The Very Best of Elvis Costello

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elvis Costello seems to have an aversion to presenting his work in a logical, comprehensive fashion, if the double-disc The Very Best of Elvis Costello is any indication. Like its predecessor, Girls Girls Girls, it sprawls over two discs, with very little regard to chronology or style, baffling and enticing listeners in equal measure. Although there are certainly some terrific songs missing, it's hard to argue with much of what's here with the notable exception of the cuts here to lure in collectors -- the Charles Aznavour cover of "She," first heard in Notting Hill, and a version of "That Day Is Done," recorded with the Fairfield Four, featured on their 1997 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elvis Costello seems to have an aversion to presenting his work in a logical, comprehensive fashion, if the double-disc The Very Best of Elvis Costello is any indication. Like its predecessor, Girls Girls Girls, it sprawls over two discs, with very little regard to chronology or style, baffling and enticing listeners in equal measure. Although there are certainly some terrific songs missing, it's hard to argue with much of what's here with the notable exception of the cuts here to lure in collectors -- the Charles Aznavour cover of "She," first heard in Notting Hill, and a version of "That Day Is Done," recorded with the Fairfield Four, featured on their 1997 album. So, as a reasonably thorough, albeit scattershot, overview, this works pretty well since the music itself is good, even if it doesn't make sense when presented in this fashion if it was intended to illustrate Costello's stylistic sweep, it winds up as counterproductive since it's confusing in this fashion, not enticing. Still, the curious will prefer the single-disc sampler The Best of Elvis Costello & the Attractions since it's not only more concise, it illustrates Costello's depth and range equally well. And if you want to dig deeper after hearing that, the original albums are worth any fan's time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • UPC: 766485439123
  • Catalog Number: 546490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? (3:32)
  2. 2 Oliver's Army (2:57)
  3. 3 Watching the Detectives (3:43)
  4. 4 Alison (3:21)
  5. 5 (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea (3:07)
  6. 6 Accidents Will Happen (3:01)
  7. 7 Pump It Up (3:13)
  8. 8 I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down (2:06)
  9. 9 Radio, Radio (3:06)
  10. 10 Clubland (3:43)
  11. 11 A Good Year for the Roses (3:05)
  12. 12 Man Out of Time (5:25)
  13. 13 I Wanna Be Loved (4:46)
  14. 14 Everyday I Write the Book (3:52)
  15. 15 Brilliant Mistake (3:41)
  16. 16 The Other Side of Summer (3:53)
  17. 17 Tokyo Storm Warning (6:23)
  18. 18 Sulky Girl (5:04)
  19. 19 So Like Candy (4:35)
  20. 20 Veronica (3:07)
  21. 21 She (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Big Tears (3:10)
  2. 2 Beyond Belief (2:33)
  3. 3 Lipstick Vogue (3:31)
  4. 4 Green Shirt (2:44)
  5. 5 Pills & Soap (3:43)
  6. 6 Tramp the Dirt Down (5:41)
  7. 7 Shipbuilding (4:51)
  8. 8 High Fidelity (2:28)
  9. 9 New Lace Sleeves (3:47)
  10. 10 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (2:46)
  11. 11 Talking in the Dark (1:57)
  12. 12 New Amsterdam (2:13)
  13. 13 I Hope You're Happy Now (3:07)
  14. 14 Riot Act (3:34)
  15. 15 My Funny Valentine (1:29)
  16. 16 Indoor Fireworks (4:09)
  17. 17 Almost Blue (2:49)
  18. 18 I Want You (6:43)
  19. 19 God Give Me Strength (6:10)
  20. 20 That Day Is Done (5:10)
  21. 21 I Want to Vanish (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki
The Fairfield Four Track Performer
Chet Baker Trumpet
Rob Mounsey Keyboards
Marc Ribot Electric Guitar, spanish guitar
Lew Soloff Vibes
Caron Wheeler Background Vocals
Burt Bacharach Piano, Conductor, Flugelhorn
James Burton Acoustic Guitar
Steve Nieve Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Jim Keltner Drums
David Nadien Violin
Roy Babbington Double Bass
Julien Barber Viola
Elena Barere Violin
Gary Barnacle Saxophone
Ian Belton Violin
Benmont Tench Piano
Michael Blair Glockenspiel, Timpani
Andrew Bodnar Bass
The Brodsky Quartet Track Performer
Paul Cassidy Viola
John Ciambotti Bass, Background Vocals
Mickey Curry Percussion, Drums
Lawrence Feldman Alto Flute
Barry Finclair Violin
Claudia Fontaine Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Celeste, Mellotron, chamberlain
Steve Goulding Drums
Sean Hopper Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Luis Jardim Percussion, Vocals
Larry Knechtel Organ, Piano, Calliope, Optigan, Vox Continental
Richard Locker Cello
John McFee Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Jan Mullen Violin
Chris Parker Drums
Paul Peabody Violin
John Pintavalle Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Frank Ricotti Vibes
Jerry Scheff String Bass, Fuzz Bass
Laura Seaton Violin
Micky Shine Drums
Mark Orrin Shuman Cello
Richard Sortomme Violin
Davy Spillane uillean pipes, Low Whistle
David Spinozza Guitar
Marti Sweet Violin
Bruce Thomas Bass
Jacqueline Thomas Cello
Pete Thomas Drums, Tambourine, sleigh bells
Steve Wickham Fiddle
Clem Clempson Guitar
Trevor Barry Bass
Maurice Worm Noise
Geoffrey Alexander Conductor
David Hartley Piano
Paul Clarvis Drums
Ruth Causey Clarinet
T-Bone Wolk Accordion, Electric Guitar
Pete Whyman Bass
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer, Producer
Paul McCartney Composer
David Bedford String Arrangements
Clive Langer Producer
Steve Nieve Orchestration
Charles Aznavour Composer
Jerry Chesnut Composer
Geoff Emerick Producer
Mitchell Froom Producer
Kevin Killen Producer, Engineer
Nick Lowe Producer
Cait O'Riordan Composer
Gilly Sherill Producer
Robert Tassi Engineering
Alan Winstanley Producer
Declan MacManus Composer
Chris Gabrin Cover Photo
Herbert Kretzmer Composer
Julian Kershaw Arranger
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