Genre: Punk
Label: Vinyl 180
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Echo & The Bunnymen Ocean Rain 180g LP

Echo & The Bunnymen

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180g Vinyl LP featuring "The Killing Moon," "Seven Seas," and "My Kingdom!"

Ocean Rain, the fourth of Vinyl 180 Records' Echo & The Bunnymen re-issues, was originally released in May 1984. The band wrote most of the songs for the album in 1983. Then in early 1984, they recorded sessions for the album in Les Studio des Dames and Studio Davout in Paris using a 35 piece orchestra, assisted by Adam Peters for string arrangements and Henri Lonstan at des Dames as engineer. Other sessions took place back in the UK in Bath and Liverpool. McCulloch, in fact, re-recorded most of his vocals back in Amazon Studio's in Liverpool as he was unhappy with the Paris sessions.

Continuing the band's prominent use of strings which were used so successfully on "Back Of Love" on Porcupine, Will Sergeant describes Ocean Rain as "something conceptual with lush orchestration; not Mantovani, something with a twist, dark and stormy, battering rain; all of that." It was indeed a brave move by a band with its very roots firmly stuck in rock'n'roll.

In Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, he wrote that's the album's confidence, lush stings, romance, warmth and poetry, mean that it stands the test of times better than any other Bunnymen album.

"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." - Jason Ankeny,

Martyn Atkins again designed the cover with Brian Griffin the photographer. With the band wanting to continue the elemental theme of the previous three albums, the shot used for the front cover is a picture of the the band in a rowing boat which was taken inside Carnglaze Caverns, Liskeard in Cornwall. In his 2002 book on the Bunnymen, author Chris Adams describes the cover as "a perfect visual representation of arguably the Bunnymen's finest album."

• 180g Vinyl
• UK Import

Side 1:

1. Silver
2. Nocturnal Me
3. Crystal Days
4. The Yo Yo Man
5. Thorn Of Crowns
Side 2:
1. The Killing Moon
2. Seven Seas
3. My Kingdom
4. Ocean Rain

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