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Safe Upon the Shore
     

Safe Upon the Shore

4.6 3
by Great Big Sea
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
Label:
Great Big Sea
UPC:
0634457528925
catalogNumber:
10
Rank:
98033

Tracks

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
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   Engineer
Greg Browne   Composer

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Safe Upon the Shore 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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