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The Samples
Very Best Of: 1989-1994
What Are Records?

Colorado has always been proud of its unique and diverse musical climate, and one of the finest bands to ever come out of the scene was Boulder's The Samples. During the late 80's and early 90's, Sean Kelly and company released some of the finest, and most environmentally friendly music around. They even went to great lengths to create packaging for their CDs that was more eco-conscious. Fusing rock, pop, and reggae together into a ultra-friendly fusion of sound, the band was quick to find a unique niche. I can still remember working at Sound Warehouse and selling copies of it as the new Sting album. We turned a ton of people onto The Samples, and I'm glad that we did, because this band has always been better than any solo Sting record. I stand behind it.

This collection is a very comprehensive look at the first few years of the Samples, including a few tracks (on the DVD) from various members' solo outings of the early 90's. And let me assure you, there isn't a sleeper in the bunch. From the very first eponymous release, which is well documented here, to 1994's Autopilot, this is a supreme collection, excellent to remind fans of why they loved the band so sincerely and to bring new fans into the fold, as well. "Feel Us Shaking" is still as poignant today as it was way back in the 80's - even more so in light of recent world events. The Samples were always wearing their environmental conscience on their sleeves, and there are a ton of world-support songs here. But also included are some of those famous Sean Kelly love songs. My personal favorite, "Little Silver Ring" is here, as is "Water Rush" and "Only To You".

The included second disc is a DVD featuring five of the bands videos, bonus downloadable MP3s, and some fine live recordings… as well as the aforementioned solo tracks.

The W.A.R.? What are Records? Era of Samples music will always stand as the classic example of what is possible from four bright young men making conscious music. And this is without a doubt, the brightest of the bunch. Never again will the world see the chemistry that existed between Sean, Jeep, Andy and Al… back before the drug problems, the attitude problems, and the infighting. This is classic Samples. Pure. Fresh. Perfect.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Feel Us Shaking
2. Birth Of Words
3. Waited Up
4. When It's Raining mp3
5. Did Ya Ever Look So Nice?
6. 14th And Euclid
7. Taking Us Home
8. Little Silver Ring
9. Still Water
10. Nitrous Fall
11. Water Rush
12. Only To You
13. Weight Of The World
14. My Town (LIVE)
15. Summertime
16. Nature
17. When The Day Is Done

DVD Content

1. full "Ten Wheels" Documentary
2. "My Town" Video
3. "Everytime" Video
4. "Weight Of The World" Video
5. "Water Rush" Viideo
and 12 exclusive live and rare mp3s, inlcuding "Always Out Of Reach" from the 1989 Blue Album Sessions

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