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Imperial Bedroom Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000787FH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Beyond Belief
2. Tear Before Bedtime
3. Shabby Doll
4. The Long Honeymoon
5. Man Out Of Time
6. Almost Blue
7. ...And In Every Home
8. The Loved Ones
9. Human Hands
10. Kid About It
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Land Of Give And Take (Early Version Of Beyond Belief)
2. Tears Before Bedtime (Alternate Version)
3. Man Out Of Time (Alternate Version)
4. Human Hands (Early Version)
5. Kid About It (Alternate Version)
6. Little Savage (Alternate Version)
7. You Little Fool (Alternate Version)
8. Town Cryer (Fast Version)
9. Little Goody Two Shoes (Alternate Version)
10. The Town Where Time Stood Still (Alternate Version)
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on 1 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand the apparent indifference towards this record , both by the public and the record company , who have seemingly made it difficult to acquire in recent years ; at least it never seems to be readily available on Amazon .
In my opinion this is without a doubt Costello's masterpiece ; brilliantly written , performed and produced throughout.
It is also probably one of the greatest , most intelligent rock/pop albums ever made ( if not actually THE greatest !) It's a shame (if not a surprise) that Costello couldn't maintain the same quality in his subsequent output.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 18 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Imperial Bedroom ranks with such 80s albums as More Specials (1980) & Don't Stand Me Down (1985) as an experimental album in the Pet Sounds/Sgt Pepper-sense. It ranks amongst one of Costello's finest albums- This Year's Model, Get Happy!!, Blood & Chocolate, Mighty Like a Rose & All This Useless Beauty. This edition from Rhino has the same attention to detail that was so great about the expanded version of Velvet Underground's Loaded (released in 1997).
Disc One sees the original 15-track album, opening with the bleak Beyond Belief- which displays a vitriolic observation of early 80s Britain (tying in with later songs, such as Pills&Soap, Shipbuilding & Tramp the Dirt Down). It doesn't sound very Elvis Costello- interesting to contrast it with the demo take 'Land of Give&Take' on the second disc- the song building up around a pulsing beat & an amazing mix of vocals. Lambchop's cover of this on 2000's Loose Vol 2 compilation shows what a great song this is; certainly one of my fave Costello moments.
The rest of this album is as good- the belated title track to last album Almost Blue, the epic Man Out of Time, the missing link between Party Girl & I Want You (Shabby Doll) & the gorgeous Loved Ones (whose opening riff appears in Oasis' Digsy's Dinner!). Squeeze's Chris Difford (who worked with Costello on East Side Story) co-writes Boy with a Problem, while ...And in Every Home showcases those Sgt Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour influences. A great album alone...
Disc 2 sees a wealth of unreleased material- alternate & demo versions of various tracks from Imperial Bedroom, including an intrigueing fast version of Town Cryer & a demo of Man Out of Time.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Lazzari on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Elvis Costello and the Attractions had been at the top of the pop hierarchy for many years for obvious reasons and this album cemented that position. With Imperial Bedroom, Costello sealed himself in my mind as the best lyricist in popular music. The tunes aren't bad either. Combined, what's offered here is the supreme pop album.
The lyrics are of high quality; they can be tender, playful and sometime searing with emotion. They are always clever in the use of English and that type of word interplay's always appealed to me. The music covers ballads, rockers; the playing is tight and arrangements excellent. No collection would be complete without this excellent album.
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By Stephen Ingless on 5 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent seller, highly recommended! A++++
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By jim d on 13 Mar. 2015
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Great.
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