The Epic 2017 Project #062: 170303
Elbow – Asleep in the back (2001)
This was Elbow’s debut studio album, first released in May 2001. The title track, “Asleep in the Back”, was only included as a bonus track on later editions of the album after it had been released as a single and became the band’s first Top 20 hit. The album release came in four different versions: the 12-track version, two 11-track versions only featuring either “Asleep in the Back” (later editions) or “Can’t Stop” (UK version) and a 10-track version including neither of them. The record was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize in 2001.
Though Asleep in the Back was the first Elbow album to be released, it was not the first to be recorded. An album’s worth of recorded material had been scrapped by the band several years earlier after they were dropped by their first major label, Island Records.
The Epic 2017 Project features several Elbow albums, some of which included some of that earlier scrapped material.