Thursday, March 06, 2008

ELVIS COSTELLO: My Aim is True (Expanded) @ VBR

Elvis Costello kicked off his debut album with a formal device that would also serve his next two long-players well: the first thing you hear is his voice. That opening phrase--"Now that your picture's in the paper..."--was more than sneakily, if not intentionally, appropriate, since Costello was quickly declared the second coming. It's become de rigueur to dis the pub-rock backing of U.S. band Clover, but their work here is satisfactorily edgy; guitarist John McFee makes some of the arrangements with his wailingly articulate fills. The remastered Rhino reissue includes a full second disc of demos and rarities. --Rickey Wright

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Disc: 1
1. Welcome to the Working Week
2. Miracle Man
3. No Dancing
4. Blame It on Cain
5. Alison
6. Sneaky Feelings
7. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
8. Less Than Zero
9. Mystery Dance
10. Pay It Back
11. I'm Not Angry
12. Waiting for the End of the World
13. Watching the Detectives
Disc: 2
1. No Action
2. Living in Paradise
3. Radio Sweetheart
4. Stranger in the House
5. I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
6. Less Than Zero (Dallas Version)
7. Imagination (is a Powerful Deceiver)
8. Mystery Dance (Honky Tonk Demo)
9. Cheap Reward (Honky Tonk Demo)
10. Jump Up (Honky Tonk Demo)
11. Blame it on Cain (Honky Tonk Demo)
12. Poison Moon (Honky Tonk Demo)

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