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Everything But The Girl

Eden (2021 Half-Speed Abbey Road Remaster) [Vinyl LP]

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Highly recommended Debut album from my fave husband/wife duo.  This record can be described as pop meets jazz meets bossa nova.  Read the review from Albumism.

This has been half-speed Mastered By Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios! If this is anything like the previous 3 half-speed remasters done at abbey road studios, for the band, then we are in for a serious treat and I encourage you to track down the three previous remasters (Amplified Heart '94, Walking Wounded '96, and Temperamental '99).

Originally released in June 1984 on Blanco y Negro Records, Eden was British duo Everything But The Girl's debut studio album, produced by Robin Millar (Sade, Fine    Young Cannibals). This reissue, now coming out on the band's own Buzzin' Fly label, has been remastered and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. The album contains the single "Each And Every One", which peaked at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart. The cover design was created by lead singer Tracey Thorn's former bandmate in the Marine Girls, Jane Fox. Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt met whilst at University in Hull in the early '80s. Both were signed independently to indie label Cherry Red Records, Ben as a solo artist and Tracey as part of the band The Marine Girls. They formed Everything But The Girl in early '82, releasing one single on Cherry Red (Cole Porter's "Night & Day") before signing to Blanco Y Negro records and releasing their debut album Eden to critical acclaim. Following this, they released eight further highly praised and commercially successful studio albums including the much-loved classic singles, "These Early Days", "Driving" and the covers "I Don't Want To Talk About It" and "The Only Living Boy In New York", "Missing" and "Rollercoaster". The debut effort by multi-instrumentalist Ben Watt and vocalist and songwriter Tracey Thorn took the alterna-pop world by surprise in 1985. And rightfully so. Watt's lush chamber orchestra jazzscapes, full of Brazilian bossa nova structures and airy horn charts, combined with Thorn's throaty alto singing her generation's version of the torch song, was a sure attraction for fans of sophisticated pop and vocal jazz. Featuring 12 tracks, the album has deeply influenced popular song structures since that time... This set proved itself to be an auspicious debut that testified to the beginning of a long and creatively rewarding partnership that has endured. -Thom Jurek, AllMusic