7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This grand collection of Elvis Costello's early work includes some real dynamite. Reportedly selected by the man himself, it includes most of his early gems drawn from albums like My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Trust, his country excursion Almost Blue, and others.
There are plenty of classics like Watching The Detectives, Pump It Up, I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea, Accidents Will Happen, Black And White World and Green Shirt. Listening to this album, it is obvious that Armed Forces is my favorite Costello album for its wealth of catchy, melodic songs.
On Disc Two my favorites include the tortured ballad Alison, the pop classic Tiny Steps, the lilting ballad Oliver's Army and other masterpieces like Sunday's Best, Less Than Zero and Shipbuilding. I would have preferred the song Good Year For The Roses instead of the title track from Almost Blue, but that is a minor gripe.
There are at least two other Elvis Costello/Attractions compilations but Girls Girls Girls is my personal favorite by far, since I prefer his early period. It demonstrates just what a genius he is, a master of the intelligent lyric and the memorable tune. On these tracks he creates the perfect synthesis of clever pop, mature rock and memorable country.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2002
This is a must-have compilation of the best of Elvis Costello, beating any of the many other compilations that have the same or similar choices on. The more recent 2CD set is more completist perhaps but this album benefits from being more selective, sticking to the unquestionable highlights of Elvis' career. That's not to say they're all songs you've heard before - there's plenty to discover for someone just getting acquainted with this singer's work. This was the first EC album I heard and, being a vinyl version, it's definitely one you need to get.
on 27 November 2008
This is by far my favourite of all the many elvis costello compilations. There is a wide variety of styles here and they are put together in themes by the man himself rather than chronologically. You will see some rare gems on here aswell as some of the big chart numbers you are used to. If you are only going to buy one EC compliation, then buy this....then you'll probably start collecting the back catalogue anyway!