So I had a chance to see one of my hero’s last night at the Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville, and ever since his music has been getting non-stop spin. So I tought now would be a good time for a Top 5 Elvis Costello cds. I will get to a show write up in the next day or two.
If you are interested at all in his music I recommend that you track down the 2 disc reissues put out by Rhino Records a few years ago, as they have some great bonus material. The new reissues put out by Hippo are very sub par.
- Elvis Costello & The Attractions – This Years Model ( Loaded with great songs from start to finish, the album has always stuck with me. Highlights: “Lipstick Vogue”, “(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea”, “No Action” )
- Elvis Costello – Brutal Youth (I used to have a t-shirt with the cover of this album on it, I have since lost it. But I love this record, it is more of an acoustic cd, but has some of his best songs. Highlights: “Kinder Murder”, “London’s Brilliant Parade”, “Pony St.” )
- Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory (Simply stunning cd. A really moody, sad record that Elvis and Burt wrote the arrangements together. Elvis does some of his best singing on this disc. Highlights: “This House Is Empty Now”, “Toledo”, “What’s Her Name Today?” )
- Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Armed Forces (I remember hearing this disc for the first time and being blown away by “Accidents Will Happen”. Another in the line of his early discs that is solid from start to finish. Highlights: “Green Shirt”, “Accidents Will Happen”, “Big Boys” )
- Elvis Costello – When I Was Cruel (This album came out in 2002 and stood as his return to rocking out. Having some of his hardest hitting songs, and some great songs that ventured off in a different direction. Highlights: “45”, “Daddy Can I Turn This ?”, “When I Was Cruel No. 2” )