This 2 CD set is an out of print collectible!It is the 1995 Rykodisc version. Catalog RCD 20281.
Seeking to exorcise the demons of 1981's ill-fated country album, Almost Blue
, Elvis Costello had another go with 1985's exquisite 15-song exploration of American life, King of America
. "Little Palaces" and "Indoor Fireworks" feel like you've lived with them all your life. "Our Little Angel" has the aura of a lost Hank Williams
classic, but, of course, only Costello could come up with a couplet like "You try to love but you're so contrary / Like a chainsaw running through a dictionary." King of America
isn't all slide guitars and domestic discord, though. "Lovable" is as pure a moment of joyful abandon as Costello has ever allowed himself. Six months later, he kicked up an unholy racket with Blood and Chocolate
. Costello fans have never seen another year like it. --Peter Paphides