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Album Review

This debut album by the Canadian band Ocean contains and was named after the bands' biggest single, "Put Your Hand in the Hand," that sold over one million copies in 1971 in both America and Canada. This gospel rock band comprised of Greg Brown (vocals, keyboard), Jeff Jones (bass, vocals), Janice Brown (guitar, vocals ), Dave Tamblyn (guitar), and Chuck Slater (drums) recorded in Toronto in the early '70s and originally released the debut album on the highly collectable Yorkville label in Canada. The album contained eight songs written by such notables as Robbie Robertson and Gene MacLellan. The album was picked up in the U.S. by the Kama Sutra label that also released the band's second album in both the U.S. and Canada. Ocean managed another hit in Canada with the song "I've Got a Dream" written by the British songwriting team ofCook and Greenway, but they failed to make any impact in the U.S. and disbanded in 1975 after only two albums. This budget-priced reissue by Unidisc contains all songs from the original album along with the original artwork. There are no bonus tracks or additional liner notes.

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for the Jesus Movement or nostalgic fans of 1970s folk/rock

At long last, the definitive version of "Put Your Hand in the Hand," the poppy/folky number which dominated the airwaves in the early 1970s. This song is a true gem for those that like upbeat songs and either love or don't mind the Christian message. As a Christian, "Put Your Hand in the Hand" remains one of the most positive, upbeat and accessible song that sums up the value of faith. But again, you don't need to be Christian to appreciate this well crafted song. The vocal harmonies are akin to other contemporaries of Ocean, e.g. the Seekers, Cowsills and others. The album, though, is not as strong as the single -- effectively rendering Ocean a one-hit-wonder group. If you like the style of the single, download "Deep Enough For Me" which is close enough to the timbre, meter and arrangement to the title track to be considered a knockoff. "No Other Woman" is pleasant and has a Grateful Dead feel to it. And Ocean's version of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" is serviceable, though perhaps not the definitivie version of this song.

Put Your Hand In The Hand

I love this song as a kid. We used to sing loud as we could in church. When I heard it on Internet radio and the carefree memories came back. I quickly got the name of the group and look it up on iTunes and bought it.


A great, catchy tune which I first heard in the new movie, Prisoners, and then wondered why this song isn't better known.

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