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Imperial Bedroom Import

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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jvc
  • ASIN: B0000C6VXF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beyond Belief
  2. Tears Before Bedtime
  3. Shabby Doll
  4. Long Honeymoon
  5. Man Out of Time
  6. Almost Blue
  7. And in Every Home
  8. Loved Ones
  9. Human Hands
  10. Kid About It
  11. Little Savage
  12. Boy With a Problem
  13. Pidgin English
  14. You Little Fool
  15. Town Cryer

Product Description

ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS Imperial Bedroom (2004 Japanese limited edition 12-track CD album superb replica re-issue of the 1982 classic reissued as part of the Elvis Costello Original Jacket Collection comes in a mini-LP glossy picture sleeve complete with printed lyric inner lyric booklet with text in both English and Japanese and obi-strip VICP-62507)

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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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This has always been my favourite Costello LP and that doesn't change with age. The lyrics are pin sharp and the whole album has a grown up feel to it. I think the playing is the Attractions at their best. For some reason after this he ditched them. In my opinion a major mistake.
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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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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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