Elkie Brooks – The Very Best Of – Music Monday #30

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Hello Everyone!

This post is the latest edition of Music Monday, a series in which I give you an exclusive look into my ever-growing record collection!

Every Monday I pick a record from my collection completely at random and then I write about it! In today’s post the album I’m going to be talking about is The Very Best Of Elkie Brooks.

This album isn’t available on Spotify, neither indeed are many of the songs on this album so I can’t put a Spotify player in this post for you to listen to but I’m sure that if you search YouTube you should be able to find the songs on there if you want to listen to them!

For those that don’t know, Elkie Brooks is an English Blues singer who has been around since the 1960s, she has a very distinct beautifully husky voice and in my opinion is vocally the queen of British Blues music!

Before embarking on her solo career, she was part of the bands Dada and Vinegar Joe with the legend that was Robert Palmer.

She was probably most well known in the 70s and 80s but is still really active to this day, for a full list of Elkie Brooks current tour dates click here.

The album that I’m talking about today is “The Very Best Of”, it was released in 1986 on A&M, it was only available in the Granada TV region and because of that wasn’t chart eligible.

There was another album of the same name released in 1997, or I guess it’s probably more accurate to say this album was reissued with a few different tracks on it. That album did make it to the charts, it stayed in the charts for seven weeks reaching Number 23 on the UK album charts. 

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This is one of my absolute favourite albums, I’ve played it so much it doesn’t play all that well anymore but I still love it. I have yet to find another copy of this album, confusion seems to arise when searching for it due to the fact there are other albums of the same name but if anybody has a copy of this exact album (pictured below) that plays better than mine that they would be willing to sell, or if anyone comes across one on their travels please do let me know by emailing Charlotte@AndThenCharlotteSaid.com.

Let’s take a look at the track list:

Side One:

Nights In White Satin
Don’t Cry Out Loud
Blue Moon
Gasoline Alley
Sunshine After The Rain
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Fool If You Think It’s Over


Side Two:

Pearl’s A Singer
Goin’ Back
If You Leave Me Now
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Growing Tired
Will You Write Me A Song?
Lilac Wine

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 My favourite tracks from this album are

Side One: Gasoline Alley

Side Two: Pearl’s A Singer

Elkie Brooks cover of Gasoline Alley (originally by Rod Stewart) is my favourite version of the song, it’s just so much better than the original.

Elkie Brooks appears to have done two versions of the song and the one that’s on Spotify isn’t the same as the one on the album so to avoid confusion, this is my favourite version: (if you can’t see the YouTube video below click here.

Here’s a fun fact that I’m probably going to regret sharing one day, Pearl’s A Singer is one of my favourite songs to brutally murder on Karaoke!

Because you’ll probably never be unfortunate enough to hear me murder it on Karaoke, here’s the original, if you can’t see the YouTube video below then please click here.

Another fun fact: The legendary folk singer and poet Richard Digance who I’m interviewing in a few weeks toured as a support act for Elkie Brooks for four years! If you’ve got any questions you’d like to submit for Richard Digance (not necessarily about Touring with Elkie Brooks) then you can send them in by using the form that you’ll find by clicking here!

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Take care,

Charlotte xo




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