About the album
“Oceans of Thought” was originally called “The Merchant of Eternal Youth” but during the time of the recordings I had some personal problems and I was a little depressed. So the songs, the cover but above all the lyrics, have undergone a change because my music comes from what I have inside of my mind and soul.
So this album talks about the difficulties that life sometimes brings us, but also talks about how to try to overcome them. It’s a record that I care a lot about because it talks a lot about me. Because great musicians have played there, from Norwegian guitarists Bjørn Riis founder of the band Airbag and Marius Halleland (Wobbler), Peter Matuchniak (Kinetic Element), Jeff Mack (Scarlet Hollow) and Maurizio Antonini the beating heart of this record. The precious woodwinds arrangements by Dave Newhouse (The Muffins) and the beautiful voice of JoJo Razor (Gekko Projekt) and last but not the least, Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) playing Sitar.
This year I turned 50, an important and very significant milestone for me. Half a century on Earth! What a wonderful journey up to here. First of all, I want to thank my beautiful and wonderful Wife because She made my life happier and more dynamic. Then all the supporters who allowed me to record this album and in particular Jon Hawkins for having produced it. I am proud and very happy to present it to you today. I hope it will reach your heart and your mind. Entertaining you, relaxing and making you think about life, its beauties and sometimes its inconsistencies.
The album was released today June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. The most important day of my life.
3 Hammil’s Thoughts
4 The Wind Blows
5 Regain Control
6 Oceans of Thought
7 Under a Big Red Sun
8 Voice in the Dark
9 Open My Arms
Music and lyrics by Marco Ragni
Produced by Jon Hawkins
Album Art by Marco Ragni
Marco Ragni: Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keys, bass
Peter Matuchniak: Electric guitar
Dave Newhouse: Woodwinds
Jeff Mack: Five string fretted and fretless bass & Chapman Stick.
Maurizio Antonini: Drums
JoJo Razor: Backing vocals
Bjørn Riis: Lead guitar on No. 9 Open My Arms
Marius Halleland: Lead Guitar on No 2 Dizziness & No 5 Regain Control
Charlie Cawood: Sitar On No 8 Voice in the Dark
Label: Melodic Revolution Records (US)
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