Odyssey (Yngwie Malmsteen album)

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Studio album by
Released8 April 1988 (1988-04-08)
RecordedCherokee Studios in Los Angeles; House of Music Studios in West Orange, New Jersey; Studio D in Austin, Texas
GenreNeoclassical metal, heavy metal, hard rock, Glam metal
ProducerYngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Glixman, Jim Lewis
Yngwie Malmsteen chronology
Trial by Fire: Live in Leningrad
Singles from Odyssey
  1. "Heaven Tonight" / "Riot in the Dungeons"
    Released: 1988[1][2]

Odyssey is the fourth studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 8 April 1988 through Polydor Records.[3] The album reached No. 40 on the US Billboard 200[4] and remained on that chart for eighteen weeks,[5] as well as reaching the top 50 in five other countries.[3] As of 2019 it remains Malmsteen's highest-charting release on the Billboard 200.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[6]
Martin Popoff7/10 stars[7]
Metal Forces(6.5/10)[8]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Odyssey two stars out of five, calling it "a more subdued, polished collection seemingly designed for mainstream radio airplay", but that it "shows little difference in approach from [Malmsteen's] previous output". He praised Joe Lynn Turner's vocals and Malmsteen's guitar work, but remarked that the latter sounds "constrained and passionless" due in part to his recovery from a near-fatal car accident in 1987.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Joe Lynn Turner; all music composed by Yngwie Malmsteen.

1."Rising Force"4:24
2."Hold On"5:12
3."Heaven Tonight"4:07
4."Dreaming (Tell Me)"5:22
5."Bite the Bullet" (instrumental)1:35
6."Riot in the Dungeons"4:26
7."Deja Vu"4:17
8."Crystal Ball"4:56
9."Now Is the Time"4:34
10."Faster than the Speed of Light"4:30
11."Krakatau" (instrumental)6:06
12."Memories" (instrumental)1:14
Total length:50:42


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 Swedish albums chart 7[3]
Norwegian albums chart 10[3]
Swiss albums chart 17[3]
Dutch albums chart 27[3]
Billboard 200 40[4]
German albums chart 50[3]


  1. ^ "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Heaven Tonight (song)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  2. ^ "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force – Heaven Tonight". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Odyssey (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  4. ^ a b "Odyssey - Yngwie Malmsteen | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  5. ^ a b "Yngwie Malmsteen - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  6. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
  7. ^ Popoff, Martin (2005-11-01). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  8. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (1988). "Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyseey". Metal Forces (28). Retrieved 2015-01-29.

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