Safe Upon the Shore

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
It's easy to pass off Great Big Sea as a folk-rock band upon first listen. But dig a bit deeper, and you discover that there is more than meets the eye (or more fittingly, the ear) to this Canadian outfit, especially on their 2010 release Safe Upon the Shore. Their ninth full-length studio effort overall continues to touch upon the rootsy style/approach the group is primarily known for, but Great Big Sea is one of the few modern-day bands that also manages to incorporate New Orleans brass ("Don't Wanna Go Home"), sweeping vocal harmonies ("Long Life"), and even Celtic sounds ("Over the Hills") into their trademark style. The end result is a true sound from the heartland, ...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
It's easy to pass off Great Big Sea as a folk-rock band upon first listen. But dig a bit deeper, and you discover that there is more than meets the eye (or more fittingly, the ear) to this Canadian outfit, especially on their 2010 release Safe Upon the Shore. Their ninth full-length studio effort overall continues to touch upon the rootsy style/approach the group is primarily known for, but Great Big Sea is one of the few modern-day bands that also manages to incorporate New Orleans brass ("Don't Wanna Go Home"), sweeping vocal harmonies ("Long Life"), and even Celtic sounds ("Over the Hills") into their trademark style. The end result is a true sound from the heartland, which somehow doesn't come off dated at all -- thanks in part to an unmistakably modern production by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin. Also detected throughout are a vibrancy and energy that are simply intoxicating -- creating a downright jolly-good feel/party atmosphere, especially on such tracks as "Hit the Ground and Run" and "Wandering Ways." And there are even a few tranquil moments, such as "Yankee Sailor" and "Follow Me Back," as well as a reading of the traditional tune "Gallows Pole" (which rock fans will be familiar with due to Led Zeppelin's version back on Led Zeppelin III). As evidenced throughout Safe Upon the Shore, "roots rock" does not always have to focus around vintage electric guitars and cowboy hats -- Great Big Sea has created a pure "heartland sound" all its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Great Big Sea
  • UPC: 634457528925
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 108,978

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Great Big Sea Primary Artist
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Steve Berlin Percussion, Keyboards, Melodica, Guest Appearance
Murray Foster Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Shannon Powell Tambourine, Guest Appearance
Mark Mullins Trombone, Guest Appearance
Washboard Hank Washboard, Guest Appearance
J.P. Cormier Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Guest Appearance
Sean McCann Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Bodhran, Group Member
Kris MacFarlane Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Alan Doyle Banjo, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Bob Hallett Banjo, Bouzouki, Fiddle, Harmonica, Mandolin, Accordion, Concertina, Vocals, Group Member
Bonerama Guest Appearance
Jeremy Fisher Guitar, Guest Appearance
Greg Hicks Trombone, Guest Appearance
Craig Klein Trombone, Guest Appearance
Jeen O'Brien Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jimmy Page Arranger
Robert Plant Arranger
Randy Bachman Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Great Big Sea Producer
Steve Berlin Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
Greg Calbi Mastering
Murray Foster Composer
Paul Lamb Composer
Mark Mullins Arranger
Mike Napolitano Engineer, Additional Production
Joel Plaskett Composer
Sean McCann Composer
Traditional Composer
Alan Doyle Composer, Producer, Engineer
Bob Hallett Composer, Whistle
Russell Crowe Composer
Jeremy Fisher Composer
Spencer Crewe Engineer
Darren Van Niekerk Engineer
Louis Thomas Management
Mark Neary Engineer
Jeen O'Brien Composer
William R. Moesta IV Engineer
Dr. Greg Browne Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So fresh, so full of heart

    Oh the lads have really done it this time! The new album features the band in great voice. Beautiful harmonies, their signature optimistic outlook, and a high-wire feeling throughout! This is GBS continuing to explore their individual musical sensibilities as well as what it means for them to be a band. You will smile, you'll probably cry -- the title track is very sad, and quite lovely. If you love GBS, this will deepen your affection. If you don't know them yet, Safe Upon the Shore invites you in and makes you feel instantly at home!

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