Extreme Honey: The Very Best of the Warner Bros. Years

Extreme Honey: The Very Best of the Warner Bros. Years

by Elvis Costello
     
 

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For anyone who didn't follow the many paths Costello treaded during the '90s, Extreme Honey: The Very Best of Warner Brothers Years is a good way to become acquainted with the strangest portion of his career. Like the Warner years themselves, Extreme Honey is flawed, suffering from the same idiosyncratic compiling method as

Overview

For anyone who didn't follow the many paths Costello treaded during the '90s, Extreme Honey: The Very Best of Warner Brothers Years is a good way to become acquainted with the strangest portion of his career. Like the Warner years themselves, Extreme Honey is flawed, suffering from the same idiosyncratic compiling method as Girls! Girls! Girls! There are a number of hits and singles, to be sure ("Veronica," "So Like Candy," "Sulky Girl," "13 Steps Lead Down," "The Other Side of Summer"), but the bulk of the album consists of album tracks. This isn't necessarily bad, since many of Costello's best songs weren't singles, but the problem is, Extreme Honey doesn't necessarily contain his best songs from the era. There are a number of great moments here, whether it's the lilting "The Birds Will Still Be Singing" from the underrated Juliet Letters or the New Orleans-inflected "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror," but the forced cacophony of "Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)" merely indicates how he was prone to excess during this era. And that leaves Extreme Honey in a weird position -- it accurately conveys the spirit of Costello's Warner recordings, but it only has a portion of his best work from those albums. Nevertheless, the fact that it captures the feeling of Costello's '90s recordings makes it a worthwhile sampler for the curious who don't want to delve into the actual albums. [In order to entice collectors and die-hard fans, Extreme Honey contains "My Dark Life," Costello's collaboration with Brian Eno originally on The X-Files soundtrack, and the new track "The Bridge I Burned," a neo-psychedelic/trip-hop number constructed from backing tapes recorded with his son and Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey once Prince denied him the permission to alter the lyrics to "Pop Life."]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227984960
catalogNumber:
46801

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Costello   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dónal Lunny   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Paul McCartney   Bass
Marc Ribot   Banjo,Guitar,Cornet,French Horn
Attractions   Group
James Burton   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Steve Nieve   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Jim Keltner   Drums,Snare Drums,Drum Loop
Steven Soles   Vocals
Roy Babbington   Double Bass
Ian Belton   Violin
Benmont Tench   Piano,Calliope,Harmonium,Tack Piano
Michael Blair   Drums,Glockenspiel,Tambourine,Timpani
T Bone Burnett   Guitar
Paul Cassidy   Viola
Gregory Davis   Trumpet
Mitchell Froom   Mellotron,chamberlain,Indian Harmonium
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone
Larry Knechtel   Tack Piano,Piano (Grand),Piano (Upright)
Nick Lowe   Bass
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Richard Page   Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Tuba,Double Bass,Upright Bass,6-string bass,Fuzz Guitar
Davy Spillane   uillean pipes,Low Whistle
Bruce Thomas   Bass
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Allen Toussaint   Piano (Grand)
Efrem Towns   Trumpet
Matt MacManus   Bass,Drum Loop
Danny Goffey   Drums
Michael Thomas   Violin
Pete Whyman   Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Steve Nieve   Arranger
Tchad Blake   Engineer
Brodsky Quartet   Contributor
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Geoff Emerick   Producer,Engineer
Ben Fenner   Engineer
Mitchell Froom   Producer
John Hudson   Engineer
Kevin Killen   Producer,Engineer
Cait O'Riordan   Composer
Declan MacManus   Composer
Mac Manus   Composer

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