Q, January 2004

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Singles, Volumes 1, 2 and 3

Elvis Costello

John Aizlewood

All the early singles in three separate boxes.

★★★★

Elvis Costello's numerous career twists and turns notwithstanding (he's a torchsinger this week, apparently), his plea for greatness mostly rests upon his work between 1977-1987. These three expertly annotated boxes feature that period's singles, although gallingly and wastefully they're split into individual CDs. While the host albums were often works of wonder and such A-sides as "Oliver's Army," "High Fidelity" and "New Amsterdam" were benchmarks of an era, Costello also invested unusual care and attention on his B-sides. The mesmerising "Hoover Factory" and "Turning The Town Red," the theme to the eminently repeatable '80s TV series Scully, are especially fine.

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Q, No. 210, January 2004


John Aizlewood reviews Singles, Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

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