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The Very Best of Elvis Costello (CD)

By: Elvis Costello

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Elvis Costello Artist Snapshot:

Elvis Costello arrived at the tail end of punk with short, incendiary tunes about revenge and guilt, and a visual image to match, looking like a pissed-off Buddy Holly. But the pose belied his musical range and lyrical sophistication, and he came to be recognized as one of the finest songwriters of his generation. Though he--along with his backing band, the Attractions--helped spark the new wave of the late 1970s, subsequent decades found Costello venturing into everything from country to neo-classical, proving himself a true eclectic and consummate craftsman.

Track Listing

DISC 1 for The Very Best of Elvis Costello (CD) Album By Elvis Costello
1   (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?
2   Oliver's Army
3   Watching the Detectives
4   Alison
5   (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea
6   Accidents Will Happen
7   Pump It Up
8   I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
9   Radio, Radio
10   Clubland
11   A Good Year for the Roses
12   Man Out of Time
13   I Wanna Be Loved
14   Everyday I Write the Book
15   Brilliant Mistake
16   The Other Side of Summer
17   Tokyo Storm Warning
18   Sulky Girl
19   So Like Candy
20   Veronica
21   She
DISC 2 for The Very Best of Elvis Costello (CD) Album By Elvis Costello
1   Big Tears
2   Beyond Belief
3   Lipstick Vogue
4   Green Shirt
5   Pills and Soap
6   Tramp the Dirt Down
7   Shipbuilding
8   High Fidelity
9   New Lace Sleeves
10   (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
11   Talking in the Dark
12   New Amsterdam
13   I Hope You're Happy Now
14   Riot Act
15   My Funny Valentine
16   Indoor Fireworks
17   Almost Blue
18   I Want You
19   God Give Me Strength
20   That Day Is Done

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The debate over whether he is punk or new wave is long over; today Elvis Costello is less likely to be found on a list with Strummer and Scabies than he is with Bacharach and David and Jimmy Webb. Lauded initially for his energetic and literate attacks on the social ills of Thatcher''s England, he has become a peerless master of the popular song. The evolution of Costello''s craft as a songwriter and performer, from the early high-octane polemics, through his stylistic experiments with country and soul, and on to standards written for others, is splendidly documented on this elegant two-disc set. Chronology is ignored in favor of a thoughtful program that catalogs the jewels from his prolific output and a sprinkling of covers that demonstrate the maturing of his singing voice. The 42 tracks here lean generously to the first 10 years with the Attractions, but also collects the best of his subsequent collaborations with the cream of America''s session musicians and on through to "She," his contribution to the soundtrack of 1999''s Notting Hill. --Rob Stewart

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