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Album Review

The bulk of the double-disc Transmissions from the Sea of Tranquility is culled from a concert the Samples gave at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado in July of 1997. The Samples are at their best in concert, and many of songs on the album are actually stronger in this incarnation than they are on their studio versions. You would never know that Kenny James, Rob Somers and Alex Matson are new members — they fit right into the group's sound. There are a handful of songs that were recorded live at the Boulder Theater but without an audience, as well as some studio cuts. While these aren't as exciting as the live tracks, they do mark the first time the songs "Flying" and "Prehistoric Bird" have been recorded, and they also include the new song "Sacred Stones" and a version of John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels."


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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