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