Best Bit EP

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Best Bit is a masterpiece in miniature, a four-track EP of stunning vision and depth. Beth Orton's first substantial release since her groundbreaking debut album, Trailer Park, it moves away from the electronic textures of her previous work to forge a more organic compound of folk, dance-pop, and jazz. The title track, with its loose, swinging trip-hop rhythms and treated background vocals, is closest in spirit to the album, but by the second cut, the evocative "Skimming Stone," Orton is in uncharted territory, juxtaposing moody piano jazz with spaced-out guitar textures. The revelation of Best Bit, however, is the record's second half, a pair of breathtaking duets with ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Best Bit is a masterpiece in miniature, a four-track EP of stunning vision and depth. Beth Orton's first substantial release since her groundbreaking debut album, Trailer Park, it moves away from the electronic textures of her previous work to forge a more organic compound of folk, dance-pop, and jazz. The title track, with its loose, swinging trip-hop rhythms and treated background vocals, is closest in spirit to the album, but by the second cut, the evocative "Skimming Stone," Orton is in uncharted territory, juxtaposing moody piano jazz with spaced-out guitar textures. The revelation of Best Bit, however, is the record's second half, a pair of breathtaking duets with singer Terry Callier: the first, a cover of Fred Neil's "Dolphins," represents folk-jazz fusion at its finest and most eccentric, with Orton's ethereal presence matching perfectly with Callier's warm, soulful croon. No less wonderful or touching is the closing "Lean on Me," a Callier original featuring Orton's most impassioned vocal turn to date -- proof positive that under her remote electronic rhythms there beats a fragile human heart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/1998
  • Label: DEDICATED
  • UPC: 617024402026
  • Catalog Number: 44020

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Best Bit (4:15)
  2. 2 Skimming Stone (5:48)
  3. 3 Dolphins (4:16)
  4. 4 Lean on Me (5:06)
  5. 5 Touch Me with Your Love (5:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beth Orton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
David Friedman Vibes
Terry Callier Guitar, Vocals
Martin Duffy Piano, Hammond Organ
Henry Olsen Bass
Lascelles Gordon Percussion
Howard Gott Violin
Sean Read Piano, Harmonium, Wurlitzer
Ted Barnes Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Will Blanchard Drums, Tambourine
Bosco d'Olivera Percussion
Technical Credits
Youth Producer
Henry Olsen Producer
Beth Orton Liner Notes
Scott Fritz Engineer
Howard Gott String Arrangements
Hugo Nicholson Engineer
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