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Odessey And Oracle

Artist: Zombies
Label: CBS
Catalog#: 63280
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1968
Tracklist
A1 Care Of Cell 44  
  Notes:

Written By - Rod Argent

A2 A Rose For Emily  
  Notes:

Written By - Rod Argent

A3 Maybe After He's Gone  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

A4 Beechwood Park  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

A5 Brief Candles  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

A6 Hung Up On A Dream  
  Notes:

Written By - Rod Argent

B1 Changes  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

B2 I Want Her She Wants Me  
  Notes:

Written By - Rod Argent

B3 This Will Be Our Year  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

B4 Butchers Tale (Western Front 1914)  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

B5 Friends Of Mine  
  Notes:

Written By - Chris White

B6 Time Of The Season  
  Notes:

Written By - Rod Argent

Credits

Bass – Chris White (2)
Drums – Hugh Grundy
Guitar – Paul Atkinson (2)
Vocals – Colin Blunstone
Keyboards, Liner Notes – Rod Argent
Artwork By [Cover] – Terry Quirk
Liner Notes – Al Kooper, Greg Russo
Engineer – Geoff Emerick, Peter Vince
Producer – Zombies, The
Composed By, Arranged By – Zombies, The

Notes

Also issued in Stereo, First UK Pressing, Stereo, Orange Labels, Laminated Front Cover, Flipback Sleeve

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Formed in 1962 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, The Zombies’ combined the talents of keyboardist Rod Argent, vocalist Colin Blunstone, bassist Chris White, guitarist Paul Atkinson, and drummer Hugh Grundy. Like most bands of the British Invasion, they combined equal parts soul and beat, but The Zombies had that something extra: incredible musicality. Released in July 1964, “She’s Not There” b/w “You Make Me Feel Good” was to be their only chart hit in the UK, reaching No 12. But it eventually rose to No 2. in the US in December, quickly followed by “Tell Her No” b/w “ What More Can I Do”, which rose to No. 6. However, further singles faltered, and their 1965 album Begin Here (titled The Zombies in the US) managed only to reach No. 39 in the US. In 1967, the band signed with Columbia and entered EMI’s Abbey Road studios to record the classic Odessey and Oracle. Awashed in Mellotron, “Care Of Cell 44” tells the tale of an incarcerated girlfriend, while “A Rose For Emily” is based on the story of the same name by James Faulkner. “Beechwood Park” is both delicate and beautiful, with a haunting vocal from Blunstone, while “Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)” ambles under Argent’s harmonium. Throughout the album, the songwriting of Argent and White is unparalleled, building on the influence of the Beach Boys and the sophistication of the Beatles, while the execution from the band is perfectly captured on record. But the pressure of self-financing a required stereo mix broke the Zombies’ will, and well before the album’s release in 1968 the group had split up. Only after being re-released as a single in February 1969, did their "Time Of The Season" b/w “Friends Of Mine” reach No. 3 in the US, and the album eventually enter the US Top 100. However there would be no afterlife for The Zombies.
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