Idlewild (Everything but the Girl album)

Idlewild is the fourth studio album by British musical duo Everything but the Girl. It was released on 29 February 1988 by Blanco y Negro Records and Sire Records.

Idlewild
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Studio album by
Released29 February 1988 (1988-02-29)
RecordedAutumn 1987
StudioLivingston Recording Studios, London
GenreSophisti-pop[1]
Length45:17
Label
ProducerBen Watt
Everything but the Girl chronology
Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
(1986)
Idlewild
(1988)
The Language of Life
(1990)
Singles from Idlewild
  1. "These Early Days"
    Released: 1988
  2. "I Always Was Your Girl"
    Released: 1988
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk About It"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Love Is Here Where I Live"
    Released: 1989

The album was reissued in 2012 as a remastered two-disc deluxe set by Edsel Records.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [3]
Mojo     [4]
Pitchfork6.4/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[7]

Idlewild was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Don't Want to Talk About It"Danny Whitten4:17
2."Love Is Here Where I Live"3:55
3."These Early Days"Thorn3:50
4."I Always Was Your Girl"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:00
5."Oxford Street"Thorn3:21
6."The Night I Heard Caruso Sing"Watt2:55
7."Goodbye Sunday"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:00
8."Shadow on a Harvest Moon"Thorn3:38
9."Blue Moon Rose"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:37
10."Tears All Over Town"Watt4:35
11."Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:02
12."Apron Strings"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:07

2012 Edsel Records reissueEdit

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love Is Here Where I Live"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:55
2."These Early Days"Thorn3:50
3."I Always Was Your Girl"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:00
4."Oxford Street"Thorn3:21
5."The Night I Heard Caruso Sing"Watt2:55
6."Goodbye Sunday"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:00
7."Shadow on a Harvest Moon"Thorn3:38
8."Blue Moon Rose"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:37
9."Tears All Over Town"Watt4:35
10."Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
4:02
11."Apron Strings"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:07
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dyed in the Grain"Watt5:07
2."No Place Like Home"Paul Overstreet4:26
3."Another Day, Another Dollar"Thorn3:28
4."Hang Out the Flags"
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:21
5."Home from Home"Thorn3:06
6."I Don't Want to Talk About It"Whitten4:17
7."I Don't Want to Talk About It" (instrumental)Whitten3:01
8."Living on Honeycomb"Thorn2:32
9."How About Me?"Irving Berlin2:46
10."These Early Days" (Dave Bascombe remix)Thorn3:28
11."Love Is Here Where I Live" (home demo, 1987)
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:38
12."I Always Was Your Girl" (home demo, 1987)
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:22
13."Tears All Over Town" (home demo, 1987)Watt3:28
14."Apron Strings" (home demo, 1987)
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:10
15."Oxford Street" (home demo, 1987)Thorn3:32
16."Lonesome for a Place I Know" (home demo, 1987)
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:00
17."Always Remember (These Early Days)" (home demo, 1987)Thorn3:23
18."Apron Strings" (alternative film version, 1987)
  • Thorn
  • Watt
3:00

PersonnelEdit

Everything but the Girl
Additional musicians
  • Ian Fraser – tenor saxophone
  • Steve Pearce – bass
  • Damon Butcher – piano, synthesizer
  • James McMillan – trumpet
  • Chucho Merchán – bass on "Lonesome for a Place I Know"
  • Peter King – alto saxophone
Technical
  • Jerry Boys – engineering

Additionally, Geoff Travis, Lindy Morrison and James McMillan are thanked in the liner notes.

ChartsEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 38
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 13

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Gold 100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Top 15 Sophisti-Pop Albums". 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Idlewild – Everything But the Girl". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ "Everything But the Girl: Idlewild". Mojo. p. 101. This was an album of mature, blue-eyed electronic soul, albeit one where the folk and jazz which scented earlier work still perfumed the air. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ Harvell, Jess (9 July 2012). "Everything But the Girl: Reissues". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  6. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Everything but the Girl". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 288–89. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Everything but the Girl – Idlewild". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Everything but the Girl – Idlewild". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 March 2018.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Idlewild in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.