Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

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My Aim Is True is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, originally released in July 1977 via Stiff Records.

Elvis Costello was as much a pub rocker as he was a punk rocker and nowhere is that more evident than on his debut, My Aim Is True. It's not just that Clover, a San Franciscan rock outfit led by Huey Lewis (absent here), back him here, not the Attractions; it's that his sensibility is borrowed from the pile-driving rock & roll and folksy introspection of pub rockers like Brinsley Schwarz, adding touches of cult singer/songwriters like Randy Newman and David Ackles.

Then, there's the infusion of pure nastiness and cynical humor, which is pure Costello. That blend of classicist sensibilities and cleverness make this collection of shiny roots rock a punk record - it informs his nervy performances and his prickly songs.

Of all classic punk debuts, this remains perhaps the most idiosyncratic because it's not cathartic in sound, only in spirit. Which, of course, meant that it could play to a broader audience, and Linda Ronstadt did indeed cover the standout ballad "Alison". Still, there's no mistaking this for anything other than a punk record, and it's a terrific one at that, since even if he buries his singer/songwriter inclinations, they shine through as brightly as his cheerfully mean humor and immense musical skill. He sounds as comfortable with a '50s knockoff like "No Dancing" as he does on the reggae-inflected "Less Than Zero".

Costello went on to more ambitious territory fairly quickly, but My Aim Is True is a phenomenal debut, capturing a songwriter and musician whose words were as rich and clever as his music.

The album peaked at #14 on the UK Albums charts and also #32 on the US Billboard 200 and #25 on the Australian Albums charts.

In 1977 Rolling Stone magazine named the album one of the best of the year. In 2003, the TV network VH1 named My Aim Is True the 80th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 168 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2007, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Check out the tracks: “Less Than Zero”; “Alison”; “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” and “Watching The Detectives”.

This 2015 remastered LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, with album digital download and reproduced original artwork is pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Welcome To The Working Week

1:22

A2

Miracle Man

3:31

A3

No Dancing

2:39

A4

Blame It On Cain

2:49

A5

Alison

2:54

A6

Sneaky Feelings

2:09

A7

Watching The Detectives

3:42

B1

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

2:47

B2

Less Than Zero

3:15

B3

Mystery Dance

1:38

B4

Pay It Back

2:33

B5

I’m Not Angry

2:57

B6

Waiting For The End Of The World

3:22

SKU 602547331144
Record Label Universal Music Enterprises
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 0602547331144
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 30 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 22 July 1977
Barcode # 602547331144
Shipping Weight 0.2750kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Reissue, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre New Wave
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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