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