The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years

The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years

by Elvis Costello


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Six years after the commencement of a major Elvis Costello reissue campaign at Rhino, his catalog transferred over to Universal, which had been releasing new Elvis music since 1998's Painted from Memory. Like every one of his previous two big catalog shifts -- a campaign with Rykodisc/Demon in 1994, a jump to Rhino in 2001 -- the 2007 series is preceded by a new hits collection, this time The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years, a 22-track collection of highlights that's pretty much exactly what it says it is. It is quite similar to the last previous single-disc collection, the 1994 Ryko/Demon set The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, which also ran 22 tracks, 19 of which also appear on The First 10 Years. The three omissions -- "Watch Your Step," "New Amsterdam," and "Love Field" -- will not be missed by anybody looking for a new Costello comp in 2007, particularly because all three substitutions are better choices for the casual man: "New Lace Sleeves," "Almost Blue," and "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," which bizarrely wasn't on the 1994 set. With these three songs rubbing shoulders with "Alison," "Watching the Detectives," "Pump It Up," "Oliver's Army," "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding," and all the other usual suspects, The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years winds up being the best single-disc summary and introduction to Costello's prime years.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2007
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517260917
catalogNumber: 000864002
Rank: 5575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Costello   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
James Burton   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Nieve   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Andrew Bodnar   Bass
John Ciambotti   Bass,Background Vocals
Mickey Curry   Percussion,Drums
Mitchell Froom   Harpsichord,Hammond Organ
Steve Goulding   Drums
Sean Hopper   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Nick Lowe   Acoustic Guitar
John McFee   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jerry Scheff   String Bass
Micky Shine   Drums
Bruce Thomas   Bass,Group Member
Pete Thomas   Drums,Group Member
T-Bone Wolk   Accordion,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer,Creative Consultant
Clive Langer   Composer,Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Roger Bechirian   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Jerry Chesnut   Composer
Geoff Emerick   Producer
Colin Fairley   Producer
Nick Lowe   Composer,Producer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Declan MacManus   Composer
Michele Horie   Producer
Larry Kalman Hirsch   Producer
Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus   Producer

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The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Best Place To Meet Elvis C? The prolific Costello has made much more music than can be covered in one disc. That said, this was the period when he flirted with super stardom and was most consistent. These numbers are varied stylistically from the edge of punk to sophisticated pop. This and the companion Rock And Roll collection might be all the Elvis a casual listener needs or wants. .
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