OK, now we get to the good stuff imo... I have a BUNCH of Costello boots here, and most every one of them rocks the house HARD. Looking through them, they are all from the years 1977-79, or the period when I actually LOVED the music of Elvis Costello.....anyway, today I have a handful of them, one a grab bag of live tracks, the rest recorded in 1977. Next time I'll hit 1978, then 1979... this stack of boots is really as good as any stack of boots I have from nearly anyone, how I wish I could have seen him & The Attractions at their high point.
"Get Emotional" (Leicester England 10/22/77) is a fine one, leading off with Richard Hell's "Love Comes in Spurts", followed by a killer set with "Red Shoes", "The Beat", lots more including the always fab "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea".
Recorded just a week or so later is "Guilford England 10/31/77". To his/their credit, a fairly different set, opening with "No Action" and blasting through a good portion of "This Year's Model", including "lipstick Vogue", "Radio Radio", "Lip Service" and more, winding up with a frantic "Mystery Dance".
Two weeks later, we have a 2 Disc appearance at "The Old Waldorf San Francisco 11/15/77"....he did two
sets on this evening, each captured on a seperate disc. Again, very different sets, "Living In Paradise" pops up, and a raved-up "Pump It Up" closes the second set.
Yet another week passes, and another show, this one from "Jed's, New Orleans, 11/23/77"....I doubt this is the complete show, only nine tracks, and I doubt he would have closed a show with "Less Than Zero", so MAYBE there is another disc out there somewhere, or maybe the tape broke in the middle, who knows, still worth a listen.
Delving into the month of December, EC played the famed Agora Theater in Cleveland Ohio, the set i8s getting a bit less varied, nothing really out of the ordinary here, but still a fine performance.
And finally for 1977, An FM-simulcast of his show at "The Riviera, Chicago, 12/77"....again, almost an identical set to the Cleveland show, I assume they were getting tired from all the touring, but again, don't be sold short....EVERY one of these albums is worthwhile, every one. Don't say I didn't warn ya, and don't show up in 2021 saying the links are down! Next time, 1978!
LEICESTER ENGLAND 10/22/77-01 Love Comes in Spurts/02 No Action/03 (The Angles Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes/04 Blame it On Cain/05 The Beat/06 Dr. Luther's Assistant/07 This Year's Girl/08 (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea/09 Less Than Zero/10 Whole Wide World/11 Roadette Song/12 Neat Neat Neat/13 Little Triggers/14 Radio Radio/15 You Belong to Me/16 Miracle Man
GUILFORD ENGLAND 10/31/77-01 No Action/02 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes/03 No
Dancing/04 Lip Service/05 Sneaky Feelings/06 Less Than Zero/07 Big Tears/08 Sunday's Best/09 Stranger in the House/10 Little Triggers/11 Radio Radio/12 You Belong to Me/13 Miracle Man/14 Lipstick Vogue/15 Watching the Detectives/16 Mystery Dance
SAN FRANCISCO 11/15/77 DISC 1-01 (EARLY SHOW)-01 Pump It Up/02 Welcome to the Working Week/03 The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes/04 Blame it On Cain/05 End of the World/06 The Beat/07 Less Than Zero/08 Allison/09 Miracle Man/10 You Belong to Me/11 Lipstick Vogue/12 Watching the Detectives/13 Mystery Dance/14 Bonnie Simmons Outro (No Encore)
NEW ORLEANS 11/23/77-01 No Dancing/02 Waiting For the End of the World/03 No Action/04 Stranger In the House/05 Roadette Song/06 Allison/07 Blame It On Cain/08 The Beat/09 Less Than Zero
CLEVELAND 12/05/77-01 Welcome to the Working Week/02 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes/03 Hand in Hand/04 Waiting For the End of the World/05 No Action/06 Less Than Zero/07 The Beat/08 No Dancing/09 Big Tears/10 Blame It On Cain/11 Little Triggers/12 Radio Radio/13 You belong To Me/14 Pump it Up/15 Lipstick Vogue/16 Watching the Detectives/17 Miracle Man/18 Mystery Dance
CHICAGO 12/77-01 Introduction By Bob Skafish (WXRT-FM)/02 Welcome to the Working Week/03
(The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes)/04 Waiting For the End of the World/05 No Action/06 The Beat/07 Less Than Zero/08 Radio Radio/09 You Belong to me/10 Lipstick Vogue/11 Watching the Detectives/12 Pump It Up/13 Miracle Man/14 Encore Break
These are all worth your while, classic recordings, some I assume are fairly hard to locate, I've had them since forever........can't understate the brilliance of these.