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Elvis Costello
Get Emotional [Young American, 1CD]
Live at Leicester, October 22, 1977.

Few people gave Elvis Costello a chance when he set out on the 1977 Live Stiffs tour, and even fewer could blame them. Up against a bespectacled Herbert and his barely-blooded trio, after all, were ranged the twin behemoths of Ian Dury and Rockpile, artists that had positively decades of experience behind them. Costello, on the other hand, had barely had his name for nine months.

Of course, everyone knows what happened next, as Costello not only pushed his co-headliners aside, he proceeded to shove most of the contemporary music scene behind him, banging out a succession of albums, one-two-three, that remain among the most startling statements of the entire end-of-Seventies nightclub. And this show, taped around midway through the Stiffs outing (Leicester, October 22), shows how he did it.

Quite frankly, this might be the crucial document of the Attractions at their peak, with Elvis firmly transitioning between the airy Dylanisms of My Aim Is True, and the darker idiosyncrasies of This Year’s Model, and the band battling behind him with an aggression that renders even the darkest-hearted oldies all but unrecognizable.

But it’s a playful outing too, as Costello opens the show with Richard Hell’s "Love Comes In Spurts"; acknowledges Dury’s own influence on his writing with a seething cover of the Kilburns’ "Roadette Song," then cheekily teases fellow Stiff star Wreckless Eric, with a turbulent cover of "The Whole Wide World" - the second time the audience had heard the song that evening (Eric was also on the tour), although it’s unlikely anyone complained.

The Damned’s "Neat Neat Neat," too, finds its way into the show, stripped back, swampy and stark. But it’s the songs that would make up Costello’s next album - "Chelsea," "The Beat," "Little Triggers" and, looking even further ahead, "Dr Luther’s Assistant," that truly reveal where Costello was at - and it was a darker, more dangerous place than he’s ever been before. Whatever you thought of Elvis Costello in 1977, Get Emotional will make you re-evaluate it all. - Dave Thompson

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released.

 
Track 01 Love Comes In Spurts (2.7MB)
Track 02 No Action (3.0MB)
Track 03 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (3.9MB)
Track 04 Blame It On Cain (4.5MB)
Track 05
The Beat (5.2MB)
Track 06 Dr Luther's Assistant (4.9MB)
Track 07 This Year's Girl (2.9MB)
Track 08 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (5.6MB)
Track 09 Less Than Zero (4.9MB)
Track 10 Whole Wide World (5.2MB)
Track 11 Roadette Song*
Track 12 Neat Neat Neat*
Track 13 Little Triggers (3.9MB)
Track 14 Radio Radio (4.3MB)
Track 15 You Belong To Me (3.3MB)
Track 16 Miracle Man (5.6MB)

* Released on the bonus disc in Ryko's reissue of This Year's Model (2002).

Note: There is another version of this show being traded but this one is remastered by Neon Kaiser in February 2005 with better position of the track starts, the last track is complete with a nice fade and not sharp ending. Also some minor sound enhancements.




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