Trust

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Trust
Trust album cover large.jpg
ReleasedJanuary 1981
ProducerNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian (Nick Lowe not to blame for Big Sister's Clothes)
Length41:53 (original LP)
67:21 (1994 reissue)
41:53 + 50:02 (2003 reissue)

From the Rhino liner notes:
"From a personal point of view, this was easily the most drug-influenced record of my career. I say this without any sober piety or in order to glory in it with indulgent hindsight but because it is true. It was completed close to a self-induced nervous collapse on a diet of rough “scrumpy” cider, gin and tonic, various powders, only one of which was “Andrews’ Liver Salts”, and, in the final hours, Seconal and Johnnie Walker Black Label. The barely coherent ramblings of my addled brain were gradually beaten into some shape by the relentless re-working of melodies and lyrical fragments, many of which pre-dated my professional career. The radical shift from the innocence of those early drafts of the cynical and jagged texts contained in the final record is only balanced by one or two precisely constructed compositions, most notably, “Shot With His Own Gun” — the first result of having bought a Bechstein baby grand piano in early 1980.

The poise and calm of several of the cuts belies the wild mood swings and the violent hangover through which most of this music was recorded. “New Lace Sleeves”, in particular, is among the finest of The Attractions’ ensemble performances. That the song itself is mostly concerned with the tension between passion and the emotionally suppressing influence of “being civilized” is an irony that we can all enjoy with twenty years or more of hindsight.

Tracks

Side 1
TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Clubland  Elvis Costello 3:42
2. Lovers Walk  Elvis Costello 2:15
3. You'll Never Be A Man  Elvis Costello 2:54
4. Pretty Words  Elvis Costello 3:10
5. Strict Time  Elvis Costello 2:39
6. Luxembourg  Elvis Costello 2:25
7. Watch Your Step  Elvis Costello 2:57
Side 2
TitleWriter(s) Length
8. New Lace Sleeves  Elvis Costello 3:44
9. From A Whisper To A Scream  Elvis Costello 2:52
10. Different Finger  Elvis Costello 1:56
11. White Knuckles  Elvis Costello 3:46
12. Shot With His Own Gun  Elvis Costello 3:29
13. Fish 'N' Chip Paper  Elvis Costello 2:53
14. Big Sister's Clothes  Elvis Costello 2:09

Credits

Elvis Costello - vocals and guitar; all instruments on Big Sister's Clothes
Steve Nieve - piano and organ
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Glenn Tilbrook - vocals on From A Whisper To A Scream
Martin Belmont - guitar on From A Whisper To A Scream


Trust (1994 Rykodisc/Demon edition)

TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Clubland  Elvis Costello 3:42
2. Lovers Walk  Elvis Costello 2:17
3. You'll Never Be A Man  Elvis Costello 2:56
4. Pretty Words  Elvis Costello 3:11
5. Strict Time  Elvis Costello 2:40
6. Luxembourg  Elvis Costello 2:26
7. Watch Your Step  Elvis Costello 2:57
8. New Lace Sleeves  Elvis Costello 3:45
9. From A Whisper To A Scream  Elvis Costello 2:54
10. Different Finger  Elvis Costello 1:58
11. White Knuckles  Elvis Costello 3:47
12. Shot With His Own Gun  Elvis Costello 3:30
13. Fish 'N' Chip Paper  Elvis Costello 2:55
14. Big Sister's Clothes  Elvis Costello 2:11
15. Black Sails In The Sunset  Elvis Costello 2:56
16. Big Sister  Elvis Costello 2:11
17. Sad About Girls  Norman Brain, Fay Hart 2:48
18. Twenty-Five To Twelve  Elvis Costello 3:52
19. Love For Sale  Cole Porter 3:02
20. Weeper's Dream  Elvis Costello 1:05
21. Gloomy Sunday  Rezso Seress, Sam Lewis 3:13
22. Boy With A Problem  Elvis Costello, Chris Difford 2:31
23. Seconds Of Pleasure  Elvis Costello 3:18

Trust (2003 Rhino/Edsel edition)

Disc 1: Trust
TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Clubland  Elvis Costello 3:42
2. Lovers Walk  Elvis Costello 2:15
3. You'll Never Be A Man  Elvis Costello 2:54
4. Pretty Words  Elvis Costello 3:10
5. Strict Time  Elvis Costello 2:39
6. Luxembourg  Elvis Costello 2:25
7. Watch Your Step  Elvis Costello 2:57
8. New Lace Sleeves  Elvis Costello 3:44
9. From A Whisper To A Scream  Elvis Costello 2:52
10. Different Finger  Elvis Costello 1:56
11. White Knuckles  Elvis Costello 3:46
12. Shot With His Own Gun  Elvis Costello 3:29
13. Fish 'N' Chip Paper  Elvis Costello 2:53
14. Big Sister's Clothes  Elvis Costello 2:09

Disc 2: Bonus Disc
TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Black Sails In The Sunset  Elvis Costello 3:07
2. Big Sister  Elvis Costello 2:15
3. Twenty-Five To Twelve  Elvis Costello 4:03
4. Sad About Girls  Norman Brain, Fay Hart 2:47
5. From A Whisper To A Scream (Alternate Version)Elvis Costello 3:24
6. Watch Your Step (Alternate Version)Elvis Costello 2:44
7. Clubland (Alternate Take)Elvis Costello 4:00
8. You'll Never Be A Man (Alternate Take)Elvis Costello 3:08
9. Slow Down  Larry Williams 2:23
10. Big Sister (Alternate Version)Elvis Costello 5:04
11. Black Sails In The Sunset (Alternate Version)Elvis Costello 3:05
12. Hoover Factory (Alternate Version)Elvis Costello 1:43
13. Love For Sale  Cole Porter 3:02
14. Boy With A Problem  Elvis Costello, Chris Difford 2:30
15. Weeper's Dream  Elvis Costello 1:05
16. Gloomy Sunday  Rezso Seress, Sam Lewis 3:12
17. The Long Honeymoon (Instrumental Piano Demo)Elvis Costello 1:41

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