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Trailer Park [CD]

Beth Orton Audio CD
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Singer/songwriter Beth Orton combined the passionate beauty of the acoustic folk tradition with the electronic beats of trip-hop to create a fresh, distinct fusion of roots and rhythm. Born in Norwich, England in December 1970, Orton debuted as one half of the duo Spill, a one-off project with William Orbit which released a cover of John Martyn's ... Read more in Amazon's Beth Orton Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Heavenly
  • ASIN: B000024MDG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Cries Your Name
2. Tangent
3. Don't Need A Reason
4. Live As You Dream
5. Sugar Boy
6. Touch Me With Your Love
7. Whenever
8. How Far
9. Someone's Daughter
10. I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine
11. Galaxy Of Emptiness

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BBC Review

Over ten years after its release, Beth Orton's mixture of folk and digital jiggery pokery sounds remarkably prescient, especially considering how common this now is, both within and outside the community. Trailer Park remains a classic of its type that has dated less than you may assume.

With uncanny timing this 'legacy edition' of Orton's debut arrives barely a month after the passing of one of her biggest influences, John Martyn. For Orton's proto folktronica, was a direct descendant of Martyn's blurring of genre boundaries. Indeed, before this album's release Beth had already recorded a Martyn classic, I Don't Want To Know About Evil, with William Orbit. Trailer Park's amalgamation of beats and acoustic guitars are buoyed up by Ali Friend's double bass and often accompanied by some very pastoral strings. While it adopts dance guises in places - utilising the producer of Primal Scream's Screamadelica, Andrew Weatherall - this is still a very English record.

The songs, in the main co-written with Friend and Ted Barnes (both now active in folk outfit Clayhill) are lyrically vague but musically like the equivalent of a big soft duvet. However the opening high water mark of She Cries Your Name (a version very different from the one she had recorded with co-writer, William Orbit) does tend to make everything that follows seem a tad pale. It's the more electronic tracks that have fared best over the years such as Tangent, Touch me With your Love or the closing ten-minute epic, Galaxy Of Emptiness. On quieter tracks the tentative nature of Orton's voice, while often seeming a little flat, displays a haunting tremulousness that sets her apart. Her reading of the Weill and Mann classic, I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine, shows off her guileless vocals to brilliant effect. Only on the poppier Don't Need A Reason or Someone's Daughter does she go badly wrong.

The bonus disc gives us the b-sides to the album's singles as well as the Best Bit EP. All are fine additions except for a rather ham-fisted duet with Terry Callier on Fred Neil's Dolphins. But the real gem is the version of Paris Sisters' I Love How You Love Me, recorded for the soundtrack to Mojo. It's dark country twang could be from a David Lynch film.

For a generation of clubbers Orton's debut was seen as a pinnacle of trip hop-influenced, late night chilling: it certainly secured her reputation and won two Brit nominations into the bargain. But her writing skills and voice were to both improve immensely over the course of another five albums. But if you're new to her work, Trailer Park is as good a place to start as any. --Chris Jones

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CD Heavenly, HVNLP17CD, 1996 11 Track

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This 9 March 2009 2CD remaster (HVNLP17CD-LE) of Beth Orton's lovely 1996 debut album is a clever choice for a Legacy Edition. But with the original CD of "Trailer Park" languishing on this very site for under eighty pence and the 5 CD singles that effectively make up Disc 2 costing as little as two pounds, then a person honestly has to be asking - why buy this? The answer for fans is the superlative remaster on Disc 1 - and for newcomers, the musical revelations on Disc 2.

But here's a detailed breakdown first...

Disc 1 (59:41 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 11 are her debut album "Trailer Park" issued October 1996 on Heavenly Recordings on LP, Cassette and CD (HVNLP 17, HMVMC 17 and HVNCD 17).

Disc 2 (57:49 minutes):
1. Safety
2. It's Not The Spotlight
1 and 2 are on the CD single of "She Calls Your Name" issued May 1977 on Heavenly HVN60CD. 1 is an Orton original, while 2 is a cover version of a song written by BARRY GOLDBERG with lyrics by GERRY GOFFIN (of Goffin & King fame). It turned up as a cover on Bobby Bland's 1973 album "Dreamer" and then two years later Rod Stewart more famously covered it on his "Atlantic Crossing" album.
3. Galaxy Of Emptiness [Live at the Sheppard's Bush Empire, 26 Nov 1996]
4. Pedestal
5. Touch Me With Your Love [Instrumental]
3 to 5 are non-album tracks on the CD single of "Touch Me With Your Love" issued January 1997 on Heaven HVN64CD.
6. It's This I Am Find
6 is a non-album track on the CD single of "Someone's Daughter" issued March 1997 on Heaven HVN65CD.
7. Bullet
8. Best Bit (Early Version)
7 and 8 are non-album tracks on the reissued CD single of "She Calls Your Name" issued June 1997 on Heavenly HVN68CD.
9. Best Bit
10. Skimming Stone
11. Dolphins
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soundtrack To My London 20 Aug 2007
By Phill
Format:Audio CD
Beth Orton's official debut was a milestone in music especially at the time of it's release we saw britpop and dance music dominated the charts,Beth opted for a more Folk/Eletronica feel for he album."Trailer Park" is one of those brilliantly crafted british albums that makes you feel proud of our music scene.

1.She Cries Your Name - One of her most known songs although not making a big splash when it was first released it has a more cult status today much like the album. The song is a very chilled out song but with a sense of sadness and fragilty mostly from the tone and utter gorgeousness of Orton's voice.The subtle strings and the gentle guitar riff backed up by the almost sonar-like bleeps throughout the song just give it that bit more of a 'chilling' feel,very atmospheric. 10/10

2.Tangent - Now this song is one of the most prominent trip-hop songs on the album following suit from the likes of Portishead, I've always had a sof spot for this song and maybe one of the best performances, vocally on the album.A song maybe alot of us cant relate to never getting to the point we wanna make so you procrastinate and go off on a tangent to hide the truth.I just can't get over how beautiful she sounds. 10/10

3.Don't Need A Reason - This is one of my favorite songs by Beth Orton, she captivates the feeling of hurting others so perfectly in her lyrics for this song.It has more of an acoustic feel with beautiful swooping strings maybe one of her most heartbreaking work, lyrically anyway.I usually like songs that are very reflective and sad, this song is no exception because she sings her heart out and towards the end you hear the hope and somewhat healing in her voice, you don't mean to hurt people just being hurt yourself it's like second nature I love this song.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 27 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing the mysterious, melodic and fantasticly written 'She cries your name'. I instantly fell in love with it. Beths voice is one of the best female voices I have heard, this combined with the intricate guitar is a recipe for success. I bought the album over a year ago and still love listening to it. Buy, play, play and play over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential album that remains timeless 11 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
To say that this album got me through some bad times when it first came out is an understatement! I first heard Beth when the shop I was working in at the time was given a promo copy of her cover of "I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine" and was instantly hooked by her incredible voice and the beauty and delicacy of her performance. I can honestly say that this has been the most important album of my life for quite a few years now. The new deluxe edition adds all of the B-Sides from the singles, the "Best Bit EP" featuring a truly astounding cover of Fred Neill's "Dolphins" with Terry Callier and "I Love How You Love Me" from the soundtrack to the film "Mojo". It's great to have all of these tracks in one place now and help to chart the progression from this to "Central Reservation" that followed. Other than an instrumental version that adds nothing to the original vocal all of these tracks are essential and help to show what has been going in the Nu-Folk genre over the past few years. Without this, artists such as Emmy the Great, Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby might not be names on the peoples lips who don't tend to read Folk Roots! If you get the chance to see her live the songs just get even better. The opening few bars of "She Cries Your Name" still make the hairs on the back of my neck rise even now. Please, do yourself a favour and buy this NOW
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening
Love to listen to this music when I am doing my chores indoors on my own. Like her style very much.
Published 10 months ago by R. J. Fox
1.0 out of 5 stars did n ot rate this !!
i gave this numerous playing , but just find something seriously lacking . there is no substantial rhythm , n o cohesion !
Published 12 months ago by galloping male
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed and well short of her best
This mixed album is, for me, another step down from the excellence of Central Reservation. Her lovely earthy voice shines through best with simplicity, and whilst she can do a good... Read more
Published 14 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Trailer Park on Vinyl
First class album and first class on vinyl. Great to hear the warm vinyl sounds from the electro-folk Beth Orton which this album epitomises. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Mr. M. J. Jukes
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent album from a true talent
What a great album to remaster and re-release. This gives newcomers a chance to sample just what makes the understated Beth Orton so special. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2009 by Phil Robertshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss knows best
Bruce Springsteen once exclaimed in an interview that Trailer Park was his favourite album over the past decade. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get it out of my head!
I bought this album two years ago and at first just enjoyed it. However two years later I not only enjoy it but realise just how special it is. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack to my life
This album is truely amazing, when ever i listen to this album i get lost in her voice. Memories i've never had come flooding back and memories i've had feel real again! Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2001 by B. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Dido.
The words, 'contemporary folk' used to strike fear into the hearts of me and my fellow school pupils. Then I bought this album on a school trip to Strathconnon.... Read more
Published on 1 July 2001
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