B-Sides: Seasides & Freerides

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rounding up all the B-sides, demos and rarities Ocean Colour Scene released over the course of 1996, when the band was riding the crest of their popularity, B-Sides: Seasides & Freerides, for all its inconsistency, illustrates the depth of their ambition, as well as their flaws. Primarily comprised of acoustic material, including a demo of "The Circle" and a fine, stripped-down version of "The Day We Caught the Train," the 16 tracks on B-Sides can tend to sound a little samey, but when the group branches out to the neo-prog-rock of the very English "Huckleberry Grove" or to the funky instrumental "Chicken Bones and Stones," they sound better than ever, and a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rounding up all the B-sides, demos and rarities Ocean Colour Scene released over the course of 1996, when the band was riding the crest of their popularity, B-Sides: Seasides & Freerides, for all its inconsistency, illustrates the depth of their ambition, as well as their flaws. Primarily comprised of acoustic material, including a demo of "The Circle" and a fine, stripped-down version of "The Day We Caught the Train," the 16 tracks on B-Sides can tend to sound a little samey, but when the group branches out to the neo-prog-rock of the very English "Huckleberry Grove" or to the funky instrumental "Chicken Bones and Stones," they sound better than ever, and a couple of early songs by the pre-Ocean Colour Scene band the Fanatics are interesting. Still, about half of the songs suggest that OCS may be a little too reverent in their appreciation for late-'60s rock, since they come across as only stylistic exercise, not full songs. And their live cover of "Day Tripper," featuring Noel Gallagher on guitar and Liam Gallagher on vocals, is an embarassment, simply because Liam's restrained vocals slay Simon Fowler's bellowing. But this is an isolated moment on B-Sides: Seasides & Freerides, since it contains enough first-rate material to make it necessary for dedicated fans.
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  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Mca Import
  • UPC: 600406003423
  • Catalog Number: 60034

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ocean Colour Scene Primary Artist
Paul Weller Organ
Steve Cradock Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Simon Fowler Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Damon Minchella Bass Guitar
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Rosie Wetters Cello
Oscar Harrison Piano, Drums, Vocals
Amanda Drummond Cello, Viola
Andrea Morris Violin
Catherine Browning Violin
The Wired Strings Strings
Technical Credits
Ocean Colour Scene Producer, Engineer
Brendan Lynch Producer
Martin "Max" Heyes Engineer
John A. Rivers Producer, Engineer
Rosie Wetters String Arrangements
Gerard Saint Art Direction
John River Producer, Engineer
Doug Hart Video Director
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