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Elbow - My Sad Captains

Elbow perform My Sad Captains at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.

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Elbow is an English alternative rock band consisting of Guy Garvey (vocals, guitar), Richard Jupp (drums, percussion), Craig Potter (keyboards, piano), Mark Potter (guitar, backing vocals) and Pete Turner (bass guitar, backing vocals). They have played together since 1990, but since 1997 as Elbow, have released six studio albums: Asleep in the Back (2001), Cast of Thousands (2003), Leaders of the Free World (2005), The Seldom Seen Kid (2008), Build a Rocket Boys! (2011), and The Take Off and Landing of Everything (2014). All of their studio albums, in addition to Dead in the Boot (2012), have been placed in the top 15 of the British album charts, and seven of their singles have been placed in the top 40 of the British singles chart.

In 2008 Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for their album The Seldom Seen Kid, and in 2009 they won the Brit Award for Best British Group. In 2012 they released "First Steps", the BBC theme for the 2012 London Olympics.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Dead in the Boot

    Dead in the Boot 2012

    Reviewed by Andy Fyfe
    A fine B sides set that’s much more than a mere stopgap release.
  2. Review of Build a Rocket Boys!

    Build a Rocket Boys! 2011

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    They continue to make music that sounds like it cares how you are.
  3. Review of Asleep in the Back: Deluxe Edition

    Asleep in the Back: Deluxe Edition 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    An essential purchase for anyone yet to call this album their own.
  4. Review of Seldom Seen Kid

    Seldom Seen Kid 2008

    Reviewed by Lou Thomas
    For the most part it's brilliant business as usual.
  5. Review of Leaders of the Free World

    Leaders of the Free World 2005

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    A colossal noise that still fits in your pocket.
  6. Review of Cast Of Thousands

    Cast Of Thousands 2003

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    Melancholy is never too far away, but its presence can make the resolution and peace...