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Album: The Very Best Of
# Song Title   Time
3)    Watching The Detectives More Info... 3:44
4)    Alison More Info... 3:21
14)    Every Day I Write The Book More Info... 3:52
15)    Brilliant Mistake More Info... 3:42
21)    She More Info... 3:08
  Disc 2
1)    Big Tears More Info... 3:11
2)    Beyond Belief More Info... 2:33
5)    Pills & Soap More Info... 3:44
7)    Shipbuilding More Info... 4:52
8)    High Fidelity More Info... 2:28
10)    (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes More Info... 2:47
14)    Riot Act More Info... 3:35
15)    My Funny Valentine More Info... 1:30
16)    Indoor Fireworks More Info... 4:09
17)    Almost Blue More Info... 2:50
19)    God Give Me Strength More Info... 6:11
 

Album: The Very Best Of
# Song Title   Time
3)    Watching The Detectives More Info... 3:44
4)    Alison More Info... 3:21
14)    Every Day I Write The Book More Info... 3:52
15)    Brilliant Mistake More Info... 3:42
21)    She More Info... 3:08
  Disc 2
1)    Big Tears More Info... 3:11
2)    Beyond Belief More Info... 2:33
5)    Pills & Soap More Info... 3:44
7)    Shipbuilding More Info... 4:52
8)    High Fidelity More Info... 2:28
10)    (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes More Info... 2:47
14)    Riot Act More Info... 3:35
15)    My Funny Valentine More Info... 1:30
16)    Indoor Fireworks More Info... 4:09
17)    Almost Blue More Info... 2:50
19)    God Give Me Strength More Info... 6:11
 
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Tracks

1. (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And Understandin

2. Olivers Army

3. Watching The Detectives

4. Alison

5. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea

6. Accidents Will Happen

7. Pump It Up

8. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

9. Radio Radio

10. Clubland

11. Good Year For The Roses

12. Man Out Of Time

13. I Wanna Be Loved

14. Everyday 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

22. Big Tears

23. Beyond Belief

24. Lipstick Vogue

25. Green Shirt

26. Pills And Soap

27. Tramp The Dirt Down

28. Shipbuilding

29. High Fidelity

30. New Lace Sleeves

31. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

32. Talking In The Dark

33. New Amsterdam

34. I Hope Your Happy Now

35. Riot Act

36. My Funny Valentine

37. Indoor Fireworks

38. Almost Blue

39. I Want You

40. God Give Me Strength

41. That Day Is Done

42. I Want To Vanish

Performer Notes
  • Producers include: Nick Lowe, Geoff Emerick, Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom, Clive Langer.
  • Recorded between 1976 and 1999.
  • It's no small task to summarize the career of Elvis Costello on two discs. Not only did he define New Wave in the late 1970s and early '80s, along the way he ventured into everything from jazz balladry to honky-tonk country and Stax-style R&B. THE VERY BEST OF does a credible job of capturing the mercurial songsmith's many moods. His punk-goes-to-college Angry Young Man phase is well represented ("Radio Radio," "Pump It Up," et al), and his expansion into more sophisticated pop realms is covered as well ("Accidents Will Happen").
  • EC's fondness for soul can be discerned in a number of tunes, including the Smokey Robinson-like "Everyday I Write the Book," and his status as reigning champ of the knockout love song is assured by the inescapably poignant "Alison." In between such classics, there are a host of tracks that are lesser known but no less impressive, showing that Costello was always as prolific as he was powerful. This collection differs from the similarly titled single-disc anthology on Rykodisc in that it goes on to encompass Costello's Warner Brothers years, which entail everything from impossibly catchy Paul McCartney collaborations ("Veronica," "So Like Candy") to the piano-led lieder-pop of "I Want to Vanish."
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