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