Falling between the energetic pop/rock of mod revival and the psychedelic experimentations of Traffic, Ocean Colour Scene came to be one of the leading bands of the traditionalist, post-Oasis British rock of the mid-'90s. The band earned a dedicated following when their second album, Moseley Shoals, became a multi-platinum success story.
The band were nothing if not rock & roll traditionalists, drawing heavily from British Invasion pop, psychedelia, soul, R&B, and blues-rock to create a reverential homage to classic rock. It may have been this devotion to trad rock which earned them such a commited following.
Ocean Colour Scene had some high profile champions, Steve Cradock was invited to play guitar for Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher proclaimed them the "best band in Britain" in several interviews, and Chris Evans played their hit single, The Riverboat Song, so often, he practically adopted it as his theme song.
The Riverboat Song entered the charts at number 15 early in 1996. Moseley Shoals, the band's second album, was released in April of 1996, entering the charts at number two. The album was a fixture in the British Top Ten throughout 1996, spending six months total in the upper regions of the charts. The Day We Caught the Train, reached the Top Ten and the album continued to sell strongly throughout 1996, going multi-platinum in the U.K.
Universal Music Catalogue is proud to release Ocean Colour Scene - The BBC Sessions; a 15 track digital download of outstanding performances by the band at the BBC studios.
This fantastic 'In Session' retrospective spans a decade of their BBC recordings and includes unreleased versions of favourites like The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train, and Hundred Mile High City; the original version of which featured in Guy Ritchie's film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The album also features exclusive versions of some live favourites, which are sure to be a welcome addition to the collection of any fan.
"We recorded so many sessions over the last 10 years for the BBC, it's great to pull out the old stuff and hear it again. The BBC has a built a fantastic archive over the years and to be part of the drive to make it all available to download is pretty mad. We're really chuffed."
Steve Cradock - Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene - The BBC Sessions
Mark Goodier 29/9/90
Simon Mayo 28/5/96
Simon Mayo 9/6/97
Mary Anne Hobbs 18/6/97
Evening Session 3/9/97
Blue Deep Ocean
The Day We Caught The Train
One For The Road
Hundred Mile High City
Song Of A Baker
Spark & Cindy
Ocean Colour Scene - The BBC Sessions is exclusively available through iTunes from 26th Feb and all good digital download services from 12th March. To register for regular updates from Ocean Colour Scene and similar artists, please enter your details here.