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Back To Mine [Compilation]

Everything But The Girl Audio CD
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1. Friends and Enemies
2. All Alone (No One to Be With)
3. Bayou
4. Stars All Seem to Weep
5. Flow
6. Cascades of Color
7. Do It Now
8. Wonderful Life
9. To Cry About
10. Silent Treatment
11. Funky for You
12. Someday We'll All Be Free

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In a market saturated by mix albums of every description, Ultra Records' Back to Mine series glows like a beacon in a fog of mediocrity. The idea is simple: artists are given a free rein to compile sets that are both intuitive and personal to their tastes, resulting in mixtures of postclub textures chiefly designed for horizontal dancing and chilled-out bonhomie. Latest recruits Everything but the Girl take to the format like ducks to water, displaying a musical pedigree that touches on house, hip-hop, and light drum & bass. Although most people have warmed to the group's shift into dance culture, what will surprise is their sublime choice of tune. Kicking off with the drum-machine jazz of DJ Cam's "Friends and Enemies," the moody hip-hop noir of Deadly Avenger's "Bayou," and their own production on Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem to Weep," the mood is stoner-paced but never drab. Follow this with a little stripped-back ambience courtesy of Carl Craig and a rousingly sanguine finale featuring Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free," and you have the makings of a fine night in. --Paul Tierney

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Everything But the Girl's contribution to the 'Back To Mine' series is a pure chill-out mix, perfect for late-night lounging. Low-key, atmospheric folk-pop by Beth Orton and Mary Margaret O'Hara bleeds into down-tempo electronica and hip-hop from DJ Cam, Model 500, and Dubtribe Sound System. As one might expect from the uber-cool Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn, the set is sophisticated, well sequenced, and perfectly modulated. Down-to-earth, soulful vibes emanate on the Roots's 'Silent Treatment', balancing out more abstract, ambient outings like Carl Craig's 'A Wonderful Life'. The set closes out on Donny Hathaway's 'Someday We'll All Be Free', which serves as a benediction, casting a bright, hopeful light over the entire listening experience. This collection is perfect for moody background, but--unlike many chill-out compilations--it also rewards concentrated listening. 2005.

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4.0 out of 5 stars anoyone ever heard of a dj mix album? Oct. 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
umm... to all the people who think this is an EBTG album, you might want to engage your brain slightly. check the track list, do a little thinking, what have you. ben watt has been dj'ing in clubs for years, and this represents a "back to mine" set they might mix up. ever been to a club? an afterparty? c'mon now people - giving this 1 star because it's not an ebtg artist album? give yourself one star for being stupid, and turn off the dave matthews on your stereo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STILL the best of the series Oct. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own all of them, and I must say, this is still the very BEST in the series. Recent efforts by Orbital and New Order have been disappointing and just don't even compare. EBTG, Faithless, Nick Warren, and Talvin Singh stick to the original "chill" premise.
"Turn the lights down, pour yourself a drink, and kick back.." Wasn't that what the Back to Mine series was suppose to be all about?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! Oct. 7 2003
By Lou
Format:Audio CD
Best CD I heard in 2002. Laid back but not overly so. I'm not quite sure how anyone can actually sleep to this CD as the insomniac reviewer stated unlees their use to listening to music at a 180 beats per minute. O'Hara's song brilliantly brings down the pace for a few moments until accelerating back to the CD's mostly mid-tempo vibe w/ Roots's Silent Treatment. Perfect for ecletic fans of jazz, hip hop, and house.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's the chillest -- July 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
As a certified insomniac, I've found it necessary to devote a whole section of my record shelf to music that will put me to sleep. Not in the mind-numbingly dreary way that, say, Enya might, but pleasantly and with the possibility of pleasant dreams. This disc does it for me every time. It's especially good for airplanes -- I was never able to sleep on airplanes before.
This isn't to say that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed it awake, too. The natural flow of these tunes is so carefully directed that it accomplishes what only the best mixes can: it becomes its own work of genius. Don't listen to it before midnight, but do listen to it. It's the best of the BTM collection, and the chillest thing I own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOME CD'S TAKE MORE THAN ONE LISTEN April 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
WHY DOES REVIEWER 25354 GO INTO UNINTERESTING DIABTRIBES ABOUT HIS "KEEN" AND "CLEVER" INSIGHTS? JUST TELL US IF YOU LIKED OR HATED THE CD AND WHY.
PLEASE LOOK AT HIS OTHER "REIVEWS" AND YOU'LL SEE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. BESIDES REVIEWING BOOKS HE'S NEVER READ HE GIVES EVERYTHING A LOW RATING. IT MUST BE BECASUE HE'S SO MUCH SMARTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE!
I'M SURE HE'S A STRUGGLING SCREEN WRITER IN LA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Chill... April 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a definite must-have for any Chill fan. You can obviously see the influence these artists had on Everything but the Girl. I you want to relax to some pool-side and beach-house beats this is the CD for you to add to your collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars EBTG in the danger zone March 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
So there I am, cycling down Mira Mesa Boulevard on what promises to be a long, music-induced session. Passing The Wherehouse I suddenly get the bright idea of stopping to get the new Annie Lennox CD. What new Annie Lennox CD, you may ask? Well, there's the trouble.
So I go up to the counter. Two female employees. One is on the phone, turned away from the counter, the other is, I discern as I approach her, in tears. I say, "Did I come at a bad time?" The young lady is too discombobulated to render any service, or to notice my ironic tone, so her friend grudgingly tears herself away from the phone to find out what this provoking intrusion on her private time is all about. I tell her to just point me in the Annie Lennox direction and she does and I go over to check out the CDs. As I am walking away, the girl returns to her phone conversation and it becomes clear that she is acting as an intermediary in some teenage heartbreak of which the tearful girl is the tragic heroine. I hear her say, "No, I don't think she should talk to him right now. Did you know he pushed her down on her throat?" As I'm walking away I bemusedly think to myself that I can see where this guy is coming from.
But anyway, like I say, there is no new Annie Lennox album and so as plan B I decide to get the EBTG mix album, having heard "good things." Don't ask me where because I don't remember.
So I take it to the counter and manage to buy it while the soap opera is raging to fever pitch. The tearful girl decides she just can't hold it together out here anymore and so she flounces off like something out of a French Novel.
"Bad breakup," her friend tells me.
I say, "Well, when you get to be my age you'll look back and realize it was all utterly meaningless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Feb. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough good things about this CD; in its way, it's a classic. The conceit is great: get bands to make a mix tape of their fave music, in this case designed for the afterhours set. Ben Watt of EBTG has mixed the music based on his and tracey thorn's fave club music, and the result is flawless: great clean sound and songs that blend together seemlessly. I've never been a fan of Beth Orton, but the mix of "Stars Seem to Weep" brings tears to my eyes for its simple beat and dreamy beauty. I confess i hadn't heard of any of the other artists sampled, and all but one or two are great. This is getting a lot of airplay in my household!
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