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Great Big Sea

Great Big SeaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Great Big Sea is a bastard. Forged from the loins of Figgy Duff and Ryan's Fancy, GBS found its feet on the unforgiving streets of St. John's, and stood their ground when others faltered. When asked about their unlikely success, founding member Bob Hallett is typically candid: "We weren't the best musicians in town," he says, "we just wanted it more. We were driven ... Read more in Amazon's Great Big Sea Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • ASIN: B0001XAPOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Great Big Sea/Gone By the Board
2. Someday Soon
3. Excursion Around The Bay
4. What Are You At?
5. The Fisherman's Lament
6. I'se The B'y
7. Drunken Sailor
8. Irish Paddy/Festival Reel/ Roger's Reel
9. Time Brings
10. Jigs: Eavesdropper's/Both Meat & Drink/Off We Go
11. Berry Picking Time

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In 1993, a youthful quartet recorded a self-titled, independently produced debut album. They had been playing their own brand of Scots/Irish-influenced folk-rock to increasingly loyal audiences throughout Canada for several years, so there was a pre-existing demand. But it just kept growing! Thus begins the astonishing tale of how an obscure band from Newfoundland gradually evolved into a platinum-selling international phenomenon. Six albums later, their resources have broadened considerably, but the essence of their patented sound was obviously there from the beginning. Strong, tightly harmonized vocals, driving guitars, a profound mastery of Celtic instruments and traditions, plus a gleeful, uninhibited way with a hook were already part of the band¹s arsenal, much as they are today. Each of the 11 tracks has something to offer, but "The Fisherman's Lament," a bitter dirge about the destruction of Newfoundland's fishing industry, remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. --Christina Roden

Product Description

The multi-Platinum band Great Big Sea has become one of Canada's most popular exports, and after one listen to this reissue of their debut album, you'll know why. With rousing renditions of traditional tunes like "Drunken Sailor" and "I'se the B'y," plus originals such as "Someday Soon" and "Time Brings," Great Big Sea showcases the seeds of a sound which has won this band thousands upon thousands of fans around the country. "Great Big Sea has been more successful than any other contemporary North American band in bringing Anglo-Celtic folk sounds into rock clubs."-Dirty Linen

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I be Canadian? November 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to GBS by hearing their US release, Rant & Roar. A friend at work had it, and after I heard it the first time, people started getting mad at me for putting it on repeat constantly. I couldn't help it, I was completely entranced by the music. Now, here at my school, there's a whole crop of GBS fans. I love the energy of their music, you'd have to be dead for it not to brighten your spirits. My family history traces back to Canada, so from my reaction to this music, I think I've got a lot of their blood still in me. As has been said, it makes you want to go be a Newfie! My favorite song on this album is "Drunken Sailor". When I first heard it, I flipped out, then began singing along in a very loud voice. I remember singing this song as a child, and I still can't help joining in every time I hear it. My suggestion is to buy any one of their albums. They're all great, and you'll want the rest as soon as you hear one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, first effort November 10, 2004
By CJ
Format:Audio CD
GBS's songwiting has not yet reached their full potential, however their political bent and celtic leanings shine through in this effort. A must have for any GBS fan, and a very good album overall.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music February 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is the quintessential crown to any Newfoundland music collection. My boyfriend plays in over and over, and you know what? I enjoy every minute of it! I was born, raised and still live in Newfoundland. You won't believe it, but all those songs about drinking in the kitchen, small community togetherness and good times are true. This place has a culture all our own. I'm so proud that this stellar band has brought the gift of Newfoundland culture to the world.....and you have enjoyed it as much as we do!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW OUTLET July 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
THIS IS JUST A VERY SHORT REVIEW FROM BRIAN BORU TRAPPED IN A 45 YEAR OLD NEW ENGLANDER'S BODY WHO KNOWS IN ANOTHER LIFE HE LISTENED & SANG THE SAME MUSIC THESE BOYS ARE PLAYING. I HAVEN'T BEEN THIS EXCITED ABOUT A BAND AND IT'S SOUND SINCE THE FIRST TIME I LISTENED TO THE CHIEFTANS 19 YEARS AGO. I'M READY TO GO TO SEA WHENEVER THESE BOY'S WANT TO GO!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music! March 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is quite different from their newer stuff - less pop-like - but it's great. Relaxing seafaring music for the true GBS fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan! April 27, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love,love,love GBS-so of course would enjoy any of their music that is new to me!

This has a very traditional sea/folk sound-which I enjoy very much.I expected to love this-and I do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their First January 7, 2010
By Marduk
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was Great Big Sea's first album. It introduces the group and sets the tone for all the albums that followed. It's good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Road Rage April 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after owning Rant and Roar and Road Rage. I was also lucky enough to catch them live at The Bowery Ballroom in March 2002. This Cd captures their young energy mixed of course with their roots in tradition. This band draws the audience in with give and take singing. Everybody at the show, is in the show. They make everybody there wish they were from New Foundland!...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Sea Chanties
You don't have to be dusty to like songs of the sea and this group makes them approachable. It stays in rotation.
Published 10 months ago by Multisport
5.0 out of 5 stars the begining
I just got this album as I was a new fan of GBS. This is an earlier album and starts me at the begining of GBS's music on CD. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Dianne Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars A promising debut, but only a hint of things to come
On the DVD accompanying Great Big Sea's 2005 album "The Hard and the Easy", the Newfounland-based Celtic rockers indicate this self-titled debut is still their favorite album. Read more
Published on December 21, 2006 by A. Gammill
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, enjoyable update of old Celtic trad...
These Canadian fellas offer an earnest, bouncy mix of upbeat, slightly dorky, soft rock and Celtic-by-way-of-Newfoundland trad, sort of like the Pogues but without all the... Read more
Published on July 18, 2004 by DJ Joe Sixpack
5.0 out of 5 stars A wave of sound you've got to hear!
Their first album, but one of their best! It really shows you the raw talent that these guys began with, and all the musicality that they've developed. Read more
Published on August 16, 2000 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Great Big Sea
I got to know Great Big Sea while working in Geulph Ontario Canada and working with a girl from Newfoundland. This is a great album, with much richness in words and music. Read more
Published on April 1, 2000 by Robert Parker Balliger
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BIG SEA, good roots, good tunes
I first heard about Great Big Sea from this smaller band called Guster. Great Big Sea opened for them last year. This group is totally amazing... Read more
Published on February 18, 2000 by Jeffrey M Long
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