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  • Original Release Date: 24 Jun 2012
  • Label: The Nest Collective
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 The Nest Collective Records
  • Total Length: 42:56
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  • ASIN: B0087IUFIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,374 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Peters on 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 By TMathews on 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 By orfeo on 27 Aug 2012
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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 By nannaraine on 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 By Y. Levy on 11 Aug 2012
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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 By neilb-t on 24 July 2012
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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 By Hitch22 on 24 Jun 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Cottrell on 21 Feb 2013
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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 years.
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