Friday, August 5

El vis Cos tello - 'My Aim Is True' 45th Anniv. Celebration (Demos + Live)

EC & Flip City
Nearly Complete Demos

rec. Maida Vale Studios, London
and Hope & Anchor Studios, Islington

soundboard recordings (sound quality: VG+)

01 Exiles Road (1)
02 Baseball Heroes
03 Radio Soul (1)
04 Third Rate Romance (1) 
05 Living In Paradise
06 Radio Soul (2)
07 Radio Soul (3)
08 Pay It Back
09 Imagination Is a Powerful Deceiver (1)
xx Imagination Is a P-ful Deceiver (2)*
11 Imagination Is a Powerful Deceiver (3)
12 Third Rate Romance (2)
13 Knockin' On Heaven's Door
14 I'm Packing Up (1)
15 I'm Packing Up (2)
16 (Please Mister) Don't Stop the Band
17 Exiles Road (2)
18. Wreck On the Slide
19 On the Road
20 You Win Again
21 Sweet Revival

*Track 10 Imagination Is A Powerful Deceiver (2) was officially released in 2001 as Track 7, Disc 2 on the Rhino Records 2-CD reissue of My Aim Is True, which explain why it is absent here.

Flip City:
Declan P. MacManus - guitar, lead vocals  |  Mich Kent - bass, vocals
Steve Hazelhurst - guitar, vocals, keyboards, sax  |  Malcolm Dennis - drums (early session only)
Ian Powling - drums (last sessions)  |  Dickie Faulkner - percussion, vocals (last sessions)

ROB SEZ: I can't let the 45th anniversary of the seminal debut album pass without proper recognition. Before EC & The Attractions, and before EC & Clover, there was Flip City. This is the "pre-professional" band with whom Elvis learned how to sing, write songs, and perform live. It was during this time he also worked his day job as a computer operator. In these demos, you can hear EC & company getting it together — with the promise of much more (and better) things to come, just a year or two later. Below is a live, 25th anniversary celebration of the album performed by EC and most of the members of Clover, the band that backed him during the album sessions. The performance is a marvel, considering how many years elapsed between the recoring of the album and this reunion. Big thanks to the Teenage Dogs In Trouble blog for originally sharing the live recording. Please enjoy.

EC & Clover
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
November 8, 2007

audience recording (sound quality: VG+)

For the 30th anniversary of My Aim Is True, and for a benefit for the child of Austin De Lone, EC and Clover re-created the album they recorded together in 1977. Clover members present were John McFee on guitar and pedal steel, Sean Hopper on keyboards and John Ciambotti on bass. Clover's drummer was unavailable and was replaced by Pete Thomas. Clover's vocalists didn't participate in the 1977 album recording sessions or this concert.

Following the top-to-bottom playing of the My Aim Is True with original arrangements, EC and the rest of the musicians in various combinations played a second set of songs all written before 1977, the declared rule for the evening.

EC & Clover (above), 46 or 47 years ago...
and reunited onstage in S.F., Nov. 2007
1. Introduction
2. Welcome to the Working Week 
3. Miracle Man
4. No Dancing
5. Blame it On Cain
6. Alison
7. Sneaky Feelings
8. (Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
9. Less Than Zero
10. Mystery Dance
11. Pay it Back
12. I'm Not Angry
13. Waiting for the End of the World
14. Watching the Detectives

1. Just Like a Jukebox ? (EC solo)
2. Wave a White Flag (EC solo)
3. Blue Minute (EC solo)
4. Jump Up (EC solo) 
5. ? (EC solo)
6. Living in Paradise
7. Stranger In the House
8. (old song with new arrangement)
9. Radio Sweetheart
10. Mr. Moon
11. ?
12. chatter
13. ?
14. (What's So Funny Bout)  Peace, Love and Understanding? (all)


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