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Spike

10 Nov 2008 | Format: MP3

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4:30
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4:45
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4:03
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3:08
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5:31
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3:44
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5:40
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4:08
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5:44
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2:54
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3:31


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1989 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:04:09
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  • ASIN: B001KQRPHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,548 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. S. Cunningham on 30 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have got loads of Elvis albums but somehow missed this one. I was looking to find out where the excellent anti-Thatcher song "Tramp the dirt down " came from and discovered Spike.
It is Mr Costello at his best. I would highly recommend it. A real treasure.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lutz Svensson on 9 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
Don't want to upset anyone who really likes this album (which its first two reviewers clearly do...), but this really isn't EC's finest. It sorely lacks the pithy lyrical economy of his earlier work, and it's horribly, horribly over-produced. There *are* some killer moments (Tramp The Dirt Down, Veronica), but I'd challenge anyone to hum more than 3 of the album's tunes - or remember more than a dozen lines of lyrics - even after three or four listens. Any EC virgins, go back a few years and try out Punch The Clock or My Aim Is True first... and if you develop a taste for what you hear, come back and pick up Spike to finish your collection.
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I bought this when it first came out, and loved it then. Being a car crooner, I need good songs to sing badly to where nobody can hear me. Now I have it on CD, I can let myself go to Let Him Dangle, and Miss MacBeth just like the old days. I'd forgotten what I was missing.
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By davidmc on 29 Nov 2010
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I have been updating my old vinyl collection and have finally got around to Costello. I'd forgotten what a significant artist he had become up to and including 'Spike'. I really enjoyed listening to this album again and it has not lost it's potency.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 7 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to popular belief, this is not Costello's first self-indulgent implosion as a recording artist, in the same way that it is also NOT a diversion into mediocrity that would continue throughout the albums that followed. This is the next step for a man whose two previous records had demonstrated both a deft understanding of the conventions of country music and pared down instrumentation (King of America) as well as purging himself of inner-torment and marital frustration with an intense sound that fused punk-rock aggression with post-punk noise (Blood & Chocolate). Every Costello album had had, up to this point, some kind of central theme or ideology, but SPIKE (his first album for Warner bros.) was the first time that we we're able to see Costello's eclectic sense of musical experimentation in full swing... as he tries to make five different albums at once, whilst in the process, creating a record that has something for everyone. The depth of Costello's song-writing ability is in full tilt here, as he creates a schizophrenic fusion of all his previous works - giving us varying elements that would suggest a split personality that is equally mirrored in the wonderful cover art - as we see elements of Elvis the pop star, Elvis the bandleader, Elvis the rocker, Elvis the protest singer and finally, Elvis the record producer given equal moments to shine.
The album was recorded in both Dublin and New Orleans, a factor that gives SPIKE an even more schizophrenic sound, with celebrated instrumentalists the Dirty Dozen Brass Band found playing along side segregated members of the Dubliners and the Chieftains; whilst there are also guest appearances from Christy Moore, Chrissie Hind and Paul McCartney, who co-wrote the biggest hit to stem from the record, the infectious and affecting Veronica.
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