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Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea

Label:EMI – 3887313, EMI – 0602438873135
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, 180g, Blue Translucent
Country:USA, Canada & Europe
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Soul-Jazz, Soul


A1Are You Here
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
A2I'd Do It All Again
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
A3Feels Like The First Time
A4The Blackest Lily
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
A6Love's On Its Way
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
B7I Would Like To Call It Beauty
B8Paris Nights / New York Mornings
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
B9Paper Dolls
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae
B10Diving For Hearts
B11The Sea
Written-ByCorinne Bailey Rae

Companies, etc.



Gatefold cover.

Record Store Day 'RSD First' release. Limited to 3000 copies.

Made in EU [rear cover]
Made in Czech Republic [sticker on shrink / rear cover] (not on UK copies)

Runouts are stamped.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02438 87313 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 0602438873135
  • Label Code: LC00542
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Rights Society: SDRM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 238073E1 1141462
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 238073E2 1141464

Other Versions (5 of 26)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Sea (CD, Album)Capitol Records5099960937827US2010
New Submission
The Sea (CD, Album)Virgin, VirginCDVX3069, 5099960962928Europe2010
New Submission
The Sea (LP, Album, 180g)VirginV3069Europe2010
Recently Edited
The Sea (CD, Album)Virgin, VirginCDVX3069, 5099960962928Canada2010
The Sea (CD, Album)Virgin, Virgin5099960763723, CDV3069Europe2010


andy.youreastar's avatar
I had been waiting for a repress of this album for yeeeears and it's a shame the quality control for this was so bad. It's not *the worst* sound quality but especially side B has random pops and surface clicks even after cleaning the record. Sadly, the biggest victim is the title track, my personal favorite from the album. Judging by the reviews, this seems to be a production issue. The red pressing of her debut album was pretty superb, so I had high expectations for this one but it was a bit of a let down.
superbarands's avatar
Edited one month ago
My copy also suffers from the issues on Side B, especially on what is arguably the best song on the record and final track 'The Sea'. Terrible Quality Control as this seems to be on most copies. Can't say I'm surprised as it was pressed at GZ. Will try cleaning on my Okki Nokki but I'm not confident it will help...

Update: As expected, cleaning on my RCM hasn't helped. I'd avoid this and hope for a black pressing at some point.
westbee's avatar
My pressing has clicks at the end of "The Sea" on side B as others have mentioned. I also notice that the vocals seem to be behind the instruments, which is a shame since I really bought this for CBR's voice. Still an enjoyable album.
andrewd06's avatar
I've been waiting for this for many, many years! It's a decent pressing; not the worst and not the best. Side A of my copy sounds quite good, except for a couple very minor pops. As someone else mentioned, there's a repetitive tick on the last few seconds of the last track. Side B is worse than side A and has random pops throughout, but they're not terribly distracting. No visual flaws. I think I'll give it a cleaning on the VPI and report back if anything changes.

The mastering is good and I have no complaints. Some songs sound exceptional while others sound good. None sound bad. Might come down to where and how they were recorded originally. Overall, it is a very enjoyable listen.

Given the price of the original, you would be stupid not to go for this one. Judging by reviews of the 2010 pressing, it's plagued with pops and clicks so probably not a wise risk. It does look like the prices have been falling over the past couple days though.

At $25-30, this is a good deal, given the price of the original. Due to the issues noted above, I wouldn't recommend spending more than that. If the price starts creeping up, grab a CD copy.
Wjoyce3's avatar
Good pressing, random surface clicks at the end of side B. Other than that flawless
lolsdaka's avatar
Very nice record, i'd say it lacks just a bit of higher ends frequencies, also, I find the perceived volume between tracks a bit inconsistent, you often have to turn up or down the volume to get it right, and overall quite low. I also have the cracks at the very end of both sides. 4 out of 5 stars :-)
amg356's avatar
Beautiful color and love this album so much but mine has bad clicks on the last tracks on each side. Otherwise sounds great.