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In May 1984.

In May 1984, “F-Beat” label released “Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit”, the fifth Nick Lowe studio album. It was recorded in January 1984, at “Ampro Studios” in Shepherds Bush, “Riverside Studios” in Chiswick, “Eden Studios”, “Acton Boathouse Studios” in Twickenham, and was produced by Nick Lowe, Colin Fairley, Paul Bass and Elvis Costello.


  • Nick Lowe- vocals, bass guitar, guitar
  • Martin Belmont- guitar
  • Paul Carrack- keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bobby Irwin – drums, backing vocals
  • Billy Bremner- guitar
  • Bobby Valentino- fiddle
  • TKO Horns- Jeff Blythe – saxophone; Jimmy Paterson – trombone; Dave Plews – trumpet; Paul Speare – saxophone
  • Colin Phillips, Tony Phillips, Chris Ludwinski – engineering assistant
  • String Arrangements by Robert Kirby– string arrangements
  • Elvis Costello– horn arrangements

Track listing:

All tracks by Nick Lowe except where noted.

  1. Half a Boy and Half a Man
  2. Breakaway – Tom Springfield
  3. You’ll Never Get Me Up in One of Those – Mickey Jupp
  4. Love Like a Glove – Carlene Carter, James Eller
  5. The Gee and The Rick and The Three Card Trick
  6. (Hey Big Mouth) Stand Up and Say That
  7. Awesome – Nick Lowe, Profile
  8. God’s Gift to Women
  9. Maureen
  10. A.F.S.
  11. Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young – Joe Allison



In February 1982.


In February 1982, “F-Beat” label released “Nick the Knife”, the third Nick Lowe album. It was recorded in 1981, and was produced by Nick Lowe. This was the only Lowe’s album with no covers.


  • Nick Lowe – vocals, bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Bobby Irwin – drums, backing vocals
  • Terry Williams– drums
  • Billy Bremner– guitars
  • Martin Belmont– guitars
  • Aldo Bocca – guitars, drums, engineer
  • Neill King – piano and Hammond organ, audio grip
  • Carlene Carter– piano and Hammond organ
  • Steve Nieve– piano and Hammond organ
  • Ben Barson – piano and Hammond organ
  • Paul Carrack– piano and Hammond organ
  • James Eller – bass

Track listing:

All tracks by Nick Lowe except where noted.

  1. Burning
  2. Heart – Nick Lowe,Rockpile
  3. Stick It Where the Sun Don’t Shine
  4. Queen of Sheba
  5. My Heart Hurts – Nick Lowe,Carlene Carter
  6. Couldn’t Love You (Any More Than I Do)
  7. Let Me Kiss Ya
  8. Too Many Teardrops – Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter
  9. Ba Doom
  10. Raining Raining
  11. One’s Too Many (And a Hundred Ain’t Enough) – Nick Lowe,Kim Wilson
  12. Zulu Kiss – Nick Lowe, J.E. Ceiling

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. 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.


  • 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 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”.


  • 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.


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”.


  • 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 February 21, 1986.

King of America

On February 21, 1986, “F-Beat” label released “King of America”, the tenth Elvis Costello studio album. “King of America” was recorded in 1985 and 1986, at “Ocean Way” and “Sunset Sound & Sound Factory Studio”, and was produced by J. Henry (T-Bone) Burnett and Declan MacManus.

  • Elvis Costello – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, lead vocal
  • T-Bone Burnett- guitars, backing vocals
  • Mitchell Froom– Hammond organ, harpsichord, organ, doctored piano
  • Tom “T-Bone” Wolk– electric guitar, piano accordion, electric bass
  • Jerry Scheff– string bass, electric bass
  • Mickey Curry– brushes, drums, sticks
  • Michael Blair –marimba
  • James Burton– electric guitar, Dobro, acoustic guitar
  • Tom Canning– piano
  • Ralph Carney- saxophone
  • Jim Keltner– sticks, drums, brushes
  • Earl Palmer– brushes, drums
  • Ron Tutt– brushes, drums
  • Ray Brown– double bass
  • David Hidalgo– harmony vocal
  • Jo-El Sonnier– French accordion
  • Steve Nieve– piano, Hammond organ
  • Bruce Thomas– electric bass
  • Pete Thomas– sticks, drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Declan MacManus except where noted.

  1. Brilliant Mistake
  2. Lovable – Declan MacManus and Cait O’Riordan
  3. Our Little Angel
  4. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus and Gloria Caldwell
  5. Glitter Gulch
  6. Indoor Fireworks
  7. Little Palaces
  8. I’ll Wear It Proudly
  9. American Without Tears
  10. Eisenhower Blues – B. Lenoir
  11. Poisoned Rose
  12. The Big Light
  13. Jack of All Parades
  14. Suit of Lights
  15. Sleep of the Just

On February 15, 1980.


On February 15, 1980, “F-Beat” label released “Get Happy!!”, the fourth Elvis Costello album, third one with the Attractions. It was recorded in October 1979, and was produced by Nick Lowe. Album sleeve was designed by “F-Beat” art director Barney Bubbles. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Get Happy” at number 11 of its list of the “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”. In 2012, “Slant”  magazine ranked the album at number 68 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s.


  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitar, organ, all instruments on “New Amsterdam”
  • Steve Nieve– piano, organ
  • Bruce Thomas– bass, harmonica
  • Pete Thomas– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello except where noted.

  1. Love for Tender
  2. Opportunity
  3. The Imposter
  4. Secondary Modern
  5. King Horse
  6. Possession
  7. Man Called Uncle
  8. Clowntime Is Over
  9. New Amsterdam
  10. High Fidelity
  11. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down – Homer Banks, Allen Jones
  12. Black & White World
  13. 5ive Gears in Reverse
  14. B Movie
  15. Motel Matches
  16. Human Touch
  17. Beaten to the Punch
  18. Temptation
  19. I Stand Accused – Tony Colton, Ray Smith
  20. Riot Act