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SamplesAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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The Samples were a band formed in Boulder, Colorado in early 1987. The band's name came from the members' early sustenance of food samples from the local grocery store. The music has been described as "reggae influenced folk and rock/pop". The founding members were Sean Kelly (Guitar/Vocals), Andy Sheldon (Bass/Vocals), Charles Hambleton (guitar), Jeep MacNichol ... Read more in Amazon's Samples Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: What Are Records
  • ASIN: B000001HZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After nine years, still one of my favorite CD's September 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this album eight years ago as a freshman in college. Lucky for me, I live within travelling distance to Boulder, therefore, I was able to see this band live on several occasions. Although the band has become a staple in the college Greek scene, this album still remains in the top five of my all time favorite records. "Birth of Words" is, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautifully poignant tunes ever recorded. "Could it Be" as well, is so simply elegant...The Samples had to struggle in later years to surpass the innocent beauty of their debut album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Time Fan November 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who likes The Police, The Outfield, Cutting Crew, XTC or Naked Eyes, will most undoubtedly enjoy this debut from The Samples. This is a fresh new sound combining all of the elements of the previously mentioned artists, yet it's a style and sound all their own. I first purchased this on Cassette back when it first came out, and I was hooked! By the time it was released on CD, I already had every available release on cassette. Needless to say, I have upgraded to CD, and let me tell you, I never get tired of listening to it. "Feel Us Shaking" has to be my all time favorite track, "Ocean Of War", "Close To The Fires", are a close second and third. All in all, the entire CD is a great investment. Enjoy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific debut November 30, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album has been released and re-released so many times it's hard to believe. But I guess that's a testament to how good it is.
Originally released in 1988, this CD started as a self-release by the band. Very quickly, they signed with Arista records who wanted them to change their sound a bit to get more radio play. The band said no way and left the label. After that, the independent label W.A.R? (What Are Records?) signed them and re-released the album. Interestingly, after a number of releases with that label, they left to sign with MCA. After only one album (Outpost), they returned to W.A.R? They're either still with W.A.R.? or they may be self-releasing their new material again. I forget.
Anyway, this debut album sounds something like a cross between XTC and the Police to me, not a bad thing at all. Highlights include the brilliant "Birth Of Words," one of the finest breakup songs ever written (reworked in less successful fashion for "Outpost"); "Close To The Fires," a song about the environment, and "Feel Us Shaking," another relationship song, also reworked in inferior fashion for the hodgepodge W.A.R.? debut, "Underwater People."
But really there isn't a clunker in the bunch. At ten songs, they limited it to only their best material I suppose, something which cannot be said for albums past their second album for W.A.R.?, the even superior "No Room."
All in all a great album by a relatively unknown band. Give it a try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Music August 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In 12 years of listening to The Samples and attending shows around the country, this album (their first) remains their best and my personal favourite. From basic reggae beats, Jeep's incredible percussion splashes and skills, Charles' acoustic and mandolin talents, to Sean Kelly's Sting-like vocals, every song on this album is outstanding and tells its own story. This band's music is so easy to fall in love with, and this is their must have album! Despite numerous personnel, management, and label changes, The Samples continue to write great songs and are touring as I type! Check them out when they visit your state or town ... it's a show you'll never forget!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Names Says It All October 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
This is the best introductory cd of the Samples. It contains many of their earliest songs ever written and eases one into some of their more recent recordings. This cd was originally released in 1989 and still is one of my all time favorites. By far the best band to come out of Boulder...and just to let everyone know, they got their name because when they first started making music for a living, they did not have much money at all. The fact is the only food they could afford were the samples handed out in grocery stores up on the hill in Boulder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely good music November 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to the samples since I was about 8 years old. After 7 years of liking the samples, I sitll think that they are one of the best bands to ever hit this planet. I love the guitar in all of the songs, and I think that the lyrics in most of the songs are really deep. It's one of those cd's that you can listen to 15 times over and not get sick of it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classics February 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, I just happened to stumble in here out of curiosity, figured I'd throw in my 2 cents. I have the original release of this cd from 1989, and take my word for it, the cd is in some sorry shape. Of course, that's probably because I've listened to this cd more than any other...far more. So, if you are new to this band, I highly recommend this cd. Now, for those who have mentioned it before, The Samples aren't mainstream because they don't want to be. Before MCA came around, they had time and again turned down offers from major labels. It's was and remains to be a conscious decision on their part. That alone ought to attract anyone to their music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quite possibly the best cd ever made-seriously December 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This band is the best kept secret in the music industry. Anyone who knows who the Samples are and what they are all about, knows how impressive this cd is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best Samples album
in 1989, I managed a crummy bicycle shop, "Full Cycle" in Boulder, Colorado. The Samples had just recorded this album and they played most nights, at "Tulagi's" - a bar on 13th... Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by John J. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
This album is a life changing album for myself as I'm sure many others. I owe the great life I've had is all due to Sean Kelly and The Samples.
Published on April 14, 2008 by Joe from Mesa, AZ
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Songs in History
"Feel Us Shaking." This song alone is worth the price of the disk.

I heard this song in the Summer of 1992 in Austin, Texas, and

ran like a lunatic to Tower... Read more
Published on September 23, 2006 by A Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars the one that started it all
I've been listening to the Samples since 89' and this is a band where the original is clearly the best work. Read more
Published on November 3, 2005 by W. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
I, too, have gone through many copies of this disc because of overwear. I first heard this album back in 1990 when my boss, who was from Colorado, used to play it at my job. Read more
Published on July 19, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back good memories of the mid-90's
I must have listened to The Samples at least a hundred times until someone "borrowed" it from me, so now I am buying it again. Read more
Published on April 30, 2000 by Lion of Ions
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and simple.
Its hard to be in a bad mood after you listen to this album. It just makes you want to run outside and play. Read more
Published on February 16, 2000 by Jackson Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A first time listener!
I just got turned on to The Samples from a friend, and I love their music! It is so fresh and live! I plan to run out and buy their album today! Read more
Published on January 25, 2000 by Sandy
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