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Get Happy Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued


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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, April 19, 1994
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Elvis Costello Get Happy!! Canadian CD album

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Costello continued his most-prolific-man-alive act with the 20-track Get Happy!!, his fourth album in 30 months. He says what he has to say and shuts up--only a small handful of cuts approach or go over the three-minute mark--often in a pile-driving style inspired by Stax/Volt. (Sometimes loosely inspired; his version of the Sam & Dave ballad "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" is played in a rush.) Costello's wordplay is at a height here, but it doesn't divert the eye from the emotional wreckage behind the scenes: as he sings on "Human Touch," "What the makeup hides can't be made up with a kiss." The Rykodisc CD adds 11 bonus tracks, including a suitably fragmented (and unlisted) demo of "Love for Tender." --Rickey Wright

1. Love For Tender
2. Opportunity
3. The Imposter
4. Secondary Modern
5. King Horse
6. Possession
7. Men Called Uncle
8. Clowntime Is Over
9. New Amsterdam
10. High Fidelity
11. I Can't Stand Up (For Falling Down)
12. Black And White World
13. 5ive Gears In Reverse
14. B Movie
15. Motel Matches
16. Human Touch
17. Beaten To The Punch
18. Temptation
19. I Stand Accused
20. Riot Act
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy DeLoche on December 17, 2012
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Have the original vinyl, the first cd issue. I hoped the extended space on the cd would help the sound as the record squeezes it all on one disc. It ended up being just ok. This pressing made the hair on my arms stand up! I've heard nuances I have never heard as I have listened to this hundreds of timess over the years as it's my favorite EC work overall. Did it feel like I was trying to swallow a golf ball when I forked out the $40 & some odd $? Yes, but I have to say it was worth it to me now that I have listened to it. Go for it...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on September 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Stanley is correct in one--and only one--respect: Get Happy!!! is NOT R&B.
It is a fantastic approximation, and a perfect imitation. Sleeping through this album, with all due respect to other reviewers, is simply not possible.
Elvis has said he was writing some of the lyrics for this album as the Attractions were laying down their tracks in adjoining studios. Either he's fibbing or he's even more of a genious than I already suspect. Lyrically (sp?) witty, musically groovin', a bass/drum/horn section that pounds without plodding--I simply cannot say enough about Get Happy!!!. I consider it one of the 20 or so best albums of the Rock era.
The fact that Elvis, who had been considered kind of a runty, quirky annoyance by a lot of critics since his sophomore LP was released, could put together this album--and the accompaning tour, which was closer to the TAMI Show than the typical punk rockers he was so often compared to--is, to me, one of the miracles of the age.
I'd love to pick out individual tracks and explain why I love this LP so much but, frankly, I don't know where to start. "I Stand Accused," with it's "I-S-T-A-N-D-A-C-C-U-S-E-D!" finale? The heartache of "Hi Fidelity," an ominous prelude to Elvis' later flirtation with C&W? "Riot Act," the ultimate finger pointer?
I dunno. I lose all pretense of articulation when it comes to this great, great album. Buy it early, buy it often.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Keith on June 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was an Elvis fan from the release of My Aim Is True. By the time this album was released, I'd become convinced that he and The Attractions could do no wrong. First time I heard it was when a NYC radio station played it in it's entirety, and I listened on headphones while I taped it. That's how you should listen to it if you've never heard it before. To hear so many great songs one after the other, it makes you dizzy. I got the same feeling the first time I heard "London Calling". All these years later, some of the Clash music doesn't thrill me like it did then, but this album does.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album found Costello at the peak of his songwriting powers. Nick Lowe's production give's the record a harsh sound when compared with Costello's first three efforts. The Attractions have never sounded better, as is apparent on exuberant 'Five gears in reverse'. Although there is plenty of up-tempo invective on display, the highlights for me are the record's more tender moments. I particularly like the uncharacteristically straightforward ballad, 'Motel Matches', where a woman gives away sex like motels give away matches. As in many of his songs, the narrator treads a fine line between revulsion and compassion for the song's female subject. This album is a study in conciseness. Costello demonstrates more songwriting talent on these twenty tracks than other artists manage over a whole career. The volume of songs here make this record one that rewards attentive, repeated listening. Treat it like a seven course meal to be enjoyed over several hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott C Elliott on June 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the one that could brighten any dull party, turn a frown into a smile & keep you young!!! I've loved Elvis C. ever since I saw the video in the late seventies of this nerdy looking dude walking crooked while singing Watching the Detectives. He's a genius who never fails to please. Even when he does something different (eg. Juliet Letters), it may take awhile but you'll get there somehow.
Get Happy is one body of work that seems thrown together, but is a great example his mastery of his craft. If one wishes to learn songwriting - esp. how to turn a phrase, buy this immediately. If you simply are tired of recordings with random filler, then buy Get Happy. There is no filler here. I love every song here. I also love the Mowtown/Stax influence on some of the songs. If I were to point out a few gems - love for Tender, Opportunity..Hell, the first 6 songs, right off! Then Clowntime, I Can't Stand Up..., High Fidelity, Blk & Wht World, 5 Gears..., I stand Accused & Riot Act. Get it!! Warning: It is highly addictive!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David C. Mason on May 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Love for Tender" starts what may be the most perfect sequence of songs in all of rock and roll history. The whole album is great, but what (I'm assuming) must have been the first side of the original album, those first 10 songs, are as close to perfection as anything I have ever heard. It floors me everytime. The other "side" is fantastic too, but just the way this album kicks off and keeps coming at you...man, it kicks. This album is also the one that convinced me that Steve Nieve is one of the great keyboard players of pop music as well, since he is the drive behind all that great music, imho. (Not intended as a slam IN ANYWAY on EC, either.)
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