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Idlewild [Original recording reissued]

Everything But the GirlAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LE7
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Don't Want To Talk About It
2. Love Is Here Where I Live
3. These Early Days
4. I Always Was Your Girl
5. Oxford Street
6. The Night I Heard Caruso Sing
7. Goodbye Sunday
8. Shadow On A Harvest Moon
9. Blue Moon Rose
10. Tears All Over Town
11. Lonesome For A Place I Know
12. Apron Strings

Editorial Reviews

Everything but the Girl have always taken a languid approach to their music, but they were at their most sublime on Idlewild. Produced by the duo's own Ben Watt, the music is stripped down to the bare minimum--a rhythm, a melody, and Tracy Thorn's divine voice--yet somehow they make it feel lush. Some of EBTG's most affecting songs are on Idlewild: Thorn's adolescent reminiscence in "Oxford Street"; "The Night I Heard Caruso Sing," Watt's ode to father and (someday) son in which he explains that the great tenor is "almost as good as Presley"; the tale of friendship in "Blue Moon Rose"; and "Apron Strings," a song of love and loss. EBTG are just as touching on Amplified Heart and Acoustic, but Idlewild is a classic in its own right. --Randy Silver

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Everything But The Girl ~ Idlewild

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cd they ever made October 10, 2005
By floyd
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my top three cds, ever. And I own over 900.

I never tire of this music. It is the echo of my youth and the whisper of my future. "Then someone sat me down last night, and I heard Caruso sing" comes from one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs ever written, in my humble opinion. And if you don't agree, that's fine because this disc will still be the one for which I reach on those evenings when I'm not sure what mood I'm in but I do know that I need soothed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply never tire of it.... August 14, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the few albums I heard playing in a record store and bought on the spot, knowing nothing of the group. That was, oh, ten years ago, and I return to it regularly. For simple pleasure and for consistant quality in lyric and melody, it is hard to find a more pleasent listen. I would name my favorite tracks, but it speaks to the album that any given track can be a favorite depending on mood. Beautiful, thoughtful, witty.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite For Years September 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Granted, it's not macho music, but this album is one of the best for when you want unwind. My favorite EBTG song is "Twin Cities" on "Worldwide," but this is a better CD. The music may be quiet, but the lyrics are strong. It's pop music at it's best: it connects a large audience with a message or story or image.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for a girl to live her life to... February 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As each of the girls in our family leave home, I give them three things to take with them: 1-A small compass, so they can always find their way home. 2-A copy of R. Munsch's "Paper Bag Princess", so that they understand the Ronalds they will meet on their way to happy-ever-after, and 3-This album, because of the song "Apron Strings". Together, it is a survival manual that every woman should have.I like to tell my family and friends that there are actually only two types of music...good and bad, and I prefer good. I don't like to try and categorize music, because frankly the good stuff transcends labels. How do you define Cowboy Junkies? Or Ella Fitzgerald? And, thank goodness, Everything But the Girl? The songs on this album are complex but effortless, and ultimately, classic. A must for any music lover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
One of four of EBTG's deluxe repackaging of their first four albums. Excellent liner notes from Ben and Tracey with photos of their picture sleeves and EP's from the era. The second disc includes essentially all of the A&B sides released around that time which were generally previously only available on the original UK CD singles except for an occasional reissue like the now deleted second disc from their collection, "Like the Deserts Need the Rain". The home demos from Ben's original tapes are also pretty cool although the sound obviously is not as good.
The remastering is quite good throughout the four releases but I chose this particular album to review because it is my favorite EBTG album. Even though the band achieved more mainstream success later with a different style with songs like "Missing", the original unique sound they achieved comes to fruition with this particular release. I agree with most critics that this album contains their strongest songs. This album depicts the day to day observations of growing up in England with wonderfully evocative lyrics. Tracey Thorn's unique voice and Ben Watt's unique arrangements complete the package.
If you are a fan of their first four albums then you need to check these releases. The Amazon UK price may be worth checking out also.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of EBTG's Best.....Excellent!!! January 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
What more can I say??? EBTG's Idlewild is another excellent albulm. The songs are very beautiful...every one of them. I am so glad that I discovered this group because their music takes me places that I love to be. Buy this music because if you don't you will be missing out on something special!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss Out On This Excellent CD June 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Okay, I am biased. I adore Tracey and Ben, and have been a fan since "Frost and Fire" and "Each and Every One" from their first CD. I have them all and this is definitely one of the bests. Some of their best lyrics. I love "Lonesome for a Place I Know", "Blue Moon Rose", "Love Is Here Where I Live", and "...Caruso." EBTG are not exciting in the obvious way, but I find their work so moving. And musically they have grown so much. Can't wait for the new one hopefully this fall. If you are Jonatha Brooke & the Story and Beth Orton fans, you might find this a nice addition to your collection. (Ben mixes a couple songs on Beth's new CD). Check out their website at
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
EBTG is one of the most talent and moving bands of our times. Tracey Thorn's voice is unbeatable, and the lyrics and music on this CD is some of the best ever done by EBTG. The CD works for nearly every mood: if you're up, it can generate energy,and if you're relaxed it can smooth you out. One of my favorite CDs out of hundreds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Six out of five
I first heard this album when it was reviewed on a BBC Radio 1 Saturday afternoon show way back when and thought it was something special. It is! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Taj Limahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered/Deluxe Is Just That
I don't know how I got around to EBTG. It might have been the John Hughes move She's Having a Baby or perhaps hearing Tracey Thorn's gorgeous voice on a Style Council track. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David G. Marut
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome upgrade
This has been one of my favorite discs for years, but the sound was not up to today's better recordings. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Terry Reber
5.0 out of 5 stars great early EBTG album
This is one of my favorite early albums from EBTG, in fact one of my favorite of Tracy and Ben's work. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tim Kimzey
5.0 out of 5 stars A staple for the Everything But the Girl enthusiast
I positively LOVE this album. I have to admit I am a die hard Everything But the Girl fan. This was the first album I bought by them (in the 80's). It's a good listen. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Windmere
5.0 out of 5 stars EBTG at their very best!
This re-issue is so impressive. The casebound book is gorgeous, the new liner notes and comments from Tracey and Ben give you a more personal insight into the record. Read more
Published 21 months ago by W. Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless treasure...
I recently wrote my first album review on Amazon - Sun Kil Moon's Ghosts of the Great Highway - and the experience of listening to that album reminded me a few days later to what... Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by lagunabridge
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Perfection Timeless Perfection
This is perhaps one of the most perfectly crafted word to music works I have known in this life. It is, as others have noted, a time machine. Read more
Published on November 29, 2008 by R. Frazier
5.0 out of 5 stars ETBTG
This was my first bit of exposure to this group, and I love this collection of songs so much, it's been largely the basis by which I have guaged all their other work. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by Stephen E. Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to Chill to
I first heard about Everything But the Girl when Walking Wounded came out. That was during the time Drum N Bass was invading the States. Read more
Published on February 25, 2007 by Alex Reyes
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