Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Get Happy!! (1980/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Get Happy!! (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 48:13 minutes | 1,84 GB | Genre: Rock
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The fourth album by Elvis Costello, his third with the Attractions, Get Happy!! is notable for being a dramatic break in tone from Costello’s three previous albums, and for being heavily influenced by R&B, ska and soul music. The cover art was intentionally designed to have a “retro” feel, to look like the cover of an old LP with ring wear on both front and back.It was placed at No. 11 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

Get Happy!! was born as much from sincere love for soul as it was for Elvis Costello’s desire to distance himself from an unfortunate verbal faux pas where he insulted Ray Charles in an attempt to get Stephen Stills’ goat. Either way, it resulted in a 20-song blue-eyed soul tour de force, where Costello doesn’t just want to prove his love, he wants to prove his knowledge. So, he tries everything, starting with Motown and Northern soul, then touching on smooth uptown ballads and gritty Southern soul, even finding common ground between the two by recasting Sam & Dave’s “I Can’t Stand Up (For Falling Down)” as a careening stomper. What’s remarkable is that this approach dovetails with the pop carnival essayed by Armed Forces, standing as a full-fledged Costello record instead of a genre exercise. As it furiously flits through 20 songs, Costello’s cynicisms, rage, humor, and misanthropic sensibility gel remarkably well. Some songs may not quite hit their targets, but that’s part of the album’s charm — it moves so fast that its lesser songs rush by on the way to such full-fledged masterpieces as “New Amsterdam,” “High Fidelity,” and “Riot Act.” Get Happy!! bursts with energy and invention, standing as a testament to how Costello, the pop encyclopedia, can reinvent the past in his own image.

1. Love For Tender 01:57
2. Opportunity 03:13
3. The Imposter 01:58
4. Secondary Modern 01:58
5. King Horse 03:01
6. Possession 02:04
7. Men Called Uncle 02:18
8. Clowntime Is Over 03:00
9. New Amsterdam 02:12
10. High Fidelity 02:27
11. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down 02:06
12. Black And White World 01:56
13. Five Gears In Reverse 02:38
14. B-Movie 02:04
15. Motel Matches 02:31
16. Human Touch 02:30
17. Beaten To The Punch 01:48
18. Temptation 02:34
19. I Stand Accused 02:22
20. Riot Act 03:36