Extreme Honey: The Very Best of Warner Brothers Years

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227984960
  • Catalog Number: 46801
  • Sales rank: 87,168

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
The 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
The Brodsky Quartet Contributor
T Bone Burnett Producer
Geoff Emerick Producer, Engineer
Ben Fenner Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer
John Hudson Engineer
Kevin Killen Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Cait O'Riordan Composer
Declan MacManus Composer
Mac Manus Composer
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