Very Best of Elvis Costello

The Very Best of Elvis Costello

by Elvis Costello
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Polygram Int'l
UPC:
0766485439123
catalogNumber:
546490

Tracks

Disc 1

  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

  1. Big Tears
  2. Beyond Belief
  3. Lipstick Vogue
  4. Green Shirt
  5. Pills & 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
  21. I Want to Vanish

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Costello   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki
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
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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