Monday, May 14, 2007

You Got Lucky

...because I got lucky. Last Saturday afternoon, the aging hipster on the next block over was selling a bunch of first rate vinyl, lots of early 80s punk and New Wave. Some Brit guy was cockblocking me on the fresh stacks, but he missed this legandary Stiff Records compilation from 1978, Stiffs Live. Only 25 cents! It features the genius Nick Lowe (founder and in-house producer at Stiff), Wreckless Eric and Ian Drury & the Blockheads, among others. But what's truly righteous -- and why today is your lucky day -- is the live Elvis Costello: the Burt Bacharach and Hal David cover "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself," and "Miracle Man," from My Aim Is True. Recorded during the label's 1977 group tour, these are gems. Listen.

I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself - Elvis Costello

Miracle Man - Elvis Costello

[Photo caption: That's Nick in the foreground, Elvis over his left shoulder in the back. The photo is reversed on my copy.]


hector23 said...

thanks joe!

Casey said...

That was a cool find! Just young punks then!
Great stuff!

Happy In Bag said...

Oh, this is one of my favorite albums. I wouldn't give up my copy for $25.00, let alone a quarter.