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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 (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Accidents Will Happen (Album Version)Elvis Costello 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Senior ServiceElvis Costello 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Oliver's Army (Album Version)Elvis Costello 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Big BoysElvis Costello 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Green ShirtElvis Costello 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Party GirlElvis Costello 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Goon SquadElvis Costello 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Busy BodiesElvis Costello and Elvis Costello & The Attractions 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sunday's BestElvis Costello 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Moods For ModernsElvis Costello 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Chemistry ClassElvis Costello 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Two Little HitlersElvis Costello 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (Album Version)Elvis Costello 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 

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titolo-armed forcesartista-elvis costello etichetta-mercury-n. dischi1data-18 maggio 2007supporto-cd audiogenere-pop e rock internazionale----braniascolta 30''1.accidents will happenascolta2.senior serviceascolta3.oliver's armyascolta4.big boysascolta5.green shirtascolta6.party girlascolta7.goon squadascoltaascolta 30''8.busy bodiesascolta9.sunday's bestascolta10.moods for modernsascolta11.chemistry classascolta12.two little hitlersascolta13.(what's so funny 'bout) peace, love & understanding?

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2010
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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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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2006
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GadgetGary on 21 May 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans Westerlaken on 22 Jun. 2014
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This record has lost little of it's late seventies' glory. Still a highlight of that era . Well worth the buy.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2008
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T.K on 30 Aug. 2009
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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 it's predecessor but it still ranks up they're with his finest albums in terms with the consistency of his lyrics and melodys. While This Years Model had hits like Radio,Radio and Pump it up, Armed Forces can boast Accidents will happen and even Costello's biggest hit in Oliver's Army. But that's not all there are plenty more classics to talk about, like the Baroque-esque Green Shirt a song that easily could've featured on Imperial bedroom because of its harpischord intro, other great songs include Party Girl, and the ABBA esque intro of Goon Squad, this album ranks up their with Costello's best and it will forever be seen as one of the most important albums in the Costello album catalogue.

Key tracks:Accident's will happen,Olivers Army,Goon squad,Two Little hitlers

Also Buy:XTC 'Drums and Wires'
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2004
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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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