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Essential Elvis Costello

Phillip Wray "Heart Beats Music"
 
This Years Model
This Years Model
"First Lp with the Attractions, and they hurtle out of the blocks like they are on fire."
Get Happy! (Expanded Edition)
Get Happy! (Expanded Edition)
"Again, the songs rip by at 100 mh, this time under the influence of Stax/Motown, Costello's wordplay is at it's height. Fantastic career highlight."
Trust (Expanded Edition)
Trust (Expanded Edition)
"Worthy follow-up to above, often over looked gem, more great seedy prickly lyrics, band cookin'."
Imperial Bedroom (Expanded Edition)
Imperial Bedroom (Expanded Edition)
"Big production, more great songs, more emphasis on the voice in another career highlight. Would be a masterpiece for lesser talents."
Costello Show, The - King Of America (Deluxe 2 CD Edition)
Costello Show, The - King Of America (Deluxe 2 CD Edition)
"His bruised singing dominates on this (mostly) Attraction-less LP,  backed with a whos-who of musicians, including Elvis P's 70s rhythm section. ANOTHER career top spot!"
The Juliet Letters
The Juliet Letters
"Not for everyone. Backed by Brodsky Quartet, these dedications to the doomed lover feature his most deeply felt performances to date."Birds will still be singing" is a heart-stopping finale."
Brutal Youth (Expanded Edition)
Brutal Youth (Expanded Edition)
"His 89-91 period produced the gems Satellite, So like Candy and Couldn't call it Unexpected No.4. This one, from '94, was mostly a comeback for the Attractions, and boy! they hadn't lost it."
Painted From Memory
Painted From Memory
"His greatest album? Fantastic set of lost-love ballads worthy of Sinatra. Lyrically economic but still imaginative and sometimes playful. Musically comes on like prime Bacharach."
North
North
"His most restrained and subtle singing on this beautiful forgotten album from 2004. "You turned to me" and "Fallen" melt hearts."
The Delivery Man
The Delivery Man
"A Tom Waits favourite, and everything North is not. Ragged country originals, snot rippin' uptempo numbers. Almost  an Attractions LP, For those who like their music dirty and sweaty, this is top fun."