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On January 1, 1972.

On January 1, 1972, “CBS” label released “Orange”, the fourth Al Stewart album. It was recorded in September 1971, at “Trident Studios” in London, and was produced by John Anthony.

Personnel:

  • Al Stewart – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Rick Wakeman– keyboards
  • Tim Renwick– guitar
  • Bob Andrews– keyboards
  • Cal Batchelor – guitar
  • John Donnelly – background vocals
  • Graham Hunt – drums
  • Brian Odgers – bass
  • Roger Pope – drums
  • Kevin Powers – background vocals
  • Brinsley Schwarz– guitar
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • Tim Walker – Spanish guitar
  • Mick Welton – background vocals
  • John Wilson– drums
  • David Hentschel– engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Al Stewart, except where noted.

  • You Don’t Even Know Me
  • Amsterdam
  • Songs Out of Clay
  • The News from Spain
  • I Don’t Believe You – Bob Dylan
  • Once an Orange, Always an Orange
  • I’m Falling
  • Night of the 4th of May

On October 23, 1981.

almost_blue

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. The album consist entirely of country covers, including tracks originally written by Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Gram Parsons. Album cover was an homage to the 1963 “Blue Note” album “Midnight Blue” by Kenny Burrell, and was designed by Barney Bubbles.

Personnel:

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

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

 

On September 15, 1986.

blood-and-cho

On September 15, 1986, “Demon” label released “Blood & Chocolate”, the eleventh Elvis Costello studio album. It was recorded March – May 1986, and was produced by Nick Lowe and Colin Fairley.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello– electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals,  harmonium,  tambourine, bellows, canes, knives, bass, Vox Continental electric organ
  • Steve Nieve– piano, organ, harmonium
  • Bruce Thomas– bass, electric guitar, saxophone
  • Pete Thomas– drums, alto saxophone
  • Nick Lowe– acoustic guitar
  • Cait O’Riordan– vocals
  • Jimmy Cliff– vocals
  • Mitchell Froom– organ
  • Tom “T-Bone” Wolk– electric guitar, bass
  • Mickey Curry– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Declan MacManus (Elvis Costello), except where noted.

  1. Uncomplicated
  2. I Hope You’re Happy Now
  3. Tokyo Storm Warning – Declan MacManus, Cait O’Riordan
  4. Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
  5. I Want You
  6. Honey, Are You Straight or Are You Blind?
  7. Blue Chair
  8. Battered Old Bird
  9. Crimes of Paris
  10. Poor Napoleon
  11. Next Time Round

 

On September 8, 1992.

99-9f

On September 8, 1992, “A&M” label released “99.9F°” (Ninety-Nine Point Nine Fahrenheit Degrees), the fourth Suzanne Vega album. It was recorded in 1992, at “Dreamland” in Bearsville, “The Magic Shop “in New York City, and “Sunset Sound Factory” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Mitchell Froom.

Personnel:

  • Suzanne Vega– vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jerry Marotta– drums, percussion
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • David Hidalgo– electric guitar
  • Mitchell Froom– keyboards, string arrangement
  • Tchad Blake– engineering, mixing, electric guitar
  • Richard Pleasance– electric guitar
  • Michael Visceglia– fretless bass
  • Marc Shulman– bouzouki
  • Jerry Scheff– acoustic bass
  • Greg Smith– baritone sax
  • Richard Thompson– guitar solo
  • Sid Page– 1st violin
  • Joel Derouin– 2nd violin
  • Maria Newman– viola
  • Larry Corbett– cello
  • Suzie Katayana– copyist

Track listing:

All tracks by Suzanne Vega, except where noted.

  1. Rock in This Pocket (Song of David)
  2. Blood makes Noise
  3. In Liverpool
  4. 9F°
  5. Blood Sings
  6. Fat Man and Dancing Girl – Suzanne Vega, Mitchell Froom
  7. (If You Were) In My Movie
  8. As a Child
  9. Bad Wisdom
  10. When Heroes Go Down
  11. As Girls Go
  12. Song of Sand

 

On August 5, 1983.

Punch the Clock

On August 5, 1983, “F-Beat” label released “Punch the Clock”, eighth Elvis Costello album, his seventh with the Attractions. It was recorded January – April 1983, and was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, assisted by Gavin Greenaway and Colin Fairley. In 2013, “NME” magazine ranked the album at number 345 in its list of “The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello vocals, guitars, synclavier and casiotone
  • Steve Nieve– piano, emulator, Fairlight CMI, Vox organ, Hammond organ, synclavier
  • Bruce Thomas– electric wal bass guitar
  • Pete Thomas– drums, cymbals
  • Jim Paterson – trombone
  • Jeff Blythe – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet
  • Paul Speare– tenor saxophone, flute
  • Dave Plews – trumpet
  • Stewart Robson– trumpet & flugelhorn
  • Afrodiziak(Caron Wheeler and Claudia Fontaine) – backing vocals
  • Chet Baker– trumpet
  • David Bedford– string arrangements
  • Morris Pert– percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

  1. Let Them All Talk
  2. Everyday I Write the Book
  3. The Greatest Thing
  4. The Element Within Her
  5. Love Went Mad
  6. Shipbuilding – Clive Langer, Elvis Costello
  7. K.O. (Boxing Day)
  8. Charm School
  9. The Invisible Man
  10. Mouth Almighty
  11. King of Thieves
  12. Pills and Soap
  13. The World and His Wife

On July 2, 1982.

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On July 2, 1982, “F-Beat” label released “Imperial Bedroom”, the seventh Elvis Costello album. It was his second album with his backing band The Attractions. It was recorded in 1982, at “AIR Recording Studios” in London, and was produced by Geoff Emerick. In 1998, “Q” magazine ranked the album at number 96 on its list of the “Greatest Albums Ever”. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Imperial Bedroom” at number 166 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitar, piano
  • Steve Nieve– piano, organ, harpsichord, accordion, guitar, orchestrations
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • Pete Thomas– drums

All tracks by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

  1. Beyond Belief
  2. Tears Before Bedtime
  3. Shabby Doll
  4. The Long Honeymoon
  5. Man Out of Time
  6. Almost Blue
  7. And in Every Home
  8. The Loved Ones
  9. Human Hands
  10. Kid About It
  11. Little Savage
  12. Boy with a Problem – music by Elvis Costello, lyrics by Chris Difford, and Elvis Costello:
  13. Pidgin English
  14. You Little Fool
  15. Town Cryer

On June 18, 1984.

Goodbye Cruel World

On June 18, 1984, “F-Beat Records” label released “Goodbye Cruel World”, the ninth Elvis Costello album overall and the eighth with The Attractions. It was recorded in February 1984, at “Sarm West Studios” in London, and was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitars
  • Steve Nieve– keyboards
  • Bruce Thomas– bass guitar
  • Pete Thomas– drums
  • Gary Barnacle– saxophones
  • Jim Paterson –trombone
  • Luis Jardim– percussion
  • Daryl Hall– vocals
  • Green Gartside– vocal

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello, except where noted.

  1. The Only Flame in Town
  2. Home Truth
  3. Room with No Number
  4. Inch By Inch
  5. Worthless Thing
  6. Love Field
  7. I Wanna Be Loved – Farnell Jenkins
  8. The Comedians
  9. Joe Porterhouse
  10. Sour Milk-Cow Blues
  11. The Great Unknown – Elvis Costello,Clive Langer
  12. The Deportees Club
  13. Peace in Our Time

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”.

Personnel:

  • 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

On March 17, 1978.

This Years Model

On March 17, 1978, “Radar” label released “This Year’s Model”, the second Elvis Costello album and the first one with the Attractions. It was recorded in 1978, at “Eden Studios” in London, and was produced by Nick Lowe. “This Year’s Model” was voted the “Best album of the year” in the “Village Voice Pazz & Jop”critics poll. In 2000, magazine “Q” rated the album at number 82 in its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”. In 2003, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked the album at number 98 on it’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitar
  • Steve Nieve– piano, organ
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • Pete Thomas– drums
  • Mick Jones – lead guitar

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello.

  1. No Action
  2. This Year’s Girl
  3. The Beat
  4. Pump It Up
  5. Little Triggers
  6. You Belong to Me
  7. Hand in Hand
  8. (I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea
  9. Lip Service
  10. Living in Paradise
  11. Lipstick Vogue
  12. Night Rally

On March 8, 1994.

Brutal youth

On March 8, 1994, “Warner Bros” label released “Brutal Youth”, album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was recorded  December 1992 – February 1994, at “The Sound Factory” in Hollywood, and was produced by Mitchell Froom.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Costello– guitar, vocals, piano, bass
  • Steve Nieve– organ, piano, harmonium
  • Bruce Thomas– bass
  • Pete Thomas– drums, percussion
  • Nick Lowe– bass

Track listing:

All tracks by Declan MacManus.

  1. Pony St.
  2. Kinder Murder
  3. 13 Steps Lead Down
  4. This Is Hell
  5. Clown Strike
  6. You Tripped at Every Step
  7. Still Too Soon to Know
  8. 20% Amnesia
  9. Sulky Girl
  10. London’s Brilliant Parade
  11. My Science Fiction Twin
  12. Rocking Horse Road
  13. Just About Glad
  14. All the Rage
  15. Favourite Hour