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Armed Forces [CD]

The Attractions, Elvis Costello Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000OHZJKU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Moods For Moderns 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (Album Version) 3:320.99  Buy MP3 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 21 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not really a fan of Elvis Costello but this is an old and loved album. I had a cassette tape in my car many years ago and buying this cd was a trip down memory lane. Just a classic album full of memories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Armed and ready 6 Dec 2010
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not Elvis Costello's biggest fan, and I probably wouldn't be interested in his music at all were it not for a friend who bought into his music from the start. While I avoided 'My Aim Is True', etc, he would insist on playing me every album, single and b-side as it came out until I eventually succumbed. As I lost touch with him after 'Imperial Bedroom', that's where my interest ends. Certainly, not everyone thinks Costello is a genius; just try reading the sleevenotes to George Thorogood's 'Anthology' and you'll see what I mean.

As for 'Armed Forces', I love it now, even though it's probably my least favourite of all his early albums, excluding 'Almost Blue' (I've always hated his country material). 'Armed Forces' was released when Costello was at his most popular and was advertised on TV, a marketing ploy usually confined to hit compilations. 'Oliver's Army' became his most popular single, while the superb 'Accidents Will Happen' ('but only hit and run' - typical Costello) did nowhere near as well, contrary to what my friend predicted.

Elsewhere, 'Green Shirt' provides one of his most inspired and incisive lyrics. Not surprisingly, this is probably the best known track apart from the singles. Military imagery appears on several tracks although military themes are not quite as abundant as might at first appear. The Attractions' role in Costello's early successes should not be underestimated either. They added distinct colour and a thumping groove to his music, something that the relatively pallid sound on the first album highlights. Unusually, there's also a cover of an excellent Nick Lowe song at the end, completing a highly satisfying album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music 17 April 2014
By rosuab
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back to my youth... Fantastic album wish I`d still got the vinyl... can`t date this album.... as good as the day of release,,,,, part of any good collection....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Armed Forces - Elvis Costello 16 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a fan of Elvis Costello's early music from the middle 70's and early 80's. I like this album but don't think that this album has as much going for it as Get Happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Costello 14 Mar 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
With Nick Lowe producing, Armed Forces turned out to be an album of very catchy tunes, which masks the acerbic tone of the lyrics.
The arrangements are especially great on songs like Busy Bodies, Green Shirt and Big Boys. My favorite track is the lilting ballad Oliver's Army, but every single song has a unique pop appeal.
Costello is amongst the most literate and versatile of rock musicians and especially on this album, the tight writing and clear melodies are prominent, whilst The Attractions must be the best band he ever recorded with.
Of the new tracks, the inclusion of Alison and Tiny Steps was a smart move. Armed Forces is a classic of late 1970s punk rock, but has always been accessible to pop fans and timeless in its melodious appeal.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Costello 10 Jan 2008
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
With Nick Lowe producing, Armed Forces turned out to be an album of very catchy tunes, which masks the acerbic tone of the lyrics. The arrangements are especially great on songs like Busy Bodies, Green Shirt and Big Boys. My favorite track is the lilting ballad Oliver's Army, but every single song has a unique pop appeal.

Costello is amongst the most literate and versatile of rock musicians and especially on this album, the tight writing and clear melodies are prominent, whilst The Attractions must be the best band he ever recorded with. Armed Forces is a classic of late 1970s punk rock, but has always been accessible to pop fans and timeless in its melodious appeal.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Costello at his best 8 May 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is still my favourite Costello album. With Nick Lowe producing, Armed Forces turned out to be an album of very catchy tunes which masks the bitter satire of the lyrics. The arrangements are especially great on songs like Busy Bodies, Green Shirt and Big Boys. My favorite track is the lilting ballad Oliver's Army, but every single song has a unique pop appeal. Costello is amongst the most literate and versatile of rock musicians and especially on this album, the tight writing and clear melodies are prominent, whilst The Attractions must be the best band he ever recorded with. Of the new tracks, the inclusion of Alison, Watching The Detectives and Tiny Steps was a smart move. Armed Forces is classic of late 70s acerbic poprock
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
Bought this as i had it as vinyl in my youth, brought back lots of lovely memories and I could still remember all the words!
Published 13 months ago by budgie49
5.0 out of 5 stars anti-pop, pop songs
For me, Punk was defined by thrashing about on instruments and snarling alot without ever saying much. It seemed to die quickly because the "New Wave" scene arrived. Read more
Published 19 months ago by youngsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
We have this album on vinyl, but over the years has gained a few scratches.
Well pleased with cd, brought back some great memories, and wondered where the years had gone. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by blackrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great album after all these years
I bought this album on it's realease and was knocked out by it at the time. Being a Costello fan from the begining (went to see him at Eric's in Liverpool), I looked forward to... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by davidmc
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Costello at the peak of his powers
Despite his previous album This Years Model as being seen as the his finest album, 1979's Armed isn't far off from being labelled as his finest album, it's probably more pop than... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by T.K
5.0 out of 5 stars A Witty and Melodic Costello
At the time of its release I liked a few songs but didn`t appreciate this album as a whole. Bought it recently because of the few good tunes I remember liking only to be surprised... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2008 by gnagfloW
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