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Clocks Single, Import

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Taken from the 2002 album, 'A Rush of Blood to the Head'. This Australian exclusive five track EP is b/w four non-LP tracks, 'Crests Of Waves', 'Animals', 'In My Place' (Live in Manchester), & 'Yellow' (live KCRW Santa Monica, CA Radio Session). Capitol. 2003.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Clocks (Edit)
  2. Crests Of Waves
  3. Animals
  4. Yellow (Live)
  5. In My Place (Live)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00008OESI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Roland on November 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a Coldplay fan I'm obviously quite biased, but this single has got to be the best in a long time. I'll go through the thre tracks:

1. Clocks

If you haven't heard this song you must have been living under a rock. My GOD this song is good. It opens with just about the most memorable piano riff ever, then explodes into this incredible, pulsating minimalist masterpiece with the most incredible cryptic lyrics over the top. It just soars. Clocks is a knockout song, one of my favourites of all time and arguably the best on "A Rush of Blood to the Head". It's stellar. You get the idea? Still, unless you buy Coldplay singles just to support the band, it's the B-Sides that are going to make you buy this. So how are they?

2. "Crests of Waves"

The first B-side, "Crests of Waves" is a brilliant rock song with a similar sound to "Moses" and some of their new stuff; it's got that same fuzzy rhythm guitar but with vocals that are kind of buried in the music, as in: "Calling out from beneath the waves". In parts it's almost like a draft version of "Clocks", so I can see why it's on here. The first line goes, "It could be worse, I could be alone" and from there you're hooked. The chorus has this kind of suspended-in-the-air riff as Chris sings "hooo ooo ooo" like in lots of Coldplay songs. It's some of the most spine-tinglingly good guitar rock that Coldplay's ever done, and reminiscent of their new live songs. This makes you realise how good Coldplay is; very few bands would have this song as B-side. Five stars for this.

3. "Animals"

The second B-side, "Animals" is a slightly arty, with a descending guitar riff and plodding piano.
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"Clocks" is the third single off of Coldplay's "Rush Of Blood to the Head", and by far the best. 5 songs clocking in at 22 min., giving us the best of Coldplay.
The version of "Clocks" here is the radio-edit, somewhat shorter than the album version, but still one of the most exciting songs of Coldplay. The other tracks are what make this a "must have" for any Coldplay fan. "Crest of Waves" is a great upbeat track. "Animals" is the best track here, an old concert fave from the 2001 tour and one that was long expected to be on the "Rush" album, but for whatever reason didnt make it on there. It remains a great song, and for the long-time fans, this is the main reason to buy this single.
The live tracks are nice too. "Yellow" here is just Chris Martin on the piano, turning the concert-fave into a piano ballad. "In My Place" is from the October 2002 show at Manchester's MEN Arena and finds the fans singing (make that screaming) along, a nice memento for any having seen Coldplay in concert on their "Rush" tour. In all, a top-notch single.
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I am a big Coldplay fan, and this is a great single. It all starts with 'Clocks,' which has become perhaps their biggest hit here in the states (bigger than 'Yellow'? Maybe).
But the great music does not end there. 'Crest of Waves' is a number that will definitely grown on you. It has a unique sound for Coldplay, with a slight 80's vibe. One could argue that it's one of their more catchy tunes. After that is 'Animals,' a song Coldplay has been performing live for quite awhile. In fact, there was some surprise that it did not make it onto the album. It's a little darker than 'Crest of Waves,' but a more beautiful song. I think it's single-worthy in itself. In fact, I think you could throw both of these songs onto 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' and not miss a beat - they are both album quality tracks.
The two lives tracks are a mixed bag. The piano-based version of 'Yellow' is interesting, although I'm not quite sure it works. Think 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' from the CD 'Maybe This Christmas,' released last year. 'In My Place' is an enjoyable little concert piece with the crowd getting involved nicely, and a hint of Chris Martin's onstage charisma.
Even if you're only somewhat of a Coldplay fan, you should definitely pick this CD up. I gave it 4 out of 5 because they elected to include the radio-edit version of 'Clocks' instead of the album version, which is annoying to a big fan like myself. You should really get this for the two B-sides, which you should find to be just as enjoyable as most of the album tracks.
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In addition to this version of the "Clocks" single, I also purchased "The Scientist" (Canadian) and "In My Place" (Canadian). Hands down, this is the best single of the three. In addition to the stellar first track "Clocks" (in a radio edited version here), the b-sides and live tracks make this one a worthwhile purchase.
"Crest Of Waves" and "Animals" sound very similar to the rest of the tracks on "A Rush Of Blood," and could have easily been included on the album. "Crest" is a mid-tempo track that sounds similar to "Green Eyes" (from the album). "Animals" is a bit slower, but I wouldn't quite call it a ballad--possibly more comparible to the title track "A Rush Of Blood To The Head."
The "live" version of "Yellow" is a very different rendition, almost unrecognizable if not for the lyrics. This track is Chris Martin solo at the piano on the famous Morning Becomes Eclectic show on KCRW. It is much slower and more melancholy than the familiar album version from "Parachutes," but still very pleasing.
The last track captures the energy of the band during their tour for the "Rush Of Blood" album. This "live" version of "In My Place" is from the MTV UK Coldplay special, which finds the crowd singing along and the band sounding as good as ever. This single was also released in the UK with the b-sides, but without the live tracks. Pick up this version, as you will be happy to have the live versions of "Yellow" and "In My Place," too!
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