Tuesday, March 4, 2008
My friend Mike was working at the Guitar Shop on Connecticut Avenue, NW back in the late 80's when, on one normal afternoon, Elvis himself walked through the door, broken guitar in hand and in need of a quick fix for his show that night at George Washington University. Things must have gone swimmingly, because for Mike's labor, Elvis bequeathed to him some tickets for that evening's show and I was one of the lucky ones to accompany Mike to my first Elvis Costello gig. I was just 10 when Elvis' debut was released ('77) and despite being sort of a hip kid at the time ("Radio, Radio" was being played on the New York City stations with some frequency) seeing Elvis rattle off these tunes one after the other was easily a revelation (for me) that night.
Elvis Costello - (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Mp3)
Elvis Costello - Little Triggers (Mp3)
Elvis Costello - Pump It Up (Mp3)
Elvis Costello - Radio, Radio (Mp3)
Elvis Costello - This Year's Girl (Mp3)
Update: Coincidently, DCist has a feature on this very release today with some fine details...
Posted by Jon at 10:33 AM