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Audio CD, EP, December 18, 2007

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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 (December 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: What Are Records
  • ASIN: B0010X714Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fast Forward Reverse
2. Pedestrian
3. Golden Gate
4. Ticket To Wyoming
5. Sunshower
6. The Northern Jetstream

Editorial Reviews

The Ocean Blue cemented their place as one of the most influential bands of the New Wave with a sound rooted in the same vein as The Smiths and New Order. On this album, the group has soaked up the sounds of Stereolab and The Sea And The Cake to further develop their new wave sound.

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On the whole, HIGHLY recommended, and a new album is HIGHLY anticipated.
Charles Comer
Bands seem to be at their best when they throw new toys into the mix and they definitely did a good job with the new equipment.
Rob O
Every song on the EP portrays the band's ability to create wonderful musical tones and atmospheres.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Scott on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was not the biggest fan of this band, but I do have a few of their records. Seeing that this was only an EP I picked it up on a lark, but was then surprised at my disappointed when it ended so abruptly.

While I had thought that The Ocean Blue were somewhat of a one trick pony (reverb, dated production, etc.) this release proves that the band has grown both as songwriters and as musicians. Like their past releases, each track here offers tangible atmosphere -But for Waterworks, add to that an updated sense of song structure and melody.

This could easily be a five star record had it been just 4 or 5 tracks longer. Still, if this is just a taste of what is to come, I'm back on board.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob O on March 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After not being too impressed with their first indie album, "DJL"...I was happy to hear that The Ocean Blue is back into good form using all the cool and dreamy guitar effects that we are used to hearing from their albums like Cerulean and Beneath the Rhythm and Sound.

Not a lot of people seem to like the instrumental, but I am pretty keen to it. I tend to like those short and ambient album intros that many artist insert into their albums. I heard in an interview that Dave learned how to use a recording program called, "Reason" and that track was basically him playing around and learning how to use it. He also claimed that he hadn't done much with synthesizers...although it does seem that he uses them on quite a few of his songs.

Pedestrian: My second favorite track after "Ticket to Wyoming" This song is pretty cool. I like the way the song outros rather than the beginning. I wish the entire song could have been as cool as the end of the song.

Golden Gate: This song is the only reason I didn't give this album 5 stars. I wasn't totally impressed with it...it does remind you the so-cal sound, but it is rather boring. I have seen them support this album a couple times and they are yet to play this track.

Ticket to Wyoming: ONe of the catchiest choruses ever on an Ocean Blue album. One good indicator of this song is that my wife likes it and she is not a fan of all the Ocean Blue's music. I like the use of the sweeping strings during the chorus. Oed Ronne's voice is obviously underused on the albums. He has an awesome voice! I like the line at the end of the song about "Wedding gown"...Ronne hits a good note with singing those words, bravo!

Sunshower: One of the surprises on this album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. W. CARLE on February 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This EP is simply fantastic and has me eager for their full release (sometime 2005). As a long time fan of TOB, I've enjoyed their distinct hallmark for well-crafted melodies. The harmonies and melodies are reminscent of 1960's "California" pop tunes. The guitar playing and music composition is the best that I've heard on any TOB album. It appears that Oed Ronne has really stepped up as a significant vocal talent for the group and takes the lead on two tunes, including Ticket to Wyoming. Ticket to Wyoming is a great song about getting away and starting over. The 60's retro pop sound/atmosphere (but still modern) coupled w/ Ronne's fabulous vocals makes me wonder why this song doesn't get any radio play. I highly recommend this EP to all TOB fans and those interested in becoming one. Listen to the music samples and I guarantee you'll be hooked.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have been a big TOB fan since their Sublime hit in the early 90's. This latest release shows the band moving into a more late 60's paisley pop sound.

1. Fast Forward Reverse - A unnecessary 1:36 sec instrumental intro. Lush with strings, this sounds like a movie filler music. Why was this added to an EP ? Pleasant sounding enough tho.

2. Pedestrian - My favorite song off this cd. A mid-tempo dance track (think New Order, Electronic) with jaggly guitars and a nice rhythmn arrangement. Lead Vocalist David Schelzel is in fine vocal form here. I think he is got one of the best voices in alternative pop. Add to this a sunny California 60's power pop chorus , you end up with a commercially viable single release from this band.

I love this song, worth purchasing the cd for.

3. Golden Gate - The cd takes an unexpected turn in sound with this 60's retro number reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel/Polyphonic Spree/Scott Mckenzie-Are you going to San Francisco. David Schelzel harmonizes nicely with Orange Peels frontman Allen Clapp. A psychadelic trip down a California road complete with xylophone and David's favorite words La la La La.

Probably would be a good song to listen to if I was high.

THAT'S THE END OF THE DAVID SCHELZEL SONGS. OH NO !

Next up TOB sometimes lead vocalist Oed Ronne

4. Ticket to Wyoming - Plesant guitar pop but nothing outstanding vocally. I buy cd's for a particular vocalist...I really didnt want to hear Oed Ronne too. More Schelzel please. But this is one Oed's best TOB efforts since he joined the band in the late 90's.

5. Sunshower - Uptempo and fast jaggly pop reminiscent of the UK's Housemartins. I am liking this more with each listen.

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