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Injecting a wider range of emotions into their music than most of their guitar-based British peers, Elbow have been known to refer to their grandiose orchestral sound as "prog without the solos." The members of the band -- vocalist Guy Garvey, drummer Richard Jupp, organist Craig Potter, guitarist Mark Potter, and bassist Pete Turner -- met during the early '90s while attending college in Bury. After moving several miles south to Manchester proper, the band went through a couple of developmental stages before attracting the interest of Island Records, which signed the group in 1998. Island was bought out by Universal several months later, though, and Elbow found themselves dropped from the label as a result. After a partnership with EMI also dissolved, the guys linked up with local independent label Uglyman and released two EPs, Newborn and Any Day Now. The acclaimed EPs gained the band a contract with V2, which released 2001's equally tipped Asleep in the Back. The record was short-listed as a nominee for 2001's Mercury Prize and was issued in the States in early 2002. Cast of Thousands, which appeared in 2004, proved to be a strong, critically acclaimed follow-up. Leaders of the Free World, inspired by political events and behavior in the media, was released in fall 2005, with The Seldom Seen Kid following in 2008. Although all three of Elbow's past albums had enjoyed significant popularity in the U.K., The Seldom Seen Kid was the band's first album to go multi-platinum, eventually selling over one million copies and winning the 2008 Mercury Prize. Writing sessions for a new album began in 2010, and Build a Rocket Boys! was released one year later, followed in 2012 by Dead in the Boot, a collection of B-sides and non-album cuts. That summer, not only did the group's ambitious, especially written track "First Steps" serve as the theme to the BBC's coverage of the London Olympics, but Elbow also played two songs at the closing ceremony of the games, which helped to further bolster sales of their back catalog. Recording sessions for a sixth studio album -- eventually titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything -- took place at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire in late 2012 and were completed in their own Salford studio the following year. Following the January release of the single "New York Morning," the album appeared to strong reviews in March 2014 and became their first album to debut at the top of the U.K. charts; it also became their highest-charting album in the U.S., peaking at 83. Elbow released an EP called Lost Worker Bee in July 2015, after which the group took a brief hiatus. During this time off, Guy Garvey released a solo album entitled Courting the Squall in the autumn of 2015 and drummer Richard Jupp left the group in March of 2016. Elbow returned to action in February 2017 with Little Fictions, which was, like every album since The Seldom Seen Kid, produced by Craig Potter. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1.   Song
  2.   Grounds for Divorce
  3.   Lippy Kids
  4.   One Day Like This
  5.   Asleep in the Back
  6.   Neat Little Rows
  7.   With Love
  8.   Not a Job
  9.   The Bones of You
  10.   Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
  11.   Fallen Angel
  12.   Mirrorball by Peter Gabriel
  13.   Starlings
  14.   Any Day Now
  15.   Scattered Black and Whites
  16.   The Night Will Always Win
  17.   Forget Myself
  18.   Gentle Storm
  19.   An Audience With The Pope
  20.   The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
  21.   Weather to Fly
  22.   Running to Stand Still
  23.   Friend of Ours
  24.   Whisper Grass
  25.   The Birds
  26.   Newborn
  27.   Grace Under Pressure
  28.   Red
  29.   Open Arms
  30.   Great Expectations
  31.   Magnificent (She Says)
  32.   Love Blown Down
  33.   Lost Worker Bee
  34.   Charge
  35.   The Long War Shuffle
  36.   Mexican Standoff
  37.   Leaders of the Free World
  38.   Firebrand & Angel
  39.   All Disco
  40.   Lullaby
  41.   Ribcage
  42.   The Blanket of Night
  43.   Little Beast
  44.   Kindling
  45.   Little Fictions
  46.   Montparnasse
  47.   K2
  48.   Head for Supplies
  49.   Trust the Sun
  50.   Roll Call
  51.   And It Snowed
  52.   What Time Do You Call This?
  53.   Colour Fields
  54.   My Sad Captains
  55.   New York Morning
  56.   Gentle As
  57.   Every Bit the Little Girl
  58.   Hotel Istanbul
  59.   Buffalo Ghosts
  60.   Dear Friends
  61.   The Fix
  62.   Waving From Windows
  63.   My Very Best
  64.   The Everthere
  65.   An Imagined Affair
  66.   Station Approach
  67.   Fugitive Motel
  68.   Can't Stop
  69.   Bitten By The Tailfly
  70.   Powder Blue
  71.   Real Life (Angel)
  72.   This Blue World
  73.   Lucky With Disease
  74.   Picky Bugger
  75.   Lay Down Your Cross
  76.   I've Got Your Number
  77.   Coming Second
  78.   Presuming Ed (Rest Easy)
  79.   The River
  80.   The Stops
  81.   We're Away
  82.   Crawling With Idiot
  83.   High Ideals
  84.   Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
  85.   Usually Bright
  86.   None One
  87.   Honey Sun
  88.   Switching Off
  89.   Snowball
  90.   Buttons and Zips
  91.   Don't Mix Your Drinks
  92.   Some Riot
  93.   Snooks (Progress Report)
  94.   Flying Dream 143
  95.   McGreggor
  96.   Puncture Repair
  97.   The Take Off and Landing of Everything