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Odessey & Oracle
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Vinyl, Import, 28 August 2015
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 30.48 x 32 x 2.54 cm; 226.8 Grams
- Manufacturer : VARESE SARABANDE
- Item Model Number : 0030206725438
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Label : VARESE SARABANDE
- ASIN : B00YZ6MWJC
- Number of discs : 1
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Alongside 'Sgt. Pepper' and 'Pet Sounds', there is 'Odessey & Oracle'. A timeless psychedelic classic that belatedly attained the recognition it so thoroughly deserved. The sleeve is a cardboard facsimile of the original LP, the latest release in our popular 'Hip Pocket' series.
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So then, I bought this 180GM LP Pic Disc album for two reasons. One as a Christmas present for a friend (always best to get in early and spread the cost of Christmas!) whose been a 'Zombies' fan for 40 odd years and secondly because I had never heard it and thought that If I was ever going to buy it I'd be best off with a picture disc because if I didn't like it I could use it as a piece of art ( my room is smothered with pic discs and memorabilia).
The GOOD news is that, not only am I quickly warming to the music itself the Picture Disc is really lovely! Being 180GM vinyl the disc itself is not 'warped' in the way that some of the original poorer quality vinyl discs used to be in the 1980's. Its faithful to how it looks here and is colourful without being bright and garish and on the reverse side of the disc there is a nice period shot of the group - complete with NHS glasses! (lol)
The only slight drawback to this release is the fact that the cardboard sleeve that comes with the disc is not as thick as would be ideal. While it is in no way 'floppy' once the seal down the side is cut to get the disc out the sleeve 'bows out' a bit. This makes it vulnerable to getting caught in something and tearing and means that you need to be very careful how you store the disc when not in use.
Other than that, the sound of the disc is pretty good (as far as picture discs go - you always get the odd crack and pop and a bit of underlying noise) and faithful to the 60's, which for me adds to the package rather than takes away.
Overall, I am well chuffed and hope that come December my mate will be with his copy...hope he doesn't read this! (lol)
I now consider this one of the best pop albums of all time; easily as good as anything by the Beatles or Beach Boys that was being released at the same time. The album wastes no time, it is direct and to-the-point, being an album of 35 minutes with short pop songs, yet the content is diverse, occasionally complex and flows fantastically. It sounds fantastic as well, and has aged remarkably well, particularly the darker sides of the album that deal with aspects such as prison, and world war one. The lyrics range from the poetic to the brutal...
"I have seen a friend of mine, hang on the wire like some rag toy, and in the heat the flies come down, and cover up the boy"
...its just an album crammed to the brim with memorable line after memorable line, with catchy hooks and tunes and just about everything that makes a good album 'good'. Superb from start to end!
So glad I did - fantastic album!