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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.   The Bones of You
  9.   Not a Job
  10.   Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
  11.   Fallen Angel
  12.   Mirrorball by Peter Gabriel
  13.   Any Day Now
  14.   Scattered Black and Whites
  15.   Forget Myself
  16.   The Night Will Always Win
  17.   Gentle Storm
  18.   The Birds
  19.   Weather to Fly
  20.   The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
  21.   Friend of Ours
  22.   Whisper Grass
  23.   Running to Stand Still
  24.   Starlings
  25.   An Audience With The Pope
  26.   Newborn
  27.   Red
  28.   Grace Under Pressure
  29.   Open Arms
  30.   Roll Call
  31.   Trust the Sun
  32.   The Fix
  33.   Waving From Windows
  34.   Switching Off
  35.   Powder Blue
  36.   The Long War Shuffle
  37.   New York Morning
  38.   Crawling With Idiot
  39.   And It Snowed
  40.   Gentle As
  41.   Presuming Ed (Rest Easy)
  42.   Little Fictions
  43.   Montparnasse
  44.   All Disco
  45.   Lost Worker Bee
  46.   The Blanket of Night
  47.   The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  48.   My Sad Captains
  49.   Real Life (Angel)
  50.   Hotel Istanbul
  51.   The River
  52.   Lucky With Disease
  53.   Leaders of the Free World
  54.   Buttons and Zips
  55.   Ribcage
  56.   Fugitive Motel
  57.   Dear Friends
  58.   Firebrand & Angel
  59.   Don't Mix Your Drinks
  60.   Kindling
  61.   Head for Supplies
  62.   What Time Do You Call This?
  63.   Charge
  64.   This Blue World
  65.   Lullaby
  66.   None One
  67.   Great Expectations
  68.   Station Approach
  69.   Mexican Standoff
  70.   Snowball
  71.   Flying Dream 143
  72.   Can't Stop
  73.   Coming Second
  74.   The Everthere
  75.   Bitten By The Tailfly
  76.   High Ideals
  77.   Lay Down Your Cross
  78.   Colour Fields
  79.   My Very Best
  80.   Little Beast
  81.   Honey Sun
  82.   An Imagined Affair
  83.   Every Bit the Little Girl
  84.   Snooks (Progress Report)
  85.   Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
  86.   K2
  87.   McGreggor
  88.   Puncture Repair
  89.   Some Riot
  90.   The Stops
  91.   I've Got Your Number
  92.   Buffalo Ghosts
  93.   Love Blown Down
  94.   Magnificent (She Says)
  95.   We're Away
  96.   Usually Bright
  97.   Picky Bugger

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