Smash Hits, October 29, 1981

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Almost Blue

Elvis Costello And The Attractions

Mark Ellen

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Elvis makes a country and western album in much the same style as John Lennon made a rock 'n' roll album in '74: two great craftsmen offering an appreciation of a type of traditional music they both respect and adore. And only someone of Costello's ability could make it work. A dozen old songs with all the colour pumped back into them, served up as a cool classic country beat overlayed with swooning steel guitars. An LP so seductive that almost every track would make as pure a single as "Good Year For The Roses." Listen in.

All Time Top 12

Elvis Costello

  1. The 101'ers: Letsgetabita rockin (Andalucia)
  2. The Expressos: Tango In Mono (WEA)
  3. Little Richard: Commandments Of Love (Columbia)
  4. George Jones: Say It's Not You (Stateside)
  5. The Subterraneans: My Flamingo (Demon)
  6. Mel And Tim: Backfield In Motion (Stax)
  7. Billie Holliday: Don't Explain (Coral)
  8. Dexy's Midnight Runners: Dance Stance (Oddball)
  9. James Brown: Talking Loud And Saying Nothing (Polydor)
  10. Dusty Springfield: Just One Smile (Mercury)
  11. Was (Not Was): Wheel Me Out (Ze)
  12. Chet Baker: Thrill Is Gone (World Pacific)

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Photo by Paul Slattery.

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Smash Hits, October 29 - November 11, 1981

Mark Ellen reviews Almost Blue.

Smash Hits reports on upcoming tour dates and the South Bank Show.

EC selects his "All Time Top 12."


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Costello country

Smash Hits

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If you've enjoyed Elvis Costello's recent excursions into pure country music — and round here the office reverberates to the wailing of a pedal steel — then the November 8th edition of LWT's South Bank Show should be compulsory viewing for you. Featured that evening is a documentary made in Nashville during the making of his Almost Blue album.

A number of British dates have been set up for Christmas and the New Year (see Nightsout for details). The most striking concert announced so far takes place at London's Royal Albert Hall on January 7th when Elvis will be backed by the assembled (86 piece) might of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Dress is formal, we're told.

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Cover and contents page.


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