Love Songs From Billy Ocean CD (2007)

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Label Naxos of America
SKU 203391170
UPC 638592252325
UPC 14 00638592252325
Format CD
Release Date 11/30/2007
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Author Billy Ocean
Compilation Appearance Pure 80s Love: The No.01 Hits
Compilation Appearance Soul Hits Of 80s
Compilation Appearance Easy 80S
Compilation Appearance Easy Like Sunday Morning
Associated Artist/Work Sledge, Percy
Technical Info
CatalogID 9225232
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 02/03/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00638592252325
Album Notes and Credits
This nicely assembled, if slightly lengthy, UK collection of Billy Ocean's ballads emphasizes the best-known hits from his `80's catalog, and also includes many non-singles and several newly recorded tunes. The first portion of the set holds the most mass appeal, as it contains significant chart entries like "Suddenly," "There'll Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry)," "Love Is Forever," and "The Colour of Love." However, it's actually towards the latter part of the set that two of the real gems lie: one being the previously unreleased "Our Love Will Survive"; the other, the sorely overlooked Love Zone album track "Promise Me." "Our Love Will Survive," an outtake from the 1987 Tear down These Walls sessions, is a summery pop-rock ballad with more guitars and less predictable melody than Ocean's typical ballad fare. It's truly too bad that it wasn't released upon its initial recording. The two newly recorded entries are both remakes. Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You" and Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" are both given a contemporary pop-reggae feel by producer Michael Peden. It's clear here that Ocean still possesses a distinctive, honey-coated voice of soul; but the rather impersonal arrangements don't allow him shine to his fullest. Given its specialized nature, this collection will mostly appeal to devoted Ocean fans - for, all of the hits found here are also contained on Jive's 1997 double-disc, L.I.F.E.. The presence of "Our Love Will Survive" and the two new entries make the disc a nice collection addition for ballad connoisseurs and ardent Ocean fans. ~ Justin M. Kantor
Disc 1
1 Everything's So Different Without You
2 Suddenly
3 There'll Be Sad Songs
4 Love Is Forever
5 Colour of Love
6 Long and Winding Road
7 Let's Get Back Together
8 Baby Can I Hold You ?
9 Promise Me
10 Here's to You
11 Because of You
12 Rose
13 Our Love Will Survive
14 Three Little Birds
15 Can We Go Round Again?

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