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The Sea

San Sebastian StringsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KAD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Friend The Sea
2. While Drifting
3. Gifts From The Sea
4. The Time Of Noon
5. Afternoon Shadows
6. Do You Like The Rain ?
7. The Days Of The Dancing
8. Pushing The Clouds Away
9. You Even Tast Like The Sun
10. The Storm
11. The Ever Constant Sea
12. The Gypsy
13. Beyond The Bend Ahead
14. The Sea

Editorial Reviews

Released in 1967, this was the first of a series of hit albums that set the poetry of Rod McKuen to music and sound effects composed by Anita Kerr of the Anita Kerr Singers. Includes text drawn from Rod's books Listen to the Warm and Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
During the late 60's and early 70's, the songwriter, poet and singer Rod McKuen teamed with Anita Kerr, the music composer, conductor and arranger, to release a number of albums melding Rod's thoughts about life and relationships with Anita's perfect music. Three of the releases, THE EARTH, THE SEA, and THE SKY, formed a trilogy - arguably the pair's finest work together. Unfortunately, only THE SEA has been re-released on CD to date. (Lucky for me that I still have those old, vinyl disks! For those of you too young to know, they're called "records".)
I was introduced to these marvelous performances while a college teenager, when the hormone levels were high, the blood ran hot, and the experiences and emotions of life were sharp and novel. Now, 30+ years later, THE SEA and its companion albums evoke more in the way of memories than passions. However, there is one selection on THE SEA entitled "Pushing the Clouds Away", which has more meaning now than ever before:
"Clouds are not the cheeks of angels, you know. They're only clouds. Friendly sometimes, but you can never be sure. If I had longer arms, I'd push the clouds away, or make them hang above the water somewhere else. But, I'm just a man, who needs and wants mostly things he'll never have, looking for that thing hardest to find - himself. I've been going a long time now, and along the way I've learned a few things. You have to make the good times yourself. Take the little times and make them big times, and save the times that are alright for those that aren't so good. I've never been able to push the clouds away by myself."
I don't know if the McKuen/Kerr collaborations would be popular today. Perhaps they're too maudlin, too corny. But, if you can find them, listen at least once. They may make you ... feel.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CALMING AND POETIC June 30, 2006
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All through this CD you can hear the ocean waves hitting the shoreline which is a sound I love. The background music is calming and the lyrics encourage you to remember those you love and those you once loved. I came across this CD by accident and it is the best accident I ever had. I love it so much that I bought it for other people who also love the ocean and Rob McKuen. If you want to hear poetry set to beautiful music, this CD is for you.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back trilogy on CD November 28, 1999
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Every Thanksgiving we begin our dinner with "The Earth" then continue with "The Sea" and "The Sky." All three are superb at capturing the ambiance of nature and bring back fond memories of the 60's. We used to give the three record set as wedding presents. Our vinyl recordings are getting scratchy; please release the trilogy on CD's! We have had this Thanksgiving tradition for 24 years- every year since our first daughter was born. All three are beautifully done, and we would like to continue playing them for the next generation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea... and Rod McKuen August 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I didn't 'find' this album in my college days... I was born in the 60's and my mother played this album everyday of my young life, instilling in me the familiar voice, the soft whisper of the sea, and the enveloping sound of the music. I still have the album, and after 25 years of silence (I don't have a turntable), I can still hear the music, the sea, and that incredible voice. When I found this CD on amazon.com, I was estatic! I agree with the customer who recommends that everyone listen to it at least once in their lifetime.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance in Six Words February 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I, too, bought these albums, The Sea, The Sky, The Earth, as a 60's college student. I was goofy enough to give them away when I bought my CD player. What I would give to have them now in CD. I finally live by the Pacific Ocean, and it is everything Rod McKuen wrote that it was....Please re-release them as CD's...us 50 year olds are not too old for romance!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea March 21, 2006
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This is an absolutely beautiful cd. Poetry set to music with sounds of the ocean mixed in. The San Sebastian Strings do an outstanding job. I fell in love with this back in the 60`s, wore out the album and could never find another one. I searched for this for years and found it on line back in December. I love it even more now. It is so relaxing. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Sea" has romance and lyrical beauty. April 14, 2000
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My LP is thirty years old and now being replaced with this CD. If you love the romance of the ocean, the music of Anita Kerr, if you are familiar with the honest, poignant and skillful poetry of Rod McKuen, you will want to own "The Sea". It is breathtaking in its intensity through musical score and poetry. This haunting CD will put you in a trance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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These series have a timeless link to the past as well a hopeful glimpse of the future. Like most of the other reviewers, I am hopeful of Warner Brothers or any other recording companies releasing the Sky and the Earth, and the other "Sea" recordings to complete the series. I have the Sky and the Earth as well as the Seasons (Spring-Summer-Autumn-Winter) on Vinyl LPs. I have recently copied, via computer, onto compact discs but the years of wear come through as well as the beautiful music and lyrics. How about boxed sets?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars call me nostalgic
awwwwww. I loved this when it first came out back in the dark ages. I love it now. Romantic to the max.
Published 9 days ago by L. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea
One of my Favorite pieces of music of all time. Rod McKuen`s work is wonderful. I have many books of his fine poetry!
Published 11 days ago by Elisabeth M. Sesser
4.0 out of 5 stars One of a set of five albums, read Rod's email inside from 1998.
To be honest, this wasn't as good as the fourth record called Home to the Sea, and final record was The Soft Sea. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Audiolad
5.0 out of 5 stars the sea by rod mckuen, enjoy listenting to it
brought back a lot of memories from the late 60's. very relaxing. has two other cd in the series. will be buying them soon.
Published 21 days ago by daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Lova this poetry
Listened to the set of three ,Earth,Sea, And the Sky when I was in the military inthe late 60s.Brings back a lot of memories both good and bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mike lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb!
Having had this album first in the 60's then having lost it sometime in the 90's it was hard to find but thankfully a visit to Amazon solved this for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank O'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea
For years this music has been one of my favorite. When my daughter was younger and had trouble falling to sleep I could always put this on and it would only be a short time until... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating the Sea
I have been looking for this for a few years my husband and I used to listen to it when we were dating. I think it is very romantic. We have been married 32 years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kay Litreal
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic!
Have the original record which my husband and I liked and played often when we were first married 40 years ago. Still find the music and words romantic.
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSICAL MEMORIES
I LISTENED TO THIS IN COLLEGE....I HAD THE WHOLE SERIES:-)....BOUGHT THIS AS A MEMORY:-) AND LOVE IT! THIS CD IS VERY RELAXING
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Taylor
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