Ocean Colour Scene
Release Date: 01/04/1996
Ocean Colour Scene: Simon Fowler (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Steve Cradock (vocals, guitar, piano); Oscar Harrison (vocals, piano, drums); Damon Minchella (bass).
Additional personnel: Paul Weller (guitar, piano, organ, background vocals).
Producers: Brendan Lynch, Ocean Colour Scene.
Recorded at Moseley Shoals Studio, Birmingham, England. Includes liner notes by Brendan Lynch.
Riding on a crest of late 60s retro rock, this band have received a disproportionate dollop of criticism since their considerable success with this, their second album. Revealing influences ranging from 10CC and the Idle Race ('The Day We Caught The Train') to the Love Affair and Beatles ('The Circle'), the derivative nature of this record is nevertheless highly palatable. Even a Randy Newman soundalike rears up in 'Lining Your Pockets' and Eric Clapton's Disraeli Gears wah-wah guitar can also be found liberally sprinkled throughout ('The Riverboat Song', 'Policeman & Pirates'). A necessary album for anyone with a magpie complex.