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Ocean Colour Scene: Best Of album and gigs!

October 7, 2010 by  

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Ocean Colour Scene: Best Of album and gigs!

OCEAN COLOUR SCENE release : ‘21’, a 4CD deluxe box set spanning the band’s 21 year career out on October 18th (featuring previously unreleased material and brand new track ‘Twenty One’)
Via Universal Records

The Ocean Colour Scene story should already be the stuff of legend; a rip-roaring rock’n’folk odyssey set to a backdrop of 21 years of U.K pop culture at its very best.

In this 21 year existence Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. Today they headline venues as prestigious as London’s Royal Albert Hall (see current tour dates below). Their achievements have truly been phenomenal.

From their days as Breton-shirt wearing disciples of The Stone Roses (debut single ‘Sway’) to million selling Britpop superstars (‘Marchin’ Already’ bumped Oasis’ ‘What the Story’ from the top spot in 1997) to long-term touring allies with Paul Weller, their story is inseparable from the greats of modern British rock.

To mark this 21 year anniversary Universal Records release “21” a beautifully packaged boxed set of 4 CDs featuring previously unreleased tracks and a brand new song entitled “21”. The box set will be released on 11th October. There will also be a 1CD cut down of the box set which will be a new ‘Best Of’.

October tour dates are:
7 – Glasgow O2 Academy
9 – Manchester Apollo
10 – London Royal Albert Hall

“21” track-listing goes like this:

CD1 – 1992-96
1 One of Those Days
2 Sway (Version 2) – Previously Unreleased
3 Yesterday Today (Out-Take) – Previously Unreleased
4 Another Girl’s Name
5 Fly Me – Previously Unreleased
6 Giving It All Away
7 Do Yourself A Favour
8 Flowers
9 Vanishing Trick (Live) – Previously Unreleased – Unreleased Song
10 Dreams (Demo) – Previously Unreleased – Unreleased Song
11 The Riverboat Song
12 The Day We Caught The Train
13 I Need A Love Song
14 The Circle
15 Huckleberry Grove
16 You’ve Got It Bad (Demo)
17 Policeman & Pirates
18 40 Past Midnight (w/Paul Weller, Rico & Jools Holland) – Previously Unreleased
19 One For the Road (Single Mix) – Previously Unreleased
20 Get Away (Live In Southampton 15/10/96) – Previously Unreleased

CD2 – 1997-99
1 Hundred Mile High City
2 Expensive Chair
3 Spark and Cindy (BBC Session 19/6/97) – Previously Unreleased
4 Traveller’s Tune (with PP Arnold) (BBC Session 19/6/97) – Previously Unreleased
5 Half A Dream Away
6 On The Way Home
7 Better Day
8 Big Star
9 Get Blown Away (Later With Jools Holland) – Previously Unreleased
10 It’s A Beautiful Thing (with PP Arnold) (Manchester Apollo 22/2/98) – Previously Unreleased
11 Song of A Baker
12 July (Single Version)
13 I Am The News (New Version)
14 So Low
15 Hoping You’re Making It Too
16 Step By Step
17 Profit in Peace (Single Edit)
18 This Understanding (Live at Stirling Castle)
19 The Waves
20 Soul Driver (Live at Birmingham NIA 28/10/99) – Previously Unreleased
21 All Or Nothing (Live at Birmingham NIA 28/10/99) – Previously Unreleased

CD3 – 2001-03
1 Mechanical Wonder
2 In My Field (Demo) – Previously Unreleased
3 Hanging Around (Demo) – Previously Unreleased – Unreleased Song
4 Can’t Get Back To The Bassline
5 Free On The Wind
6 Give Me A Letter
7 These Are The Ones
8 Up On The Downside
9 You Are Amazing
10 We Made It More
11 Easy Love (Demo) – Previously Unreleased – Unreleased Song
12 Crazy Lowdown Ways
13 North Atlantic Drift (Live On The Riverboat)
14 Will You Take Her Love
15 I Wanna See The Bright Lights Tonight
16 Second Hand Car (Live Manchester Apollo 10/10/03)
17 For Every Corner
18 Make The Deal (Single Edit)
19 On My Way
20 I Just Need Myself
21 Oh Collector (Live)
22 Golden Gate Bridge (Live)

CD4 – 2005-10
1 Free My Name
2 Make It Better
3 God’s World
4 Have You Got The Right
5 This Day Should Last Forever
6 Another Time To Stay
7 The Word (BBC Session) – Previously Unreleased
8 Still Trying (BBC Session) – Previously Unreleased
9 I Won’t Get Grazed (Jam House)
10 My Time (Jam House)
11 I Told You So
12 For Dancers Only
13 Jimmy Wonder
14 I Just Got Over You (Radio Edit)
15 Loneliest Girl In The Whole Wide World
16 These Days I’m Tired
17 Go To Sea (Acoustic) (Xfm Session) – Previously Unreleased
18 Magic Carpet Days
19 Sing Children Sing
20 Old Pair of Jeans
21 Saturday (Xfm Session) – Previously Unreleased
22 Dawn Cried The Day
23 Twenty One – Brand New Song

With the release of their ninth and most recent album Saturday in February 2010 and with a new release in the offing next year, this four CD box set isn’t a full stop but a celebration of their career up to this point. Spanning alternate takes on early singles to present day album cuts taking in live tracks, sessions and rarities plus a new song 21, the collection is a great way to raise a glass to the Birmingham boys’ coming of age.



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