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Everything But the Girl: Like the Deserts Miss the Rain

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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The title of Like the Deserts Miss the Rain comes from "Missing," the first of nine videos on this collection (and the band's biggest U.S. hit). While all could be described as "stylish"--much like Everything But the Girl--they're otherwise quite different. Sometimes Tracey Thorne and Ben Watt appear; other times actors take center stage. "Single," for instance, features a man tumbling across town: down the street, into a Laundromat, in and out of a dryer, etc. Then there's the "populist" video for Simon and Garfunkel’s "The Only Living Boy in New York," directed by art house favorite Hal Hartley (Henry Fool). (The duo appears to have added a few dozen members.) The DVD also includes three live performances, including a fine version of Massive Attack's "Protection" (featuring Thorne on vocals), and three demo tracks that play as photos of the duo pass by. A fine career overview of one of the U.K.'s most enduring acts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Region 0 (NTSC format)
  • Videos: Missing (Todd Terry remix), Single, The Only Living Boy in New York, Temperamental, Love Is Here Where I Live, Five Fathoms, Each and Every One, Driving, Walking Wounded
  • Live: Before Today, Temperamental, Protection
  • Demos: Frozen River, Mirrorball, Flipside
  • Photo gallery
  • Interactive video mix
  • Exclusive remix

Product Details

  • Actors: Everything But the Girl
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000223508
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
For me, ebtg can not do wrong. Well, except for this dvd. They could have added more of their earlier videos on this dvd. I own what I believe to be their first video compilation, released in the early nineties. This tape included videos for "When Alèl's Well," "Take Me," "Mine," etc... They could have added them all. They've included enough early work, why not complete the series? And how about interviews or a documentary? I was just expecting so much more because I have been waiting so long for this dvd--I have been a fan since they have started.

Oh well, don't get me wrong. This dvd is still worth getting. I am now glad to have all of their new videos, it goes along well with my first ebtg video collection.

They are one of the best bands ever!!!
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although the artwork on this dvd matches the greatest hits cd released a few years ago, the tracklisting is quite different. this features about 11 music videos, 1 video where you can change the footage shown by using the camera angle settings on your DVD remote, 3 live tracks, and 3 photo slideshows w/ demos playing.
the music videos vary in quality, and only a few of them are really great. most look pretty low-budget and just feature tracy and ben singing and playing and some walking around the city scenes, but a few of them (particularly "walking wounded") stand out. (on the other hand, the video for "temperamental" is particularly bad.) the 3 live tracks are pretty straightforward, although tracey's style is better-suited to a laid-back, lounge-y atmosphere than a concert. still, the two look great and ben does some nice things w/ samples of tracey's vocals on the live version of "temperamental". for me the three demos were the highlights of this collection. and i hate to admit it, but i think i prefer the demo of "flipside" to the album version. that demo includes alternate lyrics which is very cool.
all in all a good, although pretty straightforward release. it would've been nice to have some interviews, but the dvd fits ebtg's personality: chill and laid-back. a good look at their career, and a nice reminder of some of their earlier work. good for newbies and long-time fans.
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What can one say about EBTG??
They have a career than spuns for over 20 years now, and although they are now taking a break, (since 99) in the DVD you can find some of their greatest successes like (of course!!)the multi-platinum Missing(Todd Terry Remix), Single, Walking Wounded, Five Fathoms, Temperamental and many more that changed forever the face of new-age, bossa nuova, jazz, and later on the face of electronic-trip-hop music.
Also, except for these videos you can also find live performances, like Protection, and a few rare pictures of EBTG, accompanied by unpublished songs or unpublished versions of their biggest hits.
Last but not least, you are given the chance to bring together four videos to make your own version of a video for a special remix of Temperamental.
Peace and love to the girl for keeping it alive and true for so long.
Love you,and waiting for your new material!!!!
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This DVD includes some very interesting stuff, such as the live performance footage, and a few select videos from their last couple of releases. Unfortunately that's really all there is. I would have much prefered to wait until they could put together a truly comprehensive package which would logically include many more additional music videos as well as doco/interview footage. Good if you really want to see EBTG in action, but overall a disappointment.
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