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.'"