Everything But The Girl "Idlewild" LP (1988)
Details: Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn--you can't get past their love on this album. This is an original press, a promo copy, with a hole punch on the top-left side to denote promo. Sleeve is a bit yellowed/shelf-wear, but still, a fantastic copy and record media is NM.
Description: "In the summer of 1983 Ben and Tracey – now a couple both privately and professionally – decided to pool new songs for the debut Everything But The Girl album, Eden. Recorded with producer Robin Millar (chosen for his work with Weekend and The Pale Fountains) at Power Plant Studios in Willesden, it featured Weekend’s Simon Booth on second guitar, This Heat’s Charles Hayward on drums, and South American musicians Chucho Merchan (double bass) and Bosco D’Oliveira (percussion) plus a clutch of top horn players from the English jazz scene. It was released on the newly-formed Blanco Y Negro through Warner, and signaled Everything But The Girl’s move from an independent to a major label. The album, released in May 1984, spawned a UK Top 40 hit – the acerbic Latin pop of Each and Every One – and went on to sell over half a million copies around the world.
Intent on new work, the pair moved on from Eden immediately and released two fresh three-track singles in the summer of 1984 – Mine and Native Land – and as Sire Records signed the duo for North America, a special US album was created entitled Everything But The Girl later in the year featuring all six of the new tracks plus six songs from their debut.
The next three albums charted different and idiosyncratic paths. The folk-jazz of Eden was replaced by the politicized guitar-pop of Love Not Money (1985) featuring Young Marble Giants’ Phil Moxham on bass and The Mo-Dettes’ June Miles-Kingston on drums. 1986 saw further change with the ambitious wall-of-sound of Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, scored for orchestra by Ben, recorded at Abbey Road with Mike Hedges, and featuring the radio hit, Come On Home. And in 1988 came the more introspective self-produced drum-machine-pop of Idlewild, engineered by Jerry Boys. All three went gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies. Pressed by the record company for another chart hit, in the summer of 1988 the duo recorded a cover of Danny Whitten’s I Don’t Want To Talk About It. On release it peaked at number 3 on the UK Top 40 and was later included on new editions of Idlewild." - EBTG site
"Idlewild (1988), their most accessible recording, consists of eleven intimate songs. The setting is perfect for such moving compositions as “Love Is Here Where I Live” and “Apron Strings."
Grade: VG (Cover) / NM (Record)
TRACK LISTING SIDE A:
A1. Love Is Here Where I Live
A2. These Early Days
A3. I Always Was Your Girl
A4. Oxford Street
A5. The Night I Heard Caruso Sing
TRACK LISTING SIDE B:
B1. Goodbye Sunday
B2. Shadow On A Harvest Moon
B3. Blue Moon Rose
B4. Tears All Over Town
B5. Lonesome For A Place I Know
B6. Apron Strings