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Elvis Costello Albums Reborn Via Universal
A hefty batch of reissues as part of Universal’s acquisition of the Elvis Costello catalog will arrive May 1. Eleven Costello albums, from 1977’s “My Aim Is True” to 1986’s “King of America,” will re-appear in digipaks with their original U.S. track listings and artwork.
Also due for release are “This Year’s Model,” “Armed Forces,” “Get Happy!!,” “Trust,” “Almost Blue,” “Imperial Bedroom,” “Punch the Clock,” “Goodbye Cruel World” and “Blood & Chocolate.”
In addition, Universal has created two new compilations with track listings supervised by Costello himself. “The Best of Elvis Costello — The First 10 Years” rounds up 22 songs from the period, including classics such as “Watching the Detectives,” “Pump It Up,” “Clubland,” “Man Out of Time” and “Oliver’s Army.”
The second album, “Rock and Roll Music,” is meant to showcase the more up-tempo side of Costello’s oeuvre, from “No Action” and “Lipstick Vogue” to live versions of “Mystery Dance” and “You Belong to Me.” Two previously unreleased tracks, an alternate version of “Honey, Are You Straight or Are You Blind?” and a demo of “Welcome to the Working Week,” are also included.
Costello has also scheduled a short North American tour, beginning May 2 in Los Angeles and running through May 19 in Philadelphia.