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Artist: Yngwie Malmsteen

Title: Odyssey

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Yngwie Malmsteen Odyssey Album Cover


Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1988

Label: Polygram

Catalog Number: 835 451-2


Yngwie Malmsteen
Anders Johansson
Joe Lynn Turner
Jens Johansson


1.  Rising Force  
2.  Hold On  
3.  Heaven Tonight  
4.  Dreaming (Tell Me)  
5.  Bite the Bullet  
6.  Riot in the Dungeons  
7.  Deja Vu  
8.  Crystal Ball  
9.  Now is the Time  
10.  Faster than the Speed of Light  
11.  Krakatu  
12.  Memories  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: GEORGE Date: April 19, 2001 at 8:15
To me thats the greatest MALMSTEEN album . Joe Lynn Turner is the best!

From: SIXXSWINE Date: April 25, 2001 at 11:37
If you own any Malmsteen you know this one is a classic. No critical acclaim for this one from the mainstream metal media. Though it's his most commercial sound release, the songs far from 'fluff'. Joe Lynn Turner makes this one even that much better. There are so many tracks in here that could have been big hits, if the label had pushed them. Heaven Tonight is a great tune. If you're not a Malmsteen fan, you'll even find something here for you. 9.5 for sure.

From: Javier Date: September 14, 2001 at 12:23
Uno de mis 'lbumes favoritos por siempre. Yngwie nunca volvi' a componer mejores canciones que cuando estaba con 'l una de las grandes voces del rock:Joe Lynn Turner. Desde la inicial Rising Force hasta Memories pasando por la sutileza de Dreaming y la fiereza (controlada) de Riot in the Dungeons todo es absolutamente perfecto. Un 'lbum de 10.

From: Herls Date: December 5, 2001 at 22:13
Joe Sings Like No One Else Its Melody At its Best!!!

From: Dragonfly Date: December 15, 2001 at 9:10
His most commercial effort. In '87-'89 there was a flood of great commercial melodic rock and this was part of it. One of the highlights of his time.

From: Dragonfly Date: December 15, 2001 at 9:16
P.S. Not shown on this web site is his first release and his third. Y.Malmsteen's Rising Force '84 which is a piece of work. Better than his second if that's possible. And Trilogy '86 which has the vocals of Mark Boals. It has too many great songs on that to just pick one or two.

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: July 10, 2002 at 11:02
Los fanaticos del Hard escandinavo quizas prefieran discos como Trilogy o Eclipse,pero este de sonido mas americano es el mejor de largo,ni un solo tema de relleno,temas ca'eros y un Yngwie que lo borda.DISCAZO.

From: koogles Date: July 20, 2002 at 14:17
Even rockers who hated Yngwie couldn't resist the explosive chorus of 'Heaven Tonight'. Tons of excellent moments on this, Yngwie's most commercial release. Definitely the place to start if you're looking to add that first Yngwie CD into your collection.

From: zakar Date: August 26, 2002 at 11:27
Joe isn't suit for yngwie music. just listen to the rising force song. Joe's voice didn't strong enough to sang that song. compare it with rising force with mike vescera on vocal (available in i can't wait) or with mats leven's rising force (available in doble live album)

From: Baris Date: September 12, 2002 at 2:01
yes, this is basically a commercial effort but it doesn't necessarily mean bad. You can find typical 80s melody patterns here. Yngwie had recorded this in the aftermath of his hospital days following a car accident. For me this is one of the best Malmsteen albums. But hey, Heavy Harmonies, where is the Trillogy album? cuz it's even better than this.

From: Baris Date: September 25, 2002 at 7:29
a ha... it has just flourished on the list. OK now.....

From: ROBERT Date: October 20, 2002 at 10:40
que grande yngwie, q grande joe, q grande jens... q temazos:HOLD ON, DREAMING.. 'por que ya no se hacen obras d arte como esta? Esta para mi es el mejor d Yngwie(quizas tambien el eclipse con el gran goran) Pero lo que ha echo este guitarrista para la historia del rock , solo puede ser comparado con su otro gran idolo(y mio!)EDDIE VAN HALEN Son genios super-monstruosos, e imposibles d igualar..

From: rockandmetal Date: March 27, 2003 at 16:05
This didn't get much critical acclaim,purely because this record differed from Malmsteen's previous, more guitar-oriented albums.It definitely follows a more AOR direction than, say Rising Force, but this just showed a different side to Yngwie. Joe Lynn Turner has always been one of AOR's finest vocalists, and his combination of emotion and melodic power shines through fully on this record.Yngwie's playing is more restrained than previously but still excellent. Heaven Tonight is an AOR classic.

From: CHIRO Date: April 8, 2003 at 21:59
10 POINTS!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE TO SAY

From: Jose(Spain)Sev Date: June 28, 2003 at 19:11
Buen Disco, aunque muy comercial para mi gusto, Joe Lynn Turner es un gran cantante, pero en mi opinion, creo que la voz de Turner no pega mucho con el Sonido de Yngwie M., a Turner suena mejor en grupos de rock cl'sico, como Rainbow. Los mejores discos de Yngwie M. son los que Hizo con Jeff Scott Soto y con Mike Vescera ( que imita a Soto descaradamente ).(estos son puro heavy metal)

From: fernando Date: August 22, 2003 at 3:45
i've got all the malmsteen's albums and i've got to say that this one is the best by far because it creates an atmosphere very special that yjm can't have repeated since then.this album is strong,sentimental,original,nostalgic,etc,but now, where is the genius? from spain.this web is cool because trough it i've discovered awesome bands & it talks about the real hard rock/heavy music and stuff.Don't know what's going on nowadays but all the great bands of the 80's and 90's that still play suck not

From: RR-Finland Date: August 28, 2003 at 5:19
Joe Lynn Turner is good vocalist and you can hear it good from this album. Shame that Yngwie gets too excited sometimes with his guitar. Anyway, very good tracks from Swedens Ritchie Blackmore.

From: diego Date: November 14, 2003 at 18:37
sonido mas comercial,pero el nivel no por ello es inferior .la voz de turner no va muy bien con este tipo de instrumentacion;es mas para grupoos como van halen o whites nake,pero esta bien.La balada dreaming es tremenda.GRAN DISCO.

From: sid_meier Date: January 22, 2004 at 15:39
one of my all time favourite albums. 10/10

From: red Date: March 8, 2004 at 22:04
Far and away Yngwie's best. After three albums of the same thing, he hired Joe Lynn Turner and they made an album of actual songs. Too bad he didn't do more albums like this one.

From: Jay Date: April 14, 2004 at 16:48
killer chops and song arrangments on this one, definetley his most commercial album to date along with eclipse.

From: dave Date: April 28, 2004 at 19:46
An amazing cd! Joe lynn turner is the best. If you love great guitar playing pick up this and Dokken's back for the attack!!

From: Wotty Date: August 15, 2004 at 19:14
Right time,right vocalist,right songs for effectively Malmsteens best album.

From: Geoff Date: August 15, 2004 at 20:22
Jeez, and average of over 9.38 - once again I am taken by surprise. This is one of the lesser Yngwie releases in my mind and I actually don't really, really dig any of the songs on it. A few okay ones, but for me this is just decent hard rock / metal with no clear-cut winners. 5.5/10

From: andrew Date: September 27, 2004 at 21:52
what an amazing album, is the true unique melodic metal. Joe lynn sings very aor compared to Jeff Scot soto, but his voice is ttruly amazing. Yngwie sounded very sentimental with the amazing ballads:hold on and dreaming.This is my favorite yngwie albums with rising force and trilogy.

From: Desslar Date: October 1, 2004 at 20:18
Aside from the catchy Heaven Tonight, this album is quite generic and forgettable.

From: onemorecast Date: November 11, 2004 at 22:19
JLT is great, this album was pretty good.

From: Date: November 25, 2004 at 11:31
Increible disc, Joe Lynn is a great singer and composer, he and Yngwie made a great couple. Johansen Brother also shinme on this album as always. Agreat album....buy it. 10/10

From: Rycheage Date: November 25, 2004 at 12:43
This is not a classic. In fact it's quite forgettable when it comes to classics once you get past 'Heaven Tonight', 'Hold On' and 'Dreaming (Tell Me)'. BUT that said, this is indeed a great Yngwie release. Flows quite nicely and does have some enjoyable moments. Classic, no. Is it good? Yes.

From: Dusty Date: December 13, 2004 at 3:31
Or Spain!

From: andrew Date: January 1, 2005 at 23:52
who was the idiot that lower the ratings so dastrically..........that will only be posybble is someone star to vote over and over again...........the ratings were on 9 something,now they are on 6 something.

From: Date: February 5, 2005 at 19:17
i like metal , hard rock and aor . I dont care how you rate this record , it's simply magic 80's rock , one of my top 20 'rock albuns ever.

From: jack Date: April 8, 2005 at 4:19
This record is kinda weak compared to the previous 3. Songs like hold on,heaven and dreaming are pretty lame. It's songs like rising force,riot in the dungeons and faster than the speed of light that is the real gem here. This is meant to be a heavy metal record here,80's metal guitar album and some of u guys are saying all those AOR bullshit crap. Still this is a decent 80's metal album.

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From: Jez Date: April 8, 2005 at 4:39
Definately YM best album, although I really liked 'Trilogy' 'Fire & Ice' & 'Eclipse'. No one said this was an AOR record, just that some of the material is a lot more'commercial'( mainly due to JLT's vocals) and more song orientated than on previous releases,'Heaven Tonight' & 'Crystal Ball' being two examples. I certainly wouldn't class this as a 'Heavy Metal' either.

From: PAUL Date: September 8, 2005 at 13:25
Hello Jez,AOR freaky said that i can't argue with you.I don't think so...(sometimes).GREATEST WNGWIE'S WORK by far.An album made for all of us.If you're AORSTERS buy it.if you're HARDROCKERS buy it.if you're melodic METALHEADS buy it.Everything here is perfefct!Production,musianship,songs,Malmsteen's playing,Turner's vocals...ALL GREAT!And for all the enemies of J.L.TURNER who think that destroyed some bands(MALMSTEEN,RAINBOW):Go to listen to slipknot!Why?Cause the man needs keys to sing?

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From: Jez Date: September 8, 2005 at 14:12
PAUL - Nothing better than a bit of OPEN MINDED debate ocassionally mate.

From: Remastered Reason Date: February 2, 2006 at 21:50
Probably Malmsteen's most commercial release. Of course there is the shredding guitar that typifies all Malmsteen's albums. However, under these conditions, it works a lot better & makes for a more bearable listening experience.

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: October 30, 2007 at 3:53
GREAT CD 95/100 very good melodic METAL everythings had already been said so ! BUY IT !

From: shoemaker Date: October 30, 2007 at 11:09
The first comment here hit the point!

From: metalmastermusic Date: July 16, 2008 at 23:06
This is one peice of unbeliavably great rock. Do not try to play this guitarwork at home. Yngwie is absolutely amazing on this album. There is some killer guitar following synth solo's on this album. A guy this talented should be banned. This one of the early discs I had in my introduction to superb guitar playters and it has stood the test of time for me. This is a must have disc. If you play guitar this album is for you ! 92/100

From: metalhead4life Date: December 16, 2008 at 10:56
My favorite from Yngwie and co. What do you get when you mix Yngwie with vocalist Jeff Scott Soto who absolutely sounds fantastic here, and the Johansson brothers who also sound fantastic - a kick ass album! This one is a lot more Glam than his previous 3 but stays true to his Melodic Metal. I just love the sound and vibe of the songs on this one. Very big arena sounding. Yngwie sounds awesome as usual and has some very memorable riffs here. This CD is amazing and is a Melodic Metal masterpiece. The whole thing is great-just buy it. Like all songs very much on here. Has a bit of everything for rockers/metallers; you also want an incredible soft melodic ballad with an amazing guitar solo,check out "Dreaming (Tell Me)" and if you want a melodic power metal song check out "Rising Force" and "Faster Than The Speed Of Light", and also a more traditional Glam Rock song check out "Heaven Tonight" and "Now Is The Time". 98/100 and a must for Glam/Melodic Metal fans.

From: metalhead4life Date: December 16, 2008 at 14:52
Correction to my above post: I meant to say "what do you get when you mix Yngwie with vocalist JOE LYNN TURNER who absolutely sounds fantastic here, and the Johansson brothers who also sound fantastic - a kick ass album!! There we go, all fixed and I feel better now

From: george_the_jack Date: May 6, 2009 at 10:10
Agree with most of the above commenters.This is his best effort.Joe Lynn Turner gave him a more commercial radio touch...Awesome! 99/100

From: hair metal again Date: March 13, 2014 at 5:31
excellent release and probably MALMSTEEN s best so far!all the songs are great and combine perfectly the classic with a more commercial approach!"heaven tonight" is a classic of that era and overall an essential release!

From: Doug Date: March 13, 2014 at 12:10
"Heaven Tonight" flat out rocks. "Dreaming" has always been a personal favorite too.

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