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The Family

Satchel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Aug 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000024SHB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Smith is unstoppable. 19 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
'That dude from Brad.Y'know,the Pearl jam thing.' Thats probably all Shawn Smith's ever gonna be known as,which is a crying shame.This album is mainly piano driven and has a similar vibe to Brad's 'Welcome to discovery park', but with better songs.If you quite liked '...discovery park',but for some reaon don't listen to it very much,buy this.It'll make your day,trust me.If you don't know what I'm saying,then you should definitely buy this as a starting point into the world of Shawn Smith.Beautiful music is all you'll get for your trouble.Truly moving,uplifting,catchy....I can't stress how lovely this album is.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered talent... 21 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Shawn smith has a voice like an angel, is an accomplished songwriter and yet no recognition from the mainstream? No matter, to the people who appreciate soulful, heartfelt lyrics and a need to be immersed in beautifully crafted songs then this surely must rank very high indeed. I cannot fault this album in anyway, from the gorgeous vocals, piano and silky guitar playing. Highlights? Too many to mention, try all of them!! I have been listening to this album since the day it was released and I can see this being played for as long as I draw a breath. To sum up, beautiful and uplifting, a talent yet to be discovered!!Family
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars near perfect 9 Jan 2004
By Brent Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
shawn smith has been a favorite of mine since i heard him singing back-up on an afghan whigs record. smith is amazing. he's the most overlooked talent of our generation. you have to see the man live.
sure, the album has a couple clinkers, like the bouncey "without love", but once you hear "criminal justice", "breathe deep", or my persoanl favorite "roll on", you'll be overwhelmed. and then you'l scramble for everything you can find by shawn.
check out the first twilight singers album. it features three of the most talented artists in music today, smith, greg dulli (previously of the afghan whigs) and happy chichester (of howlin' maggie). good stuff. the new howlin' maggie record, "hyde" is great as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar 22 Dec 2001
By "grant_wishes" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a musician and I had the chance to see a couple of Brad shows in clubs in Houston and Austin. I went right to the front and watched Shawn Smith very closely. He is indeed a genius. I have attended hundreds of concerts and I am rarely moved. I left those Brad shows with chills that lasted for days. Of all the Smith work, I like "The Family" the best. These songs are gorgeous and complete. Not since Billy Joel's auspicious debut has piano-based rock music sounded so pure. Billy Joel, however, was unable to repeat the genius he displayed on "The Ballad of Billy the Kid." Say hello to the new Piano Man: Shawn Smith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music that you can FEEL 9 Feb 2001
By Sean Sine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Shawn Smith is a musical genius. I owe all thanks to a friend who first turned me on to 'Brad', for enlightening me to the musical world of Shawn Smith, and the beautiful sounds Satchel. WARNING: This album is very deep and will definitely stir your emotions if you're an emotional type of person. If you are not one that can handle music that is beautifully depressing, then this is probably not an album for your tastes.
One of the people that has reviewed this album stated that "This album can make grown men cry" and expressed that one of the songs was good for listening to with that special someone in your life. All too true are these statements. I can tell you that there is more than one song on this album that can enhance the mood of moments shared with that special person in your life (girlfriend or wife). The music on this album is powerful and unless you are emotionally inept or simply cannot relate to the sort of music that Satchel is, you WILL be moved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOULFUL. 12 Nov 1998
By MRBLAKE@GATEWAY.NET - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Satchel is one of rock's best kept secret. "Breathe Deep", is one of the greatest rock ballads ever. Shawn Smith's vocals are numbingly gorgeous. The music rocks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time Faves 10 Jan 2002
By Cillie Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mere words escape me when it comes to Shawn Smith (& Company). I have yet to find any another musician(s) who effects me the way Shawn Smith does. If you have never heard any Satchel, this is a great place to start. Pivitol in the careers of all involved, this piece is beautiful, raw and amazing. I also recommend Shame, from Brad, an equally incredible CD. This is real music, for individuals who aren't afraid to look inside themselves. Hop on the train, you might like the journey, because there's alot more where this comes from, this is only the beginning...Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhead, Jeremy Tobak, Shawn Smith, Steve Fisk, Stone .... The list goes on. Buy it.
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