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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002L5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The bass and drum rhythms intermingled with Will Sargent's soaring guitar work was absolutely wonderful.
This album, along with Crocodiles, represents the peak of this band's creative achievement, and one of the best releases of the 1980's.
From the first listen, you will feel like you've heard it before, but never heard anything quite like it.
Michael D. Abernethy

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on May 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like the placid water and serene blue of the album's cover photography, the fourth recording from Echo and The Bunnymen conveyed a retreat into a calmer space. After the relentless aggression on "Porcupine," the change in direction to midtempo, texture heavy songs on "Ocean Rain" was a surprise to those who came to the table once they'd heard "The Cutter." Gone was the brute force, and in was a sudden rush of romanticism. It made for an intriguing set of songs, and certainly for a major shift in the perception of the band (and in leader Ian McCulloch).
It also lead to a batch of incredible songs. "The Killing Moon," "Crystal Days" and "Silver" are awash in strings and romantic allusions. In the liner notes, McCulloch recalls that he "fell in love with Paris" while the band was recording there, and the spirit of "Ocean Rain" reflects that. The tones are often muted - DeFreitas uses brushes and other odd percussion to spectacular effect. On the other hand, McCulloch was still not beyond self-aggrandizing overstatement. His "Thorn of Crowns" will prove that.
"Ocean Rain" also sports some of the Bunnymen reissue series' better bonus selections. The five songs from "Life At Brian's" are interesting in that the band sounds loose and relaxed, and the recording of The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" show a sense of humor. There's also a pair of live cuts (including Mac's comment about "the greatest album ever made") that shows E&TB as a first class concert act.
While I am hard pressed to decide which Echo album I like more, "Ocean Rain" or "Porcupine," the days I give the nod to "Ocean Rain" are when I listen to "The Killing Moon," which I consider to be one of the finest songs to emerge from the whole 80's liverpool scene. This album is worth having for that one song alone.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While Crocodiles (1980) remains my personal favourite Bunnymen album, it is without a doubt that Ocean Rain remains their most accomplished album and their career high. The albums that had followed Crocodiles had been miserable (Heaven Up Here) & messy (Porcupine) though there had been a wealth of great songs: Never Stop, Back of Love, Zimbo, Show of Strength, Clay, The Cutter...
Recorded mostly as Studio Des Dames in Paris (the location of The Cure's Lovecats recording also), it found the Bunnymen with Gil Norton, Adam Peter & Jean Yves crafting an orchestrally-accompanied classic. Probably the best Scott III influenced album till Suede's Dog Man Star! The strings & experimentation of the flawed Porcupine pay off here, as they pretty much deliver the proposed 'greatest album ever made' (this statement has worn thin with overuse by McCulloch to every subsequent release, no matter how mediocre).
McCulloch's lyrics are suitably nonsensical, the right balance between Lear and Le Bon- Crystal Days is gorgeous stuff, though the opening single Silver has a breezy quality that suggests seasons other than the autumn or winter that dominated the feel of the early recordings. Nocturnal Me ("bury me internally") is the miserablism of Heaven Up Here given a more original direction- this is the greatest night-time music! Pity this edition doesn't get across the greatness of the album cover- this & Porcupine need to be owned on LP just for the brilliant covers which perfectly render the contents of the recordings in visual form.
It's the latter four songs of Ocean Rain that really stand out, often cited by journos as the greatest album side in history (fair enough I suppose!), what's left of The Bunnymen still play all four of these songs in a row live.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Beautifully constructed, this is by far the best work Echo and the Bunnymen ever did. This album seeps into your pores like thick honey and coils into your heart and your brain until it's lodged in and found a home. The music from a band at their creative peak, the songs range from haunting ("Eternal Me" "Ocean Rain"), hopelessly upbeat ("Silver"), to songs that still make me cry ("Killing Moon"). One of those (sadly) rare albums without a weak song, this is a MUST have for anyone who lived through 80's, for all the nostalgia about Culture Club, Wham, and Kajagoogoo, Echo and the Bunnymen's "Ocean Rain" is the real deal and proof that music of importance and staying power came out of that time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Morgan on August 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ocean Rain is, in my opinion, the best Echo & The Bunnymen album. When you listen to it, it's hard to believe that it was originally released in 1984. Even more difficult to believe is that this album is every bit as cool today as it was almost 20 years ago.
The lyrics, coupled with the music, lead the listener on a journey that takes them to strange and beautiful places. The album as a whole is beautiful, ethereal, melodic, original, and poetic. What is amazing is that it manages to be all of these things without sounding pretentious.
The absence of synthesizers sets it apart from other new wave albums. You can actually hear instruments being played--like the cello, piano and drums. Anyone familiar with music from this era knows how impressive that, in and of itself, is.
I really love the lyrics on this album. For example, there is Silver-- "Just look at you, with burning lips, you're living proof of my fingertips" Another great line, "Take me internally, forever yours, nocturnal me" (from Nocturnal Me) And, one of my favorite's, "Froze to the bone in my igloo home, counting the days till the ice turns green."
There are good albums and then there are great albums. This is one of the great ones because it excels on many levels. It has strong lyrics, catchy melodies, appropriate vocals and of course originality.
I highly recommend it to anyone who used to own this album and sort of remembers liking it, anyone who enjoys 80's new wave music, or anyone looking for a truly great album that will transport their soul every time they play it. Incidentally, if you want to purchase an Echo & The Bunnymen album and you're not sure which one to get, get this one! :)
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