Get Happy!! (album) by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Get Happy!!
Get Happy!! by Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1980)
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Award Top albums of the 1980s (125th)
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions bestography

Get Happy!! is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by Elvis Costello & The Attractions on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Elvis Costello & The Attractions is Armed Forces which is ranked number 729 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,559.

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From indieshins 02/26/2018 21:51
The start of my favourite period of Costello's career, Get Happy!! is delirious fun. 20 songs in under an hour, this is still one of his longer albums. But every song is strong, from the frenetic opener Love for Tender, to the heartbreaking Motel Matches and the strange but lovely New Amsterdam. Anyone looking for a masterclass in the three minute pop song need look no further!
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From Ashmark 02/15/2018 00:02
Enjoyable, fast paced, just not as good as Armed Forces thought the sound is similar.
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From Dankel 10/28/2017 08:25
This is one of my favourite albums and is up there as one of Costello’s very best. I love the sheer energy that has gone into all 20 tracks. The style Elvis chooses for this album is an infectious 60s soul groove (the cover of Sam and Dave’s) I can’t stand up for falling down is one of the highlights. Great lyrics and great tunes, this is one I will keep on coming back to.
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From Tamthebam 07/28/2017 18:59
Fun Fun Fun a brilliant little album jam packed with 2minute gems !
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From garycottier 04/17/2016 13:04
Get happy, is Elvis Costello's soul album. Motown and Stax is where the heart of this record lies. It's a 20 track LP, and it's breathless. Love for tender, kicks the album off in that fashion and it never let's up. From the catchy, king horse, and, possession, to the more relaxed, secondary modern, and, clowntime is over. Standouts include the excellent, high fidelity (my favourite track on the record), the acoustic, new Amsterdam, and the marvelous cover, I can't stand up for falling down. The imposter, and closing track, riot act, are also worth a mention. There are a few fillers, but over 20 songs, what can you expect? This run of albums that Costello's on, reminds me of Dylan's run of records in the sixties, every album has something different to say, a different sound, a different feel. Elvis Costello was as the top of his game.
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From Kuzh69 10/22/2014 23:50
The most fun you can have with an elvis album....... 20 songs !!
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From Jthomp81 01/27/2013 15:18
I love how every time I acquired a classic Elvis record it became my favorite Elvis record. I guess that's what happens when you're so consistently good (at least for a while). This is my current fave but I have yet to delve into Trust or King of America.
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From btener11 12/15/2012 19:39
so glad to see this album get album of the day! i feel like this year's model, my aim is true and armed forces get so much credit (and deservedly so) while get happy!! sometimes slips through the cracks. superb album, and my favorite by costello.
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From junodog4 07/26/2012 15:31
I'd argue this is more accessible than This Year's Model. Concise, clever, introspective pop-rock in 2-3 minute tracks.
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From Rovers 06/17/2012 12:52
It can hardly give rise to greater discussion among Elvis Costello fans claiming that his fourth album "Get Happy" from 1980 is one of his very best. Like the previous albums "Get Happy" was produced by Nick Lowe, but this does not mean that Costello does not seek new sides in his musical output. Where "Armed Forces" was a very "produced" album, with a great and big sound, and a great deal of inspiration from Abba's, "Get Happy" more simple in its expression, and generally very much Motown influenced.

Another striking thing is the vast number of songs - no less than twenty tracks were found on the original version, which might well seem a little confusing nd overwhelming, making it harder to get an overview of the album. On "Get Happy" Costello is still backed by the Attractions, and you can't help noting keyboard player Steve Nieve's distinctive organ sound throughout the album.

As mentioned, it may be difficult to comprehend and remember the many new songs - especially the many upbeat and very Motown inspired numbers may at first seem very similar. My favourites are generally found outside this category. I must highlight the fine and waltzy "New Amsterdam" which was also used a the title track to a great 4-tracks EP which Costello also released in 1980. The other three tracks on The EP were not included on the "Get Happy", which they very well might have deserved. They are all of course incluede as bonus tracks on this extended version.

The soulful and melodic "Secondary Modern" is another big favorite of mine. A bit in the same vein is "Possession", with its catchy and great retro approach. Also very melodic ice "Clowntime is Over", which is also included in an alternate ballad version on CD 2.

"Motel Matches" is a wistful and melodic ballad, and another key track that helps set the mood on the album.

"Opportunity" was another of the songs I first stapled me - funky and soulful.

The final track "Riot Act" is a distinguished and distinctive final song which beautifully rounds up the album. With its three and a half minutes playing time it is the album's longest - and thus one of the few times allows to really dwell with his great songwriting.

The bonus CD also contains a great number of fine recordings. Here special mention should be given to "Just a Memory" and "Dr Luther's Assistant" - both from the aforementioned EP - you notice big inpiration from the Beatles on "Dr Luther's Assistant". The two versions of Nick Lowe's "Girls Talk" are both fine - but may well seem a bit unfinished. Very Motwon style is "Getting Mighty Crowded" - could this song have been a great comeback for The Four Tops?

The alternate reggae version of "New Lace Sleeves", which was first released on Costello's next album "Trust" from 1981 - is almost as good as the well-known version, and refreshingly different.

Several songs are included in alternate versions - which of course is interesting, but may be felt slightly overwhelming - especially the demo recordings, may give CD 2 a somewhat uneven character.
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