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Originating at the turn of the 1980s as a leader of the lite-jazz movement, Everything but the Girl became an unlikely success story more than a decade later, emerging at the vanguard of the fusion between pop and electronica. Founded in 1982 by Hull University students Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt, the duo took their name from a sign placed in the window of a local furniture shop, which claimed ... Read more in Amazon's Everything But the Girl Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000005RM1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Everything But The Girl was formed in 1982 by Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt. The pair met by coincidence at Hull University in the autumn of 1981. Both had already had early acclaimed starts in their teens on the UK post-punk independent scene - Tracey with her indie minimal girl group, the Marine Girls (1980-1983, later name-checked as one of Kurt Cobain's favourite bands); Ben with more experimental solo folk-jazz recordings featuring alt-folk icon, Robert Wyatt (1981-1983). All the recordings were released by London independent, Cherry Red. Merging their respective early non-rock influences their first release was a stark acoustic cover of Cole Porter's 'Night and Day' (1982) on Cherry Red. Originally intended as a last-minute B-side to two originals, it unintentionally threw the pair into the burgeoning London jazz-pop scene.

Each then released acclaimed minimalistic solo albums that topped the UK Indie Charts - Tracey's 'A Distant Shore' (1982) and Ben's 'North Marine Drive' (1983) before they pooled songs for the Everything But The Girl debut, 'Eden', recorded with producer Robin Millar in the summer of 1983, but not released due to contractual issues involved in their move to Blanco Y Negro/WEA until May 1984. It spawned a Top 40 hit ('Each And Every One') and went on to sell 500,000 copies.

Edsel is proud to release the duo s first four albums in beautifully presented 2 CD casebound books, put together with the full involvement of Ben and Tracey, and each one featuring a newly-written note by the couple, and all the lyrics. Eden features seventeen bonus tracks: 8 non-album single A- and B-sides (including hits Mine and Native Land ), 5 previously unreleased home demos and 4 contemporary previously unreleased BBC radio session recordings, personally selected by Ben

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Everything but the Girl hit the ground running with their first album, Eden; in some ways, they wouldn't equal the effort again for years. Though both Tracy Thorn and Ben Watt learned how to use their voices to better effect over the years, their vocal talents are evident here. Singing over a gentle, tropical-toned combo, Thorn sounds strong and free, and, when the occasion calls for it, vulnerable. Watt may be a little melodramatic on "Tender Blue", but the affecting "Soft Touch" more than makes up for it. Meanwhile, "Another Bridge" presages "Me and Bobby D" (from The Language of Life); "The Dustbowl" succinctly captures a post-break-up reflection with only a modicum of regret; "Frost and Fire" reaches out from daughter to mother; and "I Must Confess" neatly sambas its way out of a finished relationship. Mature, intelligent, and unflinchingly romantic, it ranks among EBTG's best work. --Randy Silver

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin Gray on 24 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's curious to think that Everything But The Girl were ever thought of as dance affiliates (thanks to just one remix of a song that started life as an acoustic song anyway). It's also equally curious to learn that throughout their career, they did not stick to one style either. This was their first album - when pretty much the influence du jour was smoky cosmopolitan jazz-tinged bossanova grooves, in line with a few other [London-based] bands and artists around at the time during those stylistically confused days of the early 80s (I think first and foremost of the lovely eclectic jazz popsters Weekend - led by Simon Booth, who actually guests on this album along with a few other luminaries). If there is an overriding earlier influence that shaped this album, however, then it has to be the music of Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto.....with a bit of Cole Porter thrown into the mix (they made their debut with a cover of "Night and Day").

"Eden" is a delight from start to finish - ravishingly melodic and with a clean uncluttered production.... every song is a perfect bite-sized urban vignette sung sweetly by either Tracey or Ben in their own understated but detached way. There's no excessively emotional outpourings here - just perfect introspection done with style and finesse. It's hard to pick out any favourites because I have owned this record on tape ever since its first release in 1984 - having it see me through my student years at university right up to my oncoming middle age....and still I do not get tired of listening to it, and still it sounds fresh to this day. Obviously, the relative brevity of this album - twelve concise songs in barely 35 minutes - would be seen as a bit of a swizz now in this age of over-long CD epics and mass repackaging with bonus tracks etc....
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I was in a horrible scrape/scrap? yestoday, on the escarpment/battlements? of the local castle (Periwinkle... I mean Pontefract!). There I were, havnig just come into possession of this self-same CD, having determined to give it a first listening to - or a first listening to in thirty yrs I should bloody well Cocoa and I was only a teenage hoodlam then so don't get too exited and it was my considerably more comfortably, financially and in most other respects shall we say, familialy, off friend Mark Darkson that had a copy, not me, I was hardly even eating at the time let alone availing myself of every blooming LP I fancied, for I should add we were all still then stuck on vinyl, such was the state of my then mother's mind, such was it (and don't worry, she was dead soon upon thereat) - out in the midday sunshine on a grassy knoll within the bounds of said structure, famed for its adventures in the Civil War, which lies not more than a league or so from my own domicile, one of those scabby flats you pass not far from the Real Male Devilry Orifice, whither once I stole an honest loving, walking as a post-human myself, my sack athwart and all manner of visions, when WHEN, having only just got me headphones on and pressed PLAY on the old (18yrs t.b.e. - to be exact) portable CD speiler, two flipping rockers occurred out of nowhere, or somewhere like that, and began needlessly needling me anent my attire - zoot suit, white jacket with side vents five inches long - with no room to talk in their crusty clobber, whereat I had no recourse but to go into attack mode whereat they beat my living day lights out, baskets!

All of said, and my whistle and what have all but fudged, my stash whipped, half me hair torn out a black eye bruised ribs a bust lip and a badly swollen left plumb, still having no real direction in life apart from death, that and next drink, this is bleeding great record!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 2000
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I have loved this album since before pussy was a kitten. There are a clutch of brilliant tracks of a quality never reached again by EBTG. 'Each and every one' is a song of such beauty that it hurts to think it barely dented the top 40. I cannot recommend this album highly enough.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 May 2005
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I have been professionally involved in the music business as a performer and a sound engineer for 20 years. I loved this album when it was released and I'm ashamed to say that I forgot about it. I was worried that I was remembering the quality from a less experienced standpoint and was reluctant to risk being dissappointed. Weird I know but there were lots of memories associated with this album. Anyway it is a masterpiece! Not only are Ben and Tracey brilliant, exposed, raw, fragile and talented. They manage to convey true emotion which is utterly believable, the songs are at times truly beautiful and the musicianmanship is absolute class. The recordings have been handled in a sensitive and thoughtful manner and the Flugel horn solos are masterpieces. Buy this album it is a classic honestly!-
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chetbakerfan on 7 July 2008
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personally i'm not concerned that this release will only contain 12 tracks, as it is listed as a double cd (as all Collector's Editions are). hopefully we'll get all the tracks from both the US and UK releases, which will comprise basically all of the b-sides and bonus tracks from the singles. the first peel sessions from 18 Aug 1984 are relevant (Ballad Of The Times, Riverbed Dry, Never Could Have Been Worse, Don't You Go), and hopefully will be included also. i'm thinking that the bbc might have recorded a show around that time also. this is all just wishful thinking; i'll just be happy to get this marvelous album in a better mastering than the original job. what worries me is that it keeps getting pushed back. according to the release dates originally given, we should have had this around the first week of september. now it's nearly november. anyone heard anything?
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