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Imperial Bedroom Import
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›