If only I lived in the UK, I could have watched this — Elbow performed the entirety of The Seldom Seen Kid live with the BBC orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
Fortunate, then, that I’ve learned that the concert will be released as a limited edition CD/DVD package through the band’s website in March.
I’ve heard a *cough*bootleg*cough* of the concert; it sounds magnificent. The swell of strings on “The Loneliness of the Tower Crane Driver,” for instance, brings me to tears. Just listening to some of these songs is painful. There’s a heartbreaking beauty to something like “Some Riot” that’s breathtaking, and it’s impossible not to be moved. Times like this I remember Gandalf’s admonishion that not all tears are evil.
And Guy Garvey’s voice!
Backed by a full string orchestra! And a choir! And Richard Hawley on “The Fix”!
If you live in the UK, check out the first link; you can watch the entire concert for free for the next few days.
And if you don’t live in the UK, March cannot come soon enough. 🙂
And in other Elbow news, work will begin shortly on their fifth studio album, with release planned for the end of the year.
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Richard Hawley? I’m intrigued. Have you heard his Coles Corner album?