Elvis Costello & The Attractions Punch The Clock Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP Scratch & Dent
Elvis Costello & The Attractions Punch The Clock Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP Scratch & Dent

Elvis Costello & The Attractions Punch The Clock Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP Scratch & Dent

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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MFSL 1-389SD
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All covers have spine splits and/or corner bends and/or spine dents. Disc inside is undamaged.

Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!

This item not eligible for any further discount offers!

Costello & the Attractions Return to Mainstream Pop on Slick-Sounding 1983 Album

Mobile Fidelity LP Digs Into Smooth Tones, Brassy Effects, Limber Bass Lines, Multiple Layers of Production

Includes Sparkling Top 40 Hit “Everyday I Write the Book” As Well as Timeless Political Songs “Shipbuilding” and “Pills and Soap”

Razor-Sharp Wit, Concise Melodies on Display Throughout; Jazz Legend Chet Baker Guests


Punch the Clock is Elvis Costello & the Attractions’ most British record, a return to mainstream pop craft loaded with clever barbs and insightful social commentary that nearly landed the headliner in serious trouble with government representatives. Produced by the English hit-making team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the jumpy and horn-accompanied 1983 effort includes Costello’s first-ever American Top 40 hit (“Everyday I Write the Book”) and a smooth sheen that reinforces the material’s commercial intent and catchy appeal.

Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the hyper-literate fidelity and refined melodies in astonishing sonics, navigating the multiple layers of information, brassy effects, and background vocals to present a unified whole replete with stellar front-to-back depth. Akin to the reissue label’s previous acclaimed Costello reissues, Punch the Clock is vastly improved, the opened-up perspective, pronounced instrumental separation, and textural clarity enhancing all the details within the grooves.

Fresh from making a country tribute album and a large-scale set flush with complex arrangements, Costello and Co. return to straight-ahead pop given a decidedly British accent and soulful backing vocals. Conscious of the Merseybeat sound and success of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Costello tints songs with new-wave characteristics, splashy horns, and spontaneous vocal-response support courtesy of female duo Afrodiziak, one member of which later attained fame with Soul II Soul. Steve Nieve’s bounding piano lines dance throughout the arrangements, adding witty pizzazz and delicate allure to already-tuneful fare like “The Element Within Her” and “Mouth Almighty.”

The more direct, hook-ready approach also manifests on numbers such as “Let Them All Talk” and “Charm School,” tunes that also illustrate the contrasts in romantic theme. While remaining deeply cynical, as was his longtime hallmark, Costello unfurls two compositions on which love and marriage are viewed in a positive light. Yet he spares no one, nothing, and minces no words with “Shipbuilding” and “Pills and Soap,” fare that remains revered in his native country as well as abroad.

For “Shipbuilding,” a brilliantly disguised 88s-clinking protest against war influenced by the Falkan Conflict, Costello enlists jazz legend Chet Baker to deliver a masterfully poignant, bluesy trumpet solo that echoes throughout the coda. On the hip-hop-inspired “Pills and Soap,” a thinly veiled metaphor addressing Britain’s abusive sociopolitical state and royal officials, the bespectacled bandleader invents a thoroughly unique quasi-rap draped over a drum-machine beat and Nieve’s bold piano chords. Bracing.

Features:
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes

Musicians:
Elvis Costello, epiphone, Gretsch and Fender guitars, 'One-finger' Synclavier and Casiotone
Steve Nieve, Bosendorfer piano, Emulator Fairlight CMI, Vox organ, Hammond organ, Synclavier
Bruce Thomas, Electric Wal bass guitar
Pete Thomas, Gretsch drums, Sabian cymbals

The TKO Horns
Jim Paterson, trombone
Jeff Blythe, alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet
Paul Speare, tenor sax, flute
Dave Plews, trumpet

Stuart Robson, trumpet and flugelhorn on "The World And His Wife"
Caron Wheeler, backing vocals
Claudia Fontaine, backing vocals
Chet Baker, trumpet solo on "Shipbuilding"
David Bedford, string arrangements
Morris Pert, percussion

Selections:
Side One

1. Let Them All Talk
2. Everyday I Write the Book
3. The Greatest Thing
4. The Element Within Her
5. Love Went Mad
6. Shipbuilding
Side Two
1. TKO (Boxing Day)
2. Charm School
3. The Invisible Man
4. Mouth Almighty
5. King Of Thieves
6. Pills And Soap
7. The World And His Wife
Description
All covers have spine splits and/or corner bends and/or spine dents. Disc inside is undamaged.

Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes!

This item not eligible for any further discount offers!

Costello & the Attractions Return to Mainstream Pop on Slick-Sounding 1983 Album

Mobile Fidelity LP Digs Into Smooth Tones, Brassy Effects, Limber Bass Lines, Multiple Layers of Production

Includes Sparkling Top 40 Hit “Everyday I Write the Book” As Well as Timeless Political Songs “Shipbuilding” and “Pills and Soap”

Razor-Sharp Wit, Concise Melodies on Display Throughout; Jazz Legend Chet Baker Guests


Punch the Clock is Elvis Costello & the Attractions’ most British record, a return to mainstream pop craft loaded with clever barbs and insightful social commentary that nearly landed the headliner in serious trouble with government representatives. Produced by the English hit-making team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the jumpy and horn-accompanied 1983 effort includes Costello’s first-ever American Top 40 hit (“Everyday I Write the Book”) and a smooth sheen that reinforces the material’s commercial intent and catchy appeal.

Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the hyper-literate fidelity and refined melodies in astonishing sonics, navigating the multiple layers of information, brassy effects, and background vocals to present a unified whole replete with stellar front-to-back depth. Akin to the reissue label’s previous acclaimed Costello reissues, Punch the Clock is vastly improved, the opened-up perspective, pronounced instrumental separation, and textural clarity enhancing all the details within the grooves.

Fresh from making a country tribute album and a large-scale set flush with complex arrangements, Costello and Co. return to straight-ahead pop given a decidedly British accent and soulful backing vocals. Conscious of the Merseybeat sound and success of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Costello tints songs with new-wave characteristics, splashy horns, and spontaneous vocal-response support courtesy of female duo Afrodiziak, one member of which later attained fame with Soul II Soul. Steve Nieve’s bounding piano lines dance throughout the arrangements, adding witty pizzazz and delicate allure to already-tuneful fare like “The Element Within Her” and “Mouth Almighty.”

The more direct, hook-ready approach also manifests on numbers such as “Let Them All Talk” and “Charm School,” tunes that also illustrate the contrasts in romantic theme. While remaining deeply cynical, as was his longtime hallmark, Costello unfurls two compositions on which love and marriage are viewed in a positive light. Yet he spares no one, nothing, and minces no words with “Shipbuilding” and “Pills and Soap,” fare that remains revered in his native country as well as abroad.

For “Shipbuilding,” a brilliantly disguised 88s-clinking protest against war influenced by the Falkan Conflict, Costello enlists jazz legend Chet Baker to deliver a masterfully poignant, bluesy trumpet solo that echoes throughout the coda. On the hip-hop-inspired “Pills and Soap,” a thinly veiled metaphor addressing Britain’s abusive sociopolitical state and royal officials, the bespectacled bandleader invents a thoroughly unique quasi-rap draped over a drum-machine beat and Nieve’s bold piano chords. Bracing.

Features:
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes

Musicians:
Elvis Costello, epiphone, Gretsch and Fender guitars, 'One-finger' Synclavier and Casiotone
Steve Nieve, Bosendorfer piano, Emulator Fairlight CMI, Vox organ, Hammond organ, Synclavier
Bruce Thomas, Electric Wal bass guitar
Pete Thomas, Gretsch drums, Sabian cymbals

The TKO Horns
Jim Paterson, trombone
Jeff Blythe, alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet
Paul Speare, tenor sax, flute
Dave Plews, trumpet

Stuart Robson, trumpet and flugelhorn on "The World And His Wife"
Caron Wheeler, backing vocals
Claudia Fontaine, backing vocals
Chet Baker, trumpet solo on "Shipbuilding"
David Bedford, string arrangements
Morris Pert, percussion

Selections:
Side One

1. Let Them All Talk
2. Everyday I Write the Book
3. The Greatest Thing
4. The Element Within Her
5. Love Went Mad
6. Shipbuilding
Side Two
1. TKO (Boxing Day)
2. Charm School
3. The Invisible Man
4. Mouth Almighty
5. King Of Thieves
6. Pills And Soap
7. The World And His Wife
ISBN
Genre
Pop Rock
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
5.00
Construct
0
Dropship
0
Artist
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Title
Punch The Clock
Composer
Additional Artists
The TKO Horns, Stuart Robson, Chet Baker, Caron Wheeler, Morris Pert
Record Weight
180G
Record Speed
33RPM
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
06-19-2018
Release Date
06-19-2018
Availability
In Stock
Format
Vinyl
ASSOC
R
Scratch & Dent
1
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