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This super deluxe edition was personally curated by Elvis Costello. The box fully embraces Barney Bubbles' epic package art and features 9 pieces of vinyl, 7 custom notebooks containing updated liner notes from Costello (nearly 10,000 words total) and his handwritten lyrics from the era. The album receives a brand-new remaster from the original production master tapes with the sonic fidelity matching the original 1979 UK pressing. Along with selections from the Hollywood High show, there are 3 more concerts, 23 never released live songs including the full PinkPop 1979 set and highlights from the notorious Riot at The Regent concert and the December 24, 1978 Dominion Theatre. The set includes the vintage grenade and gun poster and the 4 original postcards of each band member. Costello commissioned acclaimed artist Todd Alcott to recreate pulp novel covers of to represent songs from Armed Forces featuring Costello as the star of the cover in precarious situations.
Armed Forces 12” LP A1. Accidents Will Happen A2. Senior Service A3. Oliver’s Army A4. Big Boys A5. Green Shirt A6. Party Girl
B1. Goon Squad B2. Busy Bodies B3. Sunday’s Best B4. Moods For Moderns B5. Chemistry Class B6. Two Little Hitlers B7. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?
Sketches for Emotional Fascism 10" LP A1. Clean Money A2. Talking In The Dark A3. Wednesday Week A4. Tiny Steps
B1. Crawling To The U.S.A. B2. Big Boys (Alternate Version) B3. Green Shirt (Demo Version) B4. My Funny Valentine
Riot At The Regent – Live In Sydney ’78 10” LP A1. Oliver’s Army A2. Waiting For The End Of The World A3. Big Boys
B1. This Year’s Girl B2. You Belong To Me B3. Pump It Up
Europe ‘79 – Live At Pinkpop 12” LP A1. Goon Squad A2. B-Movie A3. Green Shirt A4. (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea A5. Opportunity A6. So Young A7. High Fidelity
B1. Lipstick Vogue B2. Watching The Detectives B3. Big Boys B4. Pump It Up B5. You Belong To Me B6. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?
Christmas In The Dominion - Live 24th December ’78 10” LP A1. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes A2. No Dancing
B1. I Stand Accused B2. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?
Live at Hollywood High & Elsewhere 1978 12” LP A1. Accidents Will Happen A2. Mystery Dance A3. Goon Squad A4. Party Girl A5. Stranger In The House
B1. Alison B2. Lipstick Vogue B3. Watching The Detectives B4. You Belong To Me B5. Chemistry Class (Live at The Warner Theatre, Washington D.C.)
“Oliver's Army” 7" A1. Oliver's Army B1. Big Boys (Demo)
“Accidents Will Happen” 7” A1. Accidents Will Happen B1. Busy Bodies (Alternate)
Nick Lowe & His Sound “American Squirm” 7" A1. American Squirm B1. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?