Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Elvis Costello: DoTM

Elvis Costello, born Declan Patrick MacManus in August 1954, is a British singer-songwriter.

Most of his album are solo albums but he also has quite a few albums where he has 2 backing bands, The Attractions and The Imposters.

The Attractions consist of Steve Nieve - piano, organ; Bruce Thomas - bass; Pete Thomas - drums.

The Imposters consist of Steve Nieve - piano, organ; Davey Faragher - bass; Pete Thomas - drums.

My Aim Is True
Released in July 1977 by Stiff Records in the UK and in March 1978 by Columbia in the US.
Produced by Nick Lowe.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Less Than Zero" "Alison" "Red Shoes" and "Watching the Detectives"
Charts:
#32 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart

This Year's Model - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in March 1978 by Radar Records.
Produced by Nick Lowe.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"I Don't Want to Go To Chelsea" and "Pump It Up"
Charts:
#30 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Armed Forces - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in January 1979 by Radar in the UK and Columbia in the US.
Produced by Nick Lowe.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Olivers Army" and "Accidents Will Happen"
Charts:
#10 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and #2 on the UK Albums chart.

Get Happy!! - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in February 1980 by F-Beat Records in the UK and Columbia in the US.
Produced by Nick Lowe.
Tracks: 20
Singles:
"I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" "High Fidelity" and "New Amsterdam"
Charts:
#11 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Taking Liberties
Released in November 1980 by Columbia.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe.
Tracks: 20
Charts:
#28 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
This album is composed of songs that were not previously released on any U.S. albums as well as some B-Sides.

Ten Bloody Marys and Ten How's Your Fathers
Released in November 1980 by F-Beat.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe.
Tracks: 10
This album is composed most of B-sides that were not previously released on any other albums.

Trust - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in January 1981 by F-Beat in the UK and Columbia in the US.
Produced by Nick Lowe and Roger Bechiran.
Tracks: 14
Singles:
"Clubland" "From a Whisper to a Scream" and "Watch Your Step"
Charts:
#28 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Almost Blue - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in October 1981 by F-Beat/Columbia.
Produced by Billy Sherrill.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"A Good Year for the Roses" and "Sweet Dreams"
Charts:
#50 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
This album is composed of covers of country hits originally written by artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams.

Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in July 1982 by F-Beat/Columbia.
Produced by Geoff Emerick.
Tracks: 15
Singles:
"Man Out of Time" and "You Little Fool"
Charts:
#30 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart

Punch the Clock - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in August 1983 by F-Beat/Columbia.
Produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"Everyday I Write the Book" "Pills and Soap" and "Let Them All Talk"
Charts:
#24 on the BB Pop Albums chart

Goodbye Cruel World - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in June 1984 by F-Beat/Columbia.
Produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"The Only Flame in Town" "Peace in Our Time" and "I Wanna Be Loved"
Charts:
#35 on the Billboard 200

The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Compilation album released in 1985 by Columbia.
Various producers.
Tracks: 16
Charts:
#122 on the Billboard 200

King of America
Released in February 1986 by Demon Records in the UK and Columbia in the US.
Produced by T-Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 15
Singles:
"Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood"

Blood and Chocolate - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in September 1986 by Demon/Columbia.
Produced by Nick Lowe and Colin Fairley.
Tracks: 11
Singles:
"Tokyo Storm Warning" and "I Want You"
Charts:
#15 on the UK Albums chart

Out of Our Idiot
Compilation album released in December 1987 in the UK by Demon.
Various producers.
Tracks: 21

Spike
Released in February 1989 by Warner Brothers.
Produced by Elvis Costello, Kevin Killen and T-Bone Burnett.
Tracks: 15
Singles:
"This Town" and "Veronica"
Charts:
#32 on the BB 200.
The song "Veronica" was co-written by Paul McCartney.

Mighty Like a Rose
Released in May 1991 by Warner Bros.
Produced by Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom and Kevin Killen.
Tracks: 14
Singles:
"The Other Side of Summer"
Charts:
#55 on the BB 200
Another song co-written by McCartney was on this album, "So Like Candy"

G.B.H.
Soundtrack album released in July 1991 by Demon.
Produced by Alan Bleasdale, Elvis Costello, Austin Ince and David Jones.
Tracks: 22

The Juliet Letters
Released in January 1993 by Warner Bros.
Produced by The Brodsky Quartet, Elvis Costello and Kevin Killen.
Tracks: 20
Charts:
#125 on the BB 200

2 1/2 Years
Box set released in October 1993 by Demon/Rykodisc.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe.
Tracks:
Disc 1 = 22
Disc 2 = 18
Disc 3 = 21
Disc 4 = 14

Live at the El Mocambo
Live album released in October 2009 by Demon/Rykodisc.
Tracks: 14

Brutal Youth
Released in March 1994 by Warner Bros.
Produced by Mitchell Froom.
Tracks: 15
Singles:
"13 Steps" and "Sulky Girl"
Charts:
#34 on the BB 200.

The Very Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Compilation album released in October 1994 by Rykodisc.
Various producers.
Tracks: 22

Kojak Variety
Released in May 1995 by Warner Bros.
Produced by Kevin Killen and Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 15
Charts:
#102 on the BB 200
This album consists of covers of songs originally written and performed by artists such as Ray Davies, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Randy Newman and Burt Bacharach.

Deep Dead Blue
Live album released in August 1995 by Nonesuch.
Produced by Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 7

Jake's Progress
Soundtrack album released in November 1995 by Demon.
Produced by Richard Harvey and Austin Ince.
Tracks: 22

All This Useless Beauty - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Released in May 1996 by Warner Bros.
Produced by Geoff Emerick and Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Its Time" "Little Atoms" "The Other End of the Telescope" "Distorted Angel" and "All This Useless Beauty"
Charts:
#53 on the BB 200
There is another song co-written by McCartney on this album, "Shallow Grave"

Costello and Nieve
Live album released in December 1996 by Warner Bros.
Tracks: 26

Extreme Honey
Compilation album released in October 1997 by Warner Bros.
Tracks: 18

Painted from Memory
Released in September 1998 by Mercury Records.
Produced by Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Toledo"
Charts:
#78 on the BB 200.

The Sweetest Punch
Released in September 1999 by Decca Records.
Produced by Lee Townsend.
Tracks: 15
Charts:
#5 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.

The Very Best of Elvis Costello
Compilation album released in August 1999 by Polygram Records.
Tracks: 42 (2 CDs)

When I Was Cruel - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Released in April 2002 by Island Records in the US and Mercury in the UK.
Produced by Elvis Costello, Ciaran Cahill, Leo Pearson and Kieran Lynch.
Tracks: 15
Singles:
"Tear Off Your Own Head" and "45"
Charts:
#20 on the BB 200

Cruel Smile - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Released in October 2002 by Island.
Produced by Ciaran Cahil, Kevin Killen, and Leo Pearson.
Tracks: 15
Charts:
#180 on the BB 200

North
Released in September 2003 by Deutsche Grammaphon.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Kevin Killen.
Tracks: 11
Charts:
#57 on the BB 200; #1 on the BB Jazz Albums chart.

Il Sogno
Released in September 2004 by Deutsche Grammaphon.
Produced by Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 24
Charts:
#1 on the BB Classical chart.

The Delivery Man - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Released in September 2004 by Lost Highway Records.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Dennis Herring.
Tracks: 14
Singles:
"Monkey to Man"
Charts:
#40 on the BB 200.

My Flame Burns Blue
Live album released in February 2006 by Deutsche Grammophon.
Produced by Elvis Costello.
Tracks: 14
Charts:
#188 on the BB 200.
#2 on the BB Jazz Albums chart.

The River in Reverse
Released in June 2006 by Verve Forecast Records.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint.
Tracks: 14
Charts:
#103 on the BB 200.
#2 on the BB Jazz Albums chart.

Momofuku - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Released in April 2008 by Lost Highway.
Produced by Elvis Costello and Jason Lader.
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"No Hiding Place" and "Go Away"

Secret Profane and Sugarcane
Released in June 2009 by Hear Music/Universal Records.
Produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"Complicated Shadows"
Charts:
#13 on the BB 200.
#71 on the UK Albums chart.

Live at Hollywood High
Live album released in January 2010 by Hip-O Select Records.
Tracks: 20

National Ransom
Scheduled for released on October 25, 2010 by Hear Music/Universal Records.
Produced by T-Bone Burnett.
Tracks: 16

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