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Old 01-25-2010, 06:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Elvis Costello - 1983-09-07 - Austin, TX

Elvis Costello & The Attractions, with The TKO Horns
Frank C. Erwin Center, University Of Texas, Austin, Texas

The Ultimate Gangster
FM Broadcast recording
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This is a classic Elvis bootleg from a radio show from Austin, known as 'The Gangster is Back', but enhanced to include the songs from the show that were left off the original bootleg. This is now known as the 'Ultimate Gangster', with sources indicated below. Although Elvis's 1983 album, Punch the Clock, is not one of my favorites (It was a big dissappointment when it came out on the heels of the excellent Imperial Bedroom), these '83 shows are nonetheless great, partly due to the addition of the TKO horns. The horns are used not only on the new songs, but on many of the classic Elvis tracks, and it is just alot of fun to hear the horns on tracks like 'Watching the Detectives', 'Clubland', 'Pump It Up', etc. Just great fun all around and an energetic Elvis keeps things jumping.

01 Let Them All Talk
02 Possession
03 Watching The Detectives
04 Secondary Modern
05 The Greatest Thing **
06 Man Out Of Time *
07 Kid About It
08 Mystery Dance
09 Shabby Doll **
10 Temptation
11 New Lace Sleeves
12 (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
13 Shipbuilding *
14 Big Sister's Clothes *
15 Stand Down Margaret *
16 Beyond Belief *
17 Clubland **
18 The World And His Wife
19 Watch Your Step
20 Backstabbers / King Horse
21 Clowntime Is Over *
22 TKO (Boxing Day)
23 Everyday I Write The Book
24 Alison
25 I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
26 Pump It Up

Source A: "The Gangster Is Back" original silver bootleg
* Source B: "The Complete Gangster" FM broadcast, possibly KLBJ-FM
** Source A + B (Matrix)

Elvis Costello - guitar/vocals
The Attractions:
Pete Thomas - drums
Bruce Thomas - bass
Steve Nieve - keyboards
The TKO Horns:
Dave Plews - trumpet
Paul Speare - saxophone
Jeff Blythe - saxophone
Jim Paterson - trombone


Plus, check out more 'Elvis in the Eighties' shows on the blog

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Great share thanks a lot.
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I recorded this on cassette from a radio broadcast 26 years ago and it's, by far, my favorite EC concert ever.

While most people weren't crazy about the TKO Horns, who appeared on the Punch The Clock album (not well regarded by most Elvis fans), they absolutely work in a live setting and add a great punch to his older songs. But for me, the best part about this show is the prominence of Elvis's scratchy rhythm guitar sound. He never really went back to it on later tours, and it's a shame.

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Many thanks for the post -- saw EC many times between 78 and 89 -- this show is exceptional and have to agree about hearing his guitar -- adds a lot as do the horns...
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