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The Sea to the North

Garth HudsonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Breeze Hill
  • ASIN: B00006JNDG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. The Sea To The North
3. The Breakers
4. Third Order
5. Dark Star
6. Little Island

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garth Hudson-A true Wizard October 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I recently heard that Garth Hudson was bankrupt and they were doing a benefit for him so he could save his house. How does one of our greatest musicians, whose albums are constantly being re-released wind up in this predicament ?. If it was only for the above reason I would have purchased this CD but lo and behold, when I received this I was overjoyed that this turns out to be one magnificent recording by a modern day musical Wizard. The compositions are dense and melodic with Garth's ideas and playing almost bursting from the tracks. This guy has more musicality and ideas in one finger then most musicians have in their head hands and feet. Buy this and sit back and be amazed. I hope some of our newer groups start calling Garth to work his magic on their recordings like he did with the Band and every musician who has worked with him (The Honeydogs come to mind as a good match). Thanks Garth, play on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Wonderful. February 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Fans of the Band have always been in awe of Garth Hudson's musical genius. From the Band's early days as the Hawks, to the classic 1965-66 tours with Bob Dylan, to Music from Big Pink in 1967, all the way to Jubilation in 1998, Garth Hudson has constantly enriched their music with his brilliance on the keyboards, accordian, and saxophones (as well as various other esoteric instruments!). Garth's uniqueness can be explained (but only in part) by the wide range of his musical interests--from the rock/blues/country mix of the Band, to classical music, jazz, Anglican hymns, European polkas (!), and much much more.
This, then, is the album we've been waiting for: an album that shows off the true eclectic artistry of Mr. Hudson. It is truly unique. It's (largely) instrumental, and sounds very little like a Band album...your comfort level with that may depend on how open you are to diverse musical genres & new sounds. Every track is different, and reflects a different cross-section of styles and influences...from the title track (which alone is worth the price of the album...a stunning, dark but whimsical blend of accordians, Indian percussion, saxophones, and much more) to the final track (a gorgeous, soulful tour de force on acoustic piano). I love this album...you just might too. The liner notes for the album advises the listener to "let it resonate within you, and don't be surprised to make new discoveries each time you listen"...I couldn't agree more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Show Off Garth's Compositional Ability July 17, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big fan of The Band and Garth Hudson, and after seeing Garth improvise so brilliantly on the "making of the Brown Album" DVD, I expected his CD to be full of the same sort of stuff. Complex chord changes, sophisticated melody lines, tons of snakey keyboard runs...that's what I expected. And to be fair, the last song does fall into that category...it's terrific.
But the rest of the album relies too heavily on jamming, studio trickery, and input from other people aside from Hudson. With a mind as brilliant as Garth's at your disposal, why record a lengthy jam session based on a boring 2-chord progression? Why insert trippy overdubs and noises, when hearing Garth simply PLAY is much more exciting.
Wanted to love this, but didn't. Maybe you will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to clear your head January 2, 2002
By S. Hill
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I can't really describe this music - so many elements come
together here. It's not a mish-mash or styles, or noodling; it
might be called "New Age", but it has more life and character
than the average run of such music. It's not background music
for conversation; it demands attention, but in the most polite
way. I use it to clear my head and calm jangled nerves. It's
fine to come home after too much outside life and put this on
the player and cast myself down on the couch for a bit of
the best kind of music therapy.
The title track is my favorite - groaning iceberg sounds, cold
and clear and lonely in a vast surging sea. "The Breakers" is
warmer and softer; I see different images every time I hear it.
It's possible to listen to each track alone, but I think of this
as an album with perfect sequencing, taking me on a mental
journey that leaves me refreshed. I've not tried it as road
music, but I suspect it's a fine sound track for driving long
distances through empty country.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique, musical music September 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the unique album of the year. A solo record from
Garth Hudson is something I never expected. It's good that
he's working because two of the Band's three singers are
deceased, and the third, Levon Helm, can't sing because of
cancer. When I heard Garth would do a solo CD I anticipated
that it would be new age music, not my favorite, but I would
buy it anyway because it would be Garth. But I was surprised
and impressed by the music, consistently. This is
a sometimes quiet and subdued set of compositions but also powerful, colorful, and bold. Any of the songs, with
the exception of the "Dark Star" cover, which never seems to go
anywhere for me, could be expanded to a piece covering a whole
CD. One could say it sounds like world music but that isn't
quite right, even though it's rich with influences from Asia, Africa, and Europe. And yet it manages to sound like The Band
in spirit--can't really say how, but it's there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Me personally I love instrumental music. Once I started listening to this album I thought "its a very interesting combo". Read more
Published 2 months ago by mayesjam
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the dough
Its different yet still reminds you of the band. Happy to support garth And his work. Im excited to keep this in my collection.

Published 11 months ago by PWabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars The best post-Band album? Probably.
Garth Hudson is well-recognized in the music world as one of the greatest organ/sax/piano/accordion/melodica players of the 20th century. Read more
Published on February 11, 2008 by Michael Pawlows
3.0 out of 5 stars Complexity is both the greatest virtue and greatest flaw
Garth Hudson's The Sea to the North boils over with themes and strands. The music is dense and thick, so much so that focusing on and sticking with an idea sometimes proves... Read more
Published on June 9, 2006 by loce_the_wizard
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely, nicely....ummm...
This is one of those "I really wanted to like this album" reviews. And I did want to like it, insofar as Garth Hudson is a master musician who was the unassuming... Read more
Published on June 28, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite CD
Awesome piano, accordian and sax... Beautiful vocals... Go ahead, treat yourself to this one...
Published on October 11, 2002 by David L. Zuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic
I was surprised by this album, which shouldn't have surprised me because there was no telling how Garth Hudson's first album was going to sound. Read more
Published on December 14, 2001 by Steven Hirsch
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