top 8/10

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My top three songs: Time of the Seasons, Brief Candles, and Beechwood Park.

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Maybe after he's gone Time of the Season

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Ik ben wel voor dit soort van muziek!

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Beatles meets Beach Boys. Similar vocalisation, similar arrangements. Just not convinced that the compositions are as good though.

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Going into this album, the only thing I had heard from them was “Time of the Season”. I had initially heard it as a sample on the Eminem track “Rhyme or Reason” which I had really enjoyed because of The Zombies song on it, not so much because of Eminem. I first found out that it was a sample today actually (6/13/21) when I saw the Cruella movie in theaters, which it is in, and I have been listening to it all day since! So, “Time of the Season” was my favorite track on this album, however the race was very close. This whole album was fantastic and so much fun to listen to! I love the vibe of these guys and will definitely be listening to more of them now! 4/5.

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Sort of a mix between post-Sgt. Pepper Beatles and the Beach Boys, with a bit of Doors mixed in. Groovy.

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4

Muy buen album, me encantaron todos los arreglos y las melodias oscuras del mismo.

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4of5. Good chill music from the times.

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Interesting sound, cool music 4/5 Nice piano

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4/5 Would probably listen to again. Enjoyed listening to it

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I have never heard of The Zombies but I really enjoyed this album from start to finish. I would be happy to listen to this again and may even choose to play another album of theirs at some point.

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I...actually quite like this. I mean, it closes with an iconic song, but the whole album has a nice, chill feeling to it. It's inextricably 60s, but that's not a bad thing. If I smoked pot, this would be a lovely album to turn on and just groove on.

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4

My kinda vibe but lower end of 4/5. Clearly inspired by Pet Sounds

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4

Solid stuff

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Like a darker, more whimsical, much better Beach Boys. An enjoyable half hour. Time of the Season is an all time classic.

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Really nice bit of 60's pop, you can actually hear how they influenced bands in the future.

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Need to listen one more time

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Canonical psychedelic rock, what more is to be said? My ardor for this genre has cooled with age. But this is at top of this particular line.

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Kolejny raz spotkanie z odyseja i wyrocznia, czyli drugim i ostatnim albumem wydanym w okresie pierwotnym okresie dzialalnosci bandy, po ktorego wydaniu dosc szybko nastapila dezintegracja zespolu, wiec jest to jedna z tych band beatlesowej ery, gdzie zespoly sie rozpadaly po stworzeniu hitu, ktory skutkowal albumem, koncertami z wielka woda i pozniejszym zapomnieniem, w tym wypadku sytacja wyglada dosc podobnie, ale jednak odyseja ma w sobie to cos, co od chwili gdy natrafilem najpierw na time of the season, a potem na reszte plyty przyciaga do ponownego odsluchu, pomimo tego, ze gatunkowo jest to dosc popowy rock z elementami psychodeliki, to jednak ma w sobie to cos co ciagnie do kolejnych odsluchow, a sluchajac dzisiaj kolejny raz tej plyty nie jestem w stanie stwierdzic co to jest, wokale pana Colina Blunstona, klawisze Argentowe, bo te dwa elementy najbardziej przychodza mi na mysl, ale na trakach takich jak this will be our year czy hung up on dream laur pierwszenstwa musialbym oddac gitarce w polaczeniu z praca basika, wiec duetowi Atkinson-White, do tego jeszcze Hugh Grundy na drumach i jest cala 5 osobowa banda, ktora z osobna nie zachwyca wyjatkowo, a stworzyla tak sluchalny material, do zyczenia pozostawia takze wersja spotifajowa na ktorej sa wymieszane nagrania w mono i stereo, co moze nie kluje w uszy sluchajac pojedynczych kawalkow, ale przy odsluchu calej plyty jest to dosc wyboista droga, wiec soulseek kolejny raz ratuje dzien, gdzie udalo mi sie zdobyc dobre monowe flaki, oczywiscie nipponskie wydanie, jak wiekszosc dobrych wspolczesnych repressow pochodzi wlasnie z kraju kwitnacej winsni i czarnego winyla, co do kontentu lirycznego plyty, to jak w popowym roku motywem przewodnim bedzie milosc i jej pochodne, wiec otwarcie o milosnym wieziennym kawalku, milosci do rodzinnych tradycji arystokracji, simpowania do baby co juz ma chlopa, rozpacze po zwiazkowe, a to dopiero czery pierwsze kawalki, kolejnym pojawiajacym sie odniesieniem beda psychodeliczne wspomagacze, jak przystalo na album z okresu sierzanta peppera, najbardziej czuc je w opisach codziennych rzeczy i zjawisk, na ktore normalnie nie zwraca sie uwagi, a sa tak interesujace w innych stanach swiadomosci, cos jak na traku changes czy time of the season, ktory ma jeden z najbardziej rozpoznawalnych basowych lini jakie znam, a otwarcie solowym basikiem to tez ciekawy zabieg, jak teraz slysze seasona, to mam przed uszami jeszcze jeden wazny aspekt dzwieku zombiesowego, czyli harmonie wokali wspomagajacych lub duetowanie wokalne Blunstone -Argent na brief candles czy a rose for emily, dopiero teraz sie zorintowalem, ze pan Blunstone jest jedynie wokalista, a traki byly pisane przez Argenta i Whita, z czego lirycznie ciekawsze wydaja mi sie kompozycje tego drugiego, na plejke nie dodaje nic nowego, bo juz wystarczajaco kawalkow na spotifajowej plejce jest, wiec jedynie dodam plyte na poleczke biblioteczka spotifaja

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3.5

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Reminds me a lot of the Beatles tbh

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I really like this album. "Time Of The Season" has almost become a standard by now, and like so many others I grew up hearing it and almost ignoring it. I may be old but 60s rock for the most part bores me, so when I was given this album probably 20 years ago and told to listen to it I didn't think I'd enjoy it much. Wrongwrongwrong. Right off the bat the melodic "Care of Cell 44" starts the album right; a comically weird song about someone writing to their partner in jail. The 90s band Jellyfish is one of my favourite bands of all-time and this song *is* Jellyfish 25 years early. Jumps right into the song after a very short intro; killer vocal harmonies in the chorus - brilliant. The rest of the album follows suit with melodic twists and turns and although its unmistakable echos of 60s arrangements (a little too reverby, prevalent strings, etc) are a little too much on a personal taste level, there's so much to like on this record that it's a keeper. A few dips (e.g. "Changes" and "Butcher's Tale" aren't favourites) but nothing immediately skip-worthy. And to finish off, the aforementioned "Time Of The Season" is a great album closer and I've found I appreciate it's slinky creepiness much more in the album context than I ever had before. 8/10 4 stars

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This was cool! Lots of psychedelic stuff but honestly reminded me more of late Beatles. Great harmonies.

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Surprising great stuff. I always thought their music and their name didn't jive. This is the first time I've listened to anything by them that wasn't Time of the Season. They were really talented song writers. Name still doesn't jive though.

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Loved the first track. So good

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really good tunes on here particularly Time of the Season which is an all time classic with the keyboard sound so associated with the Zombies.

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Sound a lot like the Beatles but I still liked this a lot. Good vibes.

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A good listen, like others have said this is typical of the era and the British rock and pop of the time. Influenced by both the Beatles and the Beach Boys, close harmonies lyrical content etc. I also hear the Kinks and Small Faces in this Album. See Itchycoo Park/Beechwood Park link. Love "This Will Be Our Year" and of course "Time Of The Season". "The Butchers Tale" is a great anti war song too. Recorded at Abbey Road allegedly with John Lennon's Mellotron that was used on "Sgt Peppers" which was recorded before this. love the lyrical bass work on Care Of Cell 44. A fine piece of 60's pop/rock ephemera.

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Non proriamente miei

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8/10

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Had some Jeff Lynn type moments. Good album. Brit rock?

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Again, Its fine. great vocal harmonies. Time Of The Season is a thundering hit in an album that is the quintessentially sixties experiment.

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Good album, kind of peters out at the end,

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really good

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Enjoyed

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I think I had only heard Time of the season from this album before, partly because it's their most popular song but also because it's sampled by Schoolboy Q in his song Rolling stone. I regret not listening to The Zombies earlier because honestly this is so fucking good, I love the vocals in particular. I'm torn between a 4 or 5 star rating for this album, but im gonna have to go for a strong 4.

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Som en mix av Beach Boys och Beatles, gillar! Psykadelisk pop när den är som bäst!

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La légende dit qu'après avoir entendu les enregistrement des Zombies dans le studio voisin à celui des Beatles, John Lennon rentra dans une colère noire, fustigeant ses camarades de groupe, déclarant notamment: "ça c'est de la musique, pas comme ta guitare de merde Paul!". La suite vous la connaissez, les Beatles se sépareront, et l'audimat générateurien commencera alors à les surcoter.

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Interesting album - remind sne of some of the Beatles more experimental stuff I guess?

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Иии

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I'm actually pretty familiar with this album. I think it's really solid. I wish it came with a cheatsheet for what drugs I need to really enjoy it. I'm sure there is definitely a way to drop something and peak at the perfect time. Eitherway, I'm a fan.

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Time of the Season is one of my favorite songs, but have never listened to this whole album. Enjoyed it, very Beatle like. 4

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Really dug this 4.5/5

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sounds like more somber, better, british beach boys! I only knew the last track before listening, but I really liked the whole album! 4.5

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Gutes Ding, dass stetig besser wird, je öfter man es hört.

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Pretty cool stuff. I wish there was a 1/2 star that I could give. 3 doesn’t seem like enough; 4 seems too much. Oh well.

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баш пријатно изненађење, албум 50 година испред свог времена, пар песама улазе у моје лајковане на спотифају мост деф

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сасвим солидан софт мелоу рокић допада ми се само још да није миксовано на мај литл пони миксети која је укована на десни канал био бих презадовољан хвала

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So much joy in one album, the psych tones are warm and edgy at the same time and it basically feels like an album made (and made to be enjoyed) on a lot of psychedelic drugs.

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-”Friends of Mine” is pretty catchy and nice -”Time of the Season” is pretty nice with a cool bassline and nice mellotron jam at the end. At least I think it's a mellotron, lol -Generally nice psychedelic rock stuff, but just nothing really stands out. A pretty weak 4 but the fact that it is rock really helps it out

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Sons de lover

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That was their year

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minecraft zombie noise: bruhhhhh

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This was my first time listening the zombie’s music and was a blast. They had everything: rhythm, groove, depth… The album flows smoothly and most of the songs has its own personality. Cannot complain at all!

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Hi-Maybe After He's Gone, Hung Up On A Dream Lo-Changes Of all the hippy-dippy psychadelic music, the Zombies are mainstays that brought us the timeless Time of the Season that closes out this album. Before that, you'll get to experience the both sad and sunny Maybe After He's Gone and the equally brilliant Hung Up On A Dream. Changes is drab beat poetry, but it's worth hearing nonetheless.

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Liked this a lot more than I thought I would. Always assumed The Zombies were going to be like the Beach Boys but there wasn't much of that sun-drenched saccharine sound that turns me off. More like the Doors but I enjoyed this more. Probably could have been 2 songs shorter. Favorite track was Brief Candles.

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Gorgeous melodies and great bass lines. I think I need more time with this album to really appreciate. Oh also... FRICKEN STEREO ARGH!!

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Pretty good!

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Hi-Maybe After He's Gone, Hung Up On A Dream Lo-Changes Of all the hippy-dippy psychadelic music, the Zombies are mainstays that brought us the timeless Time of the Season that closes out this album. Before that, you'll get to experience the both sad and sunny Maybe After He's Gone and the equally brilliant Hung Up On A Dream. Changes is drab beat poetry, but it's worth hearing nonetheless.

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Pretty fucking good

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First time listening to this album, Iv heard a couple of Zombie songs before. Really enjoyed this, one of the better 60’s albums and I’d say very underrated compared to Sgt. Pepper, and Pet sounds, but maybe just isn’t quiet as good, though maybe my bias of knowing those records much better.

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Captivating the whole way through. I would say it's a "one-of-a-kind" album, if I hadn't heard its sound elsewhere countless times already. 4/5

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Such a good 60s pop album. Impossible not to smile while listening to This Will Be Our Year. Care of Cell 44 is a great one, and of course, the classic Time of the Season!!!

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Had a very Beatles feel but with story telling. Did not finish the album though

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closer to 3.75

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I like this guys

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First of all, the name of the band: quite a juxtaposition from the sound, though perhaps not the lyrics, of their music. One thing I love about this album is how their lead singles are the first and last songs, arguably their most famous track being last, which means you have to sit through the whole album to get to it. I'm going to assume this was intentional, the band saying in 1968 that they weren't just making an album with a couple of singles and a bunch of filler tracks. There is no filler here. Every song is brilliant and fits in the overall whole of the album, a document dominated by the dual perennial themes of vivacious love and inevitable death. Leaves fall, and the summer crown of your roses wither. Also, opening your album with a seemingly innocent love song about “baby you’re coming home” type feelings but actually having it be a letter sent to a jailbird who’s about to get release from prison is a wonderful twist on the romantic song trope. Scratch the surface and you will reveal a darker message here: we’ll kiss and make up… wait. Why is the person in jail?

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Great album, classic all killer no filler

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This is an excellent example of ‘60s rock. Culminates with one of the decades finest songs and perhaps it’s best closing track.

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I knew a couple of Zombies songs including the infamous Time of the Season from this album, but had never heard of this album. The occasional baroque pop song with psychedelic pop leanings found on 60s albums here and there are usually such easy, upbeat, and enjoyable listens for me. That said, this album does not dabble in the genre; it is absolutely immersed. It is an absolutely shining example of baroque pop with psychedelic pop leanings from start to finish. People have been listening to this genre of music for 60+ years. And yet, you have a moderately known band that has a fairly unknown album that is especially representative of that genre, and even after so long, the album has still managed to stay fairly unknown. To me, that makes it a perfect inclusion to this project. Anyone who knows and cares about bands of similar sound, such as The Beach Boys, The Kinks, or even The Beatles should be made aware of this album and should listen to it! While I wouldn't say that this album necessarily blew me away, I really just found it to be all-around pleasant and a great listen. I didn't find a single song to be a skip. It’s just simply a very well done album on every level.

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Good album w some very classic tunes

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Really liked these guys, super fun groove.

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One of my favorite genres of music done so very well! Time of the Season is such a great song!

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Yeah this was nice...washed over me a but, last song was great however

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Never listened, a good one. More interesting than other music of the same period.

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One of the highlights of sixties psychedelic baroque pop whathaveyou. Would probably be a 5 if I wasn’t so late to the party

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Club banga

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I like this a lot. They might be a little lacking in creativity, but its not a big issue.

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Really enjoying this, harmonious English chamber pop. Complex arrangements but still accessible to non musicians like me. Should have been more famous, funnily enough ‘time for the season’ sounds a bit like an afterthought.

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Me encantóooooooooo

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So synonymous are The Zombies sound with that Haight Ashbury groovy expansive psychedelic sound of ‘68 you’d assume they were American - but no, these rockers came from the UK - Hertfordshire no less, which is the last place you’d expect to find a scene. Their songwriting, melodies and harmonies and overall moods and production are exemplary and this album is a real gem, evocative, enjoyable and engaging.

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A beautiful, soulful psychedelic pop album. Some really lovely songs, with my main issue being how it doesn't have much range.

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Pretty amazing, Really enjoyed it throughout the whole album (some of the later songs didn't compare to the first half imo). Not anything really bad to say other than on some of the songs the lyrics did end up feeling a bit repetitive and bland. It feels like its only missing a little bit extra and it would be truly something great. Favourite Songs: Care of Cell 44, Brief Candles

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Like the zombies, da e ganske nusselig. Lure på om eg såg at dei skulle spela konsert i norge te høsten, men eg trudde ikkje dei fantes fortsatt

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