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Best Bit
Beth Orton
Best Bit
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #1

1997 single for the Heavenly label & not to be found on heracclaimed debut album! It's backed with three new tracks:'Skimming Stone', 'Dolphins' & 'Lean On Me'. American folk/jazz legend Terry Callier (who is also one of O...  more »


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All Artists: Beth Orton
Title: Best Bit
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Dedicated
Original Release Date: 4/7/1998
Release Date: 4/7/1998
Album Type: EP
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 617024402026


Album Description
1997 single for the Heavenly label & not to be found on heracclaimed debut album! It's backed with three new tracks:'Skimming Stone', 'Dolphins' & 'Lean On Me'. American folk/jazz legend Terry Callier (who is also one of Orton'sbiggest musical heroes) is

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Just hanging out & jamming
C. Brennan | 03/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This collaborative work with the great Terry Callier was an interlude following "Trailer Park", while "Central Reservation" was still gestating. Callier is an icon in folk circles, and Orton celebrates his influence in the "Trailer Park" liner notes. Small wonder, then, that she seems to be having so much fun jamming with him on this release. Though Orton includes some original tunes on this EP, the middle cuts are the centerpiece. Here, Orton shares vocals and guitar duties with Callier. The result is a burlap collaboration of sweet guitars and plain-jane harmonies. They sound for all the world like they're hanging out in the living room, having a blast. We are lucky enough to watch and listen. The "best bit" is their rendition of Fred Neill's "Dolphins", which I've only ever heard another cover of, that by Linda Ronstadt on the Stone Poneys' "Hand Sown, Home Grown" album. Orton and Callier let the lyrics carry them and they follow along with wonderfully open results.A common criticism of Orton is that her vocals tend to reediness or wander off-key. Whilst I don't hear the off-key bit much at all, I think the reedy quality to some of her vocals adds to her essential appeal as a "folk" singer. We have become so exposed to slick, highly produced music we seem to forget that most music is organic, hand-made and tends to be messy. The squeak of fingers changing chords, the trail of a note on a last gasp of breath, the sharp inhalation between phrases or notes -- this is the stuff of music. The "rough edges" on these tunes are their beauty. Enjoy!"
Churning out the hits!
Robert Cope | Michigan City, IN United States | 11/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a Beth Head for about four months now and have bought up almost everything I can find by Ms. Orton. The song Best Bit is an obvious reference to her mother, whose passing apparantly has affected her music in every way. The second song, Skimming Stones is probably the only cut on this EP which could be considered as filler. It, however, is quite infectuous in its own right. The two collaborations with American folk singer Terry Callier are outright fantastic! Callier's voice on Dolphins is strong and controlled and Beth just follows along nicely with him. Lean on me is a powerful tune that some day will become a folksinging legend. All this leads us to the final cut on this short but great album; Touch Me With Your Love is a re-recording of a song from Beth's first album, Trailer Park. The song is no nonsense music. Beth Orton at her best with just vocals and guitar. If I had to play one song by Beth to someone who had never heard of her, that would be the one. I would recommend this EP to anyone who is fond of folk music with a lot of soul. Beth's music just keeps getting better and better."
Green Arrow | 05/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a must for all Beth Orton fans. All the songs are absolutely great (excluding the slow dragging 'Dolphins') and Terry Callier's duet with Beth on 'Lean on Me' is amazing. Buy this or be sad."