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Imperial Bedroom [lp] (180 Gram ) Limited Edition

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  • Vinyl (25 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B007DKN4GC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Numbered limited edition in a gatefold sleeve. Mastered from the original master tapes.

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2 of 2 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Rhino gets it right 2 Dec. 2002
By Christopher Ingalls - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Double-dipping is okay, I suppose. Normally I'd be vehemently opposed to "triple-dipping" (re-re-releasing an artist's work), but since most of my Elvis Costello CDs were stolen last year, Rhino's reissuing of the entire EC catalog is a welcome idea to me, and one that is accomplishing the seemingly impossible task of improving on Rykodisc's similar reissue project.
Rhino is apparently reissuing Elvis' entire recorded output (unlike Rykodisc, he's not just reissuing the Columbia years), and releasing them three at a time roughly twice a year (in no discernible order, it seems). The best thing about Rhino's project is that every release is a two-disc package, with all the bonus material on disc two. This makes for quite a lot of bonus material.
"Imperial Bedroom" was a higly welcome reissue. I first bought the vinyl copyof this masterpiece in 1986, then I bought the Columbia CD in 1993 and the Rykodisc version in 2000. It seems like the fourth time's the charm.
For those of you not familiar with this album, it was released in 1982 to wide critical acclaim. The lush production and strong songwriting make it, in my opinion, one of Elvis' best and most certainly his most intelligent. The album's been a part of my life for 16 years and I know the thing backwards and forwards. The moody "Beyond Belief." The epic, beautiful "Man out of Time." The latin-tinged, accordian-fueled "Long Honeymoon." Steve Neive's psychotic orchestrations on "...and in Every Home." And that's just part of side one.
The Rhino disc two is a veritable treasure trove for anyone interested in this album. There's tons of alternate, early versions of oterwise great songs, giving them an intersting new edge. "Kid About It" is pared down a bit. "Little Savage" is given an R&B-ballad shot in the arm. "Beyond Belief" was originally named "The Land of Give and Take" with slightly different lyrics. "Town Cryer" is given a fast-paced disco treatment, making it sound like an Abba song (that description may sound like sacrilege to an EC fan, but believe me, it sounds great).
There's lots of stuff that was also featured on the original Ryko bonus track section, like the cover of Smokey Robinson's "Head to Toe," the gleeful, upbeat "I Turn Around," and the unused waltz-like title track (a lot of this stuff is also familiar to long-time fans in the form of various B-sides and compilation albums, like the excellent "Out of Our Idiot" collection).
Die-hard EC fans from back in the day will be in heaven, rediscovering this classic in a new light. New EC fans will also be very happy with this purchase. I can't imagine anyone not liking "Imperial Bedroom." Rhino's version makes ignoring this classic even more of a crime.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Forget the Greatest Hits and buy this one! 6 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's been almost 15 years since Elvis came out with Imperial Bedroom. Although it may seem like a transition album between his new wave/punk persona and his less successful, more experimental albums to follow, this is where he puts it all together. I've always felt that songwriters have peaks and valleys. Some have only one peak and try to live off it forever. One only has to look at the solo careers of the Beatle to understand that they were at their peak while they were in their 20s and early 30s. McCartney could never understand why he couldn't write another "Yesterday" or "Hey Jude". But he couldn't. And I don't think Elvis will ever match the inspired excellence of this album. From beginning to end, it commands your attention, shifting between quirky, catchy jingles, to unpredictible and moody melodies. It has a certain "Sgt. Pepper" sound to it. I've picked up every Elvis album since in the faint hope that he might repeat or! surpass Imperial Bedroom and prove that he didn't peak in 1982. Although each album has something comparable with Imperial Bedroom, nothing compares to the sum of the parts of what I can easily say is his greatest album.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Here we go again... 23 Nov. 2002
By Gordon Pfannenstiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ah, the CD age...who'd ever thought that when I excitedly picked up this album in the summer of '82, that I would purchase it four, count 'em, four more times! OK, the second time I puchased it WAS spur of the moment - there I was eating at the Hibachi, a great Japanese restaurant in Kansas City, killing time by treating my taste-buds before seeing Elvis at the Starlight Theater in the summer of '83. All of the sudden in walks...Elvis Costello with his entourage! Did I know that Elvis loved good Japanese food? Well, of course, but who've thought it? Anyway, after a moment of excited discussion on the strategy of approaching E.C. for his autograph with my then-wife Diane and her brother Jeff, it was decided that Jeff and I would run to the nearest music store to procure a couple of Elvis albums and Diane would keep him at the Hibachi, using any charms necessary. Jeff bought a copy of his latest, Punch the Clock, while I purchased the Masterpiece?, Imperial Bedroom. We arrived back the Hibachi, our food getting cold on the table, while E.C. was quickly consuming his. We ate quickly, while deciding how we were to approach the man. During this unending dicussion, Elvis and entourage got up to leave...and we paniced, allowing E.C. to walk on by without a word. However, Bruce Thomas noticed the albums on the table, and stopped Elvis and motioned back to us. Elvis grudgingly turned around and humored yet another starstruck fan. We did have a short conversation, he signed the albums, and left. Yep, still have my autographed Imperial bedroom, never played.

Half a decade later, Columbia issued I.B. on CD, and I, absolutely believing that ANYTHING on CD would sound better than its LP counterpart, purchased it immediately. Then came the 90s and the "remastered reissue" madness. Rykodisc acquired E.C.s Columbia catalog, and reissued this one in 1994. Did I have to have it? Absolutely! AND it did sound considerably better than the Columbia release, AND it had NINE "bonus" tracks. Well, I finally could stop spending money on this album, right?

Wrong. Barely 7 years pass and Rhino, the King of reissues, gets hold of Elvis' ENTIRE back catalog. I resist buying E.C.s albums YET AGAIN until this one comes out. This time there is an entire bonus disc that has 23 bonus tracks! That's just insane! So, I shell out to buy this album for the 5th time!

Is it worth it? Well, the remastering differs only so slightly from the Ryko remaster, just a litte more of that crispness that Bill Inglot is so known for. The Ryko remaster is a bit subtler, and for this album I think I prefer it. But I'll state again, the differences are all but un-noticable, so if you're buying this hoping for some remarkable sonic upgrade, you'll be disappointed.

But the bonus stuff is a different story. If you're an Elvis fan, these tracks are both entertaining and illuminating. Different lyrics, different arrangements. Really makes one appreciate the final product all the more. Ex-Beatles' engineer Geoff Emerick gets it all right, with plenty of Beatle-esque orchestral touches at all the right places. A masterpiece?

Well, yes.

And this has GOT to be the LAST reissue, right?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
My favorite album of all time....and I'm a 40-year Beatlemaniac!! 31 July 2006
By John H. Rasmussen II - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"A Hard Day's Night" and "Abbey Road" take the #2 and #3 places on my all-time list, right behind this spectacular gem. The SEARING impression this album made on me has as much to do with the events of my young adulthood at the time as it does with the brilliant music I was hearing from the LP on my turntable. I won't bore you with details but here's the basics: my friend Jon turned me onto this album; it had recently been released and I had just broken up with the first person I ever truly fell in love with....and you know how dramatic/traumatic these things are to a 19-year old! The album perfectly mirrored my feelings in a particular time & place as no album had before or since. I don't mean to suggest that this is a set of maudlin "break-up" songs best suited for jilted 19-year olds; on the contrary, it runs a broader gamut of musical stylings and displays a bolder sophistication than had been present in his recordings up to that time....but it still includes his trademark savage guitar attacks and pointed, acid-tongued lyrics. The production is flawless, unique and quite striking. The essence of this album's profound effect on me is the seemingly effortless way that raw, hypersensitive, uncommunicatable emotions are magically transformed into aural beauty of the absolute highest quality. When the album first "got hold of me", I was listening to it literally 2 or 3 or 4 times a day....and this went on for months and months. Obsessed? You bet.

The "Masterpiece?" campaign for the album definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. Not discounting the brilliance of his earlier, tougher albums (which I got into only after hearing "Imperial Bedroom"), Elvis & the Attractions turned a corner with this recording and climbed to staggering heights of musical greatness.

Elvis was armed with an unparalleled batch of new songs. Produced by one-time Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, and with the Attractions at the top of their game, the album absolutely soars from the first note to the last. Elvis's lyrics here are as wicked or as tender as ever and are unquestionably some of the finest of his career; additionally, he displays a striking, previously-unheard range of vocal stylings.

I play this album with a commitment to not interrupt it. It MUST be listened to as one continuous piece of music. I know it's difficult for most people to find an extra hour to pay undivided attention to music, but it's worth the effort. It's almost impossible for me to choose "standout" tracks from this album, but here's my short list:

"Man Out Of Time" - staggeringly majestic, absolutely perfect, possibly my very favorite Elvis song

"Little Savage" - incredibly infectious, endlessly clever

"Pidgeon English" - brutal and tender, funny and sad, all at the same time; devastating lyrics

"You Little Fool" - aaahhhhhhhhhh: CLASSIC Elvis wickedness!

"Town Cryer" - beautifully orchestrated, touching sentiments

There's so much more to Elvis than his earlier "angry punk" catalog....and he'd be the first to remind us of that. There's plenty of that attitude here, but by crafting a unique, unexpected and unforgettable album it was also a giant step forward for Elvis & The Attractions. This recording turned me into a lifelong Elvis fan....and, with this album, I turned my sister into one, too. She's probably more rabidly devoted to Elvis than even I!! "Masterpiece", indeed...!!

By the way: I wore out three cassettes of this recording in 2 years. I've literally listened to "Imperial Bedroom" at least 400 times over the last 24 years and I've played it in every format: LP, cassette, CD.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Elvis shatters the expectations 5 May 2007
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When "Imperial Bedroom" first hit the shelves, critics were falling over themselves with superlatives. Even Columbia's "Artist...Masterpiece?" ad campaign was begging the question. Was this the album that would crack the new wave stereotype that had been hung around Elvis Costello's neck since "My Aim Is True?"

The answer was yes...and no.

Granted, hiring Geoff Emerick to put his Beatle-esque touches made for a handsome, rich sound, more than any other album in EC's discography. The expansiveness paid off right from the album's opener, "Beyond Belief." Toying with his own range and the overlapping vocal parts, Elvis' willingness to experiment rocked the foundations of all the early "punks" of the period. (Think of how closely Joe Jackson's "Night And Day" and The Police's "Synchronicity" followed.) The experiments were also inherent to the arrangements. The high pitched strings that slip out of the album's fade to "Town Cryer" were four cellos overdubbed to sound like an entire string section, as I recall.

Working from the pretext that they could experiment like the Beatles did, each song was tinkered and toyed with till (as you can hear in the comparisons to the bonus disc's demo versions) they barely resembled their original ideas. It made the original album's side one a song suite of near "Sgt. Pepper" proportions, with the standout of "Man Out Of Time" marking the perfect bridge between the Elvis of old and the Elvis of new. His anguished howl that breaks the song open and then ushers it into the heartbreak of "Almost Blue" reset the boundaries of compositions in 1982.

Comparisons to Gershwin and Porter were also being tossed around when "Imperial Bedroom" first came out, one suspects they had more to do with overzealous critics trying to make associations with "serious music" than to the obvious merits of Elvis' songwriting prowess. The debt to Tin Pan Alley ("The Long Honeymoon") is truly there. But the lyrical jabs and jibes are still pure Costello, and a line like "In a private detective overcoat and dirty deadman's shoes" would be perfect for that kind of stage production cross. I'd be hard pressed to imagine Cole Porter working up the anger behind "Shabby Doll."

In short, the dark and introspective "Imperial Bedroom" was a turning point for Elvis, final proof that he was at the crest of the still expanding wave of British writers that had begun emerging in the early 80's. It was likely the best album of 1982 as well.
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