ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS
An excellent snapshot of Costellos Year Zero, Dont Ask Me To Apologize is divided between an entertaining (and halfway essential) rendering of the bands February 1978 DC show, first released on the Elvis Goes To Washington boot, and the same clutch of live and broadcast odds that highlighted the first two sides of 50 Million Elvis Fans Cant Be Wrong, the semi-seminal vinyl boot that kickstarted the Costello underground industry in the first place.
Three songs from Capital Radio, four more from the John Peel Show, a smart TV take on "Alison" and a bunch of live cuts and b-sides were selected as much for their quality as their rarity - the unforgettable "Watching The Detectives" that introduced the Attractions to the captive crowds of Top Of The Pops remains a heartstoppingly brilliant performance, all the more so since (unlike "Alison"), the video footage wasnt included on the official Right Spectacle DVD collection. Shame about the abrupt ending, though.
The quality isnt
great, largely because both CDs were mastered straight off some rather
crackly vinyl. Still, its a fascinating document, and a brittle
reminder of just what unfeasibly powerful performers Costello and his
Attractions once were. -
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