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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Almost Blue (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Almost Blue (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: Almost Blue
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock, Country Rock, Cowpunk
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1981/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 32:37
Recorded: May 1981, Nashville

This is where Costello began to display the chameleonic tendencies that would serve him so well throughout his career. Abandoning snappy, 'new wave'-associated rock for the first time, Elvis decided to visit Nashville and record his take on the country classics he loved so much. Enlisting the services of George Jones producer Billy Sherrill, Costello cloaked himself and the Attractions in countrypolitan trappings (including lush strings) for some distinctive version of country evergreens like 'Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down' and 'Sweet Dreams.' Only the punk-derived fervor of 'Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do' and the bar-room raunch of 'Honey Hush' interrupt the elegant, emotional balladry. Costello also pays tribute to a more recent generation on aching covers of Gram Parsons' 'I'm Your Toy' and 'How Much I Lied.' Ryko's bonus cuts sweeten the pot considerably, especially the live version of Leon Payne's self-explanatory 'Psycho.'

Elvis Costello's 'country record' is usually written off as a vanity project, but Almost Blue is quite a bit more than that. It's one of the most entertaining cover records in rock & roll, simply because of its enthusiasm. The album begins with a roaring version of Hank Williams' 'Why Don't You Love Me' and doesn't stop. Costello sings with conviction on the tear-jerking ballads, as well as on barn burners like 'Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down.' It's clear that Costello knows this music, and it's also clear who he learned it from: Gram Parsons. Costello covers Parsons' 'Hot Burrito No. 1' and 'How Much I Lied,' and all of the music on Almost Blue recalls Parsons' taste for hardcore honky tonk and weepy ballads. It's to Costello's credit that he made a record relying on emotion to pay tribute. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)? 01:39
2. Sweet Dreams 03:00
3. Success 02:42
4. I'm Your Toy 03:24
5. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down 02:10
6. Brown To Blue 02:40
7. Good Year For The Roses 03:10
8. Sittin' And Thinkin' 03:02
9. Colour Of The Blues 02:21
10. Too Far Gone 03:28
11. Honey Hush 02:15
12. How Much I Lied 02:46

Elvis Costello – vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve – piano, organ
Bruce Thomas – bass
Pete Thomas – drums
John McFee – lead guitar, pedal steel guitar

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