Moseley Shoals

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Moseley Shoals
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Studio album by
Released8 April 1996
Recordedat Moseley Shoals Studio, Birmingham
GenreBritpop, alternative rock
ProducerBrendan Lynch
Ocean Colour Scene chronology
Ocean Colour Scene
Moseley Shoals
Marchin' Already
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle2/5 stars[2]
Daily Herald1/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Daily News3/4 stars[6]
The Philadelphia Inquirer2/4 stars[8]
Record Collector2/5 stars[9]

Moseley Shoals is a second album by the British rock group Ocean Colour Scene which was released during the Britpop era. The album reached #2 in the UK charts, and amassed 92 weeks on chart, making it the band's most successful album in terms of weeks on chart, despite a later album reaching #1.[10]


The first single taken from the album was "The Riverboat Song", which was popularised by Chris Evans on TFI Friday. "The Day We Caught the Train" reached number four in the charts, with "You've Got It Bad" and "The Circle" also reaching the top 10. "One for the Road" was also due to be released, but the band decided to concentrate on the 1997 album release Marchin' Already. By the end of 1996, "Moseley Shoals" had sold roughly one million copies worldwide.[11]

The word Moseley is taken from a suburb of the same name in south Birmingham, UK. The album title as a whole is a punning nod to the city of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the location of several famous 1960s soul recording studios.[citation needed]

The album was produced by Brendan Lynch, and was recorded and mixed at the band's studio in Birmingham (Moseley Shoals).

In 1998, Q magazine's readers voted Moseley Shoals the 33rd greatest album of all time.[12]

In April, 2016, the album was re-released as part of the Record Store Day celebrations, on limited edition red vinyl, charting at No.5 on the vinyl album chart.

The memorial by which the band can be seen standing on the front cover is the Jephson Memorial in The Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, UK.

The album was placed at number 42 on Pitchfork's 2017 poll of "The 50 Best Britpop Albums."[13]

Moseley Shoals: Deluxe Edition[edit]

Released on 7 March 2011, the remastered album contained the original track list, plus all the B-sides from the four singles released ("The Riverboat Song", "The Day We Caught the Train", "The Circle" and "You've Got It Bad"). Most of these (all except "You've Got It Bad (demo)", "Men of Such Opinion", "I Need a Love Song" and "Justine") appeared on the B-side compilation album B-sides, Seasides and Freerides.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ocean Colour Scene[14].

1."The Riverboat Song"4:54
2."The Day We Caught the Train"3:06
3."The Circle"3:43
4."Lining Your Pockets"3:36
5."Fleeting Mind"5:09
6."40 Past Midnight"4:01
7."One for the Road"3:43
8."It's My Shadow"4:23
9."Policemen & Pirates"4:03
10."The Downstream"5:32
11."You've Got It Bad"4:26
12."Get Away"7:55


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[14]

  • Simon Fowler – Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Damon Minchella – Bass
  • Oscar Harrison – Drums, piano, vocals
  • Steve Cradock – Guitar, piano, vocals
  • Paul Weller – Organ, guitar, piano, vocals
  • Brendan Lynch – Production
  • Martyn Heyes – Engineering
  • Tony Keach – Engineering assistance
  • Tim Young – Mastering
  • Gerard Saint – Sleeve design
  • Lord Antony Mark Briggs – Photography


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Moseley Shoals – Ocean Colour Scene". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ Hernandez, Raoul (15 November 1996). "Record Reviews – Music – The Austin Chronicle". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ Review printed over two pages, first link shows rating. Second link shows prose.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (12 April 1996). "This week's pop cd releases". The Guardian. p. 41.
  6. ^ Shuster, Fred (13 September 1996). "SOUND CHECK : ROCK". Los Angeles Daily News. MediaNews Group. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2017 – via HighBeam Research.
  7. ^ Kessler, Ted. "Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals". NME. IPC Media. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  8. ^ "A guide to the explosion in pop music that's got the British all excited". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 4 August 1996. p. 161.
  9. ^ a b Atkins, Jamie. "A mod-ern classic?". Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  10. ^ Ocean Colour Scene full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company, retrieved 8 July 2016
  11. ^ "UK Brits Around the World" (PDF). Billboard. 22 February 1997. p. 50. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Q Readers All Time Top 100 Albums". Q Magazine. February 1998. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  13. ^ "The 50 Best Britpop Albums". Pitchfork. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. ^ a b Moseley Shoals (CD booklet). New York City: MCA Records. 1996. DOC061.

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