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The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions
Elvis Costello, Attractions
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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The Greatest Hits 1977-1986 spans classic tracks from Elvis Costello & The Attractions body of work, from the debut album ?My Aim Is True?, classics such as ?This Years Model? and ?Armed Forces?, right through to ?King Of ...  more »

      
   

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All Artists: Elvis Costello, Attractions
Title: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 10
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 10/25/1994
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Singer-Songwriters, New Wave & Post-Punk, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014431028328

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The Greatest Hits 1977-1986 spans classic tracks from Elvis Costello & The Attractions body of work, from the debut album ?My Aim Is True?, classics such as ?This Years Model? and ?Armed Forces?, right through to ?King Of America? and ?Blood And Chocolate?. Featuring on this 22 track collection are 10 UK Top 40 singles including ?Oliver?s Army?, ?I Can?t Stand Up For Falling Down?, ?Good Year For The Roses?, ?Watching The Detectives, and ?(I Don?t Want To Go To) Chelsea?, in addition to the classics ?Pump It Up? and ?Everyday I Write the Book?. This compilation is classic Elvis Costello featuring ?the? tracks that really matter from the era, highlighting Elvis as one of the most seminal and relevant contemporary artists of his generation.

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Quite possibly the best songwriter of the entire rock era.
Miles D. Moore | Alexandria, VA USA | 03/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions" contains some infuriating omissions--I particularly miss "No Action" and "The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes," not to mention "Almost Blue"--but this is probably as complete as a one-disc collection of Costello's best can be. Costello has written some of the best tunes of anyone in the entire rock era, and as a lyricist puts the lie to the considered opinions of Alan Jay Lerner, Sammy Cahn, etc., who insisted that all rock songwriters were illiterates. Songs such as "I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea," "Oliver's Army," "Radio Radio," "High Fidelity," "Alison" and "Every Day I Write the Book" are a treasure trove of incisive wit, cynicism and tenderness. Meanwhile, I understand there's also a two-volume "Very Best" that is probably the better buy, but this will more than do if your funds and time are limited."
The best single disc collection.
H3@+h | VT | 01/07/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Elvis Costello" was a name I always heard, but I never really made a point to listen to his music. Then I got this disc, and now I often make the point. These 22 songs are incredible, and I wish I gave them a chance sooner. I was also suprised by how many songs I knew, even if not by title. This includes his hits "Alison", "Watching The Detectives", "Pump It Up", and "Everyday I Write The Book". But what's really great, is that most of the other tracks are better. "Oliver's Army", "Man Out Of Time", "New Amsterdam", and "Brilliant Mistake" are amazing. It's hard to believe this is out of print. I guess people will have to get the 2-disc "Very Best Of Elvis Costello" instead, which I assume may be twice as good."
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Richard Cunningham | United States | 02/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Costello has had a long and distinguished career as a singer/songwriter. In fact, he is such a good lyricist that like Bob Dylan, his talent sometimes is overlooked. I believe this CD gives a good survey of his early to middle work. One of my favorites here is 'Good Year For the Roses.'"