Beck ‎– Sea Change

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Sea Change is the eighth album by American alternative rock artist Beck, released on September 24, 2002. Recorded over a two-month period at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles with producer Nigel Godrich, the collection includes themes of heartbreak and desolation, solitude and loneliness. "Lost Cause" and "Guess I'm Doing Fine" were released as singles.

Released in four variant sleeves with different catalogue numbers suffix (A, B, C and D). There were also different hidden messages (lyrical snippets) written under each version's CD tray.

Tracklist

The Golden Age 4:36
Paper Tiger 4:35
Guess I'm Doing Fine 4:49
Lonesome Tears 5:37
Lost Cause 3:47
End Of The Day 5:03
It's All In Your Mind 3:05
Round The Bend 5:15
Already Dead 2:58
Sunday Sun 4:44
Little One 4:26
Side Of The Road 3:23

Versions (61)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(HDCD, Album) DGC 0694933932-A US 2002 Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change ("Nouvel Album") (CDr, Promo) Polydor, Universal none France 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2-A Beck Sea Change(CD) Universal Music México, S.A. de C.V. 493 393-2-A Mexico 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2 (A) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-2 (A) Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2(C), 493 393-2 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 493 393-2(C), 493 393-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-C Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-C Canada 2002 Sell This Version
60694933932 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records, Universal 60694933932 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
493393-2 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493393-2 Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 0694933932 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-D Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-D Canada 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2(A) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-2(A) Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-B Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-B Canada 2002 Sell This Version
4933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 4933932-A Australasia 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-6 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 0694933932-6 Singapore 2002 Sell This Version
493393-2 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493393-2 Taiwan 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC 0694933932-A US 2002 Sell This Version
DF8445, 0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Universal Music, Geffen Records DF8445, 0694933932-A South Korea 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2(D), 493 393-2 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 493 393-2(D), 493 393-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
UICF-1015 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records UICF-1015 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2(B) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-2(B) Europe 2002 Sell This Version
UICF-1015 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Ltd) Geffen Records UICF-1015 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
UICF-1015 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Promo) Geffen Records UICF-1015 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
INTF-10821-2 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Promo) DGC INTF-10821-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-B Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Promo) DGC 0694933932-B US 2002 Sell This Version
PCD-2437 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Unofficial) Geffen Records (2) PCD-2437 China 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2(C) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Unofficial) Geffen Records (2) 493 393-2(C) Russia 2002 Sell This Version
OR 2240 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Unofficial) Geffen Records (2) OR 2240 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2 (A) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Unofficial) Geffen Records (2) 493 393-2 (A) Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change(CDr, Advance, Promo) Geffen Records none 2002 Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change(CDr, Album, Promo) Polydor, Universal, Geffen Records none France 2002 Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change(CDr, Album, Promo) Geffen Records none UK 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-4 Beck Sea Change(Cass, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-4 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
493393-4 Beck Sea Change(Cass, Album) Geffen Records 493393-4 Malaysia 2002 Sell This Version
493393-4, 2311 Beck Sea Change(Cass, Album) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 493393-4, 2311 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-D Beck Sea Change(HDCD, Album) DGC 0694933932-D US 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-C Beck Sea Change(HDCD, Album) DGC 0694933932-C US 2002 Sell This Version
0694933932-B Beck Sea Change(HDCD, Album) DGC 0694933932-B US 2002 Sell This Version
493 393-2 (A), 493 393-2(A) Beck Sea Change(HDCD, Album) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 493 393-2 (A), 493 393-2(A) Europe 2002 Sell This Version
0694935372 Beck Sea Change(SACD, Multichannel, Album) Geffen Records 0694935372 US 2002 Sell This Version
B0001840-19 Beck Sea Change(DVD-A, Album, Multichannel) DGC B0001840-19 US 2003 Sell This Version
UICY-90022 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records UICY-90022 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
493 393-2(A) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-2(A) Ukraine 2005 Sell This Version
B0004372-01 Beck Sea Change(2xLP, Album, RE) Geffen Records B0004372-01 US 2006 Sell This Version
UICY-6154 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records UICY-6154 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
UICY-91236 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Geffen Records UICY-91236 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
MFSL 2-308 Beck Sea Change(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, 180) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-308 US 2009 Sell This Version
UDCD 780 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, Num, RM, 24k) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 780 US 2009 Sell This Version
MFSL 2-308 Beck Sea Change(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Pin) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-308 US 2012 Sell This Version
UICY-25180 Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Geffen Records UICY-25180 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
00600753444511, 00602537356638 Beck Sea Change(Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, RM, Multichannel) Geffen Records, Geffen Records 00600753444511, 00602537356638 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change(12xFile, FLAC, Album, 192) Geffen Records none US 2014
B0025355-01 Beck Sea Change(2xLP, Album, RE) DGC B0025355-01 US 2016 Sell This Version
00602557034905 Beck Sea Change(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) DGC 00602557034905 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
493 393-2 (A) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) DGC, Geffen Records, UMG Recordings, Inc., Helicon Records 493 393-2 (A) Israel Unknown Sell This Version
493 393-2(A) Beck Sea Change(CD, Album) Geffen Records 493 393-2(A) Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, RE) DGC 0694933932-A US Unknown Sell This Version
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, RE) DGC, Geffen Records 0694933932-A US Unknown Sell This Version
0694933932-A Beck Sea Change(CD, Album, RE, RP) DGC, Geffen Records 0694933932-A US Unknown Sell This Version
none Beck Sea Change(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Stable Records (2) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
B0001840-19 Beck Sea Change(DVD-A, Album, Multichannel) DGC B0001840-19 US Unknown Sell This Version

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nonlinearize

nonlinearize

January 21, 2022
referencing Sea Change, CD, Album, Num, RM, 24k, UDCD 780
Here’s my take after comparing FLAC filesets for both this 2009 remaster and the original 2002 release: the 2009 remaster is a much quieter and more polished mix, as if there’s a subtle gloss smoothing all the edges. The tracks on the 2009 version are also all a few seconds longer (“Golden Age” is 4:46 instead of the original 4:36). Why? The remaster mostly just seems to retain longer fade-outs, but there is count-in at the start of “Paper Tiger” that’s not present on the 2002 version.

These qualities give the 2009 version a subtle air of hi-fi refinement, but as someone comments on the vinyl listing, the sound is “no longer acoustic and organic … but of a plastic and artificial timbre.” I completely agree, and much prefer the original 2002 mix, which sounds more textured, organic and immediate—more like real instruments in a real room, full of heartbreak.
oztin79

oztin79

January 3, 2022
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, RE, B0025355-01

Cut/Pressing: 10/10.

Beck’s greatest work. Absolutely one of the best sounding records in my collection. And dead silent wax. This pressing demos vinyl’s capability. Always loved this record, but I started hearing it for the first time when I got this on vinyl in 2018. Just stellar. Not sure how MoFi could sound any better, but I’ll keep an open mind until the day I hear it.
darren.brett

darren.brett

January 2, 2022
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, 180, MFSL 2-308
Just pulled this out for a play after a couple years. It really does stand up as a brilliant reference. Stunning pressing. Feels like it’s moving across ice.
Atmosphere_Records

Atmosphere_Records

December 18, 2021
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, RE, B0025355-01

This is stunning! A lush and beautiful recording. The pressing is gorgeous- quiet, open, and with really nice separation. Have nothing to compare it to aside from the digital versions I’ve streamed. Doesn’t even feel like the same album - hearing it anew tonight as the first substantial snowfall here in Maine begins to settle in.

Amp: HH Scott 222d
Turntable: Rega 2 w/ Exact cartridge, modded with groovetracer sub platter and Delrin platter.
Speakers: B&W 685
Cables: Transparent
gwamos

gwamos

November 2, 2021
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 00602557034905
Oh my....this pressing is magnificent. Unbelievable sound on the best Beck album IMO. Superb.
Only_Mint

Only_Mint

October 31, 2021
referencing Sea Change, HDCD, Album, 0694933932-A
https://www.discogs.com/release/9436063-Beck-Sea-Change

Ok, I'm sold by all of these positive pressing-comments for the 2016 US release but can anyone tell me if this is a 180g pressing (which I want to avoid, else I would go for the black MFSL) like the EU 2016? If so, is the US 1st-release also 180g or regular weight (what used to be regular weight before this silly fad came in)?
Adriantool

Adriantool

October 23, 2021
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, RE, B0004372-01

One of the best vinyls I have, Wide groove provides big sound.
peter_curd

peter_curd

October 18, 2021
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Pin, MFSL 2-308
This sounds insanely good! Like night and day compared to the standard release.
Audio Note speakers and amp
Nottingham Analogue Turntable
SamuelFraney

SamuelFraney

September 29, 2021
edited 4 months ago
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, RE, B0025355-01

This is why we listen to records! Obviously a superbly performed and recorded record, but the mastering and pressing here are top notch as well. Such a quality listen.

There's very little surface noise, and the record really breathes. It's a very large sounding mix on my system (top to bottom as well as left to right). The acoustic guitars really shine on this record, and they sit shimmering on top of all the string arrangements beneath them.

Truly beautiful.
stax-0f-wax

stax-0f-wax

September 29, 2021
referencing Sea Change, 2xLP, Album, RE, B0025355-01
Just threw this record on after seeing Beck perform at The Ford last night. I love this album so much. And this pressing is wonderful, I can't complain about anything even if I tried. Flat, no surface noise, no skips or locked grooves, full dynamics, prominent bass.