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I've always thought they were a good band but I never bothered to get a album.
Where shall I start?
Asleep at the Back. I think with them it's best to just work chronologically.
Four great albums, have fun listening.
I agree with charliepanayi, they're a band who are best approached chronologically. Go for Asleep in the Back first (the best one in my opinion), then Cast of Thousands, then Leaders of the Free World and then The Seldom Seen Kid
go and see them next time they play near you, they're a treat live.
in reverse chronological order, not intentionally, but that's just how it worked out. I don't think it matters where you start, just buy any of their albums, they're all brilliant.
My personal favourite is Leaders of the Free World, but they're all 8/10, 9/10 albums. Go chronologically, as suggested.
Have a listen to:
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
And to my surprise Elbow's first 3 albums topped the list - which shocked my somewhat (Radiohead close behind). Then I thought about it for a while - and I realised that it must have been when I lived in Hong Kong for a year - when their songs (especially: RED, BITTEN BY THE TAILFLY, STATION APPROACH, MEXICAN STANDOFF, FALLEN ANGEL, FUGITIVE MOTEL, PICKY BUGGER) kept me sane!!
They are a down to earth band that helped me keep my feet on the ground during manic times. I think I owe Elbow for reminding me that home was a better place to be - when I got home - I swiftly started writing a shitload of music - formed a band - joined another & made music my life!
Errrr - cheers Elbow?
and then Asleep In The Back, Cast of Thousands, Leaders of the Free World
i wish i was discovering this band again <3<3<3<3<3
But Cast of Thousands came across as kind of dull for me. It's not bad, but it's definitely not in the class of Asleep in the Back or The Seldom Seen Kid.
A mate of mine recommended his kid brother to have a go at replacing our old drummer who'd just buggered off to Spain. We'd never met him before, so obviously we didn't know what he looked like and vice versa.
We agreed to meet at Blueprint studios in Salford, as he rehearsed there. Elbow do too (it's a bit posh). We arrived there and called him when we were outside. He said he was about five minutes away in a taxi, so we waited in the van outside for him.
Just as we got outside, Elbow shuffle out to have a fag. 'Oh look, there's Elbow', we say.
Then, our potential new drummer turns up in his taxi, a bit flustered and gets out. We watch him approach Elbow, offering a hearty handshake.
"Alright, I'm Kyle" he says. Are you guys The Vipers?
Elbow said "er, no".
Oh how we laughed