Lee, Ben

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Lee, Ben - Something To Remember Me By Something To Remember Me By
Pop New - LP GR 044 Grand Royal
Sealed 1997 2LP Original Including Bonus Tracks Not On The CD.... more details
Lee, Ben - Grandpaw Would Grandpaw Would
Pop New - LP GR 015 Grand Royal
Sealed 1995 Vinyl Rarity. “Australian Wunderkind Of The '90s Ben Lee Was Only In His Early Teens When He Recorded This Debut LP, But His Songwriting Skills Were Already Evidence Of An Ability Beyond His Years. Stripped To The Barest Of Essentials, And Often Resorting Simply To Lee And His Guitar, The 18 Tracks On The Record Are Full Of Pure Gooey Pop And Trademark Simple But Engaging Lyrics. With Help From Both Liz Phair And Rebecca Gates, As Well As A High-Profile Release From Grand Royal, Lee's First Effort Was Backed By Plenty Of Folks Who Believed In His Skills, And It's Doubtful That Any Were Disappointed With The Result. With Simple Approaches And Plenty Of Songs About Girls, The Singer's Tales Of Childish Infatuation And Normal Fears Are Certainly Believable, And The Inclusion Of More Silly Upbeat Numbers Like "Ductile" And "My Guitar" Paints A Portrait Of Lee As A Normal Teen With A Surprising Penchant For Writing Great Songs. This Record Reeks Of The Innocence That Disappeared From His Later Albums, And For That Alone It Is Wildly Endearing. Grandpa Would Is A Distant Sound Compared To Noise Addict, Lee's Other Group From The Time This Was Recorded, But Its Far From Daunting "Boy And His Guitar" Aspect Is Easy To Fall In Love With, And It Gives Some Good Justification For His Decision To Continue On With A Solo Career.” – Peter J. D’Angelo, AMG... more details
Lee, Ben - Breathing Tornados Breathing Tornados
Pop New - LP GR 067 Grand Royal
Sealed, Long Out Of Print 1999 Original From The Australian Singer-Songwriter.... more details
Lee, Ben - Deeper Into Depth Deeper Into Depth
Pop New - LP DGB075V Dangerbird
Sealed 2011 Gatefold Original. “Recorded And Self-Produced At His Laurel Canyon Home Studio, Australian Singer/Songwriter Ben Lee's Eighth Studio Album, Deeper Into Dream, Lives Up To His Recent Claims That His Days Of "Chasing Alternative Hits" Are Over. Indeed, Other Than The Driving Grunge Of The Contemplative "Get Used To It" And The Flaming Lips-Esque Alt-Pop Of "Pointless Beauty," Little Here Is Likely To Trouble The ARIA Charts In The Same Manner As 2005's Commercial Peak, Awake Is The New Sleep. Instead, The Former Noise Addict Frontman Has Come Up With His Most Personal And Darkest Album To Date, Which, Inspired By Three Years Of Dream Analysis Therapy, Attempts To Understand The Power Of The Unconscious Mind. It's An Ambitious Concept That, For The Most Part, Lee Pulls Off With Ease. The Title Track Is A Gorgeous Alternative Lullaby Underpinned By Subtle Strings And Simple Acoustic Melodies; "Lean Into It" Is A Disorienting And Abstract Fusion Of Ambient Synths, Furious Violins, And Lee's Stream-Of-Consciousness Delivery; While The Spellbinding "I Want My Mind Back" Is Lent An Almost Hymn-Like Air Thanks To Its Atmospheric Organ Chords And Hushed Fervent Chorus. However, The Album's Effortless Ability To Evoke The Wooziness Associated With Its Subject Matter Means That The Several Musical Collages Featuring Various Friends Recalling Their Dreams ("My First Dream," "My Second Dream") Feel Slightly Redundant. Rather Wisely, There Are A Few More Upbeat Offerings That Provide A Respite From The Prevalent Hazy Slumber Vibes, Such As The Jaunty Brass Riffs And Chiming Glockenspiels On The Baroque Indie Pop Of "Indian Myna" And The Breezy West Coast Folk Of "Glue." But Deeper Into Dream Is, Ironically, Far More Captivating When It Appears To Want To Send Listeners To Sleep.” – Jon O’Brien, AMG... more details

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