Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ocean Blue Reissues Sure to Make Splash

These have been some heady days to be a fan of the Ocean Blue. The comeback album 'Ultramarine' was a real highlight of 2013, and last year's vinyl reissue of 'Waterworks' helped me realize the fellas had a lot more to offer than that brilliant debut album back in '89. So, in typical fashion, just as I have finally filled the gaps in my collection of all things Ocean Blue, Shelflife and frontman David Schelzel's own Korda Records are teaming up to reissue the band's trio of Sire albums, on colored 180-gram vinyl, no less! To the best of my knowledge, only the debut was ever released on wax, and it certainly wasn't in deep blue. Check out the label's pre-order page for pricing options and vinyl colors set for November release. Can't wait for autumn.

You'll notice the 1993 album 'Beneath the Rhythm and the Sound' will include the bonus track "Sea of Green." I'm assuming that's the same version first issued as the closer to the long out of print 'Peace and Light' from 1994. I have been saving a song from that EP for a rainy day. Since it never rains here in Seattle anymore, in celebration of these stellar reissues, why don't we listen to it now? Here is a spot-on rendition of what I'm sure must be one of your favorites.

"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Live)"


Ian Balentine said...

OK, confession time: I know absolutely nothing about Ocean Blue. That said, sir, you have definitely got my attention. Where should I start with these guys? Please tell, I'm looking for a new obsession!

Brian said...

E, Give the song Between Something and Nothing a listen. If you love it, and I think you will, find the self-titled debut asap. You would never think these were kids barely out of their teens... and from Pennsylvania, no less! They sounded like many of my favorite UK bands from the '80s and early '90s. I saw them on their first big tour (opening for the Mighty Lemon Drops), and it remains one of my all-time favorite shows.


kevinpat said...

As a rabid Smiths' fan (and compiler of 12 volumes of Smiths' songs covers) it is my humble opinion that nobody sings these songs quite like their author, Morrissey. Many of the covers are interesting for reworking or adding a personal spin on these (IMHO classic) songs. Although this Ocean Blue cover of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" is a nice tribute to perhaps a band that influenced them, it just makes me want to go listen to the original. I'm nothing if not loyal. I bore many folks with my rant about how Morrissey/Marr will be remembered with Lennon/McCartney, Goffin/King, David/Bacharach, Brennan/Waits,Jagger/Richards, Pomus/Schuman, Lieber/Stoller….just like I just bored you. Ha! Thanks, Bri.

Brian said...

The Ocean Blue were huge fans of the Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen and New Order and often covered them on stage back in the day. They knew where to pay homage. Did you enjoy Morrissey's interview with Larry King the other day? I agree with you that Morrissey/Marr aren't one bit out of place with the names you mentioned.

Ian Balentine said...

Well alright! Thanks, Brian, I'll do some reconnaissance over the weekend. You and kevinpat had me at "Smiths and New Order", two of my favorite bands. Cheers!