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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 (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007MYK6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mirrorball (DJ Jazzy Jeff Full Sole Remix/2004)
2. Before Today (Adam F. Remix/1997)
3. Missing (CL McSpadden Unreleased Powerhouse Remix) (Edit)
4. Corcovado (Knee Deep Remix/Ben Watt Vocal Re–Edit/2002)
5. Rollercoaster (King Britt Scuba Remix)
6. Downhill Racer (Kenny Dope Remix/2004)
7. Single (Brad Wood Memphis Remix/1996)
8. Walking Wounded (Dave Wallace Remix)
9. Five Fathoms (Kevin Yost Everything And A Groove Mix/Ben Watt Edit)
10. Lullaby Of Clubland (Jay ""Sinister"" Sealle Remix)
11. Tempermental (Pull Timewarp Remix)
12. Blame (Fabio Remix)
13. Wrong (Todd Terry Unreleased Freeze Mix)
14. Driving (Acoustic Mix)

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Adapt Or Die: 10 Years Of Remixes (US Release) by Everything But The Girl

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It does make for some pretty good dance music, though.
C. Cross
It's easily one of my 3 favorite tracks on the CD simply because it's so improved from its original mix.
Shanghaied
Each song sounding fresh and new and very different from the original recordings.
rachel

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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Christian Hunter on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Adapt Or Die is a compilation of recordings made over the last 10 years (although there are some tracks older than that on here?). For longtime followers of EBTG, this is a welcome gift from the understandably reclusive group (made up principally of vocalist Tracy Thorn and husband/producer Ben Watt); they are new parents, and have made the rare decision to tether themselves to family first, and let their musical momentum subordinate. Refreshing indeed.

I've been anticipating this album since they mentioned it on their fan site some number of months ago (yes, I'm that big of an EBTG psycho, keep that in mind when I get a bit course here soon), I have great respect for Ben Watt's musical talent. I was certain he'd shepard a world-class mix. Well, after a few listens, this certainly isn't that. It's an "ok" mix. There are, in my opinion, only a couple of songs that are better than their original productions (Corcovado, and Mirrorball). Then there are a handful of songs that'll freshen-up interest in the EBTG playlist, but regrettably, not for long.

However, there are some unbelievable stinkers on this CD. I couldn't believe how bad the Tempermental remix is. It's...well, listen to it yourself before you get all worked up. It sounds like they forced Tracy by gunpoint to do a cover for that weird costume scene in Eyes Wide Shut. Disturbing. Also, the remix for Single is like...well, it's like the same song, only with some kind of Casio-watch-style beeping in the background. Maybe some people, like fans of Casio watches will be like "wow, some beeping at intervals, just what this track needed". I however am offended by what I consider needless tampering.

Which should be the title of this CD: Needless Tampering With Perfection.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Shanghaied on March 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's very disappointing that EBTG has taken a hiatus from the studio, even if they do have the best reasons for it. Their work has a charm and an honest beauty that's all too rare in our contemporary visual pop world. Despite Ben and Tracy's committment to raise children who don't resemble the messed up offspring of so many other music celebrities in the world, it seems they've taken sympathy and delivered a fresh interpretation of their career to starving EBTG fans everywhere.

Adapt or Die is an absolutely astounding record. I always, always open a fresh EBTG record with the highest expectations, whether it's fresh studio work, live material, or remixes. This album is so good I would argue that several of the tracks presented are even better than their original mixings. "Lullaby of Clubland" was easily the weakest track on the most recent "Tempramental,": the remix here however is amazing; almost orchestral. The song is still recognizable, but the heavier beat along with the light guitar synths and piano dubs add a fleshed out, emotional and smooth sound that simply wasn't there before. It's easily one of my 3 favorite tracks on the CD simply because it's so improved from its original mix.

The tracks on "Adapt" are so consistently good its rediculous. My absolute favorite track is the DJ Jazzy "Sole Full" remix of "Mirrorball." Again, the backing melody is drastically changed from the original, now featuring piano arpeggiation and a slightly quickened sound. The overall sound is both remarkable and familiar. Even the club-abused "Missing" sounds unique enough to be interesting, with different synth sounds and different bridge placement throughout the track.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John W. Warren on March 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've long been a fan of EBTG's remixes... Tracy Thorn's vocals float seductive and ethereal over Ben Watt's-- and other remixers'-- electro-beats. With this new collection, it's nice, for one, to have the remixes in one place. Most often this also means the collector gets shortchanged since s/he already has everything but one or two tracks on the new collection. "Adapt or Die" bucks this trend like a buzzing fly, with a collection of largely unreleased or extremely hard-to-find remixes. 4 tracks are brand new--including a great rework of "Mirrorball"--others are rare or previously unreleased on CD. (Most fans, like me, will have two to four tracks in their collection.) More than anything, "Adapt or Die" shows that, despite some time off, EBTG is still very much in the game, straddling that divide between pop and electronica, between accessibility and credibility, and doing a bang up job of it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rachel on March 20, 2005
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I had low expectatins on this. The same old thing, endless remixes. Oh so glad I was wrong! The cd is wonderful. Each song sounding fresh and new and very different from the original recordings. The opener (my favorite ) "Mirrorball". The Jazy Jeff remix making this radient. All the selections are wonderful. This has never left my cd player (or computer) since I purchased this. The remix for "Missing" even better.

I don't know when (or if ever) Tracy will return to singing. Her alto is sorely missed. This cd brings it all back.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bragan Thomas on July 31, 2006
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Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn are living legends. Not since Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox were at their peak as Eurythmics has there been a stylish British duo whose music combines solid producing and songwriting skills with the spell cast by a vocalist of great individuality and power. Furthermore, at a moment in Everything But the Girl's history when most bands would have gone under or - even worse - become a living fossil imprisoned forever within the mausoleum of Adult Contemporary, EBTG chose to adapt rather than die, and along the way became one of the most widely respected and influential bands in the business. Until 1995, EBTG were no more than a cult band, known for their jazzy stylings and nostalgic evocation of a pre-rock era atmosphere of trenchcoats, Left Bank cafes and Nouvelle Vague hip (Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn are nothing if not living examples of cool hipster Euro-chic at its best). After gaining a lot of critical attention during the mid-to-late '80's jazz-pop revival, and scoring their first top 10 UK hit (a cover of Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want To Talk About It") in 1988, EBTG made the shark-jumping decision to go for US radio success. Their first album under their deal with Atlantic records (1990's "The Language of Life") remains their only major misstep, abandoning their customary sleek jazzy stylings in favor of necrotic midtempos a la Burt Bachrach and Carole Bayer Sager. Despite some airplay on the kind of radio stations targeted at suburban housewives, the record managed to alienate their older fans and wasn't particularly memorable to boot. Then, Ben Watt developed a rare bone-marrow disease and nearly died. Tracey Thorn's voice fell silent as EBTG took a hiatus which many fans feared permanent.Read more ›
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