On May 14, 1996.

All this useless beauty

On May 14, 1996, “Warner Bros” label released “All This Useless Beauty”, the seventeenth Elvis Costello studio album. It was recorded 1990 – 1995, and was produced by Geoff Emerick and Elvis Costello. It was Costello’s final album with his backing band “The Attractions”.


  • Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus)  – vocals, guitars, bass, piano, other instruments
  • Steve Nieve– piano, keyboards, drum programming
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • Pete Thomas– drums, percussion, acoustic guitar
  • Peter Whyman –bass clarinet
  • Roy Babbington– double bass
  • Brodsky Quartet– string quartet
  • Ruth Causey –clarinet
  • Brian Eno– gadgets
  • The Fairfield Four– vocals
  • Larry Knechtel– piano
  • Matt MacManus –Fender bass, drum loop
  • Danny Goffey – drums
  • Ned Douglas – sample control

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

  1. The Other End of the Telescope – Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann
  2. Little Atoms
  3. All This Useless Beauty
  4. Complicated Shadows
  5. Why Can’t a Man Stand Alone?
  6. Distorted Angel
  7. Shallow Grave – Matt MacManus, Paul McCartney
  8. Poor Fractured Atlas
  9. Starting to Come to Me
  10. You Bowed Down
  11. It’s Time
  12. I Want to Vanish

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