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A Larum [VINYL] [Box set]

Johnny Flynn Vinyl
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Following the critically acclaimed records (A Larum and Been Listening) Johnny Flynn returns with his hugely anticipated new album. After two years of acting in high profile plays such as Jerusalem, The Heretic and Richard III at The Globe his profile and fan base has risen significantly with substantial pre-campaign press including a full cover feature in The Independent on Saturday magazine. ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Flynn Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0015I2UMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Box
2. The Wrote & The Writ
3. Tickle Me Pink
4. Brown Trout Blues
5. Eyeless In Holloway
6. Shore To Shore
7. Cold Bread
8. Wayne Rooney
9. Leftovers
10. Sally
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Leftovers - Johnny Flynn, Matt Edmonds, Adam Beach, Lillie Flynn, Joe Zeitlin, Ryan Hadlock, Matt Doctor, Patrick Jones, Jon Salzman
2. Sally - Johnny Flynn, Adam Beach, Matt Edmonds, Joe Zeitlin, Johnathan Salzman, Ryan Hadlock, Matt Doctor, Patrick Jones, Jon Salzman
3. Hong Kong Cemetry - Johnny Flynn, Joe Zeitlin, Adam Beach, Matt Edmonds, Artis, Ryan Hadlock, Matt Doctor, Patrick Jones, Jon Salzman
4. Tunnels - Johnny Flynn, Ryan Hadlock, Matt Doctor, Patrick Jones, Jon Salzman
5. All The Dogs Are Lying Down - Johnny Flynn, Joe Zeitlin, Adam Beach, Matt Edmonds, Ryan Hadlock, Matt Doctor, Patrick Jones, Jon Salzman
6. Shore To Shore - reprise - Johnny Flynn, Ryan Hadlock, Matt Doctor, Patrick Jones, Jon Salzman

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's hear it for the band 3 Aug 2008
By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It is time for the nature of music reviews - at least for popular music - to change. There's no need any longer to read a review to help you decide if you want to buy an album. All of these tracks can be heard on various places online - either in part or in full, often in different arrangements, sometimes in video - and the lyrics too are freely available. So you can listen, and read, before you decide whether to buy. The traditional reviewer role of helping you decide whether or not this music will be for you, is redundant. It's time for 'reviewers' of popular music to become critics and commentators, to promote discussion rather than offer guidance. With that in mind, here's Johnny...

Very much part of the current British Folk scene, albeit South African by birth, Flynn is a 25-year old actor, poet and songwriter. He went to Bedales, one of the most expensive independent schools in the UK, and has acted in some very prestigious Shakespeare productions. His voice is expressive rather than melodic. He may not quite hit the notes, but he feels them.

The CD insert that is devoted to Flynn (the other insert is devoted to his backing group, The Sussex Wit) rather alarmingly (or a larumingly) cites Shakespeare and Chaucer as his storytelling forebears. Flynn himself says that he has always been interested in "...storytelling as an art form. Real epic storytelling. You hear that in Chaucer, and it's mirrored in traditional folk and in the blues." Quite so, but it's not mirrored in Flynn's own songs. They are not sustained narratives, do not tell a story. They are word pictures -- fragmentary, evocative and sometimes enigmatic. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Talented Mr Flynn 14 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I found Johnny Flynn and the Sussex wit by accident... if only all accidents were as lucky.

This music is the Levellers of the naughties (and I mean that as the highest compliment) not in any copycat sense but in the sense of a beautifully crafted album written with humour, sensitivity, intelligence and (above all) musicality. The playing and writing are perfectly balanced.

Although there is no chance A Larum will get 1% of the airtime it deserves this is music that will survive the decades and will charm music lovers long after the commercial rubbish that dominates the contempory charts has been relegated to cheesey retro club nights.

The very best album I've heard in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dont say in a letter what you can't in my ear.. 17 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
this really is a truly amazing album, johnny flynn & the sussex wit as a band are unsurpassable, in my opinion & his lyrics are magical.
buuut as much as i love a larum, i do have some criticisms..
as mentioned in other reviews, some of the songs have been altered ever so slightly for the album. 'the box' for instance, has a'longer introduction & has been slowed down with a minorly changed rhythm compared to the single version (which i prefer). i downloaded a live version of 'the wrote & the writ' which i also prefer to the album version, but mainly just because i prefer the simplicity of it (less violins & orchestration).
'tickle me pink' is unchanged & still wonderful, & 'leftovers' stands out as a definite highlight.
as a bit of a nerd,i think the arrangement of songs is important in creating the mood of an album & letting the songs sound their best, & i really like the order of the songs in this.
'eyeless in holloway' & 'shore to shore' are veery good, & i really recommend this album,
but i also recommend you try to source the single version of 'the box' & other versions of 'the wrote & the writ' so you may make up your own mind.
happy listening :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'm not usually into folk, but this really is brilliant. I've never heard the single versions of these tracks, but I think the album versions are of the highest calibre. The lyrics are thoughtful and witty, and the musical accompaniment is tangled, catchy, and perfectly paced. Although folk-ey in style, the album avoids being twee and ponderous like so much other folk music. Probably the best album I've bought this year.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 29 May 2008
By C. Wyer
Format:Audio CD
An amazing album, with a great array of songs - it flows brilliantly and could quite possibly be the most perfect album of the year.
The single versions of some original songs have been brilliantly reworked, and every track is as fresh and well-written as the next. Lyrically, as one would expect from Flynn, the words are thought provoking and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss it? 23 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I spotted this on a photographed music shelf of another favourite performer. Now I know why it was there. Simply an amazing record - and probably an inspiration to many others who have followed alongside him in this genre since its release. I can't recommend it enough, brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Folkin' Good 10 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant album, a couple of tracks towards the end that seem a little less accessible to anyone who isn't really into the scene but otherwise a great debut. If you like your blues or folk definitely worth checking out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy! 27 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a CD on which every song is a masterpiece! The Lyrics are superb and the Vocals are brilliant! This simply must be a part of your collection, I gaurantee that (if you are of sound mind) you will not regret this purchase as the catchy tunes will get you singing along and the highly original sound will fill a genre gap in your collection, which perhaps you didn't even realise was there. You will find yourself listening to these future classics over and over again.

A fantastic opoutunity to discover a CD from a rising artist, which is undoubtedly the best release to date this year!

A must buy for anyone who likes good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great listening
fantastic. johnny at his best.
Published 2 months ago by The Stafford's
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Album
Just love this man!
He has a distinctive voice and sound.
Squeaky door violin sounds are great as is the whole album.
Published 3 months ago by P. J. Thacker
4.0 out of 5 stars great service. good prices.
Excellent service. only v.occasionally there are slight scratches to the disc which make it jump.other than this occasional problem the prices are also very good.
Published 7 months ago by Tim Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars A Larum
Really enjoy this CD. Not heard any of this before, listened on Amazon and bought the CD, very happy with it.
Published 13 months ago by A. Revell
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
saw live at the GOTR tour at Lewes with the Sussex Wit. Great venue as well. Hope they play again, and in Lewes.
Published 13 months ago by rayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to kick back and listen to
I've had this album on my ipod and phone for a while through spotify, and I've always loved it. Since having some extra money floating around from a new job I've slowly been... Read more
Published 15 months ago by will
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...
Johnny Flynn has a beautiful voice, very unusual. Have listened to this cd a lot since purchase and never tire of it. Uplifting...
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. E. M. Breugelmans
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT BUT CRAP PACKAGING!!!
This must be one of the best albums I have ever bought and I haven't stopped listening to it since I got it... Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by beretta
5.0 out of 5 stars mindblowing
I've seen Johnny Flynn & The sussex Wit live twice now.
There is not a single bad song on any of their albums/eps. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2010 by M. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I purchased this based on a recommendation from Amazon. Since it arrived (along with several other CDs) I have played nothing but this CD. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by Loopy
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