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Ben Watt ‎– North Marine Drive

Genre:Rock


Year: 1983


Grading: EX/EX LP

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North Marine Drive is the debut album of Ben Watt. The album was released on Cherry Red in 1983, prior to Watt's success in Everything but the Girl, and reached number one in the UK Indie Chart the same year.[2] The tone of the album is reflective and melancholic, reminiscent of some of the more stripped-down work of Everything but the Girl. Its sparse, mainly acoustic, instrumentation effectively highlights Watt's songwriting and vocal qualities. Jazz saxophonist Peter King who would go on to collaborate with Everything but the Girl contributes alto saxophone to several tracks.

The title derives from the location in Bridlington, England which is photographed on the album's cover[3].

CD issues also feature 5 bonus tracks of Watt's collaboration with Robert Wyatt originally released as an EP in March 1982 (Summer Into Winter). A downloadable version available from Cherry Red adds a further 3 bonus tracks, originally released on the compilation album Our Brilliant Careers: Cherry Red Rarities 1981-1983.

The song "Some Things Don't Matter" first appeared on the Cherry Red showcase compilation Pillows & Prayers in 1982. "Walter and John", from "Summer Into Winter", also appeared on the second volume of Pillows and Prayers.

 

Tracklist

A1 On Box Hill  
A2 Some Things Don't Matter  
A3 Lucky Ones  
A4 Empty Bottle  
A5 North Marine Drive  
B1 Waiting Like Mad  
B2 Thirst For Knowledge  
B3 Long Time No Sea  
B4 You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Written-By – Bob Dylan
 

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Cherry Red Records Ltd.

  • Copyright (c) – Big Ben Music Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Cherry Red Records Ltd.
  • Distributed By – Pinnacle (3)
  • Recorded At – Alvic Studios
  • Pressed By – Pathé Marconi EMI, Chatou – 340729
  • Pressed By – Pathé Marconi EMI, Chatou – 340730

Credits

  • Acoustic Guitar, Semi-Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals – Ben Watt
  • Alto Saxophone – Peter King (2)
  • Engineer – Mike Gregovich
  • Photography By – Robert Cheesmond
  • Producer – Ben Watt, Mike Gregovich
  • Written-By – Ben Watt (tracks: A1 to B3)

Notes

track B4 © Big Ben Music Ltd. 
℗ and © 1983 Cherry Red Records Ltd. 
53 Kensington Square, London, W2 4BA. 
Distributed by Pinnacle Records, Orpington, Kent. 

Recorded at Alvic Studios from 16-20th September 1982. 
Matrix # labels and runout grooves, yPartx 89.477, yPartx 89.478

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