Ocean's Kingdom

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Ocean's Kingdom
Studio album by Paul McCartney
Released 3 October 2011 (UK)
4 October 2011 (US)
Recorded June 2011
Genre Classical
Length 56:33
Label Decca (UK)
Hear Music/Telarc (US)
Producer John Fraser
Paul McCartney chronology
Paul McCartney Live in Los Angeles
Ocean's Kingdom
Kisses on the Bottom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
BBC Unfavorable[3]
NYTimes Unfavorable[4]
The Independent 3/5 stars[5]
Consequence of Sound C+ [6]
musicOHM 3/5 stars[7]

Ocean's Kingdom is the fifth classical album by Paul McCartney. It is the score from the same-titled ballet, commissioned by the New York City Ballet. It was performed by the London Classical Orchestra and conducted by John Wilson.The ballet tells of a love story based in two fantastic worlds - the "pure" ocean kingdom, and the Earth kingdom with its "sort of baddies" who threaten the underwater way of life. According to McCartney, love happens when earth meets water, and "you'll have to see whether the couple make it". His score for the ballet consists of four orchestral movements. The album was released on CD and vinyl,[8] on 3 October 2011 by Decca (UK)[9] and October 4 (US) by Hear Music/Telarc (US).[8]

Track listing[edit]

All pieces by Paul McCartney.

Movement 1
  1. "Ocean's Kingdom" – 14:07
Movement 2
  1. "Hall of Dance" – 16:19
Movement 3
  1. "Imprisonment" – 13:36
Movement 4
  1. "Moonrise" – 12:31

Bonus Track edition[edit]

Available through iTunes and as a digital download with the code card included in the CD and LP, it contains the studio & live versions of the four movements. The live tracks are from the world première on 21 September 2011, as performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra & conducted by Fayçal Karoui.

Movement 1
  1. "Ocean's Kingdom" (Live) – 12:15
Movement 2
  1. "Hall of Dance" (Live) – 14:27
Movement 3
  1. "Imprisonment" (Live) – 10:14
Movement 4
  1. "Moonrise" (Live) – 10:31