Everything But The Girl ‎– The Language Of Life

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Atlantic ‎– 7 82057-2, Atlantic ‎– 82057-2
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1 Driving
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Larry WilliamsBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimPercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By, Piano – Larry WilliamsTenor Saxophone – Michael BreckerWritten-By – Ben Watt
3:57
2 Get Back Together
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Jerry HeyBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimElectric Guitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By, Piano – Larry WilliamsWritten-By – Ben Watt
3:55
3 Meet Me In The Morning
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Larry WilliamsBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimFlugelhorn [Flugel] – Jerry HeyPercussion – Lenny CastroPiano – Larry Williams, Russell FerranteSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By – Larry WilliamsWritten-By – Ben Watt & Tracey Thorn
3:49
4 Me And Bobby D
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Larry WilliamsBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimElectric Guitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By, Piano – Larry WilliamsTenor Saxophone – Kirk WhalumWritten-By – Ben Watt & Tracey Thorn
4:09
5 The Language Of Life
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Jerry HeyBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimPercussion – Lenny CastroPiano – Joe Sample, Larry WilliamsSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By – Larry WilliamsWritten-By – Ben Watt & Tracey Thorn
4:01
6 Take Me
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Larry WilliamsArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Russell FerranteArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Larry WilliamsBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimElectric Guitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Lenny CastroPiano – Larry Williams, Russell FerranteSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By – Larry WilliamsTenor Saxophone – Kirk WhalumWritten-By – Cecil And Linda Womack*
4:08
7 Imagining America
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Larry WilliamsBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar Hakim, Vinnie ColaiutaElectric Guitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By, Piano – Larry WilliamsTenor Saxophone – Kirk WhalumWritten-By – Ben Watt
4:58
8 Letting Love Go
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Jerry HeyBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimElectric Guitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By, Piano – Larry WilliamsTenor Saxophone – Michael BreckerWritten-By – Ben Watt
4:45
9 My Baby Don't Love Me
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Jerry HeyBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimElectric Guitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By, Piano – Larry WilliamsWritten-By – Ben Watt
3:40
10 The Road
Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic Guitars], Electric Guitar [Electric Guitars] – Ben WattArranged By [Horn Arrangements By] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhythm Arrangements Written By] – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsArranged By [Synthesiser Arrangements Written By] – Jerry HeyBass Guitar – John PatitucciDrums – Omar HakimFlugelhorn [Flugel] – Jerry HeyPercussion – Lenny CastroPiano – Ben Watt, Larry WilliamsSynthesizer [Synthesisers], Programmed By – Larry WilliamsTenor Saxophone – Stan GetzWritten-By – Ben Watt
3:46

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Recorded in Los Angeles at Schnee Studio, Sunset Sound, Oceanway Recording Studios and Willyworld
Mixed at Schnee Studio
Mastered at The Mastering Lab

Many thanks to everyone involved and also
to Rod Temperton, James McMillan, Geoff Travis, Damon Butcher,
Steve Pearce, Cecil and Linda Womack and Archie Williams.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7567-82057-2 9
  • Matrix / Runout: 3 82057-2 SRC=01

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7 82057-4 Everything But The Girl The Language Of Life(Cass, Album) Atlantic 7 82057-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
2292 46260-1 Everything But The Girl The Language Of Life(LP, Album) Blanco Y Negro 2292 46260-1 Greece 1990 Sell This Version
EDSK 7048 Everything But The Girl The Language Of Life(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + RM) Edsel Records, Rhino Entertainment Company EDSK 7048 UK 2013 Sell This Version
24 62604 Everything But The Girl The Language Of Life(Cass, Dol) Blanco Y Negro 24 62604 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
2292 46260-2, 2292-46260-2 Everything But The Girl The Language Of Life(CD, Album, RE) Blanco Y Negro, Blanco Y Negro 2292 46260-2, 2292-46260-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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PatronSaintofScratch

June 25, 2017

Lovely tinted photo of the duo with details of distressing and old tape marks give it the feel of a scrapbook. Original CD pressing is best in my opinion. Vibrant and rich but not too polished.

Language of Life is the fruition of jazz promised by its predecessors Baby the Stars Shine Bright and Idlewild. Gems stand out like the O-Supermanliness of "Driving" (is Laurie Anderson the influence for the ha-ha effect?). Perfect pairing vocals on a song about immigrants in the early 1900s in "Imagining America". The beautiful yet unashamed love song of a woman courting a married man "Meet Me in the Morning". And the wistful finale, "The Road" sung by Ben Watt. Exquisite.