Monday, January 28, 2013

Love That Album Episode 37 - The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

For episode 37 of Love That Album, I’m happy to welcome Simon and Brian of the truly excellent Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast (download at

In 1968, The Zombies were in the unfortunate position of not really having achieved the sort of success they deserved. History had been far kinder to many of their contemporaries. They decided they would record one final album (at Abbey Road, no less). It even had the ignominious misspelling of the title on the album cover – Odessey and Oracle. A year after its release, Al Kooper had released the album on CBS in the US and the band had a smash hit with the single “Time Of The Season”. This was ironic for two reasons. The obvious one was the band had split up and there was to be no promotion. The second, more subjective irony was that this song was not typical of the style of the rest of the record.

Sodajerker and I discuss the dark themes sung about on this album (war, prison, dying lonely, and that old staple, relationship heartbreak) made more palatable by glorious melodies and harmonies. This album is a bona fide classic that needs to be in every pop lover’s collection. Listen to this episode and have us convince you why.

Eric Reanimator returns to discuss Hawkwind’s eponymous album in his Album I Love segment.

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