Trailer Park [Legacy Edition]

Trailer Park [Legacy Edition]

by Beth Orton
     
 

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Although she's a woman with a guitar and a passel of affecting songs, it's wrong to call English singer-songwriter Beth Orton a folkie. In fact, Orton first gained notice via her collaborations with such electronica artists as Red Snapper, William Orbit, and the Chemical

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Although she's a woman with a guitar and a passel of affecting songs, it's wrong to call English singer-songwriter Beth Orton a folkie. In fact, Orton first gained notice via her collaborations with such electronica artists as Red Snapper, William Orbit, and the Chemical Brothers, and her 1996 debut album, Trailer Park, features spare backing that varies from light trip-hop soundscapes to ethereal art pop. But no matter how you categorize her, Orton's voice and songs win on their own terms. Her singing carries a world-weary lilt not unlike that of English folk matron Linda Thompson; her lyrics are plaintive ruminations about loss and longing. On "Live As You Dream," a song in which she off-quotes Joseph Conrad by way of Gang of Four, she cynically snaps at her lover with subtle barbs like, "If you've taken me for someone who cares/There's a dream that we both have shared." In "She Cries Your Name," she cribs a melodic motif from "Stairway to Heaven" and weds it to a gorgeous folk epic. In an age chock-full of hipster waifs and Lilith maidens in waiting, Orton is a distinct voice and a powerful talent.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arista/Legacy's 2009 Legacy Edition reissue of Trailer Park remasters the original 1996 album and expands its length to a double-disc set by adding a second CD collecting all the stray tracks Beth Orton released in the wake of her debut. All the B-sides issued on the CD singles of "She Cries Your Name," "Touch Me with Your Love," and "Someone's Daughter," along with the instrumental of "Touch Me with Your Love" issued as a B-side, to a vinyl 10" of the single of the same name, are here, along with the 1997 EP Best Bit plus "I Love How You Love Me" from the 1998 Mojo soundtrack. All this material maintains the hazy, stylish electronica-folk feel of Trailer Park, capturing that specific vibe better than any of her subsequent albums, so this offers longtime fans of the LP what they've always wanted: more of the same but at the same high level of quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0886973572221
catalogNumber:
735722

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beth Orton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Terry Callier   Guitar,Vocals
Martin Duffy   Organ,Piano
Johnny Green   Piano
Henry Olsen   Electric Bass
Dave Ruffy   Drums
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Neal   Guitar
Ali Friend   Double Bass
Sara Wilson   Cello
Lascelles Gordon   Percussion
Sean Kilbride   Dulcimer
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Nia Bevan   Violin
Dave Boulter   Harmonium,Hammond Organ
Beki Doe   Violin
Howard Gott   Violin
Tasha Lee McCluney   Background Vocals
Rob Spriggs   Viola
Keith Tenniswood   Guitar,Keyboards
Sean Read   Organ,Piano,Harmonium,Hammond Organ
Lee Spencer   Keyboards
Ted Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Dave Friedman   Vibes
Will Blanchard   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Andrew Hackett   Electric Guitar
Becca Ware   Viola
Sarah Mallok   Violin

Technical Credits

Brian O'Shaughnessy   Producer,Engineer
Paul Schroeder   Producer,Engineer
Victor Van Vugt   Producer
Andrew Weatherall   Producer
Beth Orton   Producer
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Beki Doe   String Arrangements
Morris Goldburg   Composer
Miranda Sawyer   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Keith Tenniswood   Engineer
Toby Bush   Engineer
Gideon Schaltman   Engineer

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