The Very Best of Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello

Label: Rhino
Duration: 2:34:54
Genre: Alternative Rock

The debate over whether he is punk or new wave is long over; today Elvis Costello is less likely to be found on a list with Strummer and Scabies than he is with Bacharach and David and Jimmy Webb. Lauded initially for his energetic and literate attacks on the social ills of Thatcher's England, he has become a peerless master of the popular song. The evolution of Costello's craft as a songwriter and performer, from the early high-octane polemics, through his stylistic experiments with country and soul, and on to standards written for others, is splendidly documented on this elegant two-disc set. Chronology is ignored in favor of a thoughtful program that catalogs the jewels from his prolific output and a sprinkling of covers that demonstrate the maturing of his singing voice. The 42 tracks here lean generously to the first 10 years with the Attractions, but also collects the best of his subsequent collaborations with the cream of America's session musicians and on through to "She," his contribution to the soundtrack of 1999's Notting Hill. --Rob Stewart

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?
Oliver's Army
Watching The Detectives
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Accidents Will Happen
Pump It Up
I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
Radio Radio
Good Year for the Roses
Man Out of Time
I Wanna Be Loved
Everyday I Write The Book
Brilliant Mistake
The Other Side Of Summer
Tokyo Storm Warning
Sulky Girl
So Like Candy
Big Tears
Beyond Belief
Lipstick Vogue
Green Shirt
Pills & Soap
Tramp the Dirt Down
High Fidelity
New Lace Sleeves
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Talking In The Dark
New Amsterdam
I Hope You're Happy Now
Riot Act
My Funny Valentine
Indoor Fireworks
Almost Blue
I Want You
God Give Me Strength
That Day Is Done
I Want to Vanish
Pills And Soap
Original Release: 1999-08-02
Composer: Charles Aznavour, Burt Bacharach, Homer Banks, Jerry Chesnut, Elvis Costello, Lorenz Hart, Farnell Jenkins, Alan Jones, Herbert Kretzmer, Clive Langer, Nick Lowe, Ross MacManus, Paul McCartney, Richard Rodgers
Producer: Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, T-Bone Burnett, Geoff Emerick, Larry Kalman Hirsch, Trevor Jones, Kevin Killen, Nick Lowe, Clive Langer, Billy Sherrill, Alan Winstanley
UPC: 81227665227, 632427499824