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Get Happy (Bonus CD) [Box set, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

Elvis Costello Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000B1A5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love For Tender
2. Opportunity
3. The Imposter
4. Secondary Modern
5. King Horse
6. Possession
7. Men Called Uncle
8. Clowntime Is Over
9. New Amsterdam
10. High Fidelity
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Stand Accused (Alternate Version)
2. So Young
3. Girls Talk
4. Human Touch (Alternate Version)
5. Temptation (Alternate Version)
6. Motel Matches (Alternate Version)
7. Clowntime Is Over No. 2
8. B Movie (Alternate Version)
9. Girls Talk (Alternate Version)
10. Getting Mighty Crowded
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

During the Attractions' tour of the States in 1979 Elvis Costello famously became embroiled in a drunken spat with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett in a hotel bar. Not content with calling Stills 'old steel nose' he also, in typically irascible fashion then decided to really get up their noses by declaring that Ray Charles was 'blind, ignorant n***er'. One shame-faced public apology later, the former Declan MacManus then went on to record an album dripping with!soul. To this day he declares that it was a coincidence, and maybe too much has been made of it in retrospective. Yet it's undeniable that, following three albums of Farfisa-driven new wave, Get Happy!! is the first sign that Elvis was bored and longing to move onto stylistic pastures new. It was also a very palpable career highlight.

The title is, naturally, ironic. Get Happy!! takes Costello's previous subjects of betrayal, infidelity, jealousy and spite and twists the knife even harder. The only difference is that the Attractions angular, muscular attack is here leavened with a whole heap of soul stew. Having already attempted much of this material in their signature style, Costello realised they needed a fresh approach. Spotted leaving a London record store with armfuls of classic Stax and Motown sides, he did his homework.

Repairing to Holland for a change of air, the band come on like Booker T and The MGs on speed (Temptation is basically Time Is Tight with lyrics). They even cover Sam and Dave's I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down. In this mode Elvis' barbs come coated with a swinging '60s sheen that really wrong-foots the listener. Songs like Love For Tender, Beaten To The Punch and High Fidelity whiz past (the album on vinyl fairly burst at the seams with 20 tracks, most under two and a half minutes long) almost before you realise how bitter they are.

A year of hard touring and abuse had also

turned Elvis' voice into a far more emotive tool. The closer, Riot Act drips with weary resignation (''Forever doesn't mean forever any more!''). Housed in a spoof retro sleeve and with producer Nick Lowe piling on the reverb - the '60s pastiche was complete. Yet to this day Costello has rarely bettered this material. Even though it signalled the self-styled 'Imposter''s move towards somewhat suspect stylistic dilettantism (soon to follow was his country album, Almost Blue) Get Happy!! can still be considered the greatest coherent statement he ever created. --Chris Jones

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Happy!! Indeed!! 2 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
The new Rhino/Demon reissue of Elvis Costello and the Attractions' 1980 album Get Happy!! makes it extremely easy for Elvis fans to do just that. The new re-release adds 20 new bonus tracks (the number of songs on the original album!) that were not on the mid-90's reissue. This set even conveniently places the original album on the first disc and the bonus material on the second. As those who bought the album upon its original release can attest to, putting 20 songs onto two sides of vinyl meant sacrificing some high fidelity (no pun intended) sound quality. Imagine your first impressions on hearing this spectacular album and then add an extra punch into Elvis' passionate vocals, Bruce's winding bass, Steve's frantic keys and Pete's fleet-handed drumming. That's the real difference here that makes this reissue so worth purchasing. All of those songs you fell in love with the first go-round, "Opportunity," "King Horse," "New Amsterdam," "High Fidelity," "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down," "Riot Act," and many others are all back to make you jump for joy again with edgier, fuller sound. A new essay by Elvis Costello himself enlightens you on his inspirations for making this magnificent album, and plenty of B-sides, photos and other gems from the vaults round out this stunning reissue, mandatory for Elvis' fans. A deluxe treatment honestly doesn't get much better than this folks!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE 24 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Costello came of age with this album and nobody noticed. Largely viewed as a disappointment after Armed Forces it seemed the wunderkind had delivered his first disappointment, but we all failed to read between the lines. Costello's writing had always been 'smarter than the rest' but on Get Happy it's simply stunning. Somewhat hidden at times behind the pace and sheer number of tracks it takes a while to appreciate but it's all the better for that. You can quite often judge Costello albums by the weaker tracks and how often they appear, but trying to find one here is as hard as it was trying to find it's masterpieces on release, it's no suprise it was badly reviewed to begin with because every track is a masterpiece. I'm reminded of the first reviews of Bizet's Carmen, when it was complained about the lack of a good tune, now if you want to pick an opera with 'good tunes' beginning to end you pick Carmen. Not being able to see the wood for the trees is nothing new, but when they are chopping down the forests to build housing estates, here is one patch of land with a preservation order on it. You can judge how 'on fire' Costello was at the time by the quality of the tracks that didn't make the album and are included here, 'Dr Luthers assistant' and 'The Hoover factory' were maybe a little too obviously subtle to be included but to leave off 'just a memory' one of Costellos greatest songs, not to mention giving Dave Edmunds 'Girls talk' because Costello didn't see it as a hit. As good as Imperial Bedroom and getting better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Very Happy - A Brilliant Reissue 28 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Get Happy gives new meaning to the term value for money. The original LP had 20 tracks - this re-issue contains a bonus disc with incredibly 30 more songs. The number of songs is, of course, not always everything though it is in this case...
For this fourth LP, Elvis Costello deliberately went for the feel of an old Motown or Stax album from including a large number of short songs right down to the album's dated packaging. The music itself is superb and unique rock'n'soul - soul and reggae influenced rhythms with an exciting punk bite. The Attractions are on superb form with Steve Nieve on keyboards and Bruce Thomas on bass particularly shining - at the time Elvis was quite easily the least brilliant musician in the band - his jagged guitar is usually quite low down in the mix.
The least brilliant musician maybe but what a songwriter. The chord changes, melody and spite in these songs is immense in what must have been Costello's most prolific period of writing. The deliberately raw production may mean that it takes a while for the unaccustomed ear to get to know these songs. If so, keep persevering for it is well worth it in the end. And if you still don't like a song, there is of course another one coming in just a couple of minutes...
There really is hardly a weak track on Get Happy with some of the absolute highlights including the hits I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down, High Fidelity and New Amsterdam - the first two are typical of the album's sound with the third less typical but a nicely more intimate counterpart to the bluster elsewhere. Temptation, Beaten To The Punch and Opportunity are among my other favourites though virtually every track is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Personal Service 15 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've finally got around to filling in some gaps in my Elvis Costello collection. Having bought all the originals and then the first set of re-releases (on Rhino I think), I decided to skip some of the Edsel releases. Now I'm regretting it, as there looks to be some fantastic additional material on these discs. They are also out of print, thus hard to find. Fortunately a disc in the hand had two of these in stock - I ordered yesterday lunch, and the discs were delivered today, so thank you very much. Thanks for the note about the concert too - glad you had a good time.
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