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Brutal Youth (With Bonus Disc)
Elvis Costello
Brutal Youth (With Bonus Disc)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

Rhino Records expanded reissue, completely remastered and packaged with a bonus disc of rarities. Bonus disc content - 'Life Shrinks', 'Favourite Hour' (Alt. Version), 'This Is Hell' (Alt. Version), 'Idiophone', 'Abandon...  more »


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All Artists: Elvis Costello
Title: Brutal Youth (With Bonus Disc)
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino/Wea UK
Original Release Date: 1/1/1994
Re-Release Date: 2/19/2002
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 081227839024


Album Description
Rhino Records expanded reissue, completely remastered and packaged with a bonus disc of rarities. Bonus disc content - 'Life Shrinks', 'Favourite Hour' (Alt. Version), 'This Is Hell' (Alt. Version), 'Idiophone', 'Abandon Words', 'Poisoned Letter', 'A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety', 'Pony St.' (Demo), 'Clown Strike' (Alt. Version), 'Rocking Horse Road' (Demo), '13 Steps Lead Down' (Demo), 'All The Rage' (Demo), 'Just About Glad' (Alt. Version), 'Sulky Girl' (Demo) & 'You Tripped At Every Step' (Alt. Version). 2002.

CD Reviews

Just about glad they reissued this fine album
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 02/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Brutal Youth was hailed with acclaim and most of it focused on EC returning to his roots. Nonsense. He had never left his "roots" behind. He just chose to dabble in a variety of other musical genres and with outside musicians. The result enabled EC to return with his strongest, freshest batch of songs in years. Brutal Youth does indeed recall his early work but the scope of the songwriting had expanded. As a songwriter EC continued to develop and hone his craft. Brutal Youth demonstrated that the detour made into contemporary classical music and work with notable session musicians allowed him to develop additional insight.The extra disc is a fun detour through EC's house of music. We get to hear a variety of demos, b sides and flawed (but fascintating ) tracks that didn't make the final cut. The bonus disc only manages to enhance the original package. The bonus disc alone makes this worthwhile purchasing.The sound quality of Brutal Youth is slightly richer with a warmth to many of the best tracks that were only hinted at in its previous incarnation. The best tracks still sparkle with wit (Clown Strike, 13 Steps Lead Down, This Is Hell) and enough musical invention for two or three albums. Brutal Youth stands as one of EC's best albums since Blood and Chocolate nearly a decade before. Of his contemporaries only Andy Partridge (of Xtc) and Joe Jackson have managed to stay relevent. EC used his musical fame to try on a number of suits and was trying to find which suit fit him best. I'm always reminded of John Lennon's comment about the blues when I think of artist's like EC(when discussing rock 'n' roll); the blues is a chair. There are many common features that link different styles of the blues to each other but they can all be quite different and still be called the blues. Why? Because they share the same basic function. EC's musical career is very much like Lennon's fabled blues chair; there are many different varities but they all still manage to have the same basic function."
The Greatest Album In Human History
Jason Cyphert | Cleveland, Ohio | 05/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw Elvis in Concert about a month ago and it was amazing! One of the main highlights was when he played a song that I had never heard before called Kinder Murder. I think I orderd Brutal Youth the very next day. The album is Fantasmic it has so many great track's including: 13 Steps Lead Down, You Tripped At Every Step, All The Rage, and Sulky Girl just to name a few. There are only about two songs on the CD that I can't listen to, and for me that is very rare. The album end's with Favourite Hour which is just a beutiful song. After I found out this record was originaly released in 1994, I asked myself what in the world was I was doing listening to Stone Temple Pilots, When I could have been listening To Elvis Costello's Brutal Youth. I only thank god I'm listening to it now."
Great CDs, but mislabeled
Road Reptile | Alexandria, VA | 08/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"EC+A hearken back to their "New Wave" roots! Nice to hear EC's raucous Fender Jazzmaster guitar on "13 Steps Lead Down" and Nick Lowe's bass work on "My Science Fiction Twin". However, I was at first confused by Rhino's labeling of the main and bonus CDs. The discs I received have the main CD labeled as 'Bonus Disc', while the disc with the bonus tracks is not labeled as such. Did anyone else discover this too? Who knows--maybe it'll be a collector's item someday!

Oh yeah, this mislabeling occurred with the Rhino CD release of 'Blood & Chocolate'. What's going on at Rhino?"