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The Ocean Blue‘s debut record on the famed Sire Records label in 1989 achieved widespread acclaim and radio & MTV airplay. The band of four young high schoolers from Hershey, Pennsylvania went on to do two more well-received records for Sire, the atmospheric Cerulean and alt pop Beneath the Rhythm and Sound, and a fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue, before leaving ... Read more in Amazon's The Ocean Blue Store

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  • Audio CD (June 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: July 25, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Catalog and O/H
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Tullius Wardo on January 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For me, this album evokes the Summer of 1989. "Between Something and Nothing" was all over the good modern rock stations. I bought this CD and listened to it over and over again that Summer. It fit perfectly within my tastes at that moment -- The Cure, New Order, 'til Tuesday. This album sounds dated but, for me, in a good way. I rediscovered this record about a dozen years after I had last listened to it in the early '90s and it was like finding a stack of old photographs. These songs are from another time and place. It is hard for me to say whether this album would resonate for someone who wants to discover this band for the first time, but I think this music is worth a listen, especially with the way new bands are mining the '80s for material these days.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By redheaded_blonde@msn.com on August 14, 1999
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Back in April of 1990, I went to see The Ocean Blue in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My boyfriend at the time sent a letter to the band a few months before the concert (using the generic address on the back of the CD) and told them that we would be there and explained to them the significance "Love Song" had in our relationship. He wanted them to dedicate it to us at the show.
The first miracle is that the letter found its way to them at all as they were on tour at the time, and the second is that they took the time to actually do it. They opened the show with "Love Song" and dedicated it to us after it was done. I was completely shocked and overwhelmed.
Although it is close to 10 years later and, unfortunately, I don't know where that old boyfriend is anymore, that night will always come to mind as one that truly touched my heart. "Love Song" remains a favorite, and it always will. I want to send an overdue thanks to The Ocean Blue for their kindness in taking the time to respond in such a public way to a fans request, and for writing songs that mean so much to me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
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This is one of the best records I have ever purchased. The Ocean Blue is not just a rock group, it is a state of mind. The Ocean Blue and their romantic, soft, dreamy melodies will take you into a different world. Ten years after its release this record sounds better than ever. We need more music like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Get What We Give VINE VOICE on May 8, 2007
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The Ocean Blue didn't so much create their "sound" as they reintroduced the very ethereal style that so many groups from Bay Area in the 60's and early 70's had worked at.

This their first album is almost perfect in every way. At times they do sound a bit like Aztec Camera, but at other times it's a sound unique unto itself.

The lyrics are largely uplifting and poetic. The sound is dreamy and (the aforementioned) ethereal (think the theme music from Dharma and Greg). This is largely due to the great work of David Schetzel on guitar and vocals and Steve Lau on keyboards.

Between Something and Nothing is absolutely one of the best songs to come out of the 90's (and it came out in 1989!, but it's not like any other 1980's music you'll hear). Drifting, Falling is somewhat reminiscent of some of the lesser known tracks by Haircut 100, but holds its own. Each and every one of the great songs on this album has a unique sound that is bound to the whole of the album by the dreamy guitar and vocal work by Schetzel.

Haunting, Ethereal, Dreamy, and .....a must have!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Champion on October 27, 1998
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One part The Smiths, one part New Order, one part Housemartins/The Beautiful South. . .but wait--this band hails from the American heartland. Melodic and atmospheric if a bit derivative and with a tendancy to worship at the altar of their English mentors, The Ocean Blue wears its (ostensibly subconscious) influences on its collective sleeve: they are friendly and want you to know. Even the best tracks (the fine "Frigid Winter Days" and the hit "Between Something And Nothing") really do recall those other bands (although much lighter in tone and without the lyrical depth), and yet The Ocean Blue sound so good they are easily forgiven. So listen without prejudice, heh heh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TOB Fan on September 22, 2000
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If this band ever tours again, I will be there. I have so many fond memories of listening to their music during the early 90's. Our college town was always included on their tours, and it was quite the event to enjoy a beer, crisp autumn air and The Ocean Blue (remember when they toured with The Mighty Lemon Drops). I think that TOB intentionally released new CD's during the fall, what a combination!
This CD is fabulous, and their music gets even better with Cerulean and Beneath the Rhythm and Sound. I spent many hours looking out over a frigid campus and comtemplating life to these songs. David Schetzel is an unbelievable songwriter. Buy it! You won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By old_hyperbolic_squiggly on October 5, 2001
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My heart gives them five stars freely ... but I know that is overzealous of me. The Ocean Blue delivers a sound that revels in guitar drones and atmospheric synths without losing the compositional clarity that would dub them shoegaze material. No, it's not earth-shakingly new, but more sky-sweepingly refreshing. "Between Something and Nothing" is one of those unexplainable few songs that flip a switch inside me and send me soaring (others include Gary Numan's "Cars" and Split Enz's "Six Months in a Leaky Boat"). Forever a favorite. "Vanity Fair" is a wonderfully haunting successor begging renunciation of the superficial and passing fancies - a common theme in their work. "The Circus Animals" has a lovely compositional array and interesting signatures... and on and on, down to the final spinning "Familiar Face". Lyrics are poetically beautiful and meaningful. Every song is wonderful. Double-listens recommended. They've withstood the test of time for me... and they're still producing new material today.
So, what does it SOUND like? If philosophy crystallized into frosty patterns on your bedroom window, introducing a view of the blue, cumulus-skirted sky ... perhaps that nonsense imagery represents a little what I feel like when I listen to The Ocean Blue.
The artistry of The Ocean Blue LPs has an interesting progression to me. Debut "The Ocean Blue" is like being immersed in the sky ... then in "Cerulean", you encounter the sea, waves, and see land in the distance with the new semi-grounding guitar emphasis. By the unique and rare third LP "Beneath the Rhythm and Sound" you've discovered a sunken treasure containing all sorts of elusive Ocean Blue artifacts in shades of blue-green (LP esp. essential for "Ice Skating at Night" IMHO).
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