Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 3 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Sleepless has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Great CD! All CDs are fully guaranteed. Ships directly from Amazon.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.75
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Sleepless
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Sleepless


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Album
Sleepless
"Please retry"
$7.99
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, August 17, 1999
"Please retry"
$13.99
$9.99 $2.97
$13.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 3 left in stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Sleepless + Hourglass + The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Price for all three: $41.97

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

With the 1998 released of Hourglass, Kate Rusby became the top selling celtic artist in the US. Sleepless, her much anticipated follow up album, is another outstanding collection of tradition folk songs and originals, arranged and sung in Rusby's inimitable style. Special guests on the album include Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott and producer John McCusker. As a bonus for US fans, this will include the bonus track "Cowsong" which was originally released as a UK only single.

Amazon.com

Anyone expecting a stylistic leap the second time out for this bright talent will be disappointed with Sleepless. The mystery, however, is how anyone could listen to Kate Rusby's stunning debut, Hourglass, and wish that she'd abandon a sound that fits her like a custom-cut bodice. The Yorkshire, England-based classicist is clearly committed to the traditional folk music of her homeland, and she inhabits the music with preternatural confidence. First and foremost, she has a rare knack for making arcane phraseology seem vibrant. Witness the first album's "He took up his sword and he went to fight / Fa la lanky down dilly." Or, from this sophomore effort: "She's hit him on the head / The young man fell like lead / Quite dead / Upon the floor he lay." She dances over the words as if tipsy on some magical potion. Like its predecessor, Sleepless is marked by warm and supple playing. Among the smart originals and adapted traditionals is one contemporary selection--Iris DeMent's "Our Town." Appropriate, for as DeMent resuscitates old-time American hill music with unselfconscious élan, so does Rusby make the timeworn music of the British Isles come alive. --Steven Stolder

1. The Cobblers Daughter
2. I Wonder What Is Keeping My True Love This Night
3. The Fairest Of All Yarrow
4. The Unquiet Grave
5. Sho Heen
6. Sweet Bride
7. All God's Angels
8. The Wild Goose
9. The Duke And The Tinker
10. Our Town
11. The Sleepless Sailor
12. Bonus Track: Cowsong
13. Bonus Track: Botany Bay

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00000JWCN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Kate Rusby is a new voice to me, but her music is familiar. I have to admit I was swayed by reviews on this site that said her first cd was better than this one. I disagree. Though the first is totally above average--"A Rose in April" and "I am Stretched on Your Grave" total standouts--I feel the material on this cd is stronger. "Sho Heen" is haunting, "The Sleepless Sailor" a sing-along favorite, "Cowsong" begins soft and gets your toe tapping, makes you want to "fall down in the green grass," like the lyrics. But make no mistake, this is a very mellow cd, for those cold winter nights, by firelight and candlelight. Or a lazy Sunday morning, sunlight streaming through the curtains.
P.S. If you like Kate, you'll like Connie Dover (begin with "Wishing Well").
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bonds VINE VOICE on February 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is my first experience with the voice of Kate Rusby. Repeated listenings confirmed for me that there is something new to hear each time. That is the mark of a good album. Because I enjoyed this album so much, I got most of her other CDs as well as her concert DVD. I will only comment on one song, "Wild Goose," which is my favorite. In fact I loved it so much I went hunting for sources and found out (as I suspected) that it is a sea shanty (a "halyard song" to be precise), sometimes known as "Ranzo" or "Ranzo Ray." Those words appear in the chorus, as another reviewer mentioned. Of course Kate does her own thing with it, and the results give me a lump in the throat. It's a wonderful thing to know how a song can live many lives, from long-ago sailors singing as they work the sails and ropes, to my living room in 2004, and still have a powerful meaning. Thanks, Kate.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Kirk on June 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I freely admit to being one whose tastes run more towards the pierced-navel gazing sort of folk music, so I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this CD. I bought it because of Kate's amazing cover of Iris Dement's "Our Town" and have come to love the other tunes here as well. Kate's voice is stunning and the arrangements are simple (nothing like those of Loreena McKennitt whose music I either find lush and haunting or pretentious and over-the-top, depending on my mood) and, despite the high body count, there is humor to be found throughout. Recommended to all, even to those who believe themselves to have an aversion to traditional folk.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William J. Wolfe on December 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've been a "folkie" since wayback, before the beginning. As a kid, I used to fall asleep listening to the radio with the volume turned low, to tunes by the Kinston Trio. I've always like traditional music, and always been especially touched by Celtic music.
Kate Rusby's "Sleepless" hits those marks dead center, with nearly every tune on the CD. But let's get real -- this is not a rockin' jigs and reels Celtic CD. Much of the music is slow, and all of it done in Kate's own style. I invite you to compare her version of "The Unquiet Grave" with Karan Casey's on her CD "Songlines." Both are great, but Kate's occasionally tremelo voice vibrates my soul. If you like a good lullaby -- try "The Sleepless Sailor." And for poetic imagery, listen closely to "Sweet Bride." In fact, I am -- as I write this review.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Probably almost anything Kate Rusby did after "Hourglass" would be a letdown, so I can't really shout "sophomore slump!" yet. "Sleepless" has a gracefully somber texture, and Rusby has a wonderful voice for folk music -- supple, understated, cleverly inflected, and just Yorkshire enough to be charming but not "cute." However, the material on "Sleepless" isn't as strong as her previous recordings (Rusby doesn't sound as excited by it, either), and her duets in particular sound uninspired and awkward -- odd, since she sings so well with the Poozies and Kathryn Roberts. The CD is helped considerably at its end by two "bonus" tracks, both of which work better than some of the material on the album proper. If "Hourglass" weren't already out there, I'd probably be more impressed -- not fair, but that's what happens when a first album is so good.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on August 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Kate Rusby, the woman who makes traditional songs sound as fresh as the latest rock songs has released another album mixing lovely originals with a variety of disarming old songs.
Equipped with the voice she is, Rusby can hardly fail -- an instrument capable of wide-eyed wonder, snowy innocence, weary darkness and infinite compassion, often at the same time, Rusby's voice is augmented by her distinct yet endearing phrasing. It lends the words a warm quality.
Of course, then there are the marvelous songs -- the beautiful gaiety of lead track "The Cobbler's Daughter", with its bouncing beat and Rusby's happy vocal ramblings; the lonely flute that accompanies the lone sad voice in "I Wonder What Is Keeping My True Love This Night"; an adaptation of popular ballad "The Unquiet Grave" (though cutting out some of the more grisly, rotting-flesh words in the original ballad); the haunting "Sho Heen", starting out a cappella (an effective device Rusby used on "Sorrows Away" on The Poozies' excellent Infinite Blue album); the giddily romantic "Sweet Bride"; and the choked, touching jealousy/self-consciousness behind the story of "All God's Angels", a duet with Tim O'Brien, whose magnetic, masculine works wonders with Rusby's wary croon. The last three, all originals by Rusby, again show that she is never relegated to doing old songs. Formidable as her interpretation may be, there's much more she can offer. With more exposure, her songs could become the standards of tomorrow. And future Rusbys would credit her for penning them.
If there's justice in the future of music.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Sleepless
This item: Sleepless
Price: $13.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?