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The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions


  • 1. Alison
    2. Watching the Detectives
    3. Chelsea, (I Don't Want to Go to)
    4. Pump It Up
    5. Radio Radio
    6. Peace, Love and Understanding?, (What's So Funny 'Bout)
    7. Oliver's Army
    8. Accidents Will Happen
    9. I Can't Stand up (For Falling Down)
    10. New Amsterdam
    11. High Fidelity
    12. Clubland
    13. Watch Your Step
    14. Good Year For the Roses
    15. Beyond Belief
    16. Man Out of Time
    17. Everyday I Write the Book
    18. Shipbuilding
    19. Love Field
    20. Brilliant Mistake
    21. Indoor Fireworks
    22. I Want You
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 13

  • Credits
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    Full title: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1977-86).
    Producers include: Nick Lowe, Billy Sherrill, Geoff Emerick, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley.
    Producers include: Nick Lowe, Geoff Emerick, Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom, Clive Langer.
    Recorded between 1976 and 1999.
    This definitive collection offers the most penetrating overview available of Costello's work with the Attractions. Costello's early albums changed the face of pop music by harnessing punk's energy to a leaner, more incisive aesthetic that included pop hooks, virtually inventing new wave in the process. While the Attractions didn't appear until Costello's second album, his debut's moving, unsentimental ballad "Alison" nevertheless remains one of his most loved songs. The sound tightened up when the Attractions appeared, as evidenced by the angular, reggae-influenced "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" and the Dylan-meets-Johnny-Rotten anthem of the disillusioned, "Pump It Up."
    Elvis moved further afield in the following years, from the lush, almost baroque pop of ARMED FORCES' "Accidents Will Happen" to the heartbreaking ballad "Good Year For The Roses," from EC's C&W album ALMOST BLUE. "Everyday I Write the Book" is as close as any mere mortal will ever come to writing a Smokey Robinson tune. True to Costello's jittery, neurotic image, things close out on an obsessive note with "I Want You," an unsettling tale of uncontrolled desire. The depth of Costello's oeuvre is too vast to be captured on one disc, but this one comes mighty close.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (12/94, p.158) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...a filler-free disc that includes all the hit singles, a selection of near-misses and other terrific tracks by common consent..."
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