ARTIST: Elvis Costello
TITLE: Get Happy!!
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: #11 US, #2 UK
SINGLES: I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (#4 UK), High Fidelity (#30 UK), New Amsterdam (#36)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Clowntime is Over, Black & White World, I Stand Accused
LINEUP: Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomas, Pete Thomas
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Costello crams 20 tracks onto an album that moves the Attractions to a more R&B sound. With so many tracks, there’s a few downers but most of it is great.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The vast amount of music on this album makes it a great value. Costello and the Attractions go through their paces and record a boatload of mostly new songs in an R&B idiom. It’s like if Muscle Shoals transported to Europe in 1980.
The playing of the Attractions is top notch as usual. They had come off of a few tours and were well rehearsed and tight. The prolific Costello’s songs have depth and breadth.
With 20 cuts, some don’t totally hit the mark, but there are so many great songs here, and you’ll sing along to almost every one within a few plays.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It was a regular album, not a double, and care had to be taken to make sure there was no loss of fidelity for a record having 10 tracks a side.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Each reissue has added b-sides, demos and live cuts.
GRADE: A: I thought about making it an A-, but the excellence outweighs the few okay cuts. It’s one case where quantity helps.