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Wake The Union

Show Of Hands Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headline major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and playing all over the world, from Europe to ... Read more in Amazon's Show Of Hands Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hands On Music
  • ASIN: B0097JYJBG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Now You Know 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Katrina 5:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cruel River 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Aunt Maria 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Coming Home 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. No Man's Land 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Seven Curses 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Home to a Million Thoughts 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Who Gets to Feel Good 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stop Copying Me 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
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Now reduced to £7.99 dealer price England's finest roots duo weave a touch of Folk, a hint of Blues and a tiny pinch of Country into their new studio album. Born out of a love of both English and North American acoustic and roots music, 'Wake the Union', the eagerly awaited new Show of Hands studio album takes a journey through the heart of two landscapes united by a common tongue and musical heritage. Produced by Mark Tucker, the 15 tracks feature themes and styles that alternate between the two countries. In the first three songs the Knightley/Lakeman co-write 'Haunt You' tells a tale of a tormented seafarer, whilst the new Knightley-penned track 'Company Town' shows a Tom Waits influence and the festival favourite 'Now You Know' implores a lost love to return to the West Country to rekindle a relationship. Celebrating 20 years as a unit with a 4th sell-out appearance at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer have enlisted an impressive array of guest musicians on the recording including Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, BJ Cole, Andy Cutting, Bellowhead's Paul Sartin, Cormac Byrne and Canadian Leonard Podolak, and as ever Miranda Sykes adds her wonderful double bass and vocals.


'....The new album is great, live tracks 5, 8 and that end of show goodnight one will be so good as an encore - you'll have em all singing along.' --Johnnie Walker - BBC R2

'...when Knightley does flex his muscles, the impact is all the greater.' --Colin Irwin, Mojo

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Album 25 Oct 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For a number of years I've been following Show of Hands as I'm a huge fan of their type of music having grown up in the Lake District with a few folk clubs. So having enjoyed previous titles they've produced, I was looking forward to the latest one and have to say that for me its one of their best to date. That takes you through the full emotional spectrum whether you want the emotional turmoil presented within "Katrina" or "Coming Home" through to the heartache with "Cruel River" and "Seven Curse"s alongside anger in the "I Will Haunt You."

Yet for all that the Album has its uplifting tracks and the wonderful musical talent goes within through a very unique combination of Blues, Folk and a touch of Country that brings the best of all together. All in this is a top notch album that includes tracks that you'll sing along to as well as listen to the lamentation. Great stuff and an album that will be listened to quite a few times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best? 2 Dec 2012
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This is the Best Show of Hands album I've heard- though I haven't heard everything they've done so I can't say it's their absolute best. Initially I thought they might be padding it out with some re-cycled stuff-"Cruel River" was the the title track on one of Steve Knightley's (great) solo albums and "Haunt You" has already appeared on a Seth Lakeman CD. These versions are sufficiently different to justify inclusion and, anyway, you can't really complain about value for money when you've got 15 songs overall. I thought the last effort "AIG" was a bit thin in places but "Wake the Union" is solid quality throughout. The real standout is " Coming Home"-if it doesn't break your heart then you've none to break. It does re- visit already -touched- on -themes in Knightley's work but this one really hits home by being beautifully understated. I've seen some negative comments regarding the fairly strong Americana element but I think that's a bit daft. Fretted instrument based folk music IS an American genre, like it or not, and there's nothing wrong with British artists giving it its due. A reminder that probably none of this would have occured without Dylan is another cover of one of the great man's songs: "Seven Curses." This gives Phil Beer the seemingly traditonal once- an- album opportunity to air his vocal cords, (Comparisons with Ringo end there.) Is that a tenor uke he's playing on this? Actually I rather prefer the version here to the recent one by June Tabor and the Oyster band. As always, Mr Beer's multi-instrumental talents are heard to great effect on these songs . This is a suberb album- highly intelligent songs backed by wonderful playing and production.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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The guitar on the album cover cleverly visually depicts what this album is all about;contrasting USA influences like The Stars and Stripes and Route 66;with English themes like the Union Jack and A303. 3 years since the release of their last fantastic album, Arrogance,Ignorance and Greed, this record has a wider range of supporting musicians. The core trio of key songwriter and main gravelly voiced singer Steve Knightley with talented multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and the ever dependable Miranda Sykes on Double Bass, are here accompanied by a wider range of guest musicians , including Seth Lakeman on Viola, Martin Simpson on Slide Guitar, Andy Cutting on Melodeon ,BJ Cole on Pedal Steel Guitar, Leonard Podolak on 5 String Banjo,Phil Henry on Dobro and Hannah Martin on Fiddle.
A number of songs are written from their well established west country background perspective, such as Now You Know( a love song to their homeland ),Cruel River(about the Dart), and Home to a Million Thoughts ( a nice tribute to a local museum in Exeter). In contrast other songs have clear Americana roots,Company Town tells the story of a community's demise when the main employer collapses;Katrina has a ghostly spooky arrangement about the impact of the hurricance of that name,while Aunt Maria recounts Cecil Sharp collecting traditional songs from the USA.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor follow up to AIG 4 Jan 2013
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I'm a great fan of Show of Hands, but can't help being disappointed with this latest offering.

They've always had some great songs that have stood out on earlier albums, eg the title track from AIG, Country Life, Roots etc etc, but this album has no such track. Yes, the opener Haunt you is a good track but Seth Lakeman's version on his own album is better. 'Katrina' and 'Stop copying me' are also fine enough, the later incorporating some of the humour that is occasionally present in Steve Knightley's lyrics.

There is a tilt to the US in this album, as evident from the cover, but I wish they had stuck to the their traditional English roots in the style of songs. The arrival of Country & Western style slide guitar is a very worrying development. Very evident in 'Who gets to feel good' and in my opinion an awful song. It just grates on me. Please lads, leave that stuff to Messrs Wynette and Parton.

I hope that this is just a temporary set back and the next album will be back to their English Roots - after all they wrote a song about it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album
I bought this after seeing Show of Hands at a concert. The concert was excellent.

I like the album quite a lot, It has a nice range of songs on it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by A. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This band just gets better. Great songs, great voices
Published 2 months ago by Janiebeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake the Union
Well deserved the five star rating. Very pleased with the cd. There was nothing to dislike and I would recommend the cd to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Show of Hands on great form
Less English traditional flavour here, but soem great songs, mostly written by Steve Knightley, with a definite American influence. All SoH fans will want a copy...
Published 9 months ago by Kentish Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Their best yet. We as a family loved this album, even though it was a present for my dad. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 11 months ago by KosmicTea
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
One of the very best of this genre. I am new to Show Of Hands and have been looking for this sound for a while - found it now, and will be looking for more.
Published 11 months ago by Andrew W
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice.
Been following these two since they started so doubtful that a bad comment is going to be made. You dont have to be folky to enjoy Steve Knightley's lyrics and Phil Beers skills at... Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. R. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake the Union
Great music and a great band. Feels like you know the music already. I would love to go and see them
Published 14 months ago by sansbyfam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great album - really happy with it.
I like Show of Hands and this is another good album of there's.
Published 16 months ago by Gary Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album!
Wonderful from start to finish, this is a truly brilliant selection of original material. The band are great live and this album captures the essence of the band perfectly. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John Sandford
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