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On April 23, 2002.

On April 23, 2002, “Island” label released “When I Was Cruel”, the 19th Elvis Costello album. It was recorded 2001-2002, and was produced by Elvis Costello, Ciaran Cahill, Leo Pearson and Kieran Lynch. “When I Was Cruel” was the first album to feature Costello’s new band, The Imposters.


  • Elvis Costello– vocals, guitars, horn arrangements, melodica,  cymbal,  bass, piano, harmonica
  • Steve Nieve– organ, pianet, piano, vibraphone, melodica, filters
  • Davey Faragher– bass, handclaps
  • Pete Thomas– drums, handclaps, percussion, shaker, tambourine
  • Steven Kennedy –backing vocals
  • Leo Pearson – electrictabla on 3, rhythm processor, tambourine, mixing
  • Bill Ware– vibraphone
  • Ku-umba Frank Lacy– trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Curtis Fowlkes– trombone
  • Jay Rodriguez– tenor saxophone
  • Roy Nathanson– alto saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Elvis Costello.

  1. 45
  2. Spooky Girlfriend
  3. Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s a Doll Revolution)
  4. When I Was Cruel No. 2
  5. Soul for Hire
  6. 15 Petals
  7. Tart
  8. Dust 2…
  9. Dissolve
  10. Alibi
  11. …Dust
  12. Daddy Can I Turn This?
  13. My Little Blue Window
  14. Episode of Blonde
  15. Radio Silence



On April 10, 2001.

On April 10, 2001, “Deutsche Grammophon” label released “For the Stars”, album by Anne Sofie von Otter. It was recorded September 2000-January 2001, and was produced by Elvis Costello.


  • Elvis Costello – vocals, baritone guitar, Lowrey organ, bass
  • Anne Sofie Von Otter – vocals
  • Bengt Forsberg – piano, Hammond B-3 organ
  • Michael Blair – vibraphone, bass drum, percussion
  • Bebe Risenfors – clarinet, tenor saxophone, accordion
  • Svante Henryson – celtar, cello, upright bass
  • Mats Schubert – piano, harmonium, Moog bass
  • Steve Nieve- piano, celeste, organ

Track listing:

  1. No Wonder – Elvis Costello
  2. Baby Plays Around – Cait O’Riordan, Declan MacManus
  3. Go Leave – Kate McGarrigle
  4. Rope – Elvis Costello, Fleshquartet
  5. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder) – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher
  6. Broken Bicycles/Junk – Tom Waits, Paul McCartney
  7. The Other Woman – Jessie Mae Robinson
  8. Like an Angel Passing Through My Room – Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
  9. Green Song – Elvis Costello, Svante Henryson
  10. April After All – Ron Sexsmith
  11. You Still Believe in Me – Brian Wilson, Tony Asher
  12. I Want to Vanish – Elvis Costello
  13. For No One – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  14. Shamed Into Love – Declan MacManus, Rubén Blades
  15. Just a Curio – Elvis Costello, Flesh Quartet
  16. This House Is Empty Now – Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello
  17. Take It With Me – Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits
  18. For the Stars – Elvis Costello


In March 1978.

In March 1978, “Radar Records” label released “Jesus of Cool” the debut Nick Lowe solo album. It was recorded 1976-1977, at “Chalk Farm Studios” in London, “Eden Studios”; “Jackson Studios” in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, and “Pathway Studios” in Stoke Newington, and was produced by Nick Lowe. The album cover was designed by Barney Bubbles.


  • Nick Lowe– vocals, bass, guitars, piano
  • Billy Bremner– guitars
  • Dave Edmunds– guitars, vocals
  • John Turnbull– lead guitar
  • John McFee– guitar
  • Andrew Bodnar– bass
  • Norman Watt-Roy– bass
  • Terry Williams– drums
  • Steve Goulding– drums
  • Pete Thomas– drums
  • Charley Charles – drums
  • Bob Andrews– piano, organ
  • Steve Nieve– piano
  • Roger Bechirian– tambourine, backing vocals, organ

Track listing:

All tracks by Nick Lowe except where noted.

  1. Music for Money
  2. I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass – Nick Lowe, Andrew Bodnar, Steve Goulding
  3. Little Hitler – Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds
  4. Shake and Pop
  5. Tonight
  6. So It Goes
  7. No Reason
  8. 36 Inches High – Jim Ford
  9. Marie Provost
  10. Nutted by Reality
  11. Heart of the City

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 September 15, 1986.


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.


  • 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 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