"Seven Seas" is a single by Echo & the Bunnymen which was released on 6 July 1984. It was the third single to be released from their 1984 album Ocean Rain. It reached number 16 on theUK Singles Chart[1] and number 10 on the Irish Singles Chart.[2]

In a retrospective review of the song, Allmusic journalist Dave Thompson said: "Regardless of the surreal lyrics, their enigmatic meaning dovetails marvelously with the mood of this exquisite piece."[3]


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The single was released as a 7-inch single and a 12-inch single. The A-side of the 7-inch single was the title track, "Seven Seas", and the B-side was a live cover version of The Beatles' song "All You Need Is Love". The A-side of the 12-inch single consisted of the title track and "All You Need Is Love". The B-side consisted of "The Killing Moon", "Stars Are Stars" and "Villiers Terrace".

"All You Need Is Love", "The Killing Moon", "Stars Are Stars" and "Villiers Terrace" were recorded live at Liverpool Cathedral for the Channel 4 program Play at Home.[4]

A numbered limited edition 7-inch EP was also available on two discs, with all the tracks of the 12-inch single release and with the added title on the cover of Life at Brian's – Lean and Hungry.

American indie rock group Velocity Girl released a cover version of "Seven Seas" as a single on Heaven Records in 1995. A version recorded by Spanish musician Edwin Moses was also included on the 2005 Spanish tribute album Play the Game: Un Tributo a Echo & The Bunnymen.[5]

Track listings[edit]Edit

All tracks written by Will SergeantIan McCullochLes Pattinson and Pete de Freitas unless otherwise noted.

7-inch single (Korova KOW 35, WEA 249 321-7)
  1. "Seven Seas" – 3:19
  2. "All You Need Is Love" (Lennon–McCartney) – 6:41
12-inch single (Korova KOW 35T, WEA 249 320-0) and 7-inch EP (Korova KOW 35F)
  1. "Seven Seas" – 3:19
  2. "All You Need Is Love" (Lennon–McCartney) – 6:41
  3. "The Killing Moon" – 3:17
  4. "Stars Are Stars" – 3:05
  5. "Villiers Terrace" – 6:52

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1984) Peak


UK Singles Chart[1] 16
Irish Singles Chart[2] 10



Echo & the Bunnymen[edit]Edit



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