Get outta your dreams and dive into Billy Ocean’s new two-CD compilation of cover versions, greatest hits and a couple of new tracks.
Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean has a rather cute cover photo of the young Leslie Charles who would grow up to become big Billy O, Grammy-award-winning artist, and the audio content of this double CD released by Sony Music CMG is designed to reflect his – as they say on X Factor – ‘journey’.
The first CD has 12 tracks including his new single, A Simple Game, and a selection of cover versions of classic songs chosen by Billy for their influence on him both personally and professionally, including interpretations of Cry Me A River, A Change is Gonna Come and High Tide Low Tide.
The accompanying 19-track ‘bonus disc’ is a crowd-pleasing, career-spanning collection of his biggest hits, and Billy has had his fair share. He had six UK and US top ten singles, notching three platinum albums (two of which went double platinum) in the Seventies and Eighties, and has enjoyed worldwide sales of over 30 million. All the familiar songs are here, including Suddenly, Love Really Hurts Without You, Caribbean Queen, which topped both the US R&B and Billboard charts, and wedding reception staple When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going which was the UK number one for four consecutive weeks in 1986, all of thirty years ago.
Explaining the album’s title, Billy Ocean says: “It just seemed to fit perfectly; the songs that made me into the singer I became, and where those songs took me to. Hence, Here You Are.”
So there you go.
Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean is released today.
- A Change Is Gonna Come
- Cry Me A River
- No Woman No Cry
- High Tide Low Tide
- You Send Me
- Here You Are
- A Simple Game
- It Was A Very Good Year
- Time And The River
- Having A Party
- These Foolish Things
- Judge Not
- When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
- Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
- Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
- Love Really Hurts Without You
- Red Light Spells Danger
- Stop Me (If You’ve Heard It All Before)
- There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)
- L.O.D. (Love On Delivery)
- The Long And Winding Road
- Love Is Forever
- Calypso Crazy
- Are You Ready
- Bitter Sweet
- Mystery Lady
- Love Zone
- The Colour Of Love
- Love Train