Sunrise Over Sea

Sunrise Over Sea

Infobox Album |
Name = Sunrise Over Sea
Type = Album
Artist = The John Butler Trio

Released = March 8, 2004
Recorded = 2003
Woodstock Studios, Melbourne
Genre = Roots
Length = 71:11
Label = Jarrah
Producer = John Butler
Reviews =
* (Positive) [ link]
*"NZ Herald" Rating|3|5 (May 29 2004)|
Last album = "Living 2001-2002"
This album = "Sunrise Over Sea"
Next album = "Live at St. Gallen"

"Sunrise Over Sea" is the third album of The John Butler Trio and the fifth featuring John Butler released in March 2004.

Conception and production

In late 2003, John Butler entered Woodstock Studios in Melbourne owned by Joe Camilleri, the leader of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and the Black Sorrows. He had a new band consisting of percussionist Nicky Bomba and upright-bass player Shannon Birchall. While Birchall will probably be a permanent member of the Trio, Bomba will continue playing in his own reggae band.

John Butler told the Australian edition of "Rolling Stone" published in April 2004 that he wanted greater freedom to pursue his vision. "Essentially what I learnt out of this process was, more so than ever, I'm the keeper of the music. I have the intuition and the foresight to pick the right players to my music. I've learned it's not always about having the same players for five, six or 10 years, it’s having the right chemistry for these songs at this time. Some of my favourite Jimi Hendrix music is off-the-cuff stuff with Band of Gypsys."

The title "Sunrise Over Sea" is probably a reference to his home in Byron Bay which is one of the most easterly points in Australia and therefore one of the first points to see the sunrise. It is also part of the lyrics to the song "Peaches & Cream."

All the songs on the album were written, arranged and produced by John Butler, except for "What You Want" where the string section was arranged by Shannon Birchall and John Butler and was scored and conducted by Shannon Birchall.

Additional musicians performing on the album include: Michael Barker - "Treat Yo Mama", "Company Sin", "Bound To Ramble", Seeing Angels", "There'll Come a Time", "Zebra"; Daniel Caruna - "Treat Yo Mama", "Peaches & Cream", "What You Want", "Sometime"; Michael Caruna - "Zebra"; Dave Pensabene - "Zebra"; Tim Neil - "Sometimes"

Recent editions of the album have included the bonus track "Something's Gotta Give", which was released on an EP in 2004. It's a politically charged song that was very successful off the back of the recent LP.

In August 2004, a new disc, "What You Want" was released, with the song "What You Want" (Shared by Sunrise over Sea) and including a new version of the song "Treat Yo' Mama" and a cover of The Beatles' song "Across the Universe".

Chart success

The album debuted at number one in the Australian album charts on March 15, 2004 and achieved gold record status in its first week of release. "Zebra" was released in December 2003 and made the ARIA singles charts in early 2004. It was number 8 in the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2003 and also had significant airplay on commercial FM radio across Australia.

Track listing

# "Treat Yo Mama" – 4:47
# "Peaches and Cream" – 6:47
# "Company Sin" – 4:39
# "What You Want" – 5:21
# "Damned to Hell" – 1:49
# "Hello" – 4:26
# "Bound to Ramble" – 6:08
# "Seeing Angels" – 6:14
# "There'll Come a Time" – 3:36
# "Zebra" – 3:57
# "Mist" – 2:25
# "Oldman" – 5:10
# "Sometimes" – 10:37

External links

* [ the John Butler Trio webpage]
* [ Music Plug site]

succession box
before = "That's What I'm Talking About" by Shannon Noll
title = Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
years = March 15 2004 - March 28 2004
July 19 2004 - July 25 2004
after = "Feeler" by Pete Murray

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