Listen Now
Go Unlimited
Start your 30-day free trial
Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can play 40 million songs, thousands of playlists and ad-free stations including new releases. Learn More
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.co.uk (UK).

  
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by tunesonline
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: CDs, DVDs, Videogames, LPs & more! Fast shipping! All items guaranteed!
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£4.00
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: Amazon
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.89

When I Was Cruel Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

RRP: £23.99
Price: £3.84 & FREE UK Delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon over £20. Delivery Details
You Save: £20.15 (84%)
See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Amazon Music
When I Was Cruel (UK comm CD)
"Please retry"
Amazon Music Unlimited
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Import, 23 Apr 2002
"Please retry"
£3.84
£2.57 £0.75
Only 2 left in stock - order soon.
Sold by hifi-media-store and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
37 new from £2.57 20 used from £0.75
£3.84 & FREE UK Delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon over £20. Delivery Details Only 2 left in stock - order soon. Sold by hifi-media-store and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Elvis Costello Store


Frequently bought together

  • When I Was Cruel
  • +
  • Brutal Youth
  • +
  • All This Useless Beauty
Total price: £22.52
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (23 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000063526
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 45
  2. Spooky Girlfriend
  3. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)
  4. When I Was Cruel No.2
  5. Soul For Hire
  6. 15 Petals
  7. Tart
  8. Dust 2...
  9. Dissolve
  10. Alibi
  11. ...Dust
  12. Daddy Can I Turn This?
  13. My Little Blue Window
  14. Episode Of Blonde
  15. Radio Silence

Product description

COSTELLO ELVIS

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on 15 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Why is Elvis Costello still making albums this good? By all rights, he should be an embarrassment by now, a faded punk rock icon whose time has long passed. Instead, he is outpacing most of the younger guys in terms of output, energy, quality and passion. This album is the work of a man who loves music, and loves discovery, someone who is hell bent on creating something new and exciting even if it costs him the affections of fickle-minded listeners and journalists.
I don't know how he does it. This album is a tour de force, like Dylan's Time Out Of Mind but more playful and full of dark fun. Run out and get it, put it on, and howl at the moon...
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
"When I was cruel" signals Costello doing that which he does best. It is in turns stroppy, sensitive, dense, simple, and mostly inspired.
After the beard years and the ballad years we now have a return to the noisy years. Much of the musical sound on this record is reminiscent of Attraction era music. Studio layering does little to enhance this, though Elvis obviously thinks otherwise. The best songs, as always,are the most simple.
45, Alibi, My Little Blue Window, to name a few are classis Costello. Lyrically taut, musically soaring, a perfect reason to buy this.
The title track, When I was Cruel, carries sonic echoes of "I want you". Brooding, repetitive, and vintage! Indeed this new release represents not so much a return to form as evidence that he has always been on form.
Episode of Blonde carries Elvis into new territory and works superby well. The latin shuffle of the verse and the pop lushness of the chorus combine into a veritable tour de force. Live it must be a wonder to behold.
Of course there are a few songs which don't work. "Daddy can I turn this" and "Soul for Hire" are messy, and unsatisfactory. But Elvis has always had a few dud tracks on every release he's ever made. The man, fans must remember, is not perfect.
"Maintaining Radio Silence" brings the recording to a perfect end. Costello's enunciation is spine-chilling, and the lyric follows in a tradition of diva last-album songs.(I want to Vanish, Forever, Waiting for the end of the world, etc)
Repeated listening brings its rewards. "When I was Cruel" shows Costello to be in a league of one. He is funny at times, cruel at times (despite protests to the contrary) and achingly tender at times. Buy "When I was Cruel" and prepare to be entranced by the beloved entertainer!
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 25 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
How many 47 year old rock stars have made a collection of songs as fresh, inventive & snarling as this? While most performers rest on their dubiuosly earned laurels Costello is still there experimenting & producing mighty fine tunes with literate (literary?) lyrics. The songs are melodic, tuneful, skewed, rocking etc... The title track is worth the price of the Cd alone - only someone as musically knowledgeable as Costello would know about Mina let alone have the courage to sample her, and to excellent effect I may add! This album is not 'a return to form' - the bloke's never been off form in the first place!
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This album arrived after Costello's Bacharach diversion, a pleasant enough LP but one the fans didn't go back to that much. When it appeared, When I Was Cruel was recognized as his most adventurous non-collab album since, perhaps, Almost Blue. Loops and beats, and thank goodness he held on to some of the band he'd been playing with or that's ALL it would've been.

But like every album he's done since-- and including-- Spike, this album is too long. Costello's record companies should've enforced a 'dozen of the best' rule.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
The lazy view is that this is one of Elvis' cyclical returns to rock, and sure 45, Tear off your own head, Daddy Can I Turn This, and particularly Dissolve are rowdy in extremis. But there's so much more. Soul for Hire is like a good song off Spike and My Little Blue Window acoustically rocks like Blood & Chocolate's "Crimes of Paris".
But most interestingly are Elvis sampling and beat looping and trickery on the two Dust tracks (which are great), Spooky Girlfriend and the title track.
Look I'm a huge EC fan and maybe I'm biased, but this is a great record and like all of EC's stuff (and unlike a lot of current releases) it benefits from repeated plays. Who else has a body of work like Costello? Who else is releasing albums this good after 25 years? Sting and co.? You must be joking.
Buy this record, thank me later...
Comment 34 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Up there with his very best. Intelligent, witty, scary, melodically strong, always sonically challenging, this is a powerful record and far from over-long as some reviewers have stated. The title track is pure sustained menace and a massive advancement in Costello's approach to music making. The use of his beloved cheap electric guitar and all manner of rhythmic gizmos displays a fresh approach to his musicmaking, and he is clearly enjoying it.
His band are clearly happy and having a gas playing on an album that despite its (at times) complex studio layering, is infact a collection of songs to rock and roll on stage - did anyone catch the Astoria gig? Well if not, i can assure you the songs stand up maybe even better live - Episode of Blonde just soared and 15 Petals had everyone grooving. When I was Cruel saw Costello drop in crazy distorted samples as his band followed the twists and turns of sound...fabulous stuff.
Back to the album: Spook Girlfriend is witty and razor sharp, and Daddy is just plain scary...listen to the screaming backing vocals provided by the new Liveprool wunder-kid Steven Kennedy on that one!
If you love Costello you have to buy this. If you are not sure, you will be won over - never mind light-weights likethe Strokes and Stripes and the playing-it-safe-but -nice U2, Costello beats the pants off them all and how. Tremdouse stuff Declan.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?