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3.26 | 28 ratings | 4 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Penelope's Shroud (i) (1:37)
2. King Aeolus (4:45)
3. Penelope's Shroud (ii) (1:21)
4. The Phaeacian Games (3:59)
5. Penelope's Shroud (iii) (1:04)
6. The Sirens (10:17)
7. Scylla and Charybdis (7:59)
8. Penelope's Shroud (iv) (0:48)
9. Circe's Island (7:45)
10. Penelope's Shroud Completed (0:31)
11. The Battle in the Hall (7:54)

Total Time 48:00

Line-up / Musicians

- David Bedford / ARP 2600 synthesizer, Stringman string synthesizer, Fender
Rhodes Electric Piano, Steinway Grand Piano, Clavinet, Vibraphone, Hammond
Organ, Wine Glasses, Timpani, Cymbal, Gong
- Mike Oldfield / guitar (4,6)
- Andy Summers / guitar (9)
- Anne Murray / recorder (11)
- Rosalind Kandler / recorder (11)
- Layne Halstead / oboe (11)
- Nicolette Alvey / ARP synthesizer (2,7), wine glasses (9)
- Sophie Dickson / vocals, wine glasses (9)
- Vicky Cooper / vocals (6)
- Elly Lemos / wine glasses (9)
- Serena Macready-Sellars / wine glasses (9)
- Queen's College Choir / choir (6)

Releases information

Virgin Records

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DAVID BEDFORD The Odyssey ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

DAVID BEDFORD The Odyssey reviews

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Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Along with Star's End, Odyssey from 1976 marks David Bedford providing arguably his strongest album releases. Much more accessible than Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, which if guilty of anything was being too avante garde at times ( which is no crime anyway) but this album provides the best all round sound IMO. Mike Oldfield and Andy Summers both guest on guitars. This is agreat concept album with some beautiful choral arrangements from The Queens College Choir. Highlights would have to be ' Sirens', the hugely orchestral ' Phaecian Games' ( This song can also be found on Mike Oldfield's Boxed set) and ' Scylla and Charibdes. Overall a very strong release from David Bedford, some excellent wine glass effect accompaniment from the backing singers too. I would recommend listeners perhaps starting with this album or the debut ' Nurses...' Three and a half stars.
Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Fourth album, but this is the first overtly commercial one for Bedford, thus leaving the experimental and avant-garde realm for a more electronic and ambient sound, surfing and gliding on the wave of Oldfield, Tangerine, Schulze and Eno. Again, on the present, Bedford plays most of the instruments (which is mostly synths anf kbs), except for guitars (Olfield and Andy Summers of the future Police) and some wind instruments (recorder and oboe), but the vocals are entirely feminine and for the most part choral. Graced with Bedford's golden portrait, this concept abum (not too difficult to figure out about what, uh?) was released on Branson's Virgin label in late 76,as were previous works of him and his protégé; but the Sex Pistols were just around the corner for the label.

When hearing the present album, it is difficult not to think of Oldfield's Herdgest Bells tainted with Eno's Summer's Star or Tangerine's then-current works, and other Virgin label oddities. Often hovering over semi-symphonic ambient music, the album would've been called "new age", had it been released a decade later, but then again, I never fund the present particularly relaxing because it often makes me cringe in horror at the derivative nature of the contents, especially given his previous ventures. This is the kind of album that some would call timeless, but to this writer, it sounds rather dated and cliché, partly because of the technology used on it, but also the supposedly grandiose and pompous matter of the music. No wonder the punk wave would sweep some of that complacent stuff. Don't get me wrong, there are some rather interesting moments, sometimes almost (key word, here) innovative passages, but it's quickly lost in the shuffle.

Don't know if this album sold in significant quantities, but it would turn out to be his second last for a few years, as he will concentrate on producing some electro-pop acts in the 80's. Anyway, The Odyssey is really too derivative for me to appreciate it, but if you're into symphonic- new-agey stuff, this could be up your alley.

Latest members reviews

4 stars In the 1970s, David Bedford gravitated towards producing more melodic fare than the avant-garde style that had been his stock-in- trade in the 1960s. 'The Odyssey' is the first of his solo projects where melody takes centre stage throughout. It is also the most well known of his four Virgin album ... (read more)

Report this review (#2543203) | Posted by trout.phosphor | Sunday, May 16, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is certainly Bedford's most accessible and prog album, and the one I'd advise Mike Oldfield fans and prog fans in general to start their exploration of Bedford's music with. The album has a distinctly 70s prog feel to it, while still noticably written by someone with a classical / avantgarde ... (read more)

Report this review (#184057) | Posted by splyu | Monday, September 29, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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