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  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0000075ZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Now available again as a keenly awaited re-press, this album includes a cover of Bob Dylan's 'You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go', five bonus tracks of Ben's collaboration with Robert Wyatt, and a new booklet. Again with such a surge of interest in Everything But The Girl, Ben's solo recordings are in high demand.

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"…BEAUTIFULLY QIUET …THE JAZZY SLIPPING SLOWLY AND A GIRL IN WINTER ARE GEMS." -- MICHAEL PAOLETTA, BILLBOARD, AUG 4, 2001

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Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in 1983 on vinyl (it's lyrics were pertinient to my situation at the time)and fell in love with it. 18 years on, and rediscovered on CD, the music is still as refreshing as it was then. Watt, a superb lyricist by any standard, pours his heart out on this album, it's melancholy feel hiding the catchyness of some of the tunes. Others, more simple, all get the Ben Watt sound, simple haunting tunes tinged with a little sadness. If you enjoyed "The Night I Heard Carusso Sing" from Everything but the Girl's "Idlewild", then this album is definitely for you! 5 additional tracks too - simply a hidden gem!!
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I first heard "Some things don't matter" on a Cherry Red compilation in 1983. The chord sequence was so beautiful that I had to buy the album it was taken from - the wonderful, satisfying "North Marine Drive".
All the songs thereon are simple, memorable and beautifully played. There are few records which capture the feelings of early love so deftly. The pathos of Last Train...the exhilaration of Box Hill. This man can play the guitar.
The four bonus tracks with Robert Wyatt combine the mysterious, quintessentially English element of both artists' best work. Buy and play and play and play. This is composition at its finest.
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This album is so wonderful, it`s astounding that Ben Watt had anything good left in him to sustain a 23-year career with Everything But The Girl and as a world-class DJ and remixer. You may have heard other, less stellar albums described as 'aching with poignancy' - "North Marine Drive" is the avatar of every lovesick, heartbroken, English-autumn-euphoric song ever written. Quite simply, listening to it makes you glad to be alive. Whether you`re leading a happy, relatively carefree existence, or deep in an emotional mire, this album IS your soundtrack.
Part of the appeal lies in Watt`s voice - it`s sinewy and gorgeously plaintive, almost to the point of self-parody, but any move towards self-consciousness immediately fails. Lyrically, this album reads like a particularly clever teenage boy`s romantic diary. It`s possible that Ben Watt looks back on this album and feels rather embarrassed at its candid, almost sophomoric phraseology, but there really is no need. There are TUNES here, brain-muddling, chest-warming TUNES, no anthems - an anthem would be nothing but vulgar on this album - but beautifully crafted chord changes, and the sort of guitar playing that makes seasoned "pluckers" eat at their own livers in sheer jealousy. Perhaps the two highlights are 'Slipping Slowly', lyrically a confrontation with an overbearing mother, but musically you`re in my-entire-back-and-neck-is-tingling mode and it seems almost criminal when it ends after just under three minutes - and "Empty Bottles", which could almost typify the whole album, and is toe-entwiningly fabulous. And the whole thing is so English you can almost smell cucumber sandwiches and Earl Grey tea on damask tablecloths! OWN THIS ALBUM - and also get (Ben`s girlfriend) Tracey Thorn`s "A Distant Shore" which answers and asks most of the questions Ben answers and asks on this superb album.
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Quite simply the best album I have. I was given it as a present on 12" and that was it. This album has seen me through some rough times and some really special times. Listen to the lyrics and remember how it feels to be painfully in or out of love. Remember girls "This boys got a heart of gold and golds the most precious thing you could ever hold".
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Being an old git I have this in vinyl but it's been tucked away for years...then got thinking about Ben Watt when listening to some Buzzin Fly tracks. One thing went to another and I down loaded this album - and listening to it again reminded me why I use to play it relentlessly. His voice brings alive cleverly constructed songs into what is a beautiful pop album.
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Some of this sounds is almost listenable in a dreary, dreamy cloudy naive kind of way would make good elevator music, or background music while your getting your teeth drilled. Though having said that Loads of people really rate it . Some companies are charging up to £65 for the CD AND so £6.99 for an Amazon Mp3 download is very good value.Watch out for track 14 as that DOES NOT download . Don`t forget that :- as you have bought it you can make ONE copy of it onto audi CD.And the Artwork for making up your CD covers is obtainable. WHY don`t Amazon provide the CD cover artwork Along with the Mp3 download.
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Format: Audio CD
Magnificent - this really crystallised the early 80's for me. Clear, emotional and a touch fey but really, really good. I wish he had done some other solo stuff before geting going with EBTG but hey, you can't have it all!
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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 his song writing talent!
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