Friday, June 5, 2015

40 Year Itch: Elvis Costello's Fave 1975 Albums

Elvis Costello in 1975

Flip City : Pay It Back 

    In 1975 the future Elvis Costello was playing around London as D.P. Costello in his pub rock band Flip City . They also recorded various demos that would appear on his early albums. Married with a child, he had high hopes of leaving his computer operating job at an Elizabeth Arden cosmetics factory ( later disparaged as a "vanity factory" in "I'm Not Angry"). 

In 2000 a much more serious and mature Costello put the following 1975 albums into a list he made for Vanity Fair of his 500 Favorite Albums. The song selections are his.

 TONY BENNETT and BILL EVANS: The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album (1975), “Some Other Time.”

 MILES DAVIS and STAN GETZ and LEE KONITZ: Conception (1975), “Ezz-thetic.” 

BOB DYLAN: Blood on the Tracks (1975), “You’re a Big Girl Now” 
                           The Basement Tapes (1975), “Nothing Was Delivered” 
EMMYLOU HARRIS: Elite Hotel (1976), “One of These Days"

JOHN LENNON: Shaved Fish (1975), “Instant Karma!” 
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS:Natty Dread (1975), “Lively Up Yourself.” 
KATE AND ANNA McGARRIGLE: Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1975), “Go Leave.” 

THE METERS: The Best of the Meters (1975), “Cissy Strut.”
 JONI MITCHELL: The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975), “Shades of Scarlet Conquering” 

THE STYLISTICS: The Best of the Stylistics (1975), “People Make the World Go ’Round.” 


  1. I have never seen this 500 list from EC. This will keep me busy for awhile. Biggest surprise has got to be Salt N Pepa.

  2. ....maybe it's me, but that selection by EC seems a bit false/pretentious.

  3. The young Elvis was a lot more fun.

  4. ".........false/pretentious. " Isn't that in the Vanity Fair Mission statement?

    Young Elvis was more fun (and thinner), but then weren't we all?