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  • Vinyl (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Weatherbox
  • ASIN: B00JAZELP6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Silver
2. Nocturnal Me
3. Crystal Days
4. The Yo-Yo Man
5. Thorn of Crowns
Disc: 2
1. The Killing Moon
2. Seven Seans
3. My Kingdom
4. Ocean Rain

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The fourth of our Echo & The Bunnymen re-issues comes as a Limited Edition with initial pressings on SILVER coloured vinyl. Originally released in May 1984, 'Ocean Rain' features the singles 'The Killing Moon', 'Silver' and 'Seven Seas'. The band wrote most of the songs for the album in 1983. Then in early 1984 they srated sessions for the album in Les Studio des Dames and Studio Davout in Paris using a 35 piece orchestra, assisted by Adam Peters for string arrangements and Henri Lonstan at des Dames as engineer. Other sessions took place back in the UK in Bath and Liverpool. McCulloch infact re-recorded most of his vocals back in Amazon Studio's in Liverpool as he was unhappy with the Paris sessions. Continuing the bands prominent use of strings which were used so successfully on 'Back Of Love' on Porcupine, Will Sergeant describes 'Ocean Rain' as 'something conceptual with lush orchestration; not Mantovani, something with a twist, dark and stormy, battering rain; all of that'. It was indeed a brave move by a band with its very roots firmly stuck in rock'n'roll. The album actually received a mixed response on release, with many critisizing the use of strings and the softening of the bands sound from that of the early offerings. Rolling Stone going so far as 'too often a monochromatic dirge of banal existential imagery cloaked around the mere skeleton of a musical idea'. Strong stuff indeed. But time has proved a great healer and the wider perspective is that the album is indeed the bands unrivalled pinnacle. It looks again as though opinion softened over the years and the true appreciation surfaced for what is undoubtably a masterpiece. With 'Killing Moon' particularly heaped with praise for its dizzying high and McCulluch's voice as torn silk and magnificent. In robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die he wrote thats the albums confidence, lush stings, romance, warmth and poetry, means that it stands the test of times better than any other Bunnymen album. Martyn Atkins again designed the cover with Brian Griffin the photographer. With the band wanting continue the elemental theme of the previous three albums, the shot used for the front cover is a picture of the the band in a rowing boat which was taken inside Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard in Cornwall. In his 2002 book on the Bunnymen author chris Adams describes the cover as 'a perfect visual representation of arguably the Bunnymen's finest album'. In Sept 2008 the band played the Royal Albert Hall with a 16 piece backing orchestra. The poster for which depicts the band in the rowing boat from the album cover infront of the Royal Albert Hall.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I nearly didn't buy this. I already own the shorter so-called 25th anniversary edition (anniversary of the band, not the record, I take it?). This new one looked to me like a cash-in - and it probably still is. But something compelled me, maybe sixth sense.

Now, I don't like to harp on about mastering (boring!), nevertheless I'm going to talk about...mastering. The vinyl release of "Ocean Rain" was not a loud enough pressing. The subsequent CD, perhaps surprisingly, was still too quiet and even more surprisingly so was the aforementioned "25th anniversary" edition. The sound quality was never bad enough to spoil the music of course, just slightly puzzling given the semi-classical feel of the album and the many quiet passages. Miraculously, on this edition, that problem has at last been rectified. The sound is amazing. So good in fact that I noticed bits on the record I've never noticed before and this is a record I know inside out, back to front, all the way round. Sorry, had to get that one off my chest. Anyway this is why this edition of Ocean Rain was worth the price of admission (shop around though - you'll get it for less than a tenner, maybe not now, but in the post-Christmas sales almost certainly).

Moving on to the music, well this is really a five star LP, no doubt about that. One of the greatest LPs of all time etc but it's easy to understand why a fan might not feel it's a worthwhile edition to his collection. However anyone new to the Bunnymen would do well to start here: you get their best LP plus the live disc gives you the full flavour of what the band sounded like pre-Ocean Rain - bearing in mind that O.R. broke the mould and was not really a typical Bunnymen LP sound-wise.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom Eiselberg on 14 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Ok, it's been released/remastered before and this version, whilst adding the extended 12" versions of Silver and The Killing Moon and a whole live CD from the Albert Hall on 19th July 1983, lacks the "Life At Brian's" E.P. tracks and the two Crystal Days live tracks from '84.

So why buy? Simple answer is that live CD. It WAS the greatest gig ever. There was a long period of gestation for what was to become the "Ocean Rain" album. In June '83, nearly a year before the album's eventual relaease, the Bunnymen unveiled Silver, Seven Seas and The Killing Moon on a Radio 1 John Peel Session. This whetted the appetite even more for the upcoming tour. The Bunnymen had been touring pretty solidly since December '82 and were at the very peak of their live form - tight, octane fuelled, McCulloch full of passion and fire, Sergeant jangling, jarring snapping and sniping on guitar, Pattinson a fluid rhythmic presence on bass and behind it all Pete de Freitas, the greatest drummer.

I can't remember what the weather outside was like that night, only that inside the Albert Hall, in the back row of the balcony, it was hotter than hell. It's hard to believe, listening to the raw energy of this gig, that most of the audience downstairs remained seated for most of the show; every attempt at dancing being suppressed by over zealous security. After "Never Stop" McCulloch says "You can stand up again if you want...no one's holier than thou." The bouncer baiting continued, the atmosphere built and built until by the time Crocodiles and the encores arrived the Albert Hall was shaking and heaving to the Bunnybeat.

McCulloch out of tune? Maybe now and the end, but only for a moment and no way does this make it unlistenable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Wolfenden on 20 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Enough has been said about this LP's 'greatest album in the world' credentials (a claim made not least by the Bunnymen's own Ian McCullough) - it would have become tedious if it were not so close to the truth. From the opening chords of 'Silver' to the closing crescendo of the title track, this is the Bunnymen's masterpiece. Following their previous records, the band set out to record the 'perfect album', and they delivered - Mac's lyrics are Lear-esque, darkly surreal nonsense, Pete de Freitas learns how to play the drums with brushes, and Will Seargent perfects the art of understated, minimal guitar. In fact, very few tracks are guitar-orientated, the band instead making use of a string section to sublime effect. The combination of lyrics, songwriting, instrumentaion and production give the record a feeling of being completely out of time - it sounds in no way dated today, and I'm sure it will stand the test of time for many more years.

The bonus tracks will be of interest to fans, as they include the 'Life at Brian's' sessions, with substantially reworked versions of 'Stars are Stars' and 'Villiers Terrace' plus a cover of 'All you need is Love' and versions of 'Silver' and 'Killing Moon', although these tracks are all let down by virtue of sounding like they were recorded from the gent's lavvy at Lime Street Station - very flat, disappointing recording quality.

'Angels and Devils' is a B-side from the 'Silver' single, and seems to sit rather uneasily tacked on the end of the original album. Still nice to see it included though...

Two live songs (from 'A Crystal Day' in Liverpool) close this remastered package - a blistering, energetic 'My Kingdom' and 'Ocean Rain', which misses the lush string orchestration of the studio version.

I can't urge you enough to buy this album.

They were never this good again.
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