"Revenge and guilt!", he sneered at a 1977 New York press conference (promoting his U.S. tour), were his primary motivations for embarking on a musical career now fourteen years old. This was an acerbic twenty-one-year-old named Elvis Costello, who has proved to be one of Rock's more interesting and lasting figures. The latest release from Columbia Records, titled Girls Girls Girls, demonstrates the versatility and maturity of an artist who has since changed names, marriage partners, but even more dramatically, record labels.
This double-disk set contains all previously-released material; however, don't be discouraged — this is not another run-of-the-mill hits compilation. In typical Costello fashion it contains 47 self-penned tunes and liner notes from his musically rich past. Covering all subjects (love to death) and genres of music (country to punk), Girls Girls Girls is a fine addition to any music aficionado's collection. Classics such as "Alison" and "Pump it Up" are included as well as the more esoteric sounds of Costello.
Overall, Girls Girls Girls serves as a musical testament — proving why Costello is one of Rock's most venerated figures since the original Elvis.