Elvis Costello Kicks Off Live Album Series With 1978 Toronto Show
In March 1978, Elvis Costello & the Attractions’ classic debut My Aim Is True was out, and the even better follow-up This Year’s Model was just about to drop.
Costello superfans already know about Live at the El Mocambo, the live recording of the Attractions’ March 6, 1978 Toronto show. The show was broadcast live on a Canadian radio station and released in a very limited promotional pressing, which was subsequently bootlegged many times over. In 1993, it was included as a bonus disc on the Costello box set 2 1/2 Years, which collected the near-perfect first three Costello albums. And on September 29, Live at the El Mocambo will finally see wide release, via Hip-O/UMe.
Live at the El Mocambo, which includes songs from My Aim Is True and This Year’s Model, is the first installment in The Costello Show, a series of live Costello albums that will be released over the course of the coming year.
In other news, the first season of “Spectacle”, Costello’s Sundance Channel music-and-talk show, is now available from iTunes.