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The Newbury Comics colored vinyl version however replicates this as does the black vinyl Varese Sarabande version and of course the original Date Records pressing. Right there, that difference makes the Repertoire version a very appealing and different thing, indeed. Highly desireable, frankly. So what do you do with all this impassioned speculation from your humble audiophile reviewer?
Ultimately, Dear Reader, the choice is up to you regarding just how obsessive you want to get about this sort of thing! My guess is that most of you more audiophile oriented fans of this album will want to seek out the Repertoire pressing.
Hands down, it sounds real nice! Fans who are also collectors of original pressings will want to no doubt seek out an elusive original pressing, but that is a whole other level of obsession entirely. On the digitally sourced versions, I could easily feel the harsher edges, particularly on the jangling guitars and pounding keyboard parts. Played at a more reasonable average listening levels, the multi-colored Newbury Comics version does almost as well as the black vinyl Varese Sarabande pressing; however, I will give the nod to the latter for a hair more warmth.
Most ANY version of Odessey and Oracle that you get is going to be an enjoyable listen simply because the music is THAT great — and that is really what matters at the end of the day! Which one will I play more often, you ask?
Louis Blues. Popular Albums. Popular Singles. Friend's E-mail. Main Menu. What music genre would you like to find here the most? Now onsite: guests. After the song became a hit, Date re-released Odessey and Oracle with severely cropped artwork. This time the album charted, reaching number 95 in the US. This was made possible because the Zombies owned the multi track masters, which are in the possession of Chris White. Alternate mixes of "A Rose for Emily", featuring discarded overdubs of cello and Mellotron, appear on Zombie Heaven and the 30th anniversary release of the album.
Because the band split before the album was released, they never performed any of the songs onstage. However, due to the surprise success of "Time of the Season", several "fake" versions of the Zombies were created by unscrupulous promoters in to cash in on public demand to see and hear the band. The original five-piece line-up reformed briefly in for the launch party of the Zombie Heaven boxset.
In , Blunstone and Argent resurrected the Zombies as a recording and touring unit with ex-Argent bass guitarist Jim Rodford , his son Steve Rodford on drums and Keith Airey on guitar.
The Blunstone-Argent lineup toured for several years, performing a number of songs from the album. There was one final reunion of the original five members in at a benefit gig for Paul Atkinson, and though Atkinson was very ill, he insisted on performing with them. Atkinson died later that year. In March , to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the album's release, the four surviving members performed Odessey and Oracle in its entirety for three shows at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.
They were joined by Keith Airey, Darian Sahanaja and various friends. The Zombies were insistent on recreating the sound as authentically as possible, hence the extra singers, Sahanaja filling in keyboard and Mellotron parts via use of a Memotron , and Argent himself playing an original mellotron on a couple of numbers.
Argent also tracked down a Victorian pump organ dating from so they could recreate White's "Butcher's Tale", the original organ having long since been given away or sold by White. The 40th anniversary concerts were sold out and critically acclaimed. The reunion was so successful that they decided to reprise the show on a short four-date British tour in April , playing in Glasgow , Bristol, Manchester , and ending on 25 April at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, which Argent stated would be the very last time the album would be performed on stage, at least until the songs are reverted to public domain.
This ended up not being true as the surviving members once again reunited to perform the album in its entirety across America in In , the band announced that they would do a final tour to commemorate the album's 50th anniversary the following year. In addition, they are also planning a coffee-table book about the making of the album.
In , the surviving original members performed the album in its entirety on a string of dates supporting Brian Wilson, including a stop at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on September 12 and one at the Beacon Theater in New York City on September 26, While the album was received indifferently upon its release, it has since gone on to gain a cult following and become a critically respected album.
In their retrospective review, Bruce Eder of AllMusic gave the album five stars out of five, calling it "one of the flukiest and best albums of the s, and one of the most enduring long-players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom".
But by those who know it's held in such regard that the remaining living members of the band are to perform it in its entirety this year, on the fortieth anniversary of its release.
The first song on the album, "Care of Cell 44", has been covered by a number of artists including Elliott Smith and Of Montreal.
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