Armed Forces

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レーベル:Rhino / Wea
JAN:0081227819026 売上ランキング:音楽で435384位

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Disc : 1
  1. Accidents Will Happen
  2. Senior Service
  3. Oliver's Army
  4. Big Boys
  5. Green Shirt
  6. Party Girl
  7. Goon Squad
  8. Busy Bodies
  9. Sunday's Best
  10. Moods For Moderns
  11. Chemistry Class
  12. Two Little Hitlers
  13. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
Disc : 2
  1. Tiny Steps
  2. Busy Bodies (Alternate version)
  3. Talking In The Dark
  4. Big Boys (Alternate version)
  5. Clean Money
  6. Wednesday Week
  7. My Funny Valentine
  8. Accidents Will Happen (Live)
  9. Mystery Dance (Live)
  10. Good Squad (Live)
  11. Party Girl (Live)
  12. Stranger In The House (Live)
  13. Alison (Live)
  14. Lipstick Vogue (Live)
  15. Watching The Detectives (Live)
  16. You Belong To Me (Live)
  17. Chemistry Class (Live Solo)
Armed Forces was the last title in a trilogy of albums that rank with the greatest three-LP series in pop-rock history. In retrospect, it also now appears to be the one on which the young Costello's pop tendencies peaked, right before they began to "mature" and grow less accessible. "Accidents Will Happen" features a melody line as beautiful as any ever written; "Oliver's Army" easily competes with the best of Abba and Brian Wilson among pop masterpieces. This is also where Costello's early themes--most notably romantic rejection equated with the horrors of neo-Nazism and modern politics--came together most precisely (the album's working title was "Emotional Fascism"). Rhino does its usual superb job, with wonderful remastering, in-depth liner notes by Costello himself (including a catty paragraph about famous groupie-author Bebe Buell, who often claims this album is about her), and a second disc of concurrent singles and alternate versions. Best of all are nine live tracks from the legendary June 4, 1978, Hollywood High School show, fully documenting that Costello & the Attractions were once among the all-time dynamic live rock acts. --Bill Holdship