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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor/Fiction
  • ASIN: B008LD4126
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First mentioned around the time of the release of Elbow's debut album Asleep in the Back, dead in the boot brings together B-sides and the odd non-album track from the band’s thirteen year recording career. The early years are represented by "None One" from the original Newborn EP released by Uglyman Records in August of 2000 and "Lucky With Disease" from October of 2001. The band’s most recent work is showcased by "Buffalo Ghosts", which is the B-side to the limited edition 10” vinyl release of "Open Arms". In addition there are ten further tracks that demonstrate the depth of Elbow’s songwriting, comprising heart wrenching ballads, loping steel guitar ornamented grooves ("The Long War Shuffle") and blues-drenched howls ("McGreggor").

Largely self-produced, recording B-sides throughout the years allowed the band to hone their studio skills which in turn led Elbow keyboard player Craig Potter to fully produce and mix the band's last two albums. It may be categorised as a B-sides album but the band believes that dead in the boot stands shoulder to shoulder with every other Elbow album released.

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Chances are that B side collections like this one will soon be extinct, an alternative view of a band sacrificed to record company executives’ worship of the internet gods. In the download age, there’s little incentive for even the most traditional of modern indie bands to bother recording songs that few will hear, just for their own sake.

But, previously, they could comprise the main attraction. In days when singles came as 45s, radio DJs occasionally flipped the record, turning its supposedly makeweight partner into a career-defining moment. Can you imagine a world where Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry or Rod Stewart’s Maggie May weren’t hits?

Nothing on Dead in the Boot – a coy reference to their debut album Asleep in the Back, suggested by Guy Garvey’s sister – might have worked such magic for Elbow. But for them the B side is a serious business, both a way of rewarding fans with more music and an opportunity to learn more about their craft. In their earliest recording days they would wait until the producer went home before setting to work, creative juices flowing. By doing this, keyboard player Craig Potter taught himself the studio skills that would see him produce later albums.

As such, Lucky With Disease and None One sound naive and unfocussed compared with early single Newborn, but they show a seldom seen experimental side. Others are surprising for the very fact that they were never considered as album tracks. Take McGreggor, the clanking B side of Leaders of the Free World’s Forget Myself, that predates the similarly despondent howl of Grounds for Divorce by three years; or Buffalo Ghosts, every bit as tender as its A side, Open Arms. Most unlikely here, however, is The Long War Shuffle, closer to genuinely menacing Delta blues than any band from Ramsbottom should ever aspire to be.

Dead in the Boot shows B sides, by nature more indulgent and less honed than singles or album tracks, don’t have to be poor relations to more glamorous siblings. This is more than just a stopgap between the albums, and while not exactly standing alongside their best in terms of outright quality, shows that even Elbow’s ‘hidden’ past is worthy of deeper exploration. Roll on the 20th anniversary outtakes box set.

--Wyndham Wallace

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Frankie George on 30 Aug. 2012
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Dead in the Boot by Elbow is a stunning collection of beautiful, emotive tracks, good enough to have been included on any of their previous albums. This one is an essential buy to enrich your enjoyment of Elbow's outstanding song-writing skills and, if you don't already have them, buy their back catalogue. You won't be disappointed!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tower Crane Driver on 4 Sept. 2012
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I never ever write reviews as I tend to keep my opinions to myself, however I could not believe that so called fans of such an amazing band could give this album a one star rating. If you have followed Elbow from their early days then you can't fail to see the similarity to songs from Asleep in the back and Cast of Thousands. This album is very much in the `early years' vein and no doubt helped lead the band along their path to the house hold name we know today.

If you only know Elbow as the band that did that catchy `One Day Like This' and wrote the Olympic anthem, then maybe you need to go back to the beginning and discover where it all began... and what a journey you will take. To sum it up Elbow are without doubt one of the best bands Britain has ever produced and this collection of songs adds to Elbow's already rich tapestry and should not be missed..... Plus the fact that an album of B-sides is far better than the majority of new music forced on our ears these days speaks volumes!

Keep building those rockets boys!!!!!
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By james ellis on 27 Aug. 2012
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most B side's album offerings tend to be substandard versions of their LPs containing tracks that didn't make the cut and for good reason!! there are a few exceptions..listen to 'Pisces Iscariot" by the smashing pumpkins or 'lost sides' by doves' to name a couple of my favourites...elbows brilliantly named b-sides and rarities album 'Dead in the Boot" which must be a joke on there debut album 'Asleep in the back" is further evidence that this band don't take themselves too seriously that is until it comes to writing music..

The album has a very comforting feel to it and is more much more low -fi in its production compared to the bands other releases but this is no bad thing at all.. there are lazy groves throughout and beautiful moments of space and dynamics where the band seemed to be allowing the songs to move along at there own pace with occasional instrumental nudges and of course Guy Garveys voice glides beautifully in and around the music adding emotional depth and colour with his lyrics, this something he's become well know for and its great to see that same quality of song writing here.

For me this album is a bit of an insight into how the band create there sound and despite it being a collection of songs taken from releases over the ten years they've been releasing records it hangs together perfectly as an album in its own right and in my opinion can stand proudly stand side by side all of there other brilliant LPs..

so buy it, sit down late at night with a nice glass of wine and get lost in this beautiful music!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Esther on 14 Sept. 2012
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...buy this. Previously unheard Elbow tracks always welcome but just wanted to say, this is like finding an old, flea-bitten but much loved soft toy in the back of a cupboard. A little bit sad, regretful for having forgotten, nostalgic and full of love. What a lyricist, what a band, and what a nice bunch of blokes. I always loved the more atmospheric, more oblique songs on their albums and i thank them for bringing these to the surface, to be heard and appreciated. Thank you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dac69 on 6 Oct. 2012
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Amazing Album once again Elbow is eclectic original and outstanding a must for any music fan.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Built on 3 Sept. 2012
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...but this record is fantastic in it's own way.

Much of this album is from back when their sound was very different to what it is today - far more melancholic, often very delicate, shatteringly bleak at times... but still beautiful. It's from a time before the boys were married, settled, had kids - things that change a person's outlook and, inevitably, their song writing. In Elbow's case, these things brought about a brighter, warmer sound - a far cry from the early days.

I love this stuff of theirs, it's the band I fell in love with years ago. I'm still a huge fan of their current stuff but if you're coming into this expecting 13 different versions of One Day Like This, you're only ever going to be disappointed.

Buy it, sit yourself down in a comfortable chair with a cheeky glass of something, and listen to it through headphones. If it doesn't move you, I'll eat my proverbial hat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amillionmiles on 28 Oct. 2012
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"Dead In The Boot" is a collection of B-sides and songs that did not make the cut for one of the 5 superb Elbow studio albums. Surprisingly, this collection of songs as a whole works and could have easily passed as Elbow's sixth studio album. The songs blend very well together which pays tribute to how consistently good Elbow have been over the past 11 years.

"Whisper Grass" is a solid opener with a strong Rock influence and heavy layered arrangements. "Lucky With Disease" is much lighter and peaceful with atmospheric arrangements and softer vocals. "Lay Down Your Cross" is a very sleepy ballad and it is the only song that I find a bit bland and ordinary. "The Long War Shuffle" is a catchy Blues influenced song with a likeable and uplifting melody. "Every Bit The Little Girl" is a very soft yet beautiful creation with gentle vocal harmonies and mesmerising sounds making it the first highlight of the album. "Love Blown Down" has an interesting percussion patter and a chilling chorus with a mournful piano and a heavy bass. "None One" is yet again a mellow and hypnotic piano led creation whilst "Lullaby" is another sophisticated Rock influenced song with clever vocal harmonies. The powerful "McGreggor" has a very haunting bass and percussion combined with plaintive vocals from Guy Garvey - this song is very reminiscent of Peter Gabriel's extravagent arrangements. Strangely enough, this song is followed by the second highlight "Buffalo Ghosts", a tender ballad, with once again Peter Gabriel sounding melody and vocals. "Waving From Vocals" and "Snowball" are very atmospheric and very pleasant tracks to listen to with interesting arrangements. The final song "Gentle As" as the title suggests is a gentle ballad with a sweet melody.
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