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These Were the Earlies [Limited Edition Digipak] [Limited Edition]

The Earlies Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (19 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Names
  • ASIN: B0002JEDMU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. In The Beginning0:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. One Of Us Is Dead 5:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wayward Song 6:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Slow Man's Dream 4:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 25 Easy Pieces 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Morning Wonder 5:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Devil's Country (Full Version) 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Song For #3 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lows 4:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bring It Back Again 5:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dead Birds 2:480.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

THE EARLIES These Were The Earlies (2004 UK limited edition 11-track CD album featuring a mixture of instrumental texture layered harmonies and electronic tweaks presented in a superb sealed book style pack!)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of 2004...so far 25 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Since I got this album I haven't stopped playing it. This highly original amalgam of psychedelic rock, pastoral pop, country and folk is truly mesmerising.
If you like Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Spiritualized, Polyphonic Spree or Joy Zipper - this is for you.
Truly excellent!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year 2004? 29 July 2004
By A. Tool
Format:Audio CD
I know its only July but the sheer class of this album is so amazing, I feel that the album of the year has quite possibly arrived already. Heard 'Wayward Song' on The Blue Room last week and have been hooked ever since. The album flows perfectly through eleven songs of musical bliss, with there being too many highlights to single out a particular track. This is music that should really last the test of time. Stunning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless slice of beauty 11 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
If I could I would give this album 6 stars.

From the gorgeous tinkling harmonies of opening track "In The Beginning..." to the upliftingly expansive closer "Dead Birds", the quality is breathtaking and the love with which it was crafted obvious. Repeated listening rewards the listener too, as the intricate layers of production slowly unpeel themselves into your ears. Not that they are so precious as to extract all humanity from the music: listen closely and you'll hear the odd giggle, instruments being dropped, extracts from memorial services, quiet cues - even the odd "eh,what?!" between band members.

Unusually, the lyrical content matches the quality of the music - at turns sombre, uplifting, admonishing, but always with a refreshing honesty.

Albums like this are a true rarity and should be cherished as the gems they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's one they made earlier... 11 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
For a moment, contemplate this: two guys from the musical backwaters of Burnley, Lancashire (UK) have some new and wonderfully twisted ideas on how to put an album together. They're halfway (or so) there with the songs, but something's missing. Ever ones to embrace the rapidly changing technology of our world, they put what they have recorded out there, into the musical-ether, on the internet. It's worth a shot, see what comes of it. And what comes of it, I hear you collectively cry? Two geezers from Texas (the place, no the blinkin' band!) pick it up, and 8000 miles away say, "Hey, we love this, man; let us get involved!" So they did. And this is the result. Part ranch-music, part cotton-mills. Part Fort Worth, part pint of Worthingtons. Part Beach Boys, part Northern Boys. Truly beautifully harmonic, properly crafted songs, with weirdy-samplery-trickery and organic instruments. This is only half of what they are capable of achieving, and if you even slightly like this album, YOU HAVE TO SEE THEM LIVE. I guarantee my friend (and you must be one of my friends, if you're still reading this), you'll be blown away. All the way to San Jose.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good not to be portable 30 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I loved the whole album from the first time of listening BUT be aware, the CD is protected so you CAN rip it into Media Player but you CANT copy it to your portable device. I think there sould be something on the CD cover to warn us!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the tripe, I mean hype. 11 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Earlies must have made friends a lot more easily than they made music. Particularly music journos. Like another disappointed reviewer, I bought this based on reviews and recommendations (after buying the first three Alabama 3 albums). This album is weak, thin, boring and dull. I couldn't bring myself to listen to it more than twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth the wait 28 Jan 2005
By A Customer
i've been waiting for a vinyl release of this album for months and i must say i was absolutley stunned when i opened the gatefold..it's amazing! and so is the 20 page booklet inside..infact you can see how much this band care about everything from the music through to the artwork.
as an owner of the cd as well i've played this album constantly for the 6 months i've owned it,but i had to have the vinyl too... even just to look at
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art work by Rina Donnersmarck at RinaDonnersmarck.co.uk
Wow stunned i have to agree with you the album is fantastic i saw it advertised in NME about half a year ago and was inntreaged it's amazin relaxing thought provoking and yes i... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2005 by william vinegrad
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype!
Bought this after following the "people who bought this also bought this" link. Uncut,Q, NME, The Observer all give it rave review and the gushing statements above also think this... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle waves of sensory bliss
Word to the above reviews. Agree this is the album of 2004 so far (and its nearly November!). Blissful orchestrated left field pop perfection, shimmering harmonies take you to a... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2004 by Maoster
5.0 out of 5 stars what a stunner!
this is the soundtrack to my summer,it's a fantastic debut album.
it sounds like all your favourite bands but also like nothing you heard before,
no hype,no slick angular... Read more
Published on 21 July 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars an amalgam of auditory bliss !
You can tell these guys put their hearts into their music. Each listen takes you to a different place, where you actually feel the musical depth expanding -- a total joy to both... Read more
Published on 21 July 2004 by sirLancelot
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STUFF
Really excellent music - great to listen and relax to. Good luck to the lads - they deserve it!
Published on 15 July 2004 by maire eaton
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