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A Distant Shore

Tracey Thorn Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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After pausing an 18-year career with partner Ben Watt in best-selling alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982–2000), followed by a self-imposed hiatus to start a family, Tracey Thorn re-emerged in 2007 to a wave of critical acclaim with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of Out of the Woods, her first solo album since 1982’s indie classic A Distant Shore. Now she is back ... Read more in Amazon's Tracey Thorn Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0000074G2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

solo album from 1982. From EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds as good 20 years after being issued 11 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Was introduced to this in my first year at uni, in 1982. I was hooked and played it non-stop. The simplicity of the production and the empathy with the lyrics blew my mind - Dylan for the new generation. 20 years on, there are still few combos that work as well as Ben and Trace. I urge you to buy it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting music which stays with you forever! 7 Feb 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was 18 years old (and that was 18 years ago!) and it made a profound impact on me. What a cracking album! Some people find it incredibly maudlin and out-of-tune, but I think it's a masterpiece. I liked Everything but the Girl's early stuff which I find similar (though not as inspired), but feel that they went rapidly downhill once commercialisation hit them hard. So, as they say, "the old ones are always the best" - I listen to this album often, and remember Tracy Thorn at her best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I owned this on vinyl in 1982 when I was at Uni in Exeter, and Tracey was just out of Uni in Hull where she did English I think. The music will be full of nostalgia for many who remember coming across this gem the first time round. The simplicity of the melodies lend it a great deal of charm, and it is a fascinating earrly example of the voice that would find it's own unique place in 90's music, especially through her collaboration with Massive Attack. Buy this !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Beautiful 3 Dec 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful album. I first bought it on vinyl after buying 'Pillows and Prayers' from Cherry Red, when it came out - I still have my signed copy!
One of the good things about this album is that it reeks of naivety! It really does sound as if she wrote songs in her bedroom about young love and life, and recorded it in the garden shed! Yes, Tracey is sometimes out of tune and the guitar strings sound dodgy, but it is what makes the album so wonderful to listen to. I think that Tracey (and Ben) went downhill after Eden with EBTG, but then you can't stay young and green forever! However, both Ben and Tracey produced some great early stuff such as Night and Day, and the earlier Marine Girls stuff and solo stuff by Ben (such as North Marine Drive) is also interesting. You'll like it if you are reading this review...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Love 9 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
Tracy Thorn's early songs on this album and the Marine Girls' albums are so much more personal and meaningful than the efforts with EBTG. I personally recommend "Too Happy" a haunting song about someone who is worried that the relationship that she is in is too good and will bound to go wrong.....such is life. Listen and learn then find out about The Jobsons from 1987/88
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory 4 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
When I was at university in the eighties, someone put this album on in one of those rooms full of friends and acquaintances that make up so much of student life. Everyone stopped talking and listened with what I can only call awe. Thorn at this time was like a voice from another world, so utterly out of step with the pop sensibility of the era. Some years later, she would, of course, find chart recognition. She never lost her own voice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovered 8 Feb 2008
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I was actually looking for Murray Head and "Say it Ain't So" when I thought I'd just look and see if "A Distant Shore" was on the site. It was pure happiness for me to see that it was (I ordered a copy pretty fast). I cannot recommend this album enough. Listening to the opening notes you are immediately entranced by Tracey's beautifully haunting voice. "Eden" by EBTG is also a must - their best work in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These Early Days
Tracey Thorn's classic first album that for me started a decades long love of her craft. Not the greatest production job of all time but the Thorn voice is already there,... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning
Like others, I first owned this on this vinyl, before snapping up the CD. The only criticism I can think of is to say it's a tiny bit short and leaves you hankering for one or two... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Bateman
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Chill Out Album
I heard this a long time ago at the end of a student party just after it was released. I bought it on vinyl then but I thought Id get a digital copy for my phone now. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Portnoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Sitting on a Deckchair!
I had a vinyal copy of the album in the early 80's so this is a re-vist for me, it brings back so many memories, easy to listen to and an early show case of her song writing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by stephen leader
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but where's Goodbye Joe?
When Each and Every One came out I bought that and then I hunted high and low for a copy of this album, which in 1984 had already been deleted. Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by schlockhorror
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet.
I was given a casstte of this album when I was at Hull univeristy and literally wore through the tape listening to it. Read more
Published on 4 April 2008 by S. Cave
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet songs for a peaceful moment
This is a great album, pre-EBTG but with the romantic tone that would later show up on many EBTG songs. Femme fatale & Too Happy are musts.
Published on 17 Mar 2004 by Marcelo A. Dionisio
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