ELVIS COSTELLO’S DEBUT ALBUM “MY AIM IS TRUE” RELEASED JULY 22, 1977

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It was forty years ago today taht Elvis Costello [born Declan McManus} released his debut album in the United Kingdom “My Aim Is True.” The album was recorded in a 24 hour period at a low cost. His back up band on the album was not credited on the album but was a group from America named Clover. A member of Clover but not appearing on the album was the future King of Pedestrian Rock ‘n Roll one Huey Lewis.

Nick Lowe was the producer of the album and would go on to produce a number of the early Elvis classics. It wouldn’t be until the spring of 1978 that a friend of mine walked into a science class in high school and started raving about this new album he had just purchased- it was easy to remember the artists name- Elvis Costello. That evening having not heard an Elvis Costello song my brother and I went to the local record store and I bought My Aim Is True and he bought the new second album that had just come out This Years Model. When we got home it only took one listen to be hooked. Elvis would rank on my personal All Time Mount Rushmore along with The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. {I later acquired my brothers copy of This Years Model- in a trade of the century type deal- he got a slice of pizza and I got This Years Model}

At first I thought Elvis Costello was part of the punk movement- the anger on this first few albums would give you the impression that he was a punk but of course he wasn’t. Over the years various updates with added discs of unreleased material have been issued and I’ve bought each one. My Aim Is True is right up there on my list of favorite Elvis albums but I think it would be behind This Years Model and Armed Forces- due to The Attractions being a much better band behind him than Clover was.

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked My Aim Is True at #168 on its Top 500 albums list. I would rank it in my personal Top 25. Outside of albums by The Beatles I can’t think of albums that I’ve played more than the first four Elvis albums. They were in constant heavy rotation for years.

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