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Songs for the Front Row: The Very Best of Ocean Colour Scene

  • 1. Riverboat Song
    2. Day We Caught the Train
    3. One For the Road
    4. Circle
    5. You've Got It Bad
    6. Hundred Mile High City
    7. Better Day
    8. Travellers Tune
    9. Get Blown Away
    10. Beautiful Thing
    11. Profit in Peace
    12. So Low
    13. July
    14. Up on the Downside
    15. Mechanical Wonder
    16. Huckleberry Grove
    17. Robin Hood (Live)
    18. Crazy Lowdown Ways
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5866062

  • Credits

    Ocean Colour Scene includes: Simon Fowler (vocals, acoustic guitar); Steve Cradock (guitar, background vocals); Damon Minchella (bass); Oscar Harrison (drums, background vocals).
    Additional personnel includesd: Paul Weller, PP Arnold, Edgar Jones, Rico Rodriguez.
    Producers include: Brendan Lynch, Ocean Colour Scene, Martyn "Max" Heyes, John Rivers, Steve Bush.
    Engineers include: Martyn "Max" Heyes, Brendan Lynch, John Rivers.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    This import collects 18 of the best songs from Australia's Ocean Colour Scene, including "One for the Road" and "So Low."
    Ocean Colour Scene was never a big concern in the U.S., although they were among the leading lights of British trad rock in the '90s -- the post-Oasis return to the real, memorably dubbed "Noel-rock" by the British press. So it's a little strange that their first hits collection, Songs for the Front Row, was initially released in the U.S., but that's the way these things go. In any case, Songs for the Front Row remains a pretty good overview of OCS's peak, skipping the first album entirely and offering a heavy dose of their best album, Mosely Shoals, balanced by a good dose of Marchin' Already and selections from their other two records, plus the brilliant B-side "Huckleberry Grove." This results in a good, accurate overview with no big songs missing, so on that level it's a good introduction, but if you really want to know why British audiences went crazy for this group, check out Mosley Shoals, which is the best neo-classic rock this side of Lenny Kravitz in the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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