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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.   With Love
  7.   The Bones of You
  8.   Not a Job
  9.   Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
  10.   Neat Little Rows
  11.   Fallen Angel
  12.   Any Day Now
  13.   Mirrorball by Peter Gabriel
  14.   Scattered Black and Whites
  15.   Forget Myself
  16.   The Night Will Always Win
  17.   The Birds
  18.   Whisper Grass
  19.   Running to Stand Still
  20.   The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
  21.   Weather to Fly
  22.   Starlings
  23.   Friend of Ours
  24.   An Audience With The Pope
  25.   Gentle Storm
  26.   Grace Under Pressure
  27.   Newborn
  28.   Red
  29.   Open Arms
  30.   Love Blown Down
  31.   Magnificent (She Says)
  32.   The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  33.   Fugitive Motel
  34.   And It Snowed
  35.   My Sad Captains
  36.   High Ideals
  37.   Switching Off
  38.   Powder Blue
  39.   Kindling (Fickle Flame) by John Grant
  40.   All Disco
  41.   The Blanket of Night
  42.   Charge
  43.   Hotel Istanbul
  44.   Dear Friends
  45.   We're Away
  46.   Puncture Repair
  47.   Picky Bugger
  48.   Station Approach
  49.   Mexican Standoff
  50.   Lay Down Your Cross
  51.   Crawling With Idiot
  52.   Ribcage
  53.   This Blue World
  54.   Presuming Ed (Rest Easy)
  55.   Kindling
  56.   K2
  57.   Firebrand & Angel
  58.   Head for Supplies
  59.   Usually Bright
  60.   Roll Call
  61.   Real Life (Angel)