My Aim Is True (CD)


Elvis Costello

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Michael Keefe 06/15/2010

It's difficult to imagine now, but Elvis Costello's phenomenal debut album, My Aim Is True, was originally intended as demos for fellow ersatz pub rocker Nick Lowe. Instead, once Costello and his temporary backing band, The Clovers, had captured these songs to tape, it was clear that they needed to be issued by their creator. Thus, the launching of one of music's most rewarding careers. Without the harder edged playing of Costello's future comrades, The Attractions, the music of My Aim Is True has a lighter bounce and more straightforward feel, but it's none the worse for it. At the dawning of the punk and new wave era, Elvis hadn't fully wound himself up into his angry young man stage. Still, his satirical bite bubbles up plenty throughout songs like swinging, mid-tempo rocker "Blame It on Cain," the adrenaline-fueled "Mystery Dance," and, of course, "I'm Not Angry" (actually, he is). While these album cuts would be good enough to make most debuts worth buying, Costello had some bona fide singles to offer, too. Neither the blue-eyed soul of "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" or the timeless ballad "Allison" made the charts at the time, but both are classics of the Costello canon. Added onto the US version of the LP, the poppy and syncopative "Watching the Detectives" became Costello's first hit (and first single with The Attractions). Top 40 in both America and England, My Aim Is True marked the terrific beginning to Elvis Costello's remarkable discography.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Welcome to the Working Week
Elvis Costello 01:23
2.
Miracle Man
Elvis Costello 03:33
3.
No Dancing
Elvis Costello 02:43
4.
Blame It on Cain
Elvis Costello 02:53
5.
Alison
Elvis Costello 03:25
6.
Sneaky Feelings
Elvis Costello 02:12
7.
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Elvis Costello 02:49
8.
Less Than Zero
Elvis Costello 03:18
9.
Mystery Dance
Elvis Costello 01:37
10.
Pay It Back
Elvis Costello 02:36
11.
I'm Not Angry
Elvis Costello 03:02
12.
Waiting for the End of the World
Elvis Costello 03:26
13.
Watching the Detectives
Elvis Costello 03:45


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
No Action (Early Version)
Elvis Costello 02:15
2.
Living in Paradise (Early Version)
Elvis Costello 03:00
3.
Radio Sweetheart
Elvis Costello 02:31
4.
Stranger in the House
Elvis Costello 03:04
5.
I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself (Live)
Elvis Costello 02:27
6.
Less Than Zero ("Dallas Version")
Elvis Costello 04:19
7.
Imagination (Is a Powerful Deceiver)
Elvis Costello 03:39
8.
Mystery Dance (Honky Tonk Demo)
Elvis Costello 02:15
9.
Cheap Reward (Honky Tonk Demo)
Elvis Costello 02:18
10.
Jump Up (Honky Tonk Demo)
Elvis Costello 02:09
11.
Wave a White Flag (Honky Tonk Demo)
Elvis Costello 01:59
12.
Blame It on Cain (Honky Tonk Demo)
Elvis Costello 03:34
13.
Poison Moon (Honky Tonk Demo)
Elvis Costello 01:53

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