Oceanborn
Oceanborn Summary

OCEANBORN is the band’s second album. It follows “Angels Fall First” which came out the previous year. With Oceanborn, Tuomas decided to work twice as hard in order to release an album that was technically close to perfection. Tarja even said that the recording of that album was the most painful one! This created an incredibly complete album, which is considered by many as THE Nightwish album to have. Tuomas even considers that Nightwish’s story really started with this album!

Release date: 1998
Written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen except :
Sacrament of Wilderness: Tuomas / Tuomas-Emppu
Walking In The Air: Howard Blake
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01. Stargazers
02. Gethsemane
03. Devil & The Deep Dark Ocean
04. Sacrament Of Wilderness
05. Passion And The Opera
06. Swanheart
07. Moondance
08. The Riddler
09. The Pharaoh Sails To Orion
10. Walking In The Air

 

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Sacrament Of WildernessSACRAMENT OF WILDERNESS
Sacrament of Wilderness is what one could call one of the album’s “classics”. It was chosen to be the band’s first single to promote the release of Oceanborn. A video – showing the band playing live – was even been quickly shot...too quickly shot. Let’s simply say that this video is not really a success (you will not see it on a DVD pretty soon...)

Walking In The AirWALKING IN THE AIR
Walking in the Air was chosen to be the second single from the album. This time, no video was made for this Howard Blake cover (from The Snowman movie). Only a 4 tracks E.P. was released with Walking in the Air and three other ballads by the band.

Sleeping SunSLEEPING SUN
On August 11th 1999, a total eclipse of the sun took place in France and in Europe. For the occasion, Drakkar Records asked Tuomas to write a special song, a ballad would be great. Tuomas accepted but was not really enthusiastic to be controlled. So he wrote Sleeping Sun which quickly became THE Nightwish ballad. The song was so good (with complete objectivity, of course) that a video clip was shot and a new version of Oceanborn was released with Sleeping Sun as a bonus track.

 

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Oceanborn history:
After a noticed album (Angels Fall First), Nightwish released the album which suddenly put them at the head of the Finish charts and made them known worldwide. Oceanborn is considered by Tuomas as Nightwish’s real first album, as though Angels Fall First was just a practice, a demo. It was the most moving album to record for Tarja, since Tuomas was so demanding. Yet, the results are here to be heard. Considered by many as THE Nightwish album, Oceanborn definitely marked the world of metal music.

Tuomas leaves the vocal parts to Wilska :
WilskaTuomas who was not really convinced with his voice on Angels Fall First (opinion shared by most of the people who heard his vocal feats on The Carpenter) decided not to sing on Nightwish’s tracks anymore. Yet, as he composed Oceanborn, he felt the need to have a masculine voice on two tracks (Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean, and the huge The Pharaoh Sails to Orion). Tuomas then called out his friend Wilska whose voice perfectly matched what Tuomas had been looking for (the Devil’s voice for the first track and a pharaoh for the second one). Wilska’s vocal parts’ recordings went off very quickly – after a few takes, he was told: “it’s a wrap, thanks for coming”. So when the album came out and reached the top of the Finish charts, Wilska was afraid that his performance was not worth the album! He can put his mind at rest, he’s perfect!

Collection
  • Finland 1998 - Spinefarm - SPI67CD - CD - first édition - photo1 - photo2 - photo3
  • Finland 1998 - Spinefarm - SPI67SP - CD - new version with "Sleeping Sun"
  • South Korea 1998 - One Music - ERCD 312 - CD - photo1
  • France 1998 - XIII Bis Records - 189782 - CD
  • France 1998 - XIII Bis Records - 151792 - CD - "tour edition" limited edition, digipack - photo1 - photo2
  • USA 1998 - Century Media - 8027-2 - CD - Sleeping Sun included as a hidden song
  • Argentina 1998 - NEMS Enterprise - NEMS 105 - CC
  • Russia 1998 - FONO Records - f07CD - CD - photo1
  • Europe 1998 - Drakkar - 74321 66168 2 - CD - first edition - photo1 - photo2
  • Europe 1998 - Drakkar - 74321 70359 2 - CD - with Sleeping Sun - photo1 - photo2 - photo3
  • Europe 1998 - Drakkar - 74321 67635 2 - CD - limited edition, digipack - photo1
  • South Korea 1999 - One Music - ERMC-312 - MC
  • Bulgaria 1999 - Counter Attack - C.A. 051 MC - MC
  • Poland 1999 - Mystic Production - Mystic Production 185 - VD
  • Poland 1999 - Mystic Production - Mystic Production 185 - MC
  • Japan 1999 - Toy's Factory - TFCK-87179 - CD - photo1
  • NL 1999 - Hammerheart Records - VC004 LP - LP
  • Taiwan 1999 - Magnum Music - CD
  • Thailand 1999 - Bullterrier Records - MC
  • Russia 2002 - Universal - 064-654-9 - CD
  • Indonesia 2003 - RA Production - RA 018 - MC
  • Finland 2003 - Spinefarm - SPI67DG - CD - digipack
  • China 2004 - Universal - HDCD-9382 - CD -cardboard sleeve
  • UK 2004 - Back On Black Records - BOBV004DPD - limited edition –double picture vinyl
  • UK 2007 - Spinefarm UK - CD "Reloaded" - with bonus tracks, new booklet, etc... - photo1
  • UK 2007 - Spinefarm UK - Double LP "Reloaded" - two LP in blue color - photo1
  • Abbreviation key :
    CD : compact disc
    LP : vinyl record (33-1/3 rpm)
    7" - 10" - 12" vinyl : 7, 10, 12 inches vinyl record
    MC : Cassette audio = audio tape
    2CD : Double CD
    MCD : Maxi-CD
    CDS : CD Single
    mini-CD : Single in an album-size box
    VD : Video-disc