Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True, Deluxe Edition (Universal)

 |   |  <1 min read

Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Stranger in the House (out-take)
Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True, Deluxe Edition (Universal)

Elvis had a fair run here on Elsewhere when the recent reissue of his first 11 albums prompted a consideration of his quite remarkable career (see tag).

But this Deluxe double disc edition of his debut album adds extra texture to that exceptional album with its touchstones in Phil Spector, country-rock, beat pop, Chuck Berry-meets-Dylan and so on.

Here is the original album on the first disc with out-takes (No Action, Living in Paradise, Radio Sweetheart and Stranger in the House) plus eight demos.

The second disc is Costello and the Attactions (who hadn't played on the original album) live from August 77 on a typically taught and tight adrenelin-fuelled set playing the album (pretty faithfully) plus Night Rally, Hoover Factory, The Beat and other material that would appear on later albums.

That disc goes out with five crisp songs from the soundcheck including Crawling to the USA.

For casual listeners this repackage (with lyrics but no essay, for that you need to go to Absolute Elsewhere!) won't be essential if they have the original album, but for longtime fans there are nuggets scattered about, especially in the out-takes and demos.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlight (Spunk)

Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlight (Spunk)

This fourth album by Antony confirms what many already suspect, that a little of this divine, sublime voice can go a long way. All that high drama and quivering vocals, the allusive lyrics, the... > Read more

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2014: THE READERS' CHOICES

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2014: THE READERS' CHOICES

Okay, as editor of Elsewhere I have had my say on the 30 best albums I wrote about this past year (here) -- while freely conceding I did not, could not, hear everything. Doubtless you heard... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

London, England: With a pinch of snuff

London, England: With a pinch of snuff

Curious what you find in the bottom of your bags -- and maybe keep -- after a trip away. I usually turn up napkins with scribbled addresses and notes, postcards and receipts, fliers from concerts... > Read more

Dennis Bovell: Mek It Run (Pressure Sounds)

Dennis Bovell: Mek It Run (Pressure Sounds)

For a very long time from the mid Seventies bassist/producer Dennis Bovell was the go-to guy when British artists wanted an authentic deep dub sound. His work with poet Linton Kewsi Johnson has... > Read more