Elvis Costello
Armed Forces(Elvis Costello and Attractions)

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm      + 7inch EP+ MP3 Download

2015 EU reissue on 180g LP+ MP3- In every way, this is a pop masterpiece, defined by hits such as "Accidents Will Happen," "Oliver's Army," and the anthemic "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding?" You need this record.

Label:  Universal 
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Release date: 30-10-2015(originally released in 1979)

2015 EU reissue of the 1979 album on 180g  LP+MP3- Largely written on tour in hotel rooms and on the bus, Elvis Costello's Armed Forces takes personal politics to a new level. A supremely melodic and hook-laden record, the 1979 set is a showcase of scintillating keyboard lines, sharp guitar work, and the most cohesive arrangements of Costello and the Attractions' career. In every way, this is a pop masterpiece, defined by hits such as "Accidents Will Happen," "Oliver's Army," and the anthemic "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding?" You need this record.

Tracks:
A1 Accidents Will Happen
A2 Senior Service
A3 Oliver's Army
A4 Big Boys
A5 Green Shirt
A6 Party Girl

B1 Goon Squad
B2 Busy Bodies
B3 Sunday's Best
B4 Moods For Moderns
B5 Chemistry Class
B6 Two Little Hitlers

Live At Hollywood High
C1 Accidents Will Happen
C2 Alison

D Watching The Detectives

While less musically intense than the preceding This Year's Model, Armed Forces doesn't let up in the lyric department. Costello's narratives are loaded with paranoia, irony, bitterness, and scathing humor. Originally titled Emotional Fascism, the singer's third consecutive masterpiece is inspired by billboard sign slogans, insular observations, and social behavior that Costello found applicable to his own situation. "Oliver's Army," "Green Shirt," and "Senior Service" address systemic governmental control. "Big Boys," "Two Little Hitlers," and "Accidents Will Happen" also concern control and betrayal – but that of the interpersonal nature.

Given the luxury of six weeks in the studio, Costello and the Attractions responded with spacious arrangements and a few extra touches and instrumental colors that add to the songs' charm. Steve Nieve employs a monophonic Minimoog keyboard and pianos patterned after Abba's sweet pop; whispers are exaggerated into black comedy shouts on "Goon Squad"; layered and echoed vocals provide the illusion of several Costello voices on multiple tracks. The band is of a piece, constantly in harmony and on the same page.

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Bonus(cd,single,download): 7inch EP+ MP3 Download
Label: Universal
Originally released: 1979
This release: 2015
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