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My Aim Is True [CASSETTE] [Extra tracks]

Elvis Costello Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (15 Oct 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Ryko
  • ASIN: B0000009US
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

1. Welcome to the Working Week
2. Miracle Man
3. No Dancing
4. Blame It on Cain
5. Alison
6. Sneaky Feelings
7. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
8. Less Than Zero
9. Mystery Dance
10. Pay It Back
11. I'm Not Angry
12. Waiting for the End of the World
13. Watching the Detectives
14. Radio Sweetheart [*]
15. Stranger in the House [*]
16. Imagination (Is a Powerful Deceiver) [*]
17. Mystery Dance [*]
18. Cheap Reward [*]
19. Jump Up [*]
20. Wave a White Flag [*]
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars endless recycle 10 Nov 2007
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
Yes this is the brilliant debut album from Elvis Costello from 1977.
As a collector-fan from Elvis I bought it.
I bought the LP in the late 70's,
and the CD from the album (13 songs).somewhere in the '80
the reissue CD with extended play ( 9 extra songs,total 22 songs) in '93.
the re-reissue Cd with 2nd disc( 13 extra songs,total 26 songs) in 2001.
and this one, total of the songs now: 48.
probably in 2015 another one with 99 songs.
But the album is what it always was; raw,straight forward music (new wave...?), brilliant songwriting.
it stood out of all what was going on in the late 70's,(...disco and remember punk?) and still does!
He made some very different albums over the years, jazz ,classical and so on.
Most of them also worth buying.
But this cannot be topped.
Oh and for all the extra songs, for a fan they are interesting, some demo's, some out-takes,and the best of the bonus stuff: a very early live show of the Attractions, even the sound-check is included!
And interesting inner sleeve notes, from Elvis himself.
But (for sentimental reasons) I still prefer to play the LP.........I found out years and years later that in the wax on the LP they(Stiff?) had scratched "Elvis is king "
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His first steps 23 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album, predating the Attractions, has to be heard: a weird preview of the great things to come, with the trademark Costello sound given a corny country twinge by Clover, Huey Lewis' country band. Songs like "Waiting for the End of the World" and "Welcome to the Working Week" are up there with anything the man's done since, and the bonus disc is worth the money alone, including demos from the album "This Year's Girl" that was to follow and the very first recordings of Costello from a BBC London Radio show, derivative country songs that tell you a lot about his influences and early development. The best thing on here is the bizarre "Dallas" version of "Less Than Zero", a transatlantic version of the classic which changes the subject matter from Oswald Mosley to JFK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic gem 17 Nov 2011
By Jon Fev
Format:Audio CD
The main album is a timeless classic but other reviewers seem to have missed commenting about the best bit which is on the second disc. This is not a 'few live tracks' this is a concert from a London pub (the Nashville Rooms) with the sound check included. This makes it a snapshot in history that I keep visiting again and again. The intimacy of the venue really comes across. The version of Sneaky Feelings from the sound check is now my all time favourite record (until next week!) and the barking dog from outside the pub at the beginning of Alison makes it all so real.
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By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All that can be said about the original album here has been said many times over since its release in 1977 - if you've never heard it, you're in for a treat, it represents the sudden arrival in the spotlight of a very major new songwriter who, if not the world's greatest singer, had an absolutely compelling delivery and packed his debut full of very good to great songs that formed a whole even greater than the very considerable sum of their parts. It also stands slightly apart from all Costello's work over the next few years due to being recorded prior to the acquisition of his superb backing band, The Attractions - he was in fact backed by the then UK-based American country-rock band Clover, who subsequently evolved into Huey Lewis & The News, although Lewis himself doesn't appear on the album.

Now fans of Costello's work have been treated with considerable contempt by record companies over the years, with his early albums reissued numerous times, each with a partially different selection of bonus tracks. I previously had the 1993 version, which augmented the original album with, firstly, three tracks originally issued on singles and all present here, too - Watching The Detectives, Radio Sweetheart and Stranger In The House - the latter two of which were from the album sessions - and a selection of bedroom demos made by Costello before signing to Stiff, plus a solitary demo by his mid-70s band, Flip City.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut Album 8 Jan 2010
By underthethumb VINE VOICE
Format:MP3 Download
This album contains the original debut album of Elvis Costello; which are the first twelve tracks of the first disc; plus the first extended version tracks and then those added for the Ryoku version. The second disc is mainly live versions. Even with all the additions, there isn't a single track that has been added as a filler.

Even after all these years since its' release it remains fresh and original; and still one of my favourite ever albumns.

I can't recommend this album highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Costello 23 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a birthday present for my husband as he is a big Costello fan. He loved it and it arrived in plenty of time fro his birthday
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5.0 out of 5 stars pub rock 19 Sep 2013
By Victor Preston VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
along with the clash, stranglers and the pistols one of the best albums of '77
the thing was those were punk albums and this was really just pub rock
36 years later Costello is still going strong
with a lot more ideas than any of the old school punks
a great album that you can still sing-a-long to!
My Aim Is True
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2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it
Published 1 day ago by Mr Dimitris Theodossopoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars The original album plus a superb live set from several ...
The original album plus a superb live set from several locations. Elvis and the Attractions play as tightly and as faithfully as the original studio cuts. Very Very please.
Published 1 month ago by J. E. Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Old memories
Had this album years ago after seeing him on Stiff tour, and love it still. Lent it to my 23 yr old son 5 weeks ago and still not had it returned .
Published 13 months ago by Shogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Costello Yellow.
Great album, not much else to say really, full of brilliant tracks. Not my favourite Costello album but it's up there with them.
Published 19 months ago by A.
5.0 out of 5 stars First album and best
I won't get into the issues about various CD releases over the years each having a few more tracks than the last, which is irritating. Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by a23
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? His aim is true, and he never misses
This is one of the few albums I can call "perfect" from beginning to end. It's just that each and every song speaks to me in ways I can't even begin to describe. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by EvansJJ
4.0 out of 5 stars A punk-era classic that stands the test of time
Costello is the rudest, worst live performer I have ever seen in countless gigs over the years, who seemed to care nothing for his audience; but (frustratingly! Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by Monty
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