Sunrise Over Sea (dig) CD (2005)

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Product Overview

Sunrise Over Sea may be the John Butler Trio's American major label debut, but it's hardly your typical introduction to a new artist. The album's mesmerizing 13 tracks deliver a perfect eclectic blend of blues, reggae, classic country, Appalachian folk, funk, rock and hip-hop beats in a form and style that can ony be classified as...well, the John Butler Trio.


Label Lava Records
SKU 63957191
UPC 075679380425
UPC 14 00075679380425
Format CD
Release Date 3/15/2005
Author John Butler Trio
Artist Influence Cat Stevens
Artist Influence Dave Matthews Band
Artist Influence Hootie & the Blowfish
Artist Influence James Taylor (Soft Rock)
Artist Influence Phish
Artist Contemporary Ben Kweller
Artist Contemporary G. Love & Special Sauce
Artist Contemporary Jack Johnson
Artist Contemporary Jason Mraz
Artist Contemporary Karma County
Artist Contemporary The Waifs
Artist Follower The Waifs
Technical Info
Engineer Robin Mai; Robin Mai
Producer John Butler
CatalogID 938042
Lable Name Lava Records (USA)
Released 03/15/2005
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 76m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075679380425
Album Notes and Credits
John Butler (Australia)/John Butler Trio: John Butler (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar); Shannon Birchall (double bass); Nicky Bomba (percussion).
Personnel: John Butler (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, E-bow, banjo); Nicky Bomba (electric guitar, drums, djembe, shaker, tambourine, background vocals); Shannon Birchall (strings, piano, double bass, electric bass, background vocals); Stephanie Lindner, Fiona Furphy, Helen Ireland , Janette Mason, Airlie Smart, Amanda Rowarth, Ceridwen Davies, Caerwen Martin, Andrea Keeble (strings); Michael Barker (marimba, bass drum, congas, cymbals, spoons, tambourine); Danielle Caruana, Dave Pensabene (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Robin Mai.
Recording information: Woodstock Studios, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Photographer: Tom Walker.
Arranger: John Butler.
The John Butler Trio's U.S. debut album, Sunrise Over Sea, is phenomenal -- from the opening notes of "Treat Yo Mama," a muscular and soulfully expressive roots rocker, to the final strains of the expansive, ten-minute-long opus "Sometimes." The John Butler Trio is arguably the best musical group Australia has to offer in 2005, and Butler's superb, bluesy riffs and innovative melodies are only part of the JBT musical equation. The sturdy rhythm section of Shannon Birchall (on bass) and Michael Barker (on drums) gives added life to hit contenders like the powerful "Company Sin" and the buoyant, breezy "Better Man." If the mid-album blues vignette "Damned to Hell" seems an ill fit at first, its lo-fi, banjo-strummed presentation shifts effortlessly into the warm, heartfelt "Hello." On occasion, as with the uplifting acoustic number "Peaches & Cream," Butler's voice recalls the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, but Butler and his bandmembers are without question on their own trip. And one only needs to hear the magical love song "Seeing Angels" to feel the trio's transcendental power. ~ John D. Luerssen
Artist Overview
Born in California but raised in Australia, guitarist John Butler debuted with his self-titled album in 1998. Fostering a laid-back style incorporating jazz, folk, and world music influences into his mellow singer-songwriter pop, Butler and his rhythm section made a belated American debut with 2001's THREE. The live set LIVING 2002-2003 cemented his popularity on the jam band and contemporary singer-songwriter circuits, as did studio albums like 2004's SUNRISE OVER SEA and 2007's GRAND NATIONAL.
Disc 1
1 Treat Yo Mama
2 Peaches & Cream
3 Company Sin
4 Betterman
5 What You Want
6 Damned To Hell
7 Hello
8 Bound To Ramble
9 Seeing Angels
10 There'll Come A Time
11 Zebra
12 Mist
13 Oldman
14 Sometimes
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