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Elvis Costello & The Imposters - The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! (2011/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Title: The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 2011/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:16:02
Recorded Live at The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA, May 11 & 12, 2011


Prolific singer-songwriter Elvis Costello spun another pivotal outing at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on May 11 and 12, 2011. This recording marked the triumphant return of “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” an artistic and innovative endeavor, which put fans in control. Each spin outlined a song that would be performed in the set list. The British icon first introduced this game-show type wheel in 1986 at the Beverly Theatre. The performance showcased exhilarating renditions of beloved hits and rarities including “Watching The Detectives,” “Man Out Of Time,” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”. This musical experience was unlike any other and is available as a pristine hi-res download.
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: Trust
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock, Rock & Roll, British Punk
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1981/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:51
Recorded: DJM Studios, Eden Studios, October–November 1980


A transitional album for Costello and the Attractions, this was the last for a long while with Nick Lowe at the production helm, and the first where Costello calmed down....just a little. A couple of tunes were written back in 1976, others showed him trading the noisy intensity of old for a quieter kind of intensity. As Costello notes in the liner notes, 'The sessions were often frantic, swinging from elation to despair, for which I must take most of the blame.'
Some of the Attractions' best performances can still be heard in tracks like 'Clubland,' 'Strict Time' and 'New Lace Sleeves,' all of which turned up regularly in later live shows. The album swung from frantic rockers like 'From a Whisper to a Scream' (featuring Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook on duet vocal) to a country song 'Different Finger,' to a slower Booker T.-type groove on 'Watch Your Step.' And the advance single 'Clubland' showed that Costello's desire to bite the hand that fed him was still intact.
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Punch The Clock (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: Punch The Clock
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:29
Recorded: Air Studios, London, January–April 1983

A return to the world of straightforward pop music, PTC swings with startling horn arrangements from subtle poignancy to full blown hook-laden mini-epics. Though best-known for soulful struts like "Let Them All Talk" and "Everyday I Write the Book" (one of the most obvious hit singles of his career), PUNCH THE CLOCK also contained a pair of unsettling topical works, "Pills & Soap" (originally rush-released in the UK in hopes of putting a monkey-wrench in the Thatcher re-election) and "Shipbuilding," an early response to the Falklands war, featuring a haunting trumpet solo by the late Chet Baker). These tracks provide a balance to the lusher popcraft of the other tracks.
In the detailed liner notes that accompany the package, Costello writes that he was eager to become "reacquainted with the wonderful world of pop" since the release of the more somber albums, ALMOST BLUE and IMPERIAL BEDROOM. Renowned hit-making producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (Dexy's Midnight Runners, Madness) helped Costello achieve a polished sound which paid off with two chart-topping US singles, "Let Them All Talk" and "Everday I Write the Book" (featuring guest vocalist Caron Wheeler, who later sang lead on Soul II Soul's smash "Back to Life"). The seven extended play tracks include the B-sides "Heathen Town" and "Flirting Kind", "Walking on Thin Ice" (from the Yoko Ono tribute album EVERY MAN HAS A WOMAN), and the unreleased demos "Town Where Time Stood Still" and "Shatterproof" (later recorded by Rockpile's Billy Bremner). Rounding out the album's bonus material are rare live versions of "The World and His Wife" and "Everyday I Write the Book," both very different from their studio counterparts.
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - IbMePdErRoIoAmL (Imperial Bedroom) (1982/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: IbMePdErRoIoAmL (Imperial Bedroom)
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1982/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:52
Recorded: AIR Recording Studios, London, 1982

Imperial Bedroom is a 1982 album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was the second Costello album, after Almost Blue, not produced by Nick Lowe. Production duties were handled by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. "I wanted to try a few things in the studio that I suspected would quickly exhaust Nick's patience," as Costello put it in the liner notes to the 1994 Rykodisc reissue.
It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 1998 readers of Q magazine named it the 96th greatest album ever. In 1989, it was ranked No. 38 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 166 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 59 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". The album reached number 6 in the UK charts and number 30 in the USA but the singles were less successful. "You Little Fool" and "Man Out of Time" each briefly appeared in the UK Singles Chart, but neither charted in the USA.
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!! (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: Get Happy!!
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 48:13
Recorded: October 1979

With tempers and adrenalin running high from 1978's oddly-named 'Armed Funk' tour, Costello and the Attractions started work on a new album, only to find they were well and truly sick of the 'new wave' sound they found themselves playing (supposedly, hearing the Jags' Elvis-imitation single 'Back of My Hand' was the straw that broke the camel's back). A quick trip to a London record store brought them back with a stack of Booker T. and the MG's singles, and they had the direction for the new album. Taking a hint from those Stax and Motown grooves, they went back to the studio and rearranged everything on the spot, even choosing a Sam & Dave tune to cover (though they changed 'I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down' quite a bit from the original ballad version).
While the resulting album definitely has a soulful feel, the change in styles wasn't that clear-cut: Costello's melodic instincts were still running high, and many of these tunes are slammed out with a punkish fury that Booker T. and company never imagined. And the pace gets downright exhausting, with many songs clocking in at two minutes or less. 'Love for Tender', 'High Fidelity' and 'Secondary Modern' are concise little gems; 'Riot Act' is a big, dramatic ballad, and the waltz-time 'New Amsterdam,' with Costello playing every instrument, points toward the stylistic experiments on albums to come.
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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Blood & Chocolate (1986/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title: Blood & Chocolate
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Elvis Costello/Universal Music Group
Release Date: 1986/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 47:48
Recorded: Olympic Studios, London, March-May 1986


Following 1985's „King Of America“, Elvis Costello temporarily reunited with the Attractions and producer Nick Lowe for one last album before their final split. (Though two albums were released with the Attractions in the 1990s, bassist Bruce Thomas--then on the outs with his bandmates due to a dishy tell-all roman à clef novel he'd written in the interim--had a significantly reduced role in those.) It's quite a farewell: „Blood And Chocolate“ may stand as the hardest rocking and most lyrically vituperative album in Costello's oeuvre, even more so than early scorchers like „This Year‘s Model“. Even the ballads, like the stark, ominous 'I Want You' and the dizzying 'Poor Napoleon,' fairly seethe with venomous malice, and rockers like the throbbing opener 'Uncomplicated' and the simply brutal kiss-off 'I Hope You're Happy Now' are Costello at his most savage.
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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.'
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Electric Light Orchestra - Time (1981/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: Time
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1981/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 43:58
Recorded: Early 1981 at Musicland Studios Munich, Germany

The Electric Light Orchestra was in a precarious position by 1981. Not only was Jeff Lynne's brand of immaculately produced Beatlesque pop out of critical fashion in those new-wave days, there was a new brand of video-friendly bubblegum on the rise that made such classic radio hits as 'Sweet Talkin' Woman' sound passT. The band's heavily hyped participation in the box-office flop Xanadu, including the title duet with star Olivia Newton-John, hadn't helped.
Typically, though, 1981's „Time“ finds Lynne and company ignoring trends and simply doing what they do best: pristine, endlessly-multitracked, ultra-melodic pop. There's a theme of sorts running through the record, a meditation on sci-fi apocalypse that runs through songs like 'Yours Truly, 2095' and 'From the End of the World.' The concept is easy enough to ignore, as the real focus, as always, is on Lynne's immense melodic and production skills. „Time“ is an underrated gem.
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Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages (1983/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: Secret Messages
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Art Rock, Symphonic Rock
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1983/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:44
Recorded: December 1982 – February 1983, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum

Secret Messages is an album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1983 through Jet Records. It was the last ELO album with bass guitarist Kelly Groucutt, conductor Louis Clark, and real stringed instruments, and the last ELO album to be released on Jet Records. It was also the final ELO studio album to become a worldwide top 40 hit upon release.
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Electric Light Orchestra - Out Of The Blue (1977/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: Out Of The Blue
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
Label: © Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1977/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:10:35
Recorded: May – August 1977; Musicland Studios, Munich

Pop magicians Electric Light Orchestra, headed up by Jeff Lynne, were one of the most successful British bands of the 1970s. Blending rock melody with classical overtones, they created a unique sound and gained recognition as masters of the four-minute pop format. Out of the Blue was first released in 1977 and this re-mastered version features extra tracks, alongside the classics from the original such as “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” and of course “Mr Blue Sky”.
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