Elvis Costello credits his seemingly endless late-’70s North American tours with the Attractions for inspiring his 1979 breakthrough set, Armed Forces. Out now is Costello’s six-disc boxed set edition of the classic album. In addition to all the studio tracks recorded during the album’s sessions, the package includes three live recordings ranging from the summer of 1978 to the summer of ‘79.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Elvis Costello dropped a surprise year-capping song in the waning hours of the decade, titled “Farewell, OK 2020.” The D.I.Y.-sounding track isn’t that far off from his critically acclaimed 2020 collection, Hey Clockface.

FAST FACTS

  • 2020 saw Elvis Costello snagging his second Grammy, for his and the Imposters‘ 2018 album, Look Now, winning the award for Best Traditional Pop Album.
  • Costello and the band beat out with Barbra Streisand for WallsMichael Bublé for Love (Deluxe Edition); John Legend for A Legendary Christmas; andSì by Andrea Bocelli.

CHECK IT OUT: Elvis Costello & The Attractions in 1979 performing Armed Forces‘ “Senior Service” on England’s Top Of The Pops: