Odessey and Oracle

The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1968 Ratings: #22 / 108
User Score
Based on 853 ratings
1968 Ratings: #12
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April 19, 1968 / Release Date
LP / Format
CBS / Label
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Tiny Mix Tapes

Unless the world's musical taste veers towards atonal electronic noise rock, Odessey and Oracle should remain a classic. Lets hope.


Odessey and Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) 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.


Conceived as a showcase for this musically ambitious bunch after years of dues-paying around the world. Blunstone’s bravura leads were supported with ripe harmonies on poignant, character-driven songs.


Odessey and Oracle stands as the band's fully realized statement of intent, the parting shot from one of the few originals in the devolving tail-end of the 1960s.

Rolling Stone

Odyssey and Oracle is the Zombies' best, a sort of concept album including mildly precious musings on Word War I and faded love.


The History of The Albums – n°382

[I also invite you to read my previous review on The Zombies - Begin Here (1965), in order to better under-stand it]. As you know (or not yet), I'm a real fan of musical anecdotes to the point of sometimes finding more interest in the story than in the content of a record. So imagine the dream for me to manage to com-bine these 2 criteria, which gives you Odessey And Oracle, one of my favorite records. We all know legendary artists who became ... read more


NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Thanks a lot for 600!)

I had an extraordinary experience recently, a night of the living dead. I know, many skeptics will cry foul, arguing that this is just local folklore or fantasy straight out of my deranged mind. Yet the scene I'm about to tell you, I saw it with my own eyes. It really happened and it's not disputed. I cross my heart...

It was between Saturday and Sunday. It was midnight.

We were all there, drunk loudmouths leaning against the night, when, out ... read more


The Zombies 'Odessey and Oracle' is one of the best psychedelic pop albums of the 60s, I feel like this album should be held in high regard with the likes of the Beatles as this is truly something to behold. The production on this album is gorgeous, it's got such a warm, bright and happy feeling to them and it's such a joy to sit down and listen to. If an album had to truly embody the 60s psychedelic pop genre, this would be that record.


Reviewed on 11/17/22
I'd like to think that there's another universe where I did enjoy this album, but I'm unfortunately stuck in this one. For 'Odessey and Oracle' being a cult classic that is now universely praised, I'm a bit disapointed. It just sounds like The Beach Boys and some of the songs are pretty dark. Other than that, 'Time of the Season' is very charismatic and one of the best songs of the 60s

FAV TRACKS: Care of Cell 44, Time of the Season
LEAST FAV TRACKS: A Rose for Emily ... read more


this is probably one of the best psych-pop albums ever made

favorite: hung up on a dream
least favorite: changes


the beach boys without drugs

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Added on: March 12, 2013