Vote now in the 2021 Best of San Antonio Readers Poll.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Odessey & Oracle Revisited DVD

Posted on Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Odessey & Oracle Revisited DVD
Composer: The Zombies
Conductor: The Zombies
Label: MVD Visual
Release Date: 2009-12-29
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

The Zombies’ 1968 psych-pop masterpiece Odessey & Oracle was a commercial flop that disillusioned and dissolved the band. Then, 18 months after the group disbanded, “Time of the Season” became a worldwide hit. It wasn’t until principal Zombies Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent reunited and toured in recent years that any of the dazzling Odessey songs were performed live. The other two surviving original Zombies, Chris White and Hugh Grundy, weren’t interested in touring, but they came out of retirement to perform Odessey & Oracle live in London in celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary. The live show adds a large team of musicians and vocalists to recreate the album’s dreamy chamber-pop instrumentation and dizzying multi-track harmonies. Blunstone’s divine voice hasn’t lost an ounce of gold after 40 years, and Argent still effortlessly maneuvers his complex keyboards and vocals. White’s added vocal presence brings a significant dimension to this show beyond the recent Blunstone-Argent tours. In addition to Odessey & Oracle’s 12 songs, this concert includes early Zombies songs and some post-Zombies solo material. Those oldest Zombies cuts are impeccably executed, but the magic really starts when the set moves into a string-quintet-backed block of Blunstone’s baroque-pop solo tunes. The consistent perfection of his mature songwriting and the inspired warmth of the intricate performances add up to one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous rock concerts that ever happened. — Michael David Toth

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation