Varese Vintage to Release Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition of the Zombies "Odessey & Oracle"

by VVN Music

By the time they released their now classic album Odessey & Oracle, the Zombies had already broken up.

The band had signed to Columbia Records in 1967 after having hits like She's Not There and Tell Her No while recording for Parrot in the U.S and Decca in Britain. They recorded Odessey & Oracle on a shoestring budget, using a Mellotron instead of studio musicians and having members Rod Argent and Chris White pay for the stereo mix out of their songwriting royalties.

The album bombed upon release with the single Time of the Season barely breaking onto the charts. The members went their separate ways but, the next year, Seasons suddenly started to sell. The rerelease of the single peaked at number 3 on the Hot 100 and took Odessey & Oracle to 95 on the Albums chart. Since then, it has gained a reputation as one of the great albums of the rock era.

On March 17, Varese Vintage will release a new edition of Odessey & Oracle with remastering on the original album and seven bonus tracks. A enclosed booklet will include a new essay by Andrew Sandoval and rare photos.

The track list:
  • Care of Cell 44
  • A Rose for Emily
  • Maybe After He’s Gone
  • Beechwood Park
  • Brief Candles
  • Hung Up on a Dream
  • Changes
  • I Want Her She Wants Me
  • This Will Be Our Year
  • Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)
  • Friends of Mine
  • Time of the Season
  • I’ll Call You Mine (Mono Mix)
  • Care of Cell 44 (Takes 1 & 2 Backing Track)
  • Care of Cell 44 (Alternate Mix)
  • A Rose for Emily (Cello Version)
  • I Want Her She Wants Me (Mono Mix – with backing vocals)
  • This Will Be Our Year (Stereo Mix – without overdubs)
  • Time of the Season (Remix)

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