Nick Lowe's assured production kept the delivery crisp and disciplined, but live and vital, on a record that enhanced Costello’s reputation for depth behind the vitriol.
The new edition sees the album explored across nine pieces of vinyl, including 3 12-inch LPs, 3 10-inch LPs and 3 7-inch singles.
As the world mourned The King, a new Elvis came along, with the breakthrough Costello single 'Watching The Detectives.'
The most adventurous track of the ‘Armed Forces’ album, ‘Green Shirt’ delivered sensory overload and captured the album’s paranoid tone.
'Armed Forces' is explored across nine pieces of vinyl including a new 2020 remaster of the album, B-sides, alternate versions and outtakes, demos and more.
Few songwriters have covered as much ground as this shape-shifting artist has in the past four decades, as the best Elvis Costello songs show.
'My Aim Is True' was a confident opening statement by a 23-year-old with opinions to burn.
The recording of the song featured on 'Get Happy!!' was actually Costello's solo demo, on which he played all the instruments.
Costello’s live version of Nick Lowe's classic song appeared on the 2012 box set 'Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook.'
The song was most singles buyers' introduction to Difford and Tilbrook's twin-octave split vocals, Glenn’s superb ear for melody and Chris’ razor-sharp lyrics.
'Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young' was a 1955 No. 1 in Faron's incredible chart catalogue.
With his debut LP My Aim Is True still on the American album chart, Elvis Costello's 'This Year's Model' joined it there on 15 April 1978.
Each included tracks from the late-1970s era when Costello and Blondie did friendly chart battle in the UK bestsellers.
The English master has been describing how Johnny and June Carter Cash visited him and ex-wife Carlene Carter, when they lived in Shepherd's Bush.
Costello's soul schooling showed itself as never before on this fourth album, and third with the Attractions.