Label: Columbia - PC 35037 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave, Rock & Roll
The album was recorded at Pathway Studios in HighburyLondon Borough of Islington inover the course of six four-hour studio sessions, in a total of approximately twenty-four hours. InRolling Stone magazine named the album one of the best of Senseless Violence - RKL* - Keep Laughing: The Best Of.
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Costello had been performing in clubs and pubs in Liverpool and London since and had created some demo tapes, but he had had little success in obtaining a recording contract. When Stiff Records was founded inCostello submitted his demos there and found some interest, but initially they wanted him as a songwriter for Dave Edmunds.
Edmunds, however, was reluctant, so the company had Costello and Clover re-record some of his songs, with Lowe producing, to try to persuade him. The new recordings were good enough on their own for Stiff Records to abandon that idea. Costello stayed at his day job as the first two singles, "Less Than Zero" and "Alison", were released without much success. Finally, the label decided to release the album in the summer ofand he was asked to quit his job and become a professional musician.
He described this situation as being "an overnight success after seven years". The album cover was designed by Barney Bubbleswho was uncredited on the sleeve. The cover art features rows of tiny black and white checks surrounding the photo of Costello on which the phrase "Elvis Is King" is written. Costello's pose on the cover would become an iconic look for him, with the Buddy Holly glasses and the knees bent inwards together. He struck a similar pose in the photo on the back of the original Allegro Ma Non Troppo - Denis Matsouev* / Beethoven*, Tchaïkovsky*, Liszt*, Prokofiev* - Denis Matso. The Im Not Angry - Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True UK copies also came with a form asking the buyer to send in the address of a friend, who would then receive a free copy.
The free copies that were sent out in response to returned forms were customised with a Im Not Angry - Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True special sticker. The form and the sticker were also designed by Barney Bubbles. First pressings came with writings on the dead wax with on the A side "Elvis is King" and " Porky Prime Cut " and on the B side "on this side too" and "porky prime cut too". Early issues were also printed with many different coloured backs. Later issues then had a green tint on the front picture Im Not Angry - Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True a green back.
The Demon re-issue originally had a yellow tint on the photo and a yellow back, and the reissue has a green tint photo. According to Costello's own website, a second version of the album with an identical track listing was recorded over a 2-day period in July This second version was recorded by Elvis Costello and his new permanent backing band, The Attractionswith the intention of replacing the original tracks contained in My Aim Is True once the initial pressings had sold out.
This never came to pass, however, and all released versions of the album continue to use the original recordings with members of Clover as the backing band.
As well, although several reissues of My Aim Is True have featured various demos and era recordings as bonus tracks, the July album re-recordings have never been issued in any format. On 8 NovemberCostello reunited with the members of Clover from the original recording sessions to perform the songs from My Aim Is True.
This marked the first ever and to date only live public performances of these songs by the original ensemble that recorded them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elvis Costello. New wave   pub rock  punk rock  power pop .
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