London Classical Orchestra – Paul McCartney’s Ocean’s Kingdom (2LP, 180g EU pressing)

# Composer: Paul McCartney
# Orchestra: London Classical Orchestra
# Conductor: John Wilson
# Vinyl (2011)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Hear Music
# Size: 1.2GB (24/96) + 410MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF


Ocean’s Kingdom, Paul McCartney’s fifth full-length classical album in 20 years, is his first ballet, its story concerning a star-crossed romance between an earthly prince and a water princess. McCartney’s music is appropriately romantic, sometimes to the extent that the moments intended to convey creeping tension or sadness bounce with a joyous gait. Joy isn’t a bad characteristic for a piece of music, and if Ocean’s Kingdom is decidedly less ambitious than Liverpool Oratorio or Standing Stone, whatever charm it has lies in its simplicity, McCartney’s good cheer evident in the clean lines of his melodies and their counterpoints, the lack of melancholy in his ballads, and the triumphant brass that closes the proceedings. Perhaps it is pastiche – its reworking of themes and sounds befitting a narrative that’s essentially a respun Romeo and Juliet – but Macca’s sweet swagger sells a shopworn story, at least as far as a record goes. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine,

Track listing

Side One
01 – Ocean’s Kingdom

Side Two
02 – Hall Of Dance

Side Three
03 – Imprisonment

Side Four
04 – Moonrise

Detailed information can be found here.

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)

Ripper’s note: This pressing was far from perfect. Most of the pops/glitches were fixed, but you will hear a few minor ones on tracks 1 & 4 that unfortunately could not be eliminated.


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