Release Date: 25 February 2012
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Elvis Costello Get Happy Limited Numbered Mobile Fidelity 2LP Set
Numbered Limited-Edition 180-gram LP Sourced from Original Master Tapes, Cut at 45 RPM
Costello and the Attractions' 1980 Masterpiece Expands Rock Palette and Touches on Every Aspect of Classic Soul and R&B
Elvis Costello and the Attractions' masterful Get Happy!! is largely believed born of national scandal. While in a Holiday Inn bar, the English singer attempted to end an annoying conversation by baiting Stephen Stills with outrageous, offensive racial remarks about Ray Charles and James Brown. With everyone involved inebriated, the details are unclear, but the fallout - death threats, radio embargos, protests - is infamous. The upshot? Costello and company retreated, scrapped a planned record and created the soulful genius that is Get Happy!!, the band's fourth consecutive five-star effort.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, and pressed on two 45-RPM LPs to replicate the very first promotional pressing in the UK, the 1980 LP has never sounded better on any format. Rather than cram nearly 50 minutes of music and 20 songs onto a single record, Mobile Fidelity has gone the extra mile and back to the album's UK roots with two 45-RPM discs. For the first time, listeners can hone in on the record's signature sound that relates to the decision to record the vocals in a studio's glass strings room. In addition, the dimensions and images associated with Steve Nieve's penetrating organ, Pete Thomas' punchy drumming and Costello's bounding vocals know no limits. The music simply leaps off the proverbial page, the uptempo rhythms jumping and nimble bass lines kicking.
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
Black & White World
5ive Gears in Reverse
Beaten to the Punch
I Stand Accused
Love for Tender
Men Called Uncle
Clowntime Is Over