REVIEW: Ocean Colour Scene Yesterday Today 1992 – 2018

REVIEW: Ocean Colour Scene Yesterday Today 1992 – 2018

Everlasting harmonies, magnetic rhythms, endearing lyrics and musical chemistry to die for, encased together with eye capturing Modernist imagery, Ocean Colour Scene’s new box set Yesterday Today 1992 – 2018, released via Demon Music Group, delves into the bands extensive radiant back catalogue, exhibiting a band many have cruelly written off, but who have all the combinations to perform devastating knock out blows time and time again.

Compiling all studio releases to date including lesser known B sides, live tracks and rarities, makes this an essential purchase for anyone wanting to hear one of the stellar bands of the modern era. The quartet certainly knew how to write a good tune. The obvious choices include the well-known singles Sway, The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train, The Circle, You’ve Got It Bad, Hundred Mile High City, Profit In Peace, So Low, July, Up On The Downside, Mechanical Wonder, North Atlantic Drift, Free My Name, Magic Carpet Days and Painting.

There are less visible choices from the bands albums which might have cruelly slipped peoples attentions for various reasons, these include Talk On, Lining Your Pockets, Get Away, Better Day, Debris Road, Step By Step, You Are Amazing, Loneliest Girl In The Whole Wide World, We Don’t Look In The Mirror are a few personal choices amongst a tirade of brilliance encapsulated in this vast assemblage. It beggars’ belief that OCS haven’t been given the deserved attention their material so richly deserves. So what if their material sometimes sounds like something you may have heard before or the lyrics don’t live up to your expectations, I’m thinking of excuses waved at the bands material previously, I think you’ll find the difference between OCS and other bands, is they mean it and are devoid of cover ups, whilst having plenty of Fire and Skill.

Moving onto the 5 discs of B side’s and rarities, which also include some essential live renditions, the pick of the crop include Yesterday Today, Flowers, I Wanna Stay Alive With You, Huckleberry Grove, Chicken Bones and Stones, Day Tripper (Live, Electric Ballroom, 9 May 1996) originally broadcast on Chris Evans BBC Radio 1 breakfast show the morning after the gig probably due to it featuring 2 Gallagher brothers, Mile High City (Live at Wembley Arena, 1992), Carnation, Mariners Way, July (Live At The London Astoria, St. Patrick’s Day, April 17, 2000), Get Away (Live Bristol Academy 12/10/03), Will You Take Her Love, Jimmy Wonder, Smile as well as eye opening demos and alternate tracks.

The accompanying chunky 72 book is a crucial added bonus to the music with grand photos of the band in various guises infront of the camera both on a live stage, dressed in their best clobber, in photos studios aswell as quietly guarded moments with plenty of little teasing personal items including DAT tapes, lyric sheets, gig posters and VIP passes, making this hefty package a breathtaking journey of 25 od years of musical creativity brought together in one impressive, alluring collection.

Yesterday Today 1992 – 2018 can be ordered via the following link

Matt Mead

Matt Mead

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