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Elvis Costello Brutal Youth

Release Date: Mar 04, 1994
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

This is a used cd in excellent condition

BRUTAL YOUTH is packaged with a 28-page booklet that includes rare photos and printed song lyrics.
Personnel includes: Elvis Costello (vocals, guitar, piano, bass); Steve Donnelly (guitar); Andy Findon (piccolo); Steve Nieve (piano, harmonium, organ, keyboards); Bruce Thomas, Matt MacManus, Nick Lowe (bass); Pete Thomas (drums, percussion).

Recorded between 1992 and 1996. Originally released on Warner Brothers Records (45535). Includes liner notes by Elvis Costello.
After the rococo indulgences of MIGHTY LIKE A ROSE, Costello decided to return to his roots with BRUTAL YOUTH. Re-uniting with the Attractions, whose quirky, angular sound powered his finest albums, Elvis scaled down the arrangements to a more manageable level and brought his songwriting back to basics as well. The tunes here were the closest he'd come to rock & roll in several years, and there's a feeling of abandon that energizes the proceedings. As in the glory days, Steve Nieve's spindly keyboards provide most of the instrumental color as Elvis sings his spleen out on hard-hitting tunes like "Kinder Murder" and "13 Steps Lead Down." The black humor of "This is Hell" recalls the career-peak songwriting of Costello's SPIKE days, and the British Invasion-style raveup "Just About Glad" steals the show while exposing Costello's '60s influences.
This is a bracing set, picking up as if eight years hadn't even passed since their previous outing (BLOOD & CHOCOLATE). Now expanded to a two- disc set, it's rich with alternate or early versions, a couple previously released B-sides (including the brilliant "Life Shrinks"). The version of "Favourite Hour" (the song from which came the album's title) recorded at an earlier session shows it to be brilliantly close to Procol Harum. While the formative takes offer some potent glimpses of the arrangement process, the officially released versions are a testament to Costello knowing what he was after. In addition, his liner notes are revealing and--not surprisingly--very well written.


Editorial reviews
Ranked #31 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Village Voice (02/28/1995)

3 Stars - Good - ...yet another avalanche of wordplay and woodshedding, of lyrics rushing into each other and instruments vying for musical space....
Rolling Stone (03/24/1994)

...a return to Mr. Costello's earliest, rawest method of record making....Brutal Youth consists of skillful, enjoyable songs...what increases their worth is the slashing interplay between his vocal performances and the blasting noise of the Attractions...
New York Times (03/13/1994)

...he refines and clarifies his art by focusing sharply on what he does best--boring through the thicket of human interactions with lacerating wit and a musical attack to match...From start to finish, BRUTAL YOUTH reveals an artist fully in control....This Elvis, I'm pleased to note, has not left the building...
Stereo Review (07/01/1994)

...a long hoped-for return to form...
Audio Magazine (06/01/1994)

...this is an emotional whirlwind, a disciplined stab at perfection of form, a jaded howl of unabated anguish and a bloody good beat record....
Melody Maker (02/26/1994)

...For those alienated by his C&W and classical forays, this is a reminder of the black-hearted virtuoisty they fell for in the forst place. - Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly (02/22/2002)

...[Elvis] alone can answer whether it was the return of the Attractions which got his bark biting again, or simply their proximity. Either way, it reminds us why we loved him in the first place and he still hates us in return....
Alternative Press (04/01/1994)

Elvis Costello Imperial Room

Release Date: Aug 30, 1994
Record Label: Rykodisc USA

Great 1987 Columbia CD in MINT condition

Full performer name: Elvis Costello & The Attractions.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Elvis Costello (vocals, guitar); Steve Nieve (accordion, keyboards); Bruce Thomas (bass); Pete Thomas (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Air Studios, London, England. Includes liner notes by Elvis Costello.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Elvis clearly had a lot to get off his chest on this album dealing with emotional turmoil. While much of its lyrical brilliance deals with his thoughts, a small percentage slipped through with which we mortals could empathize. Now, having shown us he can tackle humour, politics and romance like no other, Imperial Bedroom was his most substantial album, as the issues covered will always be relevant and important. Chris Difford pitched in with one composition, `Boy With A Problem'; perhaps Elvis found it too painful to write so directly about himself? Every track is powerful, simply read the lyrics. A gigantic record.


Editorial reviews
Ranked #38 in Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums Of The 80s survey.
Rolling Stone Magazine (11/01/1989)

5 Stars - Indispensable - ...Costello's masterpiece. Rich in musical styles, baroque, Beatlesque and unstoppable...the most endlessly rewarding of all Costello's albums...
Q Magazine (11/01/1994)

Ranked #41 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
New Musical Express (09/25/1993)

Ranked #38 in Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums Of The 80s survey. Q Magazine (11/94, p.136) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - ...Costello's masterpiece. Rich in musical styles, baroque, Beatlesque and unstoppable...the most endlessly rewarding of all Costello's albums...New Musical Express (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #41 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.
Rolling Stone (11/01/1989)

Ranked #38 in Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums Of The 80s survey. Q Magazine (11/94, p.136) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - ...Costello's masterpiece. Rich in musical styles, baroque, Beatlesque and unstoppable...the most endlessly rewarding of all Costello's albums...New Musical Express (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #41 in NME's list of The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.Uncut (01/03, p.138) - 5 stars out of 5 - ...It's baroque majesty still thrills....Elegant, expansive, knotted with concealed emotional conflict, exciting, beautiful...
Rolling Stone (11/01/1989)

Elvis Costello Mighty Like A Rose

Released: May 14, 1991
Label: Warner Bros. Records

This is a used cd in excellent condition

Personnel: Elvis Costello (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Jim Keltner (vocals, percussion); Richard Page, Steve Soles, Steve George (vocals); Marc Ribot (guitar, banjo, cornet, Eb horn); James Burton (guitar); Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet); Richard Morgan (oboe); Andrew Findon (flute); Simon Rayner (French horn); Neil Levesly (bassoon); Roger Lewis (baritone saxophone); Ross MacManus (trumpet); Charles Joseph (trombone); Kird Joseph (sousaphone); Benmont Tench (tack piano); Mitchell Froom, Larry Knetchel (keyboards); T-Bone Wolk, Jerry Scheff, Nick Lowe, Rob Wasserman (bass); Pete Thomas (drums, percussion); Jenell Marshall, Lionel Batiste (snare & parade drum).
Producers: Mitchell Froom, Kevin Killen, D.P.A. MacManus.
Recorded at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California and Westside Studios, London, England.
By the early '90s, Elvis Costello had forgotten more about songcraft and record production than most musicians would ever learn, earning him titles like "modern-day Gershwin."  MIGHTY LIKE A ROSE is where he starts showing off his smarts.  It's far and away Elvis' most elaborate effort, both in terms of composition and arrangement, making his collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet sound like a Ramones album.  Aided by Mitchell Froom and innovative guitarist Marc Ribot, Costello turns out arty, harmonically sophisticated tunes that never go where you expect them to, either musically or lyrically.  Ironically, it's the simplest tunes on what could fairly be called Costello's SERGEANT PEPPER that make the most impact, like the very Leonard Cohen-ish "After the Fall" and the elegant melancholy of the McCartney collaboration "So Like Candy."

Editorial reviews

5 Stars - Indispensable ..unleashes the barking mad but inspired Costello of TRUST, IMPERIAL BEDROOM and BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, where the chainsaw slashes through dictionary and the tunes pile on pastiche and parody...Bitter and twisted...inventive music with cryptic meanings...Classic Costello, perhaps even his best yet.. One of Q Magazine's 50 best albums of 1991. Musician (5/91) ...probably his best album in years...A significant move forward for Costello...sprawling and dense musically and lyrically, it at once contains Costello's punchiest melodies since ARMED FORCES and some of his most convoluted ever..
Q Magazine  (06/01/1991)

3.5 Stars - Good plus - ...contains some of the finest individual songs he's recorded...complex, well-crafted pop music...
Down Beat  (06/01/1991)

5 Stars - Indispensable ..unleashes the barking mad but inspired Costello of TRUST, IMPERIAL BEDROOM and BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, where the chainsaw slashes through dictionary and the tunes pile on pastiche and parody...Bitter and twisted...inventive music with cryptic meanings...Classic Costello, perhaps even his best yet..One of Q Magazine's 50 best albums of 1991.Musician (5/91) ...probably his best album in years...A significant move forward for Costello...sprawling and dense musically and lyrically, it at once contains Costello's punchiest melodies since ARMED FORCES and some of his most convoluted ever..Down Beat (6/91) - 3.5 Stars - Good plus - ...contains some of the finest individual songs he's recorded...complex, well-crafted pop music...
Q Magazine  (06/01/1991)

5 Stars - Indispensable ..unleashes the barking mad but inspired Costello of TRUST, IMPERIAL BEDROOM and BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE, where the chainsaw slashes through dictionary and the tunes pile on pastiche and parody...Bitter and twisted...inventive music with cryptic meanings...Classic Costello, perhaps even his best yet..Mojo (12/02, p.126) - ...A very fine record...One of Q Magazine's 50 best albums of 1991.Musician (5/91) ...probably his best album in years...A significant move forward for Costello...sprawling and dense musically and lyrically, it at once contains Costello's punchiest melodies since ARMED FORCES and some of his most convoluted ever..Down Beat (6/91) - 3.5 Stars - Good plus - ...contains some of the finest individual songs he's recorded...complex, well-crafted pop music...
Q Magazine  (06/01/1991)


1. Other Side Of Summer, The
2. Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)
3. How To Be Dumb
4. All Grown Up
5. Invasion Hit Parade
6. Harpies Bizarre
7. After The Fall
8. Georgie And Her Rival
9. So Like Candy
10. Interlude: Couldn't Call It Unexpected No.2
11. Playboy To A Man
12. Sweet Pear
13. Broken
14. Couldn't Call It Unexpected Number 4

Elvis Costello Punch the Clock

Released: Mar 07, 1995
Label: Rykodisc USA

Full performer name: Elvis Costello & The Attractions.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Elvis Costello (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Steve Nieves (piano, organ, keyboards); Bruce Thomas (electric bass); Pete Thomas (drums).
TKO Horns: Jeff Blythe (alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Paul Speare (tenor saxophone, flute); Dave Plews (trumpet); Jim Paterson (trombone).
Additional personnel: Stuart Robson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chet Baker (trumpet); Morris Pert (percussion); Claudia Fontaine, Caron Wheeler (background vocals).
Producers: Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello.
Principally recorded at AIR Studios, London, England in 1983.  Originally released on Columbia (38897).  Includes liner notes by Elvis Costello.
PUNCH THE CLOCK is Costello's most commercial, accessible pop album.  Producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley had brought chart success to other early-'80s Brits like Madness, and they endeavored to do the same with Elvis.  While an artiste like Costello proved not as easily malleable as their other clients, he was willing to meet his producers in the middle.  The results, while markedly slicker than any other EC album, are far from overblown or saccharine.  The arrangements add a bright pop sheen to R&B-influenced tracks like "Everyday I Write the Book" (the greatest song Smokey Robinson never wrote) and the bouncy, horn-driven "Let Them All Talk."  Tunes such as "Pills and Soap" and "Shipbuilding" showcase Elvis at his most socio-political, with cutting lyrics that skewer their subjects, and gorgeous, elegant melodies that belie the songs' ominous nature.

Editorial reviews
3 Stars (out of 5) - ...reflects the reluctant labour of its title and features a crisp pop soul production provided by early '80s favourites Langer/Winstanley which attempts to polish a set of overwroughtly arranged and generally hook-free Costello compositions...
Q Magazine  (05/01/1995)

 

Track listing

1. Let Them All Talk
2. Everyday I Write The Book
3. Greatest Thing, The
4. Element Within Her, The
5. Love Went Mad
6. Shipbuilding
7. TKO (Boxing Day)
8. Charm School
9. Invisible Man, The
10. Mouth Almighty
11. King Of Thieves
12. Pills And Soap
13. World And His Wife, The
14. Heathen Town
15. Flirting Kind, The
16. Walking On Thin Ice
17. Town Where Time Stood Still
18. Shatterproof
19. World And His Wife, The - (live)
20. Everyday I Write The Book - (live)