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· THE ZOMBIES - ODESSEY AND ORACLE - ORIGINAL 1969 DATE RECORDS STEREO LP TES-4013
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
*** INSANELY RARE STILL SEALED GUARANTEED ORIGINAL FIRST PROMOTIONAL PRESSING ***
· *** PROMOTIONAL COPY; THE RECORD (PROBABLY) HAS STOCK LABELS; HOWEVER, THE PROMOTIONAL STAMP ON THE COVER CLEARLY IDENTIFIES THE ITEM AS PROMOTIONAL ***
· GUARANTEED ORIGINAL GREEN "DATE" LABEL , SUCH AS THE ONE SHOWN BELOW, FROM OUR PREVIOUS AUCTION
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· THREE “BREATHE” (AIR) HOLES NOTED ON THE SHRINK WRAP
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
· ORIGINAL, WITHDRAWN FIRST COVER WITHOUT "TIME OF A SEASON" BEING HYPED ON THE COVER AND WITHOUT BLACK BORDER ON THE FRONT COVER.
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
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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. But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America (with a big push by Al Kooper, who was then a Columbia Records producer); and it was neglected in the U.S. until the single "Time of the Season," culled from the album, topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded. Ironically, at the time of its recording in the summer of 1967, permanency was not much on the minds of the bandmembers. Odessey and Oracle was intended as a final statement, a bold last hurrah, having worked hard for three years only to see the quality of their gigs decline as the hits stopped coming. The results are consistently pleasing, surprising, and challenging: "Hung Up on a Dream" and "Changes" are some of the most powerful psychedelic pop/rock ever heard out of England, with a solid rhythm section, a hot Mellotron sound, and chiming, hard guitar, as well as highly melodic piano. "Changes" also benefits from radiant singing. "This Will Be Our Year" makes use of trumpets (one of the very few instances of real overdubbing) in a manner reminiscent of "Penny Lane"; and then there's "Time of the Season," the most well-known song in their output and a white soul classic. Not all of the album is that inspired, 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
(REVIEW REPRINTED COURTESY OF BRUCE EDER, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
One would be hard-pressed to find a more melodic, harmonious and gentler psychedelic album of the Sixties than this. This labor of love, Zombies’ proverbial swan song (the band was literally falling apart at the seams as the sessions for this album unfolded and has disbanded by the time album was issued) includes not only the biggest hit of their career (the regal "Time of the Season"), but also one after another, many odes to lost, forlorn love in a setting I can only describe mesmerizing, infinitely melancholic and very moody and trippy. If you do not get transfixed and slightly blue as you are listening to this album, something’s wrong with you. I am not crazy about the bands of the British Invasion, although I love some (Kinks, Beatles, early Animals), but the Zombies take the cake. This album is how British Invasion went out - with a big,loud bang and with an album full of heavenly harmonies which - even today - resonate through our collective soul. A great, great album of the kind they don’t make anymore. The album comes in its ORIGINAL , first version of the cover (WITHOUT "Time of the Season" being mentioned on front cover), and is an awesome visual relic of the psychedelic era in its own right. Track listing: 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 ; Finding a still sealed original copy?!?! Forget it – not even a HOPE!!! This may be the last one you will ever see. Only a total ZOMBIE would fail to grab this piece right away!!!
The PROMOTIONAL, RADIO STATION-, AUDITION OR DEMONSTRATION COPIES AND RELEASES (such as the one we have here) were often distributed among the radio stations before the record was released to the public, sometimes as much as four months ahead. These records are generally considered to be the "first among equals", which is to say the VERY FIRST generation and the VERY FIRST pressings of the particular title; a PROTOTYPE and the earliest known official pressing of the record.
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(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).
(b) The record is GUARANTEED to come in the original Columbia/Date stock inner sleeve.
(c) The record is apparently pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(d) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
· COVER (THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, “NO BORDER” COVER):