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Over the course of his ten-year career, Iron and Wine's Sam Beam has become one of today's greatest story tellers, crafting meticulous tales full of forlorn love, religious imagery and wistful dreams. Many fell in love with Iron and Wine Beam's tender and spare rendering of The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" was featured on the Garden State soundtrack in 2002. ... Read more in Amazon's Iron & Wine Store

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  • Vinyl (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B001VKSPSC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. A. D. Plowman VINE VOICE on 22 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Around the Well" is a substantial compilation of B-sides, unreleased tracks and rarities that span the entire career of Iron and Wine thus far. It is a most welcome offering for us listeners to feast upon whilst waiting for the next album proper. In fact, it's one of the best compilations I've heard in some time (up there with Elliot Smith's "New Moon", dare I say it).

Over the course of 2 CD's, we hear clearly the evolution of the Iron and Wine sound. Disc one focuses on the early, lo-fi home recordings that were built around just acoustic guitar, slide guitar and Sam Beam's breezy whisper of a voice. Disc two presents the more polished and embellished but no less beautiful material of later years.

Highlights on disc one include "Morning", with its honeyed harmonies and intricate guitar picking. "Peng!33" is a Stereolab tune that Sam Beam interprets to stunning effect, making it his own. "Hickory" is another light, airy melody that evokes Texan landscapes. "Such Great Heights", that closes the disc, is so melodically powerful and intimate that it causes me to well up with tears!

On disc two, the differences are immediately apparent, with the presence of percussion, bass and piano and even a vaguely warped synthesiser (on "Arms of a Thief").
Highlights on this disc include "Belated Promise Ring", an upbeat, jaunty, buoyant piece that features a rather fetching piano solo. "God Made the Automobile",meanwhile, is astonishing, with a killer melody and charming "ooo-whoo" backing vocals. Elsewhere, we have "Serpent Charmer", a bongo-driven barnstormer. "Love Vigilantes" is a worthy rendition of a New Order classic. "The Trapeze Swinger", the album's closing tune, lasts for an epic ten minutes and not a moment is wasted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.O'B on 11 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Have a few Iron and Wine CD's, this one I got primarily for the 'Trapeze Swinger' the last song on the 2nd CD, which is a great song, and this is a really good version. The rest of the CD is just as good, quite mellow, but upbeat at the same time. Really glad I have added this album to my CD collection. Would recommend to all Iron and Wine fans, or those who have yet to become fans:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JuJuDollie on 28 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent double cd (triple lp) by Iron & Wine of early and unreleased songs. If you like your lyrics to be strong and your music handcrafted then add this to your collection.
It is lo-fi but certainly not elevator music. Sam Beam beautifully crafts his music. As it is early pieces you go on a journey with him as he becomes more confident in his songwriting.
His other records tend to have themes around them however as this is a collection just enjoy one man, his guitar and some friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H. Hyland on 28 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
simply put iron&wines b-sides and cast offs are better than most other artists albums great value double cd alsowith lovely artwork
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. G. Worrall on 2 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed listening to Shepards Dog, despite most people not liking so much the experimental approach in the album, so i was all ears for the new compilation of old recordings and new sounds. Around The Well was a winner for me, i've loved listening to the old crackly sound of the voices and acoustic guitar together, hence the five star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Blackburn on 4 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Often, an artist produces a few good albums, and then releases a B-sides/rarities compilation to plug the album gap, often due to a lack of new, strong material. Not so here! This absolutely brilliant compilation, essential for any Iron and Wine follower and recommended to anyone interested in subtle, lyrical music, is full of the soft, understated, aching beautiful songs that Iron and Wine has become revered for over the years.

The early tracks on the album bring back the earthy tones of Beam's brilliantly understated debut The Creek Drank The Cradle - "Dearest forsaken' is a highlight. Then, at the end of a journey from here through some of the most intimate and intelligent folk songs recently written, we have the epic, extremely poignant 'The Trapeze Singer', a ballad about lost love and nostalgic, aching memories.

Beam really shows his skill and originality in making all his songs relatively similar in form and content, yet allowing each one to stand on its own as a literary, evocative piece. This is essential stuff.
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