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Baby, the Stars Shine Bright [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On their third album, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Everything But the Girl try another departure to their craftsmanlike ballad style, hiring a full orchestra to give a lush backing to songs usually concerned more with sexual than national politics. Their last album, Love Not Money, may have boasted a considerable social agenda, but here Tracey Thorn sings of romantic disappointment and illicit liaisons, only occasionally bowing to such favorite themes as the lure of fame ("Country Mile"), fantasies about American movie stars ("Sugar Finney," which is "for Marilyn Monroe," and has the chorus "America is free, cheap, and easy"), and fears of fascism ("Little Hitler"). ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On their third album, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Everything But the Girl try another departure to their craftsmanlike ballad style, hiring a full orchestra to give a lush backing to songs usually concerned more with sexual than national politics. Their last album, Love Not Money, may have boasted a considerable social agenda, but here Tracey Thorn sings of romantic disappointment and illicit liaisons, only occasionally bowing to such favorite themes as the lure of fame ("Country Mile"), fantasies about American movie stars ("Sugar Finney," which is "for Marilyn Monroe," and has the chorus "America is free, cheap, and easy"), and fears of fascism ("Little Hitler"). Thorn's throbbing voice is well suited to the emotional concerns of the lyrics, and Ben Watt creates attractive string- and horn-filled backings for them. So, Everything But the Girl have found yet another way to effectively vary what would have seemed to be a limited musical style. [Edsel's 2012 reissue expands the album to two discs, adding seven B-sides (including an extended mix of "Come on Home") plus home demos of five of the album's tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Edsel Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155700638
  • Catalog Number: 5570063
  • Sales rank: 73,478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come On Home (3:22)
  2. 2 Don't Leave Me Behind (3:14)
  3. 3 A Country Mile (3:03)
  4. 4 Cross My Heart (3:41)
  5. 5 Don't Let the Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart (3:20)
  6. 6 Careless (3:25)
  7. 7 Sugar Finney (3:33)
  8. 8 Come Hell or High Water (3:22)
  9. 9 Fighting Talk (3:20)
  10. 10 Little Hitler (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Come On Home (4:13)
  2. 2 Draining the Bar (2:07)
  3. 3 I Fall To Pieces (2:43)
  4. 4 Come On Home (2:36)
  5. 5 Alfie (2:49)
  6. 6 Where's the Playground, Susie? (2:29)
  7. 7 Almost Blue (3:20)
  8. 8 Come On Home (3:06)
  9. 9 Sugar Finney (3:20)
  10. 10 Careless (3:17)
  11. 11 Cross My Heart (2:48)
  12. 12 Little Hitler (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Everything But the Girl Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Lance Ellington Choir, Chorus
Tracey Thorn Vocals, Background Vocals
Linda Allen Choir, Chorus
Levine Andrade Violin
Clive Anstee Cello
Stuart Brooks Trumpet
Tony Burrows Choir, Chorus
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Jeff Daly Saxophone
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Alan Downey Trumpet
Roger Garland Violin
Tim Good Violin
Chris Green Cello
Nick Ingman Conductor
Paul Kegg Cello
Peter King Saxophone
Helen Liebmann Cello
Nigel Nash Saxophone
Tessa Niles Choir, Chorus
Peter Oxer Violin
Chris Pyne Trombone
Frank Ricotti Percussion
George Robertson Viola
Bob Saker Choir, Chorus
Richard Studt Violin
Ray Swinfield Saxophone
Peter Thoms Trombone
Cara Tivey Organ, Piano
Clare Torry Choir, Chorus
Luke Tunney Trumpet
Ben Watt Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Gavyn Wright Violin
Bill Benham Violin
Basil Smart Violin
Micky Harris Bass
Cathy Stevens Viola
Stephen Henderson Percussion
Andy Fawbert Trombone
John Pigneguy French Horn
Alan Hutt Trombone
David Emmanuel Viola
Jimmy Archer Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Phil Todd Saxophone
Wilf Gibson Violin
Bosco D'Oliveira Percussion
Victy Silva Choir, Chorus
Martin Dover Trumpet
Ken Essex Viola
John Wilson Violin
Robert Peters Drums
Gary Taylor Choir, Chorus
Jim Handy French Horn
Technical Credits
Everything But the Girl Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Tracey Thorn Composer, Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Jimmy Webb Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Hal David Composer
Ian Grimble Engineer
Harlan Howard Composer
Nick Ingman Orchestra Director
Mike Pela Engineer
Ben Watt Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Orchestral Arrangements, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Mike Hedges Producer, Engineer
Declan MacManus Composer
Richard Haughton Original Photography
Caryn Gough Original Cover Artwork, Layout
Elizabeth Gray Memorabilia
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