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Ground Of Its Own

Sam Lee Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Sam Lee, folk singer, promoter and animateur shines with his debut album “Ground Of Its Ownʼ. The recording is a musical manifesto, reflecting the artistic journey Sam has taken so far and the less
than conventional route getting there. A naturally gifted voice, singing was new to him until his first encounter with folk song some 6 years ago. This discovery of a new world ... Read more in Amazon's Sam Lee Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Nest Collective
  • ASIN: B0083ZT7SK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Ground Of Its Own" is the Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominated and striking debut release by Sam Lee, a young musician who is busy forging a unique path in the future of folk song. 'Ground of Its Own' is an 8-track release (produced by Gerry Diver and with mixes by John Wood, of Nick Drake fame) comprising traditional material, largely discovered through Sam's years of dogged research and exploration of often long forgotten songs. Not content to learn only from books or records, Sam has sourced most of his material direct from English Gypsy and Irish and Scottish traveller communities This versatile, pioneering, charismatic, provocateur has created a memorable album of depth and vitality.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remaking folk music for 21st Century 18 July 2012
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Heard an interview with Sam on Front Row and was intrigued. I have moved away from folk music in the last decade but the snippets I heard made the hairs on the back of my hand stand up. I don't say this lightly. Here is a great new voice reinterpreting the folk tradition for modern times. His voice is exquisite, carrying all the emotional lament for the past within its nuance. The arrangements are out there, using Jaw harp and other instruments to build up incredible layers of sound. Buy this album. Be blown away and thank the gods of old there are still people out there making music for music's sake and not just the mindless pap of ages or the froth of reality tv. Well done Sam, more please.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh talent 17 July 2012
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Here is a wonderfully crafted new album by a relative newcomer to the genre. I'm no knit-your-own-youghourt folkie but Lee's approach is gentle and intelligent and he makes a tune unfold beautifully in ways you would not expect. Most are truly moving - Goodbye my Darling and the Tan Yard Slide are lyrical and sad - whilst a couple of jolly foot-tappers will lift your mood. His medieval-styled lyrics coupled with the use of unexpected instruments - marimba, trumpet, sleigh-bells, steel drums, clarinet (from what I can hear) - are idiosyncratic but they just work - a mark of someone who really 'gets' music. His voice is magnificent, soft and gentle: a lovely instrument. I will certainly be looking to purchase previous albums. I wouldn't get too upset about the anti-semitic sentiment causing a previous reviewer to only give one star. People sing about life, good or bad - deal with it.

Update - short listed for the Mercury Prize 2012 but sadly not the winner. Sorry, this is a debut album so no previous works to compare.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground of its own - world of its own 27 Aug 2012
By orfeo
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Once in a generation, if we're lucky, an album appears that moves onward and upwards. Think Christy Moore's 'Prosperous' think Sam Lee's 'Ground of its Own'. A pure voice, true to the song itself, captivates. Imaginitive arrangements elevate. It is now, it is then. It is the singer and the song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAM LEE GROUND OF ITS OWN 3 Nov 2012
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I HAVE NEVER BEEN INTO THE FOLK SCENE SO MIGHT NEVER OF HEARD OF SAM LEE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR STUART MACONIE'S FREAK ZONE AND THANK WHOEVER YOU BELIEVE IN I WAS LISTENING. SAMS VOICE MADE THE HAIRS STAND UP ON THE NAPE OF MY NECK IT IS BEAUTIFUL. THE SONGS EVOKE SO MANY EMOTIONS THE ARRANGMENTS ARE STUNNING AND THAT VOICE! EVEN IF YOUR A COMPLETE RESISTER TO FOLK MUSIC I URGE YOU TO GO TO UTUBE AND LISTEN TO SAM AND LIKE ME YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF FIRMLY PLANTING YOUR FINGER IN YOUR EAR AND EMBRACING YOUR INNER FOLKY AND YOU WILL BE COMPELLED TO BUY GROUND OF ITS OWN AND PLAY IT TO DEATH. CANT WAIT FOR MORE.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite special 11 Aug 2012
By Y. Levy
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Not a long a detailed review; I am into vocal music, but not heavily into Folk. To summarize my impression of Sam Lee's CD - this is a unique treatment of the music, sung to perfection with deep understanding of what he is singing, combined with a very high degree of musicianship. The singing is haunting, and sensitive, paying as much attention to words as to music, and goes a long way to convert one to a fan of the genre. Impressive debut disc, evidently a labour of love. Looking forward to more. Thanks Sam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground of its own 24 July 2012
By neilb-t
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This has to be album of the year. Not only does Sam Lee have an amazing voice and a fantastic selection of little known songs but the arrangements are fresh different and frankly out of this world.
Goodbye my darling is my choice to be top of an outstanding selection but just listen to the trumpet on On yonder hill or the brilliant combination of instuments on Wildwood amber . If you love folk music or just good music buy this album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last 24 Jun 2012
By Hitch22
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I've been waiting for a release by Sam Lee for what seems like ages after hearing the few brilliant things you can find on You Tube. On first listening I already know it's a wonderful record that I'll probably play a 100 times this month, both traditional and new and of course, with that great voice, perfect for folksong. Shame no Puck's song but you can get it on Oak Ash Thorn and I suspect some legal reason for that. I hope this is just the start of many great records. If you like UK folk, a must buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Guitars missing 19 July 2012
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So, what's the latest "enfant terrible" of the nu-folk scene got to offer us (after all that pre-publicity) then ? Well, putting aside any considerations of the virtues of song collection or the merits of re-interpreting the "tradition", and just simply listening to it as an album in its own right, it's sort of ... overwhelmingly alright. Actually it verges on the slightly boring at times and struggles to hold my attention at times. I'm afraid that for my punk-rock ears a whole album totally devoid of guitars and without much in the way of drums is a bit too much for me to take all in one go. (Don't be alarmed, punk & folk are two sides of the same coin I reckon). However, and let's concentrate on this, it does contain a couple of absolute gems.

The best is On Yonder Hill where the part of "lead guitar" is taken by "hunting horn". OK it's actually a trumpet but that's what it (deliberately) sounds like, brilliant, brilliant, absolute genius. The other gem is Goodbye My Darling, which (once it gets going) sounds like Outdoor Miner by Wire, yes, it really does. It's worth the price of admission just for these two tracks alone. Actually it would be worth it just for On Yonder Hill alone.

A word on the earlier review by Leonardo27 who has completely missed the point to an almost unbelievable degree. As Sam explained on a recent Mike Harding show, the song The Jew's Garden is there to demonstrate how the English can be shown in a bad-light regarding anti-semitism. So therefore, one could say that the presence of the song here is effectively anti-English rather than anti-semitic. Was Leonardo27 not aware that Sam is Jewish ? It seems to get mentioned in every interview he does and every article about him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sam Lee
Great voice for the genre and accomplished delivery of the tradition.
Published 9 days ago by K A B
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music. Auto rip was advertised ...
5 stars for the music.

Auto rip was advertised on this cd but it never materialised.
Published 1 month ago by Robin Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff. Seek him out
Sam Lee's gypsy-inspired offerings manage to feel both traditional and contemporary, thanks to exciting and creative arrangements that successfully combine individual flair with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keir Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel a bit short changed!
I love Sam Lee's voice, his charisma, his musicians, his choice of songs and his inventive creative treatment of them.
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Published 13 months ago by Mrs Jan Keen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, sung on a great way
A great album, it surprised me a lot! I can't wait to hear this songs be heard on a stage.
Published 15 months ago by Hans Kottelaar
4.0 out of 5 stars Poisoned Ivy
The songs are actually secondary to the arrangements.There are echoes here of the Incredible String Band and a creeping engagement for the listener with the music, hence the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jhock
4.0 out of 5 stars i like it!!
I like it because even when his music stops it hauntingly carries on in your head and thats weird but great music
Published 18 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice. Fascinating music
Apart from being a great singer, Sam Lee is obviously a great cultural historian. This selection of folk, mainly Romany songs have been passed down the generations for hundreds of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rob Cottrell
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Dull Dull
Firstly, credit where it is due - Sam does have a fine voice and has obviously taken great pains to collect this song collection. Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Julkes Holland
After hearing Sam Lee on Jules Holland, I came straight to Amazon and downloaded his album - and it was well worth the risk! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs Louise Marshall
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