On October 23, 1981.


On October 23, 1981, “F-Beat” label released “Almost Blue”, the sixth Elvis Costello album. It was recorded in May 1981, in Nashville, and was produced by Billy Sherrill.  Album cover was an homage to the 1963 “Blue Note” album “Midnight Blue” by Kenny Burrell.


  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitar
  • John McFee– lead and pedal steel guitar
  • Steve Nieve– piano, organ
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • Pete Thomas– drums
  • Barney Bubbles – design

Track listing:

  1. Sweet Dreams – Don Gibson
  2. Success – Johnny Mullins
  3. I’m Your Toy – Gram Parsons, Chris Ethridge
  4. Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down – Merle Haggard
  5. Brown to Blue – George Jones, Virginia Franks, Country Johnny Mathis
  6. Good Year for the Roses – Jerry Chesnut
  7. Sittin’ and Thinkin – Charlie Rich
  8. Colour of the Blues – Lawton Williams, George Jones
  9. Too Far Gone – Billy Sherrill
  10. Honey Hush – Lou Willie Turner
  11. How Much I’ve Lied – Gram Parsons, Pam Rifkin

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