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Back To Mine Compilation

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  • Audio CD (March 19 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005JDC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.


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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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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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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confession time - i've loved ebtg since i was turned on to them in college..."driving" was almost a coming-of-age song, and to this day the acoustic (from the album of the same name) versions of "apron strings" or "come on home" still make me smile like a kid... and seeing them live and acoustic in st. paul, mn was one of the best concerts i've ever been to. make sure you take the time to check out their own recordings, to be sure...hell, the cover of "love not money" is worth the price alone, but i'm not sure you can find it in print now...(if you can, ~get~ it, now...)
all that said, when i saw that mr. w. had raided the closet for a "back to mine" collection, i knew it was a no-brainer...if you've EVER gotten a (let me put this in straightforward terms...) really, really (and i mean REALLY) cool little tape collection from a friend/family member, and thought to yourself...wow - this is some damn good stuff...well then, be prepared to be mondo-wowed.
i hadn't heard of a single song on this album prior to its release, but am now a sworn and true beth orton fan ("stars all seem to shine")...and every other track on this will have you grinnin' like you were twelve with skates on, feelin' the flow, doin' the happy funky dance...it's an incredibly "cool" (yes, that's overused, but nothing else really applies here) set of tunes, with a laid-back and funky underlying theme...
the whole "back to mine" series is worth a listen...good stuff all over, but i have to say, this is the best of the bunch (as of 2002, anyway - hope they keep comin'), and if you are a fan of their own songs, you'll love ben and tracey's choices from their own stash, right here.
recommendation - buy it new, open the wine, invite friends, and just grin for an hour or so...
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Format: Audio CD
As a long-time (c. 1989) fan of EBTG, I was willing to follow them down the road to re-invention when "Missing" launched their House phase. Picking up this CD was an introduction to some of the source and inspiration for Ben's mixing and the duo's continued success. Not one to leave his fingers out of anything, even a compilation of source material, Ben includes Beth Orton's "Stars All Seem To Weep", which he produced for her "Central Reservation" release. Ya gotta admire the musical genius (and apparent business sense) of Watt and Thorn both, considering the breadth, depth and span of genres they've worked in since their solo recording days.
There's a lot to like on this CD -- pop it in, kick back and let it wash over you. Some good dance jams, but I think it's best suited to sitting in. On a few tracks, especially "A Wonderful Life" you can hear the future of EBTG. Good liner notes, too. A key add to the collection for any EBTG fan -- not an essential, but an understanding of roots and direction. It's a bonus that it may introduce you to some fine new artists as well.
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