Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Viva la Vida (Prospekt’s March edition) 2×Digital Media 11 + 8 Parlophone 5099926650753
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 11 Parlophone TOCP-66805 4988006863255
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Digital Media 11 Parlophone [none] 5099921739958
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 50999 216963 0 5 5099921696305
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 50999 216964 0 4 5099921696404
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 50999 212114 0 9 5099921211409
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends 12" Vinyl 10 Parlophone 2121141, 50999 212114 1 6 5099921211416
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 50999 216888 0 5 5099921688805
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 212 1140 5099921211409
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends 12" Vinyl 10 Parlophone 212 1141 5099921211416
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 50999 216888 0 5 5099921688805
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Digital Media 10 Parlophone
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 5099921211409
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Parlophone 509992 26126 0 1 5099922612601
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 509992 16886 0 7 5099921688607
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 11 Parlophone TOCP-66806 4988006864009
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 5099922909527
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Digital Media 12
Viva la Vida: Prospekt's March Edition 2×CD 10 + 8 Parlophone 264 7112 5099926471129
Viva La Vida (Prospekt's March Edition) 2×CD 10 + 8 Parlophone 50999 266046 2 6
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Prospekt’s March edition) 2×CD 10 + 8 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 509992 65784 2 2 5099926578422
Viva la Vida / Prospekt's March 2×CD 10 + 8 Parlophone, Atlantic (Warner Music imprint) PRL2-791417 603497914173
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends 2×CD 10 + 8 5099926604626
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Parlophone 509992 26127 0 0 5099922612700
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (BMG Edition) CD 10 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 509992 16886 0 7, D173498
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends 2×CD 12 + 8 Parlophone TOCP-66851 4988006869875
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Digital Media 10 Parlophone 190295978044
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Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Digital Media 11

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Lost!
Strawberry Swing
Violet Hill
Viva la Vida
covers: Vitamin String Quartet Performs Coldplay's Viva la Vida by Vitamin String Quartet
included in: Coldplay 4 CD Catalogue Set
Viva La Vida / X & Y
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000787235 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/26600 [info]
Wikidata: Q158740 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Coldplay:Viva_La_Vida_Or_Death_And_All_His_Friends_(2008) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/coldplay/viva_la_vida_or_death_and_all_his_friends/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/174354 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2h54 [info]

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Paradoxically everything that fuels cynicism about the stadium-proof nature of Coldplay is also what makes them undeniably great. Yes, if you find huge choruses that contain wordless exhortations, ponderous one note bass lines and vaporous lyrics that convey nameless heartache to be the very tools of Satan, then Viva La Vida has much to wind you up. If, however, you're one of their millions of fans then it's an unqualified triumph. The rest of us (and EMI, for whom, allegedly, their very future depends on this selling by the shedload) can also rest easy. For, by bringing Brian Eno onboard as sonic nurse, Coldplay have managed to effortlessly make a record that's accomplished and yet pulls off the same trick that U2 managed when they employed the bald one - massaging their sound into something different enough to keep the formula (and make no mistake it IS a formula) fresh.

Two years in gestation, with a break in the middle to do a bit of cultural tourism (and touring) in South America, Viva La Vida wrong foots you by starting with Life In Technicolour; an instrumental that reeks of Eno's ambience while also utilising something that sounds suspiciously like a zither. The world music tropes are limited however. Cemeteries Of London may have an off-kilter rhythmic undertow and Lost! seems to sport bongos in its mix, yet it's the plaintive voice with its vague sense of regret, the lifts from minor key piano forays into vast, pumping rock and also a strident optimism that people are going to come here for. The band deliver all this in spades: 42 and Death And All His Friends most notably.

Elsewhere it's that patent (and potent) mix of upbeat and fatalistic that reminds you why the band hit the bullseye every time. Only on Strawberry Swing does Chris' chirpiness start to grate.

It all sounds so easy, yet when you imagine the pressure on all concerned to deliver the goods, it's little short of miraculous. Again, cynics may argue that it's Eno's fourth world fairy dust that sugar coats songs that really don't live up to Martin's promise of a very different sound. The string/brass mutations that bolster a track like Viva La Vida may not be a million miles from his mates, The Arcade Fire, but I bet they'd donate several limbs to conjure tunes so sweetly melancholy. Any way you look at it, this is a massive album. Get used to it, you'll be hearing it a LOT over the next two years.