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Transmissions From the Sea of Tranquility [Live]

SamplesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

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listen  2. Prehistoric Bird 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. African Ivory 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Indiana 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Still Water 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. When The Day Is Done 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Information 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Did You Ever Look So Nice 7:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Conquistador 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Blocked Transmissions By A Little Whale 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Giants 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Weight Of The World 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Won't Be Back Again 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Who Am I 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. (Home Recordings) 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  2. Transmissions From Earth 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Losing End Of Distance 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Streets In The Rain 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Anyone But You 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Last Drag 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Little Silver Ring 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Flying 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nothing Lasts For Long 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. As Tears Fall 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Buffalo Herds & Windmills 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Feel Us Shakin 9:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Summertime 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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 (September 23, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: What Are Records
  • ASIN: B000001HZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stand-Alone Masterpiece March 7, 2002
By Jessica
Format:Audio CD
In this day of candy pop music and overdone morbid music, this double disc is the silver lining of an otherwise monotonous cloud of digital garbage. The Samples have brought together the majority of their meaningful songs as well as new insights toward this beautiful piece of work.
Favorites include live versions of "Weight of the World", "Feel Us Shaking", "Did You Ever Look So Nice", a cover of John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels", and AMAZING versions of "Anyone But You" and "Nothing Lasts for Long". There is also a hilarious little whale bit.
Another plus is the way Sean/Andy describe the meanings behind the pieces, on the disc jacket. Plus the pictures are a riot.
If you are a Samples fan, this is a MUST because the acoustic versions of the songs you know are elevated to a new level. If you are unfamiliar with the Samples, I highly recommend this album, for with a varying musical range from folk to alternative, they will appeal to most music fans. I cannot really think of a band they remind me of, but Dave Matthews Band is a big fan of the Samples work, if that tells you anything. This double disc is a great investment! I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never looked so nice. August 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One day I downloaded a track of "Feel Us Shakin'" featuring frontman Sean Kelly and Boyd, LeRoi, and Carter from the Dave Matthews Band. The next week, I picked up this album, off of the strength of that one song, and it was in my stereo for about a month straight afterward. Tracks like "Sacred Stones," "Feel Us Shakin'," "Nothing Lasts for Long," and "Who Am I" sound like they can only be sang through tears of joy, and rousing versions of "Did You Ever Look So Nice," "Won't Be Back Again," and "Little Silver Ring" among others run wild with energy, greatly benefitted by Sean Kelly's soaring vocals. It is said that The Samples can only be truly appreciated if seen live, and aside from catching them on one of there numerous tour dates, a copy of "Transmissions" is as beneficial a satellite broadcast from venues all across Anytown, USA. A must have for any hardcore or fledgling fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ahhh ... the samples June 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
the samples. i love this band, yet they frustrate the heck out of me. clearly, if you're new to the samps and want to buy an album indicative of their collective work, this is obviously it. or, if you want them at their best, i like "the last drag." but that's not really why i wanted to write a review. i guess i just wanted to say that this band has such amazing potential, but they only use it every now and then. sean has one of the most unique high voices in rock today (he capos every song!), and he's occasionally a great songwriter, but most often the samps just seem to rest on their laurels. i've seen them six times, and most recently in april they just sucked. and they just played their instruments bad. i don't understand them. i think they need to get off of their ridiculously rigorous touring schedule, spend more than 2 months in a studio, focus on writing, and produce an album of the caliber that everybody knows they can. the road is wearing them out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sample Staple August 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are a Samples fan, this album is a staple. This album is kind of a smorgasboard of Samples. The album is a compilation of live, acoustic, and studio tracks. The live versions of the classics are terrific. Great sound quality.

If you enjoy reading album jackets cover to cover, this is one of my favorites. Sean describes the meanings, lyrics and inspirations to the songs which I think is really cool.

I highly recommend this album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains one of the Best from one of music's Best! March 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Sample's "Transmissions from the Sea of Tranquility" is a live album from The Samples released in 1997. As an avid Samples fan, this CD remains one of my favorite albums by the band. As the liner notes indicate, the album was recorded during a period of band member transitions, and there was some doubt as to whether the band would remain together. Thankfully, Sean Kelly and company have remained together to this day and continue to produce some of the best and most overlooked rock music.
The bulk of the material in this double CD is live material found on their earlier studio releases, including their self-titled debut, No Room, The Last Drag, and Autopilot. There are also a few studios songs sprinkled in, including a cover of John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels". What I enjoy most about this Samples album is the stripped-down nature of the songs; most are acoustic and a bit of a departure from their earlier works. There are a couple of weak songs, notably "Prehistoric Bird" and a remake of an early Samples song, "African Ivory". However, there are some great gems that appear on later albums, such as "Indiana" and "Losing End of Distance"
In my humble opinion, The Samples continue to be the best, if least known band in music today. While Sean Kelly's voice may not be spectacular, his song writing is superb and the musical instrumentation is terrific. The lyrics often tell wonderful stories and vignettes of love, life, and loss. I've been to dozens of Samples concerts since first seeing them in 1992, and I've rarely been disappointed. If you are either a longtime Samples fan or just discovering their music, I highly recommend this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As always the Samples are wonderful!
Published 20 days ago by terramama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best CD's you'll ever own.
Published 1 month ago by Brian J. Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Kelly and The Samples Collection of Great Songs
Excellent list of songs. For anyone who enjoys dmb, counting crows, john mayer. This album has many tracks that speak powerfully.
Published 17 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Found Again
I have had this album hanging around for several years. Heard and liked the album, but we all move on. Recently I have returned. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
As a casual Samples fan I didn't rush to this, but once it was less than a dollar used I ordered it. Best 52 cents I spent all week. There's some GREAT versions of songs here. Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by H3@+h
2.0 out of 5 stars Counting Crows plus corn syrup minus angst
One reviewer here mentioned Blues Traveler. To the effect that if you're tired of Blues Traveler and the like, try "Transmissions." I'm cool with what the reviewer said... Read more
Published on October 27, 2008 by Mr. Scott T. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love the versions of "Giants" "Still Water" "The Last Drag" "Streets in the Rain" and "Information". Read more
Published on August 18, 2004 by M. J. Lomenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD you can own
The Samples have always been a favorite of mine. The Samples good energy combined with creative lyrics make them a band i will keep listening to over and over. Read more
Published on June 9, 2003 by C. Kudrna
5.0 out of 5 stars transmissions from the sea of tranquility
this cd very closely mirrors the experience of seeing the samples live. good energy, great of my top ten albums ever. Read more
Published on January 18, 2001 by Loves to cook
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