ELVIS COSTELLO - The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2001)
Elvis Costello seems to have an aversion to presenting his work in a logical, comprehensive fashion, if the double-disc The Very Best of Elvis Costello is any indication. Like its predecessor, Girls Girls Girls, it sprawls over two discs, with very little regard to chronology or style, baffling and enticing listeners in equal measure. Although there are certainly some terrific songs missing, it's hard to argue with much of what's here (with the notable exception of the cuts here to lure in collectors - the Charles Aznavour cover of "She," first heard in Notting Hill, and a version of "That Day Is Done," recorded with the Fairfield Four, featured on their 1997 album). So, as a reasonably thorough, albeit scattershot, overview, this works pretty well, since the music itself is good, even if it doesn't make sense when presented in this fashion (if it was intended to illustrate Costello's stylistic sweep, it winds up as counterproductive, since it's confusing in this fashion, not enticing). Still, the curious will prefer the single-disc sampler, The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, since it's not only more concise, it illustrates Costello's depth and range equally well. And if you want to dig deeper after hearing that, the original albums are worth any fan's time. ~ cduniverse.com - HERE
DISC 1: 01. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding 02. Oliver's Army 03. Watching The Detectives 04. Alison 05. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea 06. Accidents Will Happen 07. Pump It Up 08. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down 09. Radio Radio 10. Clubland 11. Good Year For The Roses 12. Man Out Of Time 13. I Wanna Be Loved 14. Every Day I Write The Book 15. Brilliant Mistake 16. The Other Side Of Summer 17. Tokyo Storm Warning 18. Sulky Girl 19. So Like Candy 20. Veronica 21. She
DISC 2: 01. Big Tears 02. Beyond Belief 03. Lipstick Vogue 04. Green Shirt 05. Pills & Soap 06. Tramp The Dirt Down 07. Shipbuilding 08. High Fidelity 09. New Lace Sleeves 10. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red 11. Talking In The Dark 12. New Amsterdam 13. I Hope You're Happy Now 14. Riot Act 15. My Funny Valentine 16. Indoor Fireworks 17. Almost Blue 18. I Want You 19. God Give Me Strength 20. That Day Is Done 21. I Want To Vanish
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