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Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:52 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Concord Records

Recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York, Hey Clockface is the latest “Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production”, following their work together on Elvis Costello and The Imposters GRAMMY-winning album Look Now. Hey Clockface also features contributions from Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, and longtime collaborator Steve Nieve.

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Elvis Costello – Armed Forces (Remastered 2020) (1979/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Elvis Costello – Armed Forces (Remastered 2020) (1979/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:54 minutes | 1,64 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © UMe/Elvis Costello

Newly remaster! Armed Forces was the third studio album from Costello and second with The Attractions, arriving in January 1979. It was originally conceived under the title Emotional Fascism, which says a lot about the artist’s state of mind while writing and recording. Much was made at the time about Costello moving away from the punk sound of its predecessors and embracing a new wave style, but (then as now) genre tags were simply reductive when it came to Costello’s oeuvre. He brought a deep and abiding love of pop, rock, and R&B in all their forms to Armed Forces, turning in some of his most beloved compositions including “Oliver’s Army” (anchored by Steve Nieve’s ABBA-inspired keyboard riff) about the Troubles in Northern Ireland; the tense, paranoid “Green Shirt”; and elegant, haunting “Accidents Will Happen,” inspired by Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Anyone Who Had a Heart.” One of the LP’s most famed songs wasn’t on the original U.K. issue, however. “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” was introduced by Nick Lowe – the producer of Armed Forces – by his band Brinsley Schwarz in 1974 and re-recorded by Costello, The Attractions, and producer Lowe in 1978 credited to “Nick Lowe & His Sound.” Costello’s biting rendition was added to the U.S. version of the album where it replaced “Sunday’s Best.”

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Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory (1998) [MFSL 2017] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory (1998) [MFSL 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:13 minutes | Scans included | 2,12 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,02 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2193 | Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening

Painted from Memory is a collaboration between Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. The collaboration commenced with “God Give Me Strength”, a commission for the 1996 film “Grace of My Heart”. Apparently pleased with the result, the pair expanded the project to this full album, the first for Costello after an absence of two years, and for Bacharach after an absence of 21 years. Lyrics and music are co-credited to both Bacharach and Costello. “I Still Have That Other Girl” won a Grammy Award in 1998 for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” for Bacharach and Costello.

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now (Deluxe Edition) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Look Now (Deluxe Edition) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:02:13 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Concord Records

From the release of his debut album, My Aim Is True, in 1977, Elvis Costello expressed his musical gluttony by mixing explosive pub rock, reggae tones, almost country-like ballads and pop songs sculpted with crystalline arpeggios. It was this eclecticism that allowed him to work with people as diverse as George Jones (the godfather of country music), Burt Bacharach (the master of pop lounge), the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, the jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and even the rappers from The Roots, just to name a few… Forty years later, the elusive spectacled Brit (having always been fond of concept albums), releases Look Now with the Imposters, featuring Steve Nieve on keyboards, Davey Faragher on bass and Pete Thomas (already the drummer of his group Attractions). This group, with whom he recorded Momofuku in 2008, give him the chance to get his writing pen out once again… and it’s as sharp as ever. Here he has shared the writing responsibilities with the great Carole King on Burnt Sugar Is so Bitter, co-written 25 years earlier, as well as with Bacharach on Photographs Can Lie and Don’t Look Now. Once again, it feels like Costello is searching for the perfect pop song. He takes an approach that screams 1960s. However, the timelessness of the album anchors the songwriter well in his time, in 2018. Costello succeeds in writing melodies and lyrics that stick in his listeners’ heads. A good song, as we all know, is ageless and Elvis Costello certainly reminds us of that here…  – Marc Zisman

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Elvis Costello – North (2003/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elvis Costello – North (2003/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 40:41 minutes | 876 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Few artists in pop history have displayed as many different musical sides as Elvis Costello. Over the years, he’s ventured in new wave, country, jazz, R&B, and more, and collaborated with everyone from Burt Bacharach to opera star Anne Sofie Von Otter. So those who’ve followed his twists and turns shouldn’t be taken aback by EC following his excellent, groove-based rock album WHEN I WAS CRUEL with a disc full of gently orchestrated piano ballads.

This is Costello’s debut release on the classical Deutsche Grammaphon label, and though he’s ventured into the classical world on such projects as his „Juliet Letters“ album with the Brodsky Quartet, this is a different beast. With a muted backing that splits the difference between jazzy combo and modern orchestra, „North“ finds Costello aiming for a modern variation on the classic standard format. Using traditional structures, he spices things up by adding seemingly Schubert-inspired art song-like harmonies and melodic intervals. The lyrics follow a man on the path from romantic disillusionment to the sparks of a new love, mirroring the songwriter’s personal journey at the time of the recording. The only question at the end is–where to next?

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Elvis Costello – North (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Elvis Costello – North (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:36 minutess | Scans included | 3,05 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 45:21 mins | Scans | 920 MB

North, Elvis Costello’s 20th album of new material, follows the deliberately classicist When I Was Cruel by a mere year, but it feels more the sequel to 1998’s Burt Bacharach collaboration, Painted From Memory, or even 1993’s roundly ignored classical pop experiment, The Juliet Letters. Costello has abandoned clanging guitars and drums of Cruel — abandoned rock & roll, really — to return to a set of classically influenced songs, all “composed, arranged and conducted” by the man himself (on The Juliet Letters, he was merely the composer and voice). The songs on North are pitched halfway between traditional torch ballads and arty contemporary Broadway writers such as Stephen Sondheim. This isn’t so much a shift in direction after When I Was Cruel as much as it is an extension of the Bacharach album (in this context, Cruel seems like the aberration), but it’s also a reflection of Costello’s new love for Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall. It’s not just that North is somewhat of a song cycle, starting with the despair of a failed relationship and ending with the hope of a new love, but that it’s somewhat written in the style of Krall’s music: self-consciously sophisticated and slightly jazzy. Ultimately, North is not jazz-pop; it’s classical pop, with Costello more interested in the structure, arrangement, and words of the song rather than mere catchiness. It’s a very writerly album, in regards to both the music and lyrics. Consequently, it takes a bit of effort to get into the album, since it purposefully lacks hooks and songs as immediate or tuneful as those on Painted From Memory or “Jacksons, Monk and Rowe” from The Juliet Letters. This is not a flaw, per se — it’s simply what the album is, a collection of subtle songs performed with an elegant understatement. Unlike The Juliet Letters, North never feels like an exercise, nor does it feel like Costello has something to prove. It’s a specific, personal album with serious ambitions that it fulfills. If the album ultimately winds up being something to listen to on occasion rather than a record to spin repeatedly, that doesn’t make Costello’s achievement with this song cycle any less admirable.

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Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True (1977) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9065] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True (1977) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9065]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:07 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 741 MB

Uses the 2011 DSD master based on Japanese original analog tape. Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

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Elvis Costello: Detour – Live At The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (2015) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD 5.1 + BDRip 720p/1080p

Title: Elvis Costello feat. Larkin Poe – Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Folk Rock
Director: Joss Crowley
Artist: Elvis Costello – vocals, guitars, piano; Rebecca Lovell – vocals, mandolin; Megan Lovell – vocals, lapsteel

Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Duration: 01:45:45
Quality: Blu-ray
Container: BDMV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, PCM
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 20534 kbps / 1920*1080p / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2407 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Size: 22.68 GB

In a little over 100 minutes in front of his home crowd (and his mom), Elvis Costello, performer and songwriter extraordinaire, takes you on a musical journey through his vast songbook.

It’s a solo show like no other. Set in a 1960s living room with an oversized television broadcasting never-seen-before personal photos, Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall sees Costello up front and proto-punk with guitar, powerfully heartfelt at the grand piano, and in playful mood sat down with the uke.

Digging deep into his catalogue, breakthrough songs like Watching The Detectives sit alongside rarities like “’45”, emotive Bob Dylan reinventions such as “Down On The Bottom”, and barnstorming renditions of collaborative work like the Paul McCartney co-written song,”Pads, Paws and Claws”.

And in between songs, Costello’s patter treats the audience to stories about his earliest memories and reveals through anecdotes about his family the origins of his music and traveling life.

Spontaneously entertaining, acerbically witty and slapstick funny, looking back to look forward, and at times challengingly intimate, expect the unexpected and be ready to ride the full gamut of emotions as you revel in this faithfully shot and recorded film of Elvis Costello: Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Special guests Larkin Poe, a bluegrass and roots rock sister act from Atlanta, make a strong cameo appearance.

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! (2011/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! (2011/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:16:02 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello

Prolific singer-songwriter Elvis Costello spun another pivotal outing at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on May 11 and 12, 2011. This recording marked the triumphant return of “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” an artistic and innovative endeavor, which put fans in control. Each spin outlined a song that would be performed in the set list. The British icon first introduced this game-show type wheel in 1986 at the Beverly Theatre. The performance showcased exhilarating renditions of beloved hits and rarities including “Watching The Detectives,” “Man Out Of Time,” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”. This musical experience was unlike any other and is available as a pristine hi-res download.

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Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Trust (1981/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Trust (1981/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:51 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello

Trust is an album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It is Costello’s fifth album, and fourth with the Attractions. It was also his fifth consecutive album produced by Nick Lowe, who handled production on all songs except “Big Sister’s Clothes” (which the liner notes make clear by stating that Lowe was “not responsible” for it).

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