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