Favorite "Bodies of Water" Songs #3 - "The Crystal Ocean"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 22, 2017 11:11pm CST
Here we are at my second "Oh gee, go figure" moment of the day. @FourWalls recently did a couple "bodies of water" music countdowns, songs with bodies of water in the title. I am basing this series on her idea. I've reached #3: "The Crystal Ocean" by my favorite band, The Mission (known as The Mission UK here in the US.) After forming in 1986 in Leeds, England, The Mission followed a path familiar to many bands: they released singles/EP's (titled in numerical order Roman Numeral-style) until securing a recording contract. "The Crystal Ocean" was released in 1986 as part of "II," which featured both "Garden of Delight" and the band's cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane" as the single ("II" reached #49 in the UK.) The Mission's second major label release, 1987's The First Chapter, was a compilation of the material from the first two EP's, although the "II" version of "The Crystal Ocean" was substituted out for an extended version. I have no idea why they did this, but after listening to it about a gazillion times, it's the version that I'm most used to anyway. I've linked to a 2004 live performance filmed in Germany, from the band's two-DVD (plus live CD) set, Lighting the Candles. "The Crystal Ocean" might not have been a hit, but as you'll see, it makes for a hell of a setlist opener. Enjoy! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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