02: Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Good Year For The Roses

Posted: January 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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In 1981, Elvis Costello stunned many of his followers, and confronted head-on the prejudices of rock music fans, by releasing Almost Blue, an album of pure country, recorded in Nashville with The Attractions and produced by Billy Sherrill.

It was announced, before the album’s release, that he wouldn’t be doing a UK tour to promote it, possibly fearing the LP would not be well received. At Leeds University, where I was booking the bands and organising all the concerts, we were having none of that. Elvis was one of our favourites, and a regular performer in the legendary Refectory. The Costello organisation also trusted us. I phoned Elvis’s manager, Jake Riviera, to try to secure a one-off gig. No chance, said Jake. Over a number of calls, my cash offers kept rising. And on 23 June 1981, Elvis played his only UK concert, around the release of Almost Blue, in the Refec. It also happened to be the day of one of the final exams for the promoter’s Politics degree. The outcome is in the book, available from Amazon via the BUY THE BOOK link on the top menu bar.

Click below to see and hear Elvis sing…


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