John Butler Re-Records Ocean As Gift To Fans

7 August 2012 | 10:00 am | Dan Condon

The songwriter has made an epic new version of the song available online to say thanks to his mammoth fanbase.

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It is hard to believe it has been 12 years since John Butler released his iconic song Ocean, such is the power with which it has managed to live on over the years. This signature track has been a huge part of the independent musician's immense success since its release over a decade ago and today he re-releases it for the first time since its initial release at the beginning of the millenium.

Butler has gone into The Compound, the studio in his Fremantle home, to re-record the song. The new version gives it a new sense of life and generakl vibrancy; it also makes it somewhat elongated, as the new rendition clocks in at almost 12 minutes long! The song is available as a free download and a video stream from the John Butler Trio official website. You can grab your copy right here.

Speaking about his reasons for this release, Butler issued the following statement.

"OCEAN” is a very interesting aspect of my life. It is part of my DNA. It conveys all things I can't put into words. Life, loss, love, spirit. As I evolve so too does 'Ocean'. The song was first recorded as part of my first album/cassette, "Searching For Heritage", which I sold when I busked, then for my first self-titled studio album 12 years ago. The song has been watched online incredibly over 25 million times in various formats, nearly always live, be it from Music Max Sessions or from one of the many festivals I have had the pleasure to play. I'd like to thank you for your continued support over all these years; it means so much to me. I would like to thank you by offering this  first studio  recording  of 'Ocean'  in over a  decade as a free download. I recorded it in my favourite studio, The Compound here in Fremantle Western Australia, a studio you helped me build. This marks just another fleeting moment in a career that is very much ongoing. I look forward to bringing you many new songs and albums into the future and continuing this amazing journey with you ALL. Thank You, JB

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