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Great Insight Into Elvis' Songwriting

If you have Elvis Costello's CDs, then you may have some of these songs. It's great to see this iTunes exclusive with some unreleased versions and demos of some of the songs. The most interesting thing about this album however is to hear Elvis explain what influenced each song and how they came about. This album isn't for everyone, but for the Elvis Costello fan, it's a great addition!

I can't think of any composer that is his equal.

The bottom line is this: there's Elvis Costello, and then there's everyone else. His entire catalogue is genius. Well... in the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that I'm still not much of a fan of "Goodbye Cruel World," but what'er you gonna do? But you have to put Elvis in the same class as Brian Wilson, Lennon & McCartney, and his beloved Burt Backarack. In any case, I'm not sure who this collection benefits most — novices or die-hard fans. If you're a fan who'd likes to hear a good backstory, this is a good pick up. And there are some classics that any curious music fan should own. But the truth is, if you want to get into Elvis? Buy the albums. Buy 'em because they're perfect. You want a great album? Buy "King of America." Buy "Get Happy!!!" Buy "Imperial Bedroom." Buy the ones that interest you. Sure, you can buy this and be pretty happy with it. But buy it with the intent to start the whole nine yards. Then? It'll be the best investment in music you can make.

the King

Great collection of songs you may not know are great, plus interesting tidbits of info in the form of the intros. Cheers to Mr. Costello and iTunes for compiling other than greatest hits and for recording these iTunes Originals versions. I bought this album without feeling like I was duplicating a lot of his songs I already own.


Born: August 25, 1954 in Paddington, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When Elvis Costello's first record was released in 1977, his bristling cynicism and anger linked him with the punk and new wave explosion. A cursory listen to My Aim Is True proves that the main connection that Costello had with the punks was his unbridled passion; he tore through rock's back pages taking whatever he wanted, as well as borrowing from country, Tin Pan Alley pop, reggae, and many other musical genres. Over his career, that musical eclecticism distinguished his records as much as his...
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