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Armed Forces (Super Deluxe Edition)

ELVIS COSTELLO

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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 /TiVo

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1
Accidents Will Happen (Remastered 2020)
00:03:01

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

2
Senior Service (Remastered 2020)
00:02:17

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

3
Oliver's Army (Remastered 2020)
00:02:59

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

4
Big Boys (Remastered 2020)
00:02:56

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

5
Green Shirt (Remastered 2020)
00:02:42

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

6
Party Girl (Remastered 2020)
00:03:22

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

7
Goon Squad (Remastered 2020)
00:03:14

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

8
Busy Bodies (Remastered 2020)
00:03:34

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

9
Sunday's Best (Remastered 2020)
00:03:21

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

10
Moods For Moderns (Remastered 2020)
00:02:49

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

11
Chemistry Class (Remastered 2020)
00:02:58

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

12
Two Little Hitlers (Remastered 2020)
00:03:12

Nick Lowe, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

13
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (Remastered 2020)
00:03:31

Nick Lowe, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

DISC 2

1
Clean Money
00:01:59

Nick Lowe, Producer - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1980 Elvis Costello

2
Talking In The Dark
00:01:57

Nick Lowe, Producer - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2002 Elvis Costello

3
Wednesday Week
00:02:04

Nick Lowe, Producer - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1980 Elvis Costello

4
Tiny Steps
00:02:43

Nick Lowe, Producer - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1980 Elvis Costello

5
Crawling To The U.S.A.
00:02:55

Nick Lowe, Producer - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Elvis Costello

6
Big Boys (Alternate Version)
00:02:54

Nick Lowe, Producer - ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2002 Elvis Costello

7
Green Shirt (Demo Version)
00:02:21

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Bechirian, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2001 Elvis Costello

8
My Funny Valentine
00:01:32

Nick Lowe, Producer - Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - ELVIS COSTELLO, MainArtist

℗ 1979 Elvis Costello

DISC 3

1
Goon Squad (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:02:51

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

2
B-Movie (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:02:29

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

3
Green Shirt (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:02:49

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

4
I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:03:57

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

5
Opportunity (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:02:33

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

6
So Young (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:03:35

Joe Camilleri, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Burstin, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist - Tony Faehse, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

7
High Fidelity (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:03:27

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

8
Lipstick Vogue (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:04:10

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

9
Watching The Detectives (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:06:02

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

10
Big Boys (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:02:29

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

11
Pump It Up (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:05:19

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

12
You Belong To Me (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:03:46

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

13
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding? (Live At Pinkpop, 1979)
00:03:43

Nick Lowe, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

DISC 4

1
Accidents Will Happen (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:03:29

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Elvis Costello

2
Mystery Dance (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:02:02

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Elvis Costello

3
Goon Squad (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:03:49

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Elvis Costello

4
Party Girl (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:02:56

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Elvis Costello

5
Stranger In The House (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:04:01

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 1978 Elvis Costello

6
Alison (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:03:05

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Elvis Costello

7
Lipstick Vogue (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:04:18

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Elvis Costello

8
Watching The Detectives (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:05:59

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Elvis Costello

9
You Belong To Me (Live At Hollywood High, 1978)
00:02:38

Nick Lowe, Producer - Pete Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Nieve, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bruce Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2010 Elvis Costello

10
Chemistry Class (Live)
00:02:43

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2008 Elvis Costello

DISC 5

1
Oliver's Army (Live At The Regent Theatre, 1978)
00:03:28

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

2
Waiting For The End Of The World (Live At The Regent Theatre, 1978)
00:04:38

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

3
Big Boys (Live At The Regent Theatre, 1978)
00:02:50

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

4
This Year’s Girl (Live At The Regent Theatre, 1978)
00:03:24

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

5
You Belong To Me (Live At The Regent Theatre, 1978)
00:04:55

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

6
Pump It Up (Live At The Regent Theatre, 1978)
00:05:46

ELVIS COSTELLO, ComposerLyricist - Elvis Costello & The Attractions, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Elvis Costello

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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