Get Happy!!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Get Happy!! was born as much from sincere love for soul as it was for Elvis Costello's desire to distance himself from an unfortunate verbal faux pas where he insulted Ray Charles in an attempt to get Stephen Stills' goat. Either way, it resulted in a 20-song blue-eyed soul tour de force, where Costello doesn't just want to prove his love, he wants to prove his knowledge. So, he tries everything, starting with Motown and Northern soul, then touching on smooth uptown ballads and gritty Southern soul, even finding common ground between the two by recasting Sam & Dave's "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" as a careening stomper. What's remarkable is that this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Get Happy!! was born as much from sincere love for soul as it was for Elvis Costello's desire to distance himself from an unfortunate verbal faux pas where he insulted Ray Charles in an attempt to get Stephen Stills' goat. Either way, it resulted in a 20-song blue-eyed soul tour de force, where Costello doesn't just want to prove his love, he wants to prove his knowledge. So, he tries everything, starting with Motown and Northern soul, then touching on smooth uptown ballads and gritty Southern soul, even finding common ground between the two by recasting Sam & Dave's "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" as a careening stomper. What's remarkable is that this approach dovetails with the pop carnival essayed by Armed Forces, standing as a full-fledged Costello record instead of a genre exercise. As it furiously flits through 20 songs, Costello's cynicisms, rage, humor, and misanthropic sensibility gel remarkably well. Some songs may not quite hit their targets, but that's part of the album's charm -- it moves so fast that its lesser songs rush by on the way to such full-fledged masterpieces as "New Amsterdam," "High Fidelity," and "Riot Act." Get Happy!! bursts with energy and invention, standing as a testament to how Costello, the pop encyclopedia, can reinvent the past in his own image. [The Japanese edition includes bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602517260832
  • Catalog Number: 000863202
  • Sales rank: 9,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love for Tender (1:57)
  2. 2 Opportunity (3:13)
  3. 3 The Imposter (1:58)
  4. 4 Secondary Modern (1:58)
  5. 5 King Horse (3:01)
  6. 6 Possession (2:03)
  7. 7 Men Called Uncle (2:17)
  8. 8 Clowntime Is Over (2:59)
  9. 9 New Amsterdam (2:12)
  10. 10 High Fidelity (2:28)
  11. 11 I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down (2:06)
  12. 12 Black and White World (1:56)
  13. 13 5ive Gears in Reverse (2:38)
  14. 14 B Movie (2:04)
  15. 15 Motel Matches (2:30)
  16. 16 Human Touch (2:30)
  17. 17 Beaten to the Punch (1:49)
  18. 18 Temptation (2:33)
  19. 19 I Stand Accused - Elvis Costello (2:21)
  20. 20 Riot Act (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello & the Attractions Primary Artist
Elvis Costello Indexed Contributor, Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Steve Nieve Organ, Piano
Bruce Thomas Bass, Harmonica
Pete Thomas Drums
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Homer Banks Composer
Roger Bechirian Engineer
Tony Colton Composer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Nick Lowe Producer, Author
Barney Bubbles Cover Design
Michele Horie Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Outstanding album. Didn't impress me too much on the first listen but after awhile it grew on me and it's one of my favorite of all Elvis' albums. The ringwear looked sort of neat on the LP release, but not on the CD!!

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