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Songs For The Front Row - The Best Of

Ocean Colour Scene Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00005RRGZ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Riverboat Song (Album Version) 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Day We Caught The Train (Album Version) 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. One For The Road (Album Version) 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Circle (Album Version) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You've Got It Bad (Single Edit) 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hundred Mile High City (Album Version) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Better Day (Album Version) 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Travellers Tune (Album Version) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Get Blown Away (Album Version) 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. It's A Beautiful Thing (Radio Edit) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Profit In Peace (Single Edit) 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. So Low (Album Version) 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. July (New / Single Version) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Up On The Downside (Album Version) 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mechanical Wonder 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Huckleberry Grove 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Robin Hood (Royal Albert Hall Live Version) 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Crazy Lowdown Ways 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description


Songs for the Front Row collects the best tracks from the Moseley Shoals quartet Ocean Colour Scene. Though critics may not like this smart, soulful Birmingham outfit, there's no denying that OCS--like the early work of their mentor Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher in his less boisterous moments, the Small Faces or the Yardbirds--manage to tap into a certain strain of Englishness usually ignored by trendier outfits. It's all here: from the Chris Evans-championed "The Riverboat Song", to festival favourites such as "Profit in Peace", the irresistibly jaunty "Mechanical Wonder" and the Stonesy blues of "You've Got It Bad". Every groove oozes passion and self-belief, every last Motown-influenced bassline and Mod blast of guitar boasts pride. Derided as this Moseley Shoals quartet may well be--and sure, their music can veer worryingly into syrupy ballad territory, particularly on slower numbers such as "Beautiful Thing"--they've had their great moments. --Everett True

Product Description

1 x CD Compilation
Europe 2001

1The Riverboat Song
2The Day We Caught The Train
3One For The Road
4The Circle
5You've Got It Bad
6Hundred Mile High City
7Better Day
8Travellers Tune
9Get Blown Away
10It's A Beautiful Thing
11Profit In Peace
12So Low
14Up On The Downside
15Mechanical Wonder
16Huckleberry Grove
17Robin Hood (Live: Royal Albert Hall Feb '97)
18Crazy Lowdown Ways

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album full of great tuneful songs! 1 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Ocean Colour Scene seem to have been around for a long time. This compilation traces their history right back. It doesn't include tracks from their first album, which OCS will say was not their best.
The tracks on this are excellent and anyone who enjoys guitar based music coupled with good melodies and thoughtful lyrics will love this. To give an example of what to expect OCS follow the line of great British artists like The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who through to the Jam and Oasis.
My personal favorites on this album are 'One For The Road', 'Crazy Low Down Ways' and 'Up On The Downside' the rest are also excellent. there is also a second CD which features a number of live performances. The CD sleeve gives all the lyrics and a brief explanation of how or why the song came to be.
What music you like is a personal thing, but if you like the bands I mentioned in this review you'll like OCS and certainly this album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 fantastic minutes of OCS! 23 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have always liked OCS, but I wasn't that big of a fan to go and buy all their albums. After listening to "Songs from the Front Row", I must admit that I'm very close to buying all their older stuff. Here you have it all - from the mellow "Huckleberry Grove" to the upbeat "Hundred Mile High City" or the really infectious "July" I just can't get enough of.

The CD booklet features complete lyrics, as well as singer/songwriter Simon Fowler's liner notes, with background info on how some of the songs were written and why they were chosen for the compilation.

A great album!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh oh oh it's a beautiful thing! 6 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This really is the best of Ocean Colour Scene, featuring not only their singles, but their best B-sides (Huckleberry Grove and Robin Hood) and a great album track (Get Blown Away from 'Marchin' Already). The compilation shows off their range of tempos and syles from the dancy 'Riverboat Song' to the rocking 'Hundred Mile High City' to mellow ballads like 'Robin Hood' and pretty much every stop in between. This makes it an excellant introduction to Ocean Colour Scene(although 'Anthology' will get you more tracks for your money), and an outstanding album in it's own right - I've listened to it nearly 100 times since I bought it in August of this year, and I can see myself listening to it 100 more times without getting bored. Worth buying if you are a fan of rock (not metal), or like good guitar-driven music, and as a band, Ocean Colour Scene are exceptionally good live - recordings of them live are far better than recordings done in the studio, despite how good their studio recordings are. Also check out their 'North Atlantic Drift' album which is also brilliant, especially 'make the deal'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgotten how great they were!! 10 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
I recently saw Ocean Colour Scene live and had forgotten just how much I loved them when they were at the height of their fame. So when I bought this album I wasn't disappointed - this is a fantastic album full of great tracks which will make you wonder why they disappeared off the scene when other crap bands churn out the same old rubbish year after year, never seeming to lose their popularity. Brilliant!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated Band show their greatness 26 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You cannot fail to smile when you here this album, OCS are responsible for some great sing along tunes. They must be the most used band in 90's british films, hundred mile high city being the standout track. I could not understand how anyone could fail to like it. Buy it! Better if you can get the 5 track live cd with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlights from their four best albums 29 Sep 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Released in 2001, 'Songs For The Front Row' is a snapshot of Ocean Colour Scene's commercial peak. It completely skips their relatively well received 1992 debut and heavily contains highlights from their four strongest and most successful albums to date. The compilation is in chronological order, tracks 1-5 are from 'Moseley Shoals' (1996), 6-10 first appeared on 'Marchin' Already' (1997), 11-13 consist of material from 'One From The Modern' (1999) and 14-15 are taken from 'Mechanical Wonder' (2001). The remaining tracks are 'Huckleberry Grove', a B side and fan favourite, 'Robin Hood', a live track from a 1997 performance at the Royal Albert Hall and 'Crazy Lowdown Ways', a minor hit that was never released on a studio album.

All the obvious tracks can be found here, including classics like 'The Riverboat Song' (which instantly reminds me of the old Chris Evans radio show), 'The Day We Caught The Train' (the song which first got me into the band) and 'Hundred Mile High City' (forever remembered in the hit film 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'). To the casual fan, it pretty much has everything you really need, and covers all of the essentials. There are now more extensive collections out there ('Anthology' for example), but I believe 'Songs For The Front Row' remains the perfect introduction, complete with a good booklet with full lyrics, black and white/colour photographs, and memories regarding every song from singer/songwriter Simon Fowler.

As for the band, Ocean Colour Scene were one of the most consistently brilliant bands to emerge from the '90s Britpop scene. They made (and continue to make) some excellent music, and the creme of the crop was gathered here on one disc. If you haven't heard much from them - buy this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Ainsy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 29 Dec 2013
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I'd forgotten how many great songs this band had done!
The rainbow song - classic
The day we caught the train - classic
Profit in peace - classic
and many more........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Greatest Hits!
A great album to get if your collection is missing OCS. First class songs, I had forgotten what a great band they are!
Published 9 months ago by Tony F
5.0 out of 5 stars Such an underated and underplayed band
Truly great pop anthems mixed with lyrically fantastic sing a long tunes from a great band! not many songs to skip over on this album! Robin Hood is great!
Published 10 months ago by andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Ocs
good greatest hits
the riverboat song,day we caught the train
hundred mile city,better day,huckleberry grove
very good 4/5 good 90s band
Published 11 months ago by stuart irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars brill!
90% of the songs on this album are pure class! chuck it on in the car you"ll love it.great band
Published 13 months ago by Dhlfc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Was feeling a bit nostalgic so bought this for old-times sake - well worth it, great in car music, especially the brilliant Travellers Tune!
Published 14 months ago by DW
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd.
this cd has the best songs produced by ocs, great value, brings back some good memories over the years. love it.
Published 18 months ago by nicola sara spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good album, some great songs , if your new to ocean colour scene this is a great all rounder album
Published 19 months ago by nikita ward
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB
One of the best greatest hits albums i have ever heard. Even the lesser known songs are still of the highest quality.
Published 19 months ago by GOODY
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy
I saw Ocean Colour Scene at the Oxygen Festival two years ago and loved the performance so much that I had to go shopping for their greatest hits. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by Marycdelmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Well I have to agree this a great album!. Who ever mixed this album is absolutely brilliant, the stereo is just great! Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Mr. R. Hodgkins
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