Like the Deserts Miss the Rain

Like the Deserts Miss the Rain

by Everything But the Girl
     
 

"If there was going to be a retrospective we wanted it to be a personal view," says Tracey Thorn -- half of the enduring alt-dance duo Everything But the Girl -- of this 16-track collection. So rather than catalogue her and partner Ben Watt's biggest hits or favorite album tracks, Like the Deserts Miss the…  See more details below

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"If there was going to be a retrospective we wanted it to be a personal view," says Tracey Thorn -- half of the enduring alt-dance duo Everything But the Girl -- of this 16-track collection. So rather than catalogue her and partner Ben Watt's biggest hits or favorite album tracks, Like the Deserts Miss the Rain collects a bit of both and then some, tracing in roundabout fashion EBTG's forays into folk, jazz, and multifarious strains of dance music. Present and accounted for are their best-known tracks: the jazz-pop "Each and Every One"; the breakthrough single from '84 and the global house smash, "Missing"; and Massive Attack's trip-hop classic "Protection," featuring Thorn's sultry vocals and lyrics. But the treasure trove of rarities is equally revelatory. For starters, the disc opens with an acoustic cover of Captain Beefheart's warped soul nugget "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains" (you'd never know it wasn't a Thorn original). The gorgeous, piano-based ballad "A Piece of My Mind," a hard-to-find B-side, syncs up nicely with a version of Elvis Costello's jazzy ballad "Almost Blue," which flaunts Thorn's emotional range. Fanatics and casual fans alike will revel in the inclusion of "Tracey in My Room (Lazy Dog Bootleg Mix)," a mix of the hit "Wrong" by Watt's DJ tag-team Lazy Dog, previously available only as a white label 12", not to mention EBGT's drum-'n'-bass update of the Jobim bossa nova track "Corcovado" (yes, Thorn sings in Portuguese), which appeared on Red Hot + Rio. It's the breadth of Thorn and Watt's stylistic interest -- and the depth of soul with which they suffuse each track -- that makes Everything But the Girl, and this unique collection, something special, indeed. (The four-track bonus disc includes four more rarities: three B-side tracks and "Take Me (Clifton Mix)," previously available only as a white-label 12".)

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The first Everything but the Girl collection to effectively juggle the duo's largely acoustic early recordings and more electronic later work (or to even make the attempt), Like the Deserts Miss the Rain is the perfect place for fans of either period to investigate their full career. Since their musical aesthetic rarely diverted from spare, elegant, melancholy pop (whether the instrumentation was a small group with horn chart or keyboards with beat-heavy rhythms), the disc flows smoothly from their 1996 drum'n'bass version of the Brazilian standard "Corcovado" (from Red Hot + Rio) to 1984's acoustic bossa "Each and Every One" to a Chicane remix of "Before Today." Another nice touch is including Tracey Thorn's best outside appearance -- on Massive Attack's "Protection" -- and a pair of great songs from a 1993 single, including a startlingly effective version of Captain Beefheart's "My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains." Similar to 2001's Home Movies collection, Like the Deserts Miss the Rain has a few surprising omissions (nothing from 1988's gorgeous Idlewild?) but does succeed in delivering great material from one of British pop's most talented artists.
Rolling Stone - Jon Caramanica
Crying on the dance floor never sounded so good.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227383824
catalogNumber:
73838
Rank:
117257

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Tracks

  1. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
  2. Rollercoaster
  3. Corcovado
  4. Each and Every One
  5. Before Today
  6. Mine
  7. Protection
  8. Single
  9. Tracey in My Room
  10. Missing
  11. Almost Blue
  12. No Difference
  13. Cross My Heart
  14. Mirrorball
  15. A Piece of My Mind
  16. Walking Wounded

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everything But the Girl   Primary Artist
Tracey Thorn   Vocals
Martin Ditcham   Percussion
Bill Le Sage   Vibes
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Chucho Merchán   Bass
Charlie Morgan   Drums
Nigel Nash   Horn
Dick Pearce   Horn
Rob Peters   Drums
Frank Ricotti   Marimbas,Vibes
Cara Tivey   Organ,Piano
Ben Watt   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Sampling
Danny Thompson   Bass
Micky Harris   Bass
Dave Smith   Bass
Peter King   Horn

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Everything But the Girl   Producer
Gene Lees   Composer
Massive Attack   Producer,Instrumentation
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
Todd Terry   Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Hal David   Composer
Ian Grimble   Engineer
Nellee Hooper   Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Robin Millar   Producer
Mike Pela   Engineer
Ben Rogan   Engineer
Don Van Vliet   Composer
Ashley Wales   Composer
Ben Watt   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,beats,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Cecil Womack   Composer
Linda Womack   Composer
John Coxon   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Mike Hedges   Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Composer
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Photek   Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Spring Heel Jack   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Chicane   Instrumentation
Mads Bjerke   Engineer
Marcelo Krasilcic   Cover Photo
Sandy Rivera   Composer,Remixing
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Nick Bracegirdle   Producer,Remixing
Jose Burgos   Composer,Remixing
Leo Elstob   Producer,Remixing
Soul Vision   Instrumentation
Paul Watkins   Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation

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