Armed Forces (2015 Remaster) Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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Album-Release:
1979

HRA-Release:
21.10.2015

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  • 1Accidents Will Happen03:01
  • 2Senior Service02:18
  • 3Oliver's Army03:00
  • 4Big Boys02:56
  • 5Green Shirt02:43
  • 6Party Girl03:21
  • 7Goon Squad03:14
  • 8Busy Bodies03:35
  • 9Sunday's Best03:23
  • 10Moods For Moderns02:50
  • 11Chemistry Class02:57
  • 12Two Little Hitlers03:13
  • 13(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding03:32
  • Total Runtime40:03

Info for Armed Forces (2015 Remaster)

Expanding their sound from the tightly wound new wave rock of „This Year‘s Model“, Elvis Costello & the Attractions returned with the lyrically bilious but musically expansive „Armed Forces“. A key album in Costello's development for the way it branched off into the ABBA-influenced pure pop of 'Accidents Will Happen' and 'Oliver's Army,' the sunny Beatlesque melodies of 'Busy Bodies,' and the soulful ballad 'Party Girl,' „Armed Forces“ is consistently rated among the finest works in the singer-songwriter's canon.

„After releasing and touring the intense This Year's Model, Elvis Costello quickly returned to the studio with the Attractions to record his third album, Armed Forces. In contrast to the stripped-down pop and rock of his first two albums, Armed Forces boasted a detailed and textured pop production, but it was hardly lavish. However, the more spacious arrangements -- complete with ringing pianos, echoing reverb, layered guitars, and harmonies -- accent Costello's melodies, making the record more accessible than his first two albums. Perversely, while the sound of Costello's music was becoming more open and welcoming, his songs became more insular and paranoid, even though he cloaked his emotions well. Many of the songs on Armed Forces use politics as a metaphor for personal relationships, particularly fascism, which explains its working title, Emotional Fascism. Occasionally, the lyrics are forced, but the music never is -- the album demonstrates the depth of Costello's compositional talents and how he can move from the hook-laden pop of 'Accidents Will Happen' to the paranoid 'Goon Squad' with ease. Some of the songs, like the light reggae of 'Two Little Hitlers' and the impassioned 'Party Girl,' build on his strengths, while others like the layered 'Oliver's Army' take Costello into new territories. It's a dense but accessible pop record and ranks as his third masterpiece in a row.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

Elvis Costello, guitar, vocals
Steve Nieve, piano, organ, synthesizer
Bruce Thomas, bass
Pete Thomas, drums

Recorded August 1978–September 1978, Eden Studios, London
Engineered by Roger Bechirian
Produced by Nick Lowe

Digitally remastered


Elvis Costello
began working as a professional musician 35 years ago, shortly after the release of his first album, “My Aim Is True”. He has made more than 27 studio records, three live albums and numerous guest appearances on stage, studio and screen as well as working as a record producer, bit-part actor and composing music for television drama and dance performance.

He has toured the world with The Attractions, The Imposters and the pianist, Steve Nieve, performing with symphony and jazz orchestras as well as in solo performance. His catalogue of songs includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach with whom he won a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from their 1998 collaboration, Painted From Memory. Costello’s songs have been recorded by George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and Robert Wyatt.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. His last record was 2010s National Ransom, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Between 2008 and 2010, Costello was the host of twenty episodes of the interview and music show, “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel.

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