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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.   Neat Little Rows
  8.   Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
  9.   The Bones of You
  10.   Not a Job
  11.   Fallen Angel
  12.   Any Day Now
  13.   Mirrorball by Peter Gabriel
  14.   Scattered Black and Whites
  15.   The Night Will Always Win
  16.   Forget Myself
  17.   The Birds
  18.   Gentle Storm
  19.   Weather to Fly
  20.   Starlings
  21.   Friend of Ours
  22.   The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
  23.   Whisper Grass
  24.   Running to Stand Still
  25.   An Audience With The Pope
  26.   Grace Under Pressure
  27.   Red
  28.   Newborn
  29.   Open Arms
  30.   Don't Mix Your Drinks
  31.   Trust the Sun
  32.   The Everthere
  33.   My Sad Captains
  34.   Coming Second
  35.   The Fix
  36.   Great Expectations
  37.   Fugitive Motel
  38.   K2
  39.   New York Morning
  40.   Lay Down Your Cross
  41.   Snooks (Progress Report)
  42.   Leaders of the Free World
  43.   The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  44.   High Ideals
  45.   We're Away
  46.   Lullaby
  47.   Powder Blue
  48.   Kindling (Fickle Flame) by John Grant
  49.   Kindling
  50.   Firebrand & Angel
  51.   Head for Supplies
  52.   Usually Bright
  53.   Lost Worker Bee
  54.   The Blanket of Night
  55.   Real Life (Angel)
  56.   This Blue World
  57.   Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
  58.   The River
  59.   Dear Friends
  60.   Puncture Repair
  61.   An Imagined Affair
  62.   The Stops
  63.   Station Approach
  64.   Mexican Standoff
  65.   Snowball
  66.   Crawling With Idiot
  67.   I've Got Your Number
  68.   Switching Off
  69.   Presuming Ed (Rest Easy)
  70.   Bitten By The Tailfly
  71.   Little Fictions
  72.   Hotel Istanbul
  73.   And It Snowed
  74.   Roll Call
  75.   Buttons and Zips
  76.   Little Beast
  77.   My Very Best
  78.   Gentle As
  79.   All Disco
  80.   Montparnasse