Ocean Rain [Bonus Tracks]

Ocean Rain [Bonus Tracks]

5.0 1
by Echo & the Bunnymen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Released in 1984, Ocean Rain may not have been Echo & the Bunnymen's most successful album (see their 1987 eponymous "grey album"), but their fourth LP was indeed their crowning achievement, representing a softening of their post-punk angst and their continued openness to new sounds. It's all on display on "The Killing Moon," which

Overview

Released in 1984, Ocean Rain may not have been Echo & the Bunnymen's most successful album (see their 1987 eponymous "grey album"), but their fourth LP was indeed their crowning achievement, representing a softening of their post-punk angst and their continued openness to new sounds. It's all on display on "The Killing Moon," which singer Ian McCulloch modestly describes as "the best song ever written" in the liner notes. That may be a slight exaggeration, but there's no denying the song's dramatic and enchanting mood, carried by McCulloch's pining, philosophical lyric, sweeping strings, and a sweet tangle of psychedelic guitars. Other high points include orchestrally lush, musically optimistic songs such as "Silver" and "Crystal Days," the noisy acoustic guitars on "My Kingdom," and the elegiac, album-closing title track. Part of Rhino's deluxe Echo reissue series, this 2004 edition adds eight bonus cuts, starting with the Doors-reminiscent B-side "Angels and Devils," colored by tambourine and harpsichord. Also included are five songs recorded for the film Life at Brian's: All are low-key recordings with an emphasis on acoustic instruments. A version of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" displays the Bunnymen's reverence for the band that ushered the sitar into pop music -- while an alternate "Killing Moon" bares the song's strengths even without all the sweeping strings. Two live tracks, from a May '84 concert in their hometown of Liverpool, cap off the album on a fine note, Ian & the boys performing at the very apex of their artistic powers. Twenty years on, it's still breathtaking.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Channeling the lessons of the experimental Porcupine into more conventional and simple structural parameters, Ocean Rain emerges as Echo & the Bunnymen's most beautiful and memorable effort. Ornamenting Ian McCulloch's most consistently strong collection of songs to date with subdued guitar textures, sweeping string arrangements, and hauntingly evocative production, the album is dramatic and majestic; "The Killing Moon," Ocean Rain's emotional centerpiece, remains the group's unrivalled pinnacle. [The 2004 reissue of Ocean Rain features improved sound, new liner notes, loads of photos, and a wealth of bonus tracks. The bulk of the bonus tracks is made up of the Life at Brian's sessions, which found the band playing some of their "hits" like "The Killing Moon," "Stars Are Stars," "Silver," and "Villiers Terrace," as well as a faithful cover of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" in a relaxed, acoustic but still very dramatic setting. Also included are two live cuts from the band's Crystal Days extravaganza in May of 1984 ("My Kingdom" and "Ocean Rain"), and the Velvet Underground-inspired B-side to "Silver," "Angels and Devils." The bonus material is nothing less than superb, and makes the band's best album even better. The only minor fault would be the lack of space to include the extended version of "The Killing Moon."] ~ Jason Ankeny & Tim Sendra

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0825646116522
catalogNumber:
61165
Rank:
49367

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Echo & the Bunnymen   Primary Artist
Ian McCulloch   Vocals,Group Member
Pattinson   Bass,Group Member
Adam Peters   Piano,Cello,Soloist
Will Sergeant   Guitar,Harpsichord,Sitar,Group Member
Pete de Freitas   Drums,Group Member
Alan Perman   Harpsichord
Luvan Kiem   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Echo & the Bunnymen   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bill Inglot   Reissue Producer
David Lord   Engineer
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Gil Norton   Engineer
Pattinson   Composer
Adam Peters   Orchestral Arrangements
Will Sergeant   Composer
Pete de Freitas   Composer
Henri Lonstan   Engineer
Alan Perman   Producer
David Frazer   Engineer
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Design
Andy Zax   Reissue Producer
All Concerned   Producer
Max Bell   Liner Notes
Brian D. Griffin   Cover Photo

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Ocean Rain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a promotional slogan at the time of this album's release, "The Greatest Album Ever Made" obviously overstates this album's strengths. However, make no mistake, this is fine music from a band that remains largely unrecognized in the States to this day. The album's highlights are too many to mention, but words to describe it are lush, orchestral, sweeping, and emotive. It is alternately optimistic and dark, even forboding. "Killing Moon" gets all of the attention, but each song here deserves equal consideration. Pop songs like "Silver", "Seven Seas", and "My Kingdom" balance nicely with dark, contemplative songs like "Nocturnal Me" and "Ocean Rain", the latter surely one of the greatest closing tracks in modern rock history. While this may not be the best Bunnymen album ever, as many critics would have you believe, it does offer a strong song cycle. More than anything, this album FEELS essential and largely of a piece, making it futile to dissect individual tracks in light of the experience of the whole. The hooks are irresistable, and Ian McCulloch's lyrics and vocals are among his best. Fans of Will Sargeant's kinetic guitar playing may be disappointed by this release, but they have "Heaven Up Here". Simply put, this album is not to be missed. Listening to this makes one wonder why the Bunnymen never achieved the success of The Cure or even The Smiths. No matter, the timeless music is there to be discovered.