Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the final album by the Zombies, Odessey and Oracle.
About this copy: This copy of Odessey and Oracle is a 1969 U.S. pressing on the Date label.
This is the second issue of the album with the smaller artwork on the front cover.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is largely intact, but there is a section missing in the upper right hand corner, a small tear in the upper left hand corner, and a large tear along the spine in the center. There is trace wear at the corners.
Unlike many copies of this LP, this copy does not have a cut corner, drill hole, or saw mark in the cover.
A nice copy of a classic LP and the first sealed copy we’ve had for sale in several years.
Background: The Zombies had a couple of hits in the mid-1960s in the U.S., including “Tell Her No” and “She’s Not There.” After that, the hits dried up, and the band decided to disband after recording Odessey and Oracle in 1967. The album was released in Britain that year and wasn’t released in the U.S. until the following year, by which time the band was no longer together.
Oddly enough, the album spawned a hit single in the U.S. with “Time of the Season,” which reached #1 on the charts, but as the band wasn’t available to promote it, the album sold relatively poorly and was deleted not long after.
There were two versions of the cover for Odessey and Oracle; the first version featured artwork that stretched completely across the cover. The later version had a border hyping “Time of the Season.”
AllMusic.com gave Odessey and Oracle 5 stars:
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. Not all of the album is (as inspired as “Time of the Season”), but it’s all consistently interesting and very good listening, and superior to most other psychedelic albums this side of the Beatles’ best and Pink Floyd’s early work. Indeed, the only complaint one might have about the original LP is its relatively short running time, barely over 30 minutes, but even that’s refreshing in an era where most musicians took their time making their point.
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