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Album Review

Chronicling the Samples first five years, this best-of counts 17 of the Colorado outfit's finest early numbers. Steered by Sean Kelly, the jam band movement's answer to Sting, this compilation launches with what still may be the group's most memorable tune, "Feel Us Shaking," an expansive, reggae-tinged homage to environmentalism. A similar vibe permeates "My Town" and "Waited Up," tunes that almost measure up to the set-opener. Glistening, damn near inspirational numbers like "Little Silver Ring" and "Did You Ever Look So Nice" prove what a fine pop band the group became, even if the mainstream music world wasn't listening. An important reminder that before Dave Matthews and Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the Samples were out there paving the way as far as underground college rock bands go. For some, this is an enjoyable bit of nostalgia — housing a bonus DVD with four videos, a documentary and additional audio tracks — but for those looking to catch up, this is an exhilarating place to start. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their relaxed, slightly jazzy pop, the Samples were one of the most popular touring bands of the early '90s. After a bad experience with a major label, the band began releasing their own records independently, building support through a grassroots network of fans. Through constant touring, the Samples were able to keep building their network of fans. They were also busy in the studio, recording three albums between 1992 and 1993. With none of their albums deviating from their folky, Sting-meets-the...
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