Elvis Costello…

...guides us through his al­bums

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“WITH stu­pe­fy­ing ar­ro­gance, we set about show­ing our con­tem­po­raries what could be done with their win­ning for­mu­las,” Elvis Costello tells Uncut, dis­cussing his 1981 LP Trust. The newwave up­start turned re­nais­sance man could al­most be de­scrib­ing any of his al­bums, though; from the au­da­cious mix of fury and clas­si­cism on 1977 de­but My Aim Is True, and the ex­trav­a­gant, Bea­tles-es­que Im­pe­rial Bed­room (1982), to the som­bre torch songs of 2003’s North and his eclec­tic, im­pres­sive lat­est, Look Now, Costello has aimed high and in­vari­ably suc­ceeded.

When Uncut in­vited the song­writer to dis­cuss nine of his finest al­bums, Costello sug­gested that he in­stead write his own re­flec­tions on some of his per­sonal favourites with the At­trac­tions, the Imposters, The Roots and solo – plus a fond look back at the demos he recorded with Paul Mc­Cart­ney, only re­leased in 2017. Here, then, is Costello’s own per­sonal his­tory.

On com­plet­ing his ‘clas­sic’, he says he left the NYC stu­dio at 1am “think­ing this was a movie that will prob­a­bly never get made again”. TOM PIN­NOCK

If it ain’t… Elvis out­side Stiff Records at 32 Alexan­der Street in Lon­don’s Bayswa­ter, 1977

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