At the River

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"At the River"
Single by Groove Armada
from the album Vertigo
Released 1997
26 July 1999 (re-release)
Format 1997: 7" vinyl
1999: 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Electronica, downtempo, trip hop
Length 6:33
Label 1997: Tummy Touch
1999: Pepper
Writer(s) Andy Cato
Producer(s) Groove Armada
Groove Armada singles chronology
"At the River"
(1997)
"Four Tune Cookie"
(1997)
1999 re-release
Cover of the CD single
For the American hymn, see Shall We Gather at the River?.

"At the River" is a song by English electronica duo Groove Armada. It was released as a single in 1997 on 7" vinyl, limited to 500 copies.[citation needed] The song was later added to the track listing of their second album, Vertigo, released in April 1999. On 26 July 1999, the single was re-released on 12" and CD. This re-release peaked at number 19 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

A sample of Patti Page's "Old Cape Cod" forms the basis of the song. The lines "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air/Quaint little villages here and there" sung in Page's multi-tracked close-harmony, are repeated over and over, with the addition of synthesizer bass, slowed-down drums, and a bluesy trombone solo to produce a chill-out track.

It was used in an advert for Marks & Spencer for their Christmas 2006 campaign and in The film About Time (2013 film).[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Andy Cato, except where noted.

7" vinyl
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "At the River"    
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Disco Insert"    
12" vinyl
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "At the River (English Riviera Mix)"   6:13
2. "At the River (Original Version)"   6:33
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "At the River (Presence Mix)"   5:45
CD
Pepper Records release
No. Title Length
1. "At the River (Radio Edit)"   3:14
2. "At the River (English Riviera Mix)"   6:13
3. "At the River (Presence Mix)"   5:48
4. "At the River (English Riviera Edit)"   3:49
Jive Electro release
No. Title Length
1. "At the River (Radio Edit)"   3:14
2. "At the River (English Riviera Mix)"   6:13
3. "At the River (Presence Mix)"   5:48
4. "At the River (English Riviera Edit)"   3:49
5. "At the River (Original Version)"   6:33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At The River". Chart Stats. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ M&S 2006 Christmas Advert

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