OCEAN - John Butler - 2012 Studio Version

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This special re-recording was captured in 'The Compound', John Butler's studio in his hometown of Fremantle Western Australia in February 2012. Having performed the track to a worldwide audience over the past 12 years, 'Ocean' is today available FREE as an MP3, grab your copy here: www.johnbutlertrio.com/ocean
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This special re-recording was captured in 'The Compound', his studio in his hometown of Fremantle Western Australia in February 2012. Having performed the track to a worldwide audience over the past 12 years, 'Ocean' is today available FREE as an MP3, grab your copy here: www.johnbutlertrio.com/ocean
"OCEAN is a very interesting aspect of my life. It is part of my DNA. It conveys all things I can't put into words.
Life, loss, love, spirit. As I evolve so too does 'Ocean'. The song was first recorded as part of my first album/cassette,
"Searching For Heritage", which I sold when I busked, then for my first self-titled studio album 12 years ago -- "John Butler (1998)".
The song has been watched online incredibly over 25 million times in various formats, nearly always live, be it from MusicMax Sessions or from one of the many festivals I have had the pleasure to play. I'd like to thank you for your continued support over all these years; it means so much to me. I would like to thank you by offering this first studio recording of 'Ocean' in over a decade as a free download.
I recorded it in my favourite studio, The Compound here in Fremantle Western Australia, a studio you helped me build.
This marks just another fleeting moment in a career that is very much ongoing.
I look forward to bringing you many new songs and albums into the future and continuing this amazing journey with you ALL.




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Milan 4 hours ago
Old guitar but Gold music 😎
daniel valdes
daniel valdes 7 hours ago
I honestly can´t believe 7.1K people disliked this masterpiece
SuperTramp 6791
SuperTramp 6791 9 hours ago
Theirs definitely 7.1k of people who are super jelous watching this. Haters will hate.
Kieran Fh
Kieran Fh 9 hours ago
I wish I could listen to this song for the first time again
It's been three weeks I am hearing this and only this... Quarantined to get used to everything the song has to tell. Hope someday I will play this and make myself feel proud on it🎸🎸🎸🎸🎸
XUD7TE Day ago
Richard Nash
Richard Nash Day ago
I'm wondering if it's an eleven string (lower G string missing) from choice?
Wolfgang Embacher
andrew logan
andrew logan Day ago
You can literally close your eyes while listening to this song, and visualize yourself in a movie, experiencing every emotion there is. Such a powerful song with no lyrics. Very moving.
andrew logan
andrew logan Day ago
I swear I heard a symphony playing behind this dude. Fucking amazing guitar playing 👏
Northstar7 Day ago
Overwhelming gratitude for the universe that brought you into being when I could listen.
Geoffrey Harold
Geoffrey Harold 2 days ago
gun10ck 3 days ago
My now wife surprised me at our wedding and walked down the isle to this song. It was my favorite before and that cemented this as my all time favorite song, much less a JBT song.
shashi laishram
shashi laishram 3 days ago
I'm here again.. 2020 on Corona pandemic.. hope, we all get well With Ocean..
Ahsan Zaidi
Ahsan Zaidi 3 days ago
Ryan Douglas
Ryan Douglas 4 days ago
I didn't plan on listening to a 12 min song but ended up staying for the whole thing lol
Bertrand Ng
Bertrand Ng 4 days ago
When I was younger, learning new songs on the guitar it'd be my goal to play it exactly as the original artist played it. One day I decided to try to learn this song, and I realised as JBT said that he never played this song the same way twice. That it constantly evolved like a living thing. And trying (and failing) to mimic it, opened doors to me. To what music should be, dynamic, full of expression, freedom to add things and take away and make mistakes because that's where the life of the song lies. This song revolutionised everything about my guitar playing to me.
piero crivelletto
Mi ha lasciato senza parole, questo è un grande
Randolph South
Randolph South 5 days ago
sefangel18 5 days ago
If anyone needs me I’m going to be writing a romantic novel about John Butler and my blossoming love affair.
sefangel18 5 days ago
Humans are so remarkable. This makes me feel so hopeful.
sefangel18 2 days ago
@JustRandom AGREED
JustRandom 3 days ago
this music should be on the rover disc that NASA send on space
Geroin629 6 days ago
По-моему, мелодия должна называться - ЛЮБОВЬ.
Jeremy Wark
Jeremy Wark 6 days ago
how awake can you be before it becomes oppressive .. same tides of the ocean but not beautiful... drug addiction ..lovers thirsting for the silver screen .. doctors telling you schizophrenic taking pills for no reason .. all ammo an no target while you get shelled and attacked 24/7 .. and you still wear your fucking heart on a sleeve .. brown bag or your own .. at least this is real .. i fucking hate and love ..
F i
F i 6 days ago
3:40 bumpies
Abbie Grier
Abbie Grier 6 days ago
SO GOOD! dude, you killed it!!
I listen to this everytime I drink. I’m Scottish.....
Carla Le Liboux
Carla Le Liboux 6 days ago
who can dislike this ?
Syn the Alien
Syn the Alien 7 days ago
The musically inclined 3rd dimensional hosts never cease to amaze us.
Lauren Tuck
Lauren Tuck 7 days ago
I first heard this song in 2015. My guitar teacher showed me and said that it is a grade 8 piece. I was absolutely gobsmacked when I listened to it all. I loved it then and still love it now. To this day, it is still the song that I would love to learn most.
JayTube 7 days ago
7000 dislikes! 🤣🤣 gotta be outta their minds!
Frank Thomas
Frank Thomas 7 days ago
Keep coming back to this. 🐐 🌊
Connor Coralli
Connor Coralli 7 days ago
THIS is not technique, this is Finesse at its finest
Niklas Kröhnke
Niklas Kröhnke 8 days ago
Adam 8 days ago
Always had a dream of doing a drum cover to this and now I have the time to do it.
Simi Sim
Simi Sim 8 days ago
Oh my god!!! What a legend!!!! Beautiful, skillfull, melodic... just awesome!!! ❤️
Jali pathak
Jali pathak 8 days ago
Sounds like Indian classical music
Gudrun Stadlbauer
danke john butler for your music! fein ;)
Liza 8 days ago
This man is amazing
Liza 8 days ago
the end stuff was obviously edited in some way, but still. he's good.
vlexinot 9 days ago
Quien más llegó aki por el típico shileno
GbodYoga 9 days ago
This song just gets you, unexpectedly. I love his expression through his face. I was in the park listening to this in my headphones and just suddenly started sobbing... so beautiful.
Swathy Shankar
Swathy Shankar 9 days ago
This track gives me so much peace
Mike Rowntree
Mike Rowntree 9 days ago
Rosa P.
Rosa P. 9 days ago
a friend of mine showed me this 2 years ago. since then i havent stoped listening to this i just love it specially 8:38 till 9:00 its my favourite part. it truly makes me think about the ocean, so beautifull and powerfull and mistirious and... dangerous
K G 9 days ago
This breathes life into my soul.
Koda Dais
Koda Dais 10 days ago
8 years later and I still have no idea how he plays this. I've been playing guitar for more than 15 years now and this still leaves me dumbfounded. Oh, to do anything as well as this man plays this song.
Kayla Vega
Kayla Vega 10 days ago
I lost my best friend today, my dad, and he would always be listening to this.
plumb-bob 85
plumb-bob 85 4 days ago
Your dad had a great mind if he enjoyed music like this.
Jean Paul Maire Espedal
Your dad had great taste in music ;) Remember and cherish the good times, and make your own new memories
enee alexandre
enee alexandre 6 days ago
Kieran Murphy
Kieran Murphy 7 days ago
Zach Saulsbury
Zach Saulsbury 7 days ago
Kayla Vega well i hope ur here many times after this. the best way to remember those we loved is to appreciate what made them happy.
benigno araujo
benigno araujo 10 days ago
That guitar looks like it has so many stories to tell... I just apologised to my 12-string
prcowboy3486 10 days ago
LITERALLY... NO... words what so ever to describe the precision and accuracy... the emotion behind his aggressiveness versus subtle technique. Wow...
Steve S
Steve S 11 days ago
Interesting that he removed the high G string. This is an 11 string guitar... or are my eyes deceiving me? :)
Tsewang namgial
Tsewang namgial 11 days ago
Listening to this amid lockdown due to COVID19.... may all sentiments be free of suffering..!! And I believe humanity will survive this crisis... Stay safe everyone!
‘그’만해 11 days ago
Name ‘John’ must be a father of guitar
Rock Legends
Rock Legends 11 days ago
Dude, that was a masterpiece!!!
Łukasz Łabno
Łukasz Łabno 11 days ago
Gets me every, single, fu**ing time. Like when your whole life is flashing before your eyes. A journey. Childhood, memories, then, bang! All that comes afterwards. These "small" things, transitions, all this rush, suddenly... peace, like a reborn. And there it goes again! bang! Except this time, you're at the wheel... and then... yap, bang again :) Masterpiece, a journey.
MirraZ 12 days ago
He is literally channeling the soul of the planet
Pierzz93 12 days ago
after years it's always a pleasure listen to this song...makes me wanna play again
Broder Perdurabo
Broder Perdurabo 12 days ago
This smoker is one of a kind....
Lyd Mo
Lyd Mo 12 days ago
11 strings! Cool!
K G 12 days ago
7,100 haters wishing they could play the guitar like that!
Patrick Lundquist
Patrick Lundquist 13 days ago
After listening to this video off and on for years I finally bought a 12 string. Not my first but the last one died in 1973, so it has been a while. I have two questions; 1. I'm guessing maybe the reason for removing the High G or 9 string is because it is so high pitched when played up the neck? With that theory in mind I replaced the 9 with a second 23 string. It sounds fine but is near impossible to bend. Is that the reason for going to just a single string or is it artistic expression? 2. I've heard so much about Maton's proprietary pickups, and Tommy You-Know-Who's guitars sounded fine with them, I'm surprised to see a sound hole pickup. I've seen sound hole pickups in Taylor's with the Expression System but most people who have an ES know the reason for that. When it comes to Maton guitars, what is the benefit?
VICtorian071 5 days ago
Patrick Lundquist he removes the string because it always breaks anyway
Matthew Kempff
Matthew Kempff 13 days ago
If you look closely at the end, you can see smoke coming off of the strings as well as his fingertips!
Brian Stanek
Brian Stanek 13 days ago
I start each day to this song.
cmartinez1089 13 days ago
He grew out a bunch of coke nails just to become a master finger plucker. Now that's dedication!
Red Castle Music Band
The secret ... Tuning: C G C G C E and a genious player ;-)
Dogensoto 14 days ago
Bruce Youkers
Bruce Youkers 14 days ago
am i the only one who can see a string missing? you're amazing btw
Dr Sparrow
Dr Sparrow 14 days ago
I hope everyone’s doing okay. Corona, we will beat you!
Patrick Sampson
Patrick Sampson 13 days ago
Dr Sparrow right back at you my friend! We’re in it together! Prayers to you and yours! We will get through it!
Jack Olsen
Jack Olsen 14 days ago
Bidyut Datta
Bidyut Datta 14 days ago
2020 anyone?
Julien Aufresne
Julien Aufresne 15 days ago
every fuckin day
Matt Krug
Matt Krug 16 days ago
Anyone else listening during the pandemic?
chhanhima khawlhring
Cant get tired of listening this one, luv from mizoram
Notorious Chace
Notorious Chace 11 hours ago
Here for the comments lol
Maya Anonyme
Maya Anonyme 12 hours ago
Oh yes ! So sad I had my tickets to see them live in May. Afraid its gonna be cancelled
TheBluntAndOnly 22 hours ago
Indeed. Very beautiful piece. I'm getting a good vibe off of it.
Stpeh Roche
Stpeh Roche Day ago
In Paris, between the walls, a real joy !!!
Benjamin Williams
Benjamin Williams 16 days ago
Everytime I watch this I try to like it again....
Zeeshan Makhani
Zeeshan Makhani 16 days ago
7.1k dislikes? Wtf? How?!
isaiah doria
isaiah doria 16 days ago
Dude, this song is fucking beautiful. I absolutely love it✌️👍🤘
Aig Von Beers
Aig Von Beers 16 days ago
oh my fucking god
DannyEye 16 days ago
True instrumental songs tell the greatest stories.
Felipe Robles
Felipe Robles 17 days ago
Almost 30 days clean off of heroin, This is one of the only things that makes everything okay again No cigarettes since 3 weeks. Feeling good.
Bruno Susin
Bruno Susin 15 days ago
keep on moving man!
Tonio Uodran
Tonio Uodran 15 days ago
feels good to read this! :)
F-P 14
F-P 14 17 days ago
Why that 12 strings guitar has just 11strings?
ATOM 17 days ago
What brand of guitar
Tactix J
Tactix J 16 days ago
Naderjpn Kumuei
Naderjpn Kumuei 17 days ago
7:55 - 9:00 still gives me chills 8 years later This guy is a real genius! 😳 I won't dare to play guitar anymore! 😁 Starting off 2020 with this as my first song of the year!
The Real Dark Chris
Sadly he dont Upload Videos anymore
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