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My Aim Is True

Elvis Costello Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Alison (Album Version) 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sneaky Feelings (Album Version) 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Album Version) 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Less Than Zero (Album Version) 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mystery Dance (Album Version) 1:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pay It Back (Album Version) 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I'm Not Angry (Album Version) 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Waiting For The End Of The World (Album Version) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Watching The Detectives (Single Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

For an era obsessed with authenticity, Elvis Costello was about as fabricated as they came. A made-up name, a lot of lo-fi hype (remember all the Stiff slogans and his arrest outside the CBS London convention?) and those Clark Kent glasses, he always looked like a ringer in rock's perpetual race to find the real deal.

Just 23 years old when this glorious debut album was first released in 1977, it may have been touted as part of the new wave but the vintage Rolling Stones vamping of 'Miracle Man' or the splendid countrified kiss-curls of John McFee's guitar on 'Alison' suggests that rather than being part of the year zero movement, Costello was always something of a great pretender: 'New wave' was always a flag of convenience for a songwriter who'd been steadily refining his craft for the previous seven years. Though Nick Lowe's sparse production fitted with the back-to-basics ethos it was more pragmatic than politic: the budget wouldn't stretch to anything more lavish.

When it comes to reissues the labels are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Reissued in 2001 with a hefty plethora of bonus material, you can argue that this 30 years anniversary tie-in is a cynical attempt to milk more moolah from the long-suffering fan. The main argument against that here is that of the 48 tracks in this set, (including demos, sound checks and a full gig) 29 of them are previously unreleased or new to CD. Other than the limited-release Live At The El Mocambo, this splenetic outing by Costello and the newly formed Attractions at the Nashville Rooms marks the first official release of a complete Costello concert.

The sullen glower 'Blame It On Cain' and a terrific 'Lipstick Vogue' (later found on This Year's Model) are real highpoints, along with an impromptu and wistful solo rendition of 'Hoover Factory', added when bassist Bruce Thomas snaps a string. It's proof of Elvis' crowd control that he can quell the punters with a song about art-deco architecture! His aim is still true after all these years. Brilliant stuff. --Sid Smith

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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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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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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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By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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
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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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