Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True - UK LP

Original Release Date

1977

Release Information

UK LP 1977 (Stiff - SEEZ 3)

A1 Welcome To The Working Week 1:22
A2 Miracle Man 3:28
A3 No Dancing 2:37
A4 Blame It On Cain 2:48
A5 Alison 3:21
A6 Sneaky Feelings 2:08
B1 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:46
B2 Less Than Zero 3:11
B3 Mystery Dance 1:35
B4 Pay It Back 2:32
B5 I'm Not Angry 2:57
B6 Waiting For The End Of The World 3:21

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US LP 1978 (Columbia - JC 35037)

A1 Welcome To The Working Week 1:22
A2 Miracle Man 3:28
A3 No Dancing 2:37
A4 Blame It On Cain 2:48
A5 Alison 3:21
A6 Sneaky Feelings 2:08
A7 Watching The Detectives 3:42
B1 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:46
B2 Less Than Zero 3:11
B3 Mystery Dance 1:35
B4 Pay It Back 2:32
B5 I'm Not Angry 2:57
B6 Waiting For The End Of The World 3:21

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UK 2xCD 2007 (Universal - 1741478). Deluxe Edition

Disc One
My Aim Is True
1 Welcome To The Working Week 1:23
2 Miracle Man 3:33
3 No Dancing 2:43
4 Blame It On Cain 2:54
5 Alison 3:26
6 Sneaky Feelings 2:12
7 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:50
8 Less Than Zero 3:19
9 Mystery Dance 1:37
10 Pay It Back 2:36
11 I'm Not Angry 3:02
12 Waiting For The End Of The World 3:27
13 Watching The Detectives 3:50
The Out-Takes
14 No Action (Early Version) 2:16
15 Living In Paradise (Early Version) 3:00
16 Radio Sweetheart 2:32
17 Stranger In The House 3:05
The Pathway Studios Demos
18 Welcome To The Working Week 1:28
19 Blue Minute 1:36
20 Miracle Man 2:22
21 Waiting For The End Of The World 2:28
22 Call On Me 1:58
23 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:06
24 I Don't Want To Go Home 1:45
25 I Hear A Melody 2:11

Disc Two
Live At The Nashville Rooms, August 7, 1977
(with The Attractions)
1 Introduction By Dave Robinson 0:26
2 Welcome To The Working Week 1:19
3 Blame It On Cain 2:53
4 No Dancing 2:58
5 Waiting For The End Of The World 3:54
6 Night Rally 2:35
7 Hoover Factory 2:02
8 No Action 2:32
9 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea 3:03
10 Miracle Man 3:53
11 The Beat 3:46
12 Less Than Zero 3:28
13 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:58
14 Lipstick Vogue 4:00
15 Watching The Detectives 4:24
16 Lip Service 4:32
17 Mystery Dance 3:34
18 Alison 3:35
Live At The Nashville Rooms, Soundcheck, August 7, 1977 (with The Attractions)
19 Pay It Back 2:24
20 Radio Sweetheart 2:57
21 Sneaky Feelings 2:17
22 Crawling In The USA 3:00
23 Alison 3:26

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US CD 2007 (Hip-O – B0008635-02)

1 Welcome To The Working Week 1:23
2 Miracle Man 3:31
3 No Dancing 2:40
4 Blame It On Cain 2:49
5 Alison 3:24
6 Sneaky Feelings 2:11
7 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 2:47
8 Less Than Zero 3:18
9 Mystery Dance 1:35
10 Pay It Back 2:32
11 I'm Not Angry 2:59
12 Waiting For The End Of The World 3:22
13 Watching The Detectives 3:46

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 14, 12 wks
US Chart Hit: 32

Credits

Produced by Nick Lowe for Keepitasahobby Productions

Additional Credits

Elvis Costello - guitar, vocals, backing vocals; piano & drumstick on 'Mystery Dance'
John McFee - guitar, pedal steel
Sean Hopper - keyboards, backing vocals
Johnny Ciambotti - bass, backing vocals
Michael Shine - drums
Nick Lowe - bass; piano & drumstick on 'Mystery Dance'
Stan Shaw - organ on 'Less Than Zero'

Recorded at Pathway Studios, Islington.

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: Aided by Huey Lewis' uninspiring backing band Clover (calling themselves The Shamrocks), My Aim Is True is, considering its reputation as an unarguable classic, decidedly underwhelming in places. Clover, although competent, can't match Costello's vitriolic lyrics and intense delivery. Nick Lowe's production is a typical Lowe-job: brittle, tinny and full of echo. 'Mystery Dance' is irritating Rock n Roll in the style of our mans fatter namesake, 'Pay It Back' is weedy country rock. Yet despite all this it still packs a punch, and certainly has some of his best songs.

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UK 2xCD 2007 (Universal - 1741478). Deluxe Edition

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True - US CD 2007 (Hip-O – B0008635-02)

US CD 2007 (Hip-O – B0008635-02). Best version for those who don't want a load of shit "bonus" tracks. Click here for more

 

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