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The Dr. Martens/ Capitol Records Music Sampler – you what? I hear you cry. Well last year I bought a pair of chunky Doc Marten’s (Boots to normal ppl). Anyway I opened up my box and found this neat, free CD’s inside. I was entirely sure was to what it was so I tried it out and have been very impressed. The CD has two uses, one as a CD-ROM with videos of the songs and whatever but basically it’s an advert disk for Doc’s and for Capitol records, it’s also a music CD, and it’s the music I want to focus on. It has to be said I wasn’t expecting much in the way of quality, after all it’s free, but wow, take a look at the playlist: 1. New Way Home (Foo Fighters) 2. Late in the Day (Supergrass) 3. New Song (Ben Lee) 4. Sugar in your Gas Tank (Less than Jake) 5. Minnesoter (Dandy Warhols) 6. Monster Truck (Plastilina Mosh) 7. I Love N.Y (1000 Clowns) 8. All Mine (Dance Hall Crashers) 9. Save Tonight (Eagle-Eye Cherry) 10. El Distorto De Melodica (Everclear) 11. Purple (Fat Amy) 12. Jumpin Jack (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) 13. Punch in the face (Frenzal Bob) Now call me musically uncultured but I’d only hear half of half of these band so I really as contemplating just binning the CD but I listened, and to my amazement I loved all the tracks apart from Monster Truck which is too loud and rap like form me. In general it’s excellent, and I may even have spent money on it. I love Late in the Day and Save Tonight that not only convey emotion and passion but don’t overwhelm you. This CD introduced me to 1000 Clowns who are excellent, they had another song out not so long ago and also the Dance Hall Crashers. I’m very impressed all round at this album. It’s probably best described as rock/pop but there is a little rap in there. I didn’t think it would appeal to me but the artists all have a real talent fore
xpression and I found myself moved by some of the tunes. The first time I heard Jumpin Jack I got up and started dancing (very rare for me) and his so so so catchy you wouldn’t believe. I was very impressed at this, and the whole idea of advertising your artists on a free CD is grand. It’s certainly worked because If I hadn’t been given this CD I would not know of the talents of ‘Fat Amy’. I’m surprised we don’t see more free CD’s about actually. Any way I’m not really sure where you’d be able to get this now, maybe try capitol records because I’m not sure Doc’s still bundle them with their boots. Either way this sampler got me buying music and more boots, a genius marketing move!