The ambient techno album was credited to The Fireman. With no promotion and a low-key plain red cover, Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest did not chart.
It was issued on CD and vinyl. The CD was Parlophone CDPCSD 145, while the double clear vinyl edition was PCSD 145.
The copyright notice on the album said “this sound recording is owned by juggler music under exclusive licence to emi records ltd”. This was a clue that it was a McCartney release, although the juggler logo of his MPL Productions was not used.
Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest was released in the United States on 22 February 1994.
I originally got in touch with Youth so I could ask him to do a couple of dance mixes from the Off The Ground project. He’s a ‘buzzy’ character so I was glad when he agreed to do it. The brief from me was that he should only use stuff from our recordings, because dance mixes often feature a kick-drum sample or a James Brown snare sound and, as a consequence, the record ends up sounding a bit like someone else’s So I told Youth that I’d prefer any sound he might select to come off our recordings, mainly Off The Ground.
Also on this day...
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan
- 1971: UK album release: Wild Life by Wings
- 1968: George Harrison appears on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
- 1967: Mixing: Hello, Goodbye
- 1965: Mixing: I’m Looking Through You, You Won’t See Me, Girl, Wait, The Word, Michelle
- 1963: Live: Colston Hall, Bristol
- 1962: Travel: Hamburg to Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
- 1959: Live: Hippodrome, Manchester
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