If anyone has been reading some of my recent posts about what I've been listening to, you'll see there's some Elvis Costello in there. I recently started diving into his early work and find it to be fantastic! It made me wonder why he wasn't more popular in the US? I read that in 1979 while on tour in Columbus, OH he made some pretty nasty drunk comments about James Brown and Ray Charles. That didn't help him win over the American audience I'm sure.
As for the early albums below, I have yet to come across a meh offering. Each album I've heard is mainly an upbeat mix of rock, punk, ska, etc. Fun fact, the backing band on his first album was a group called Clover which later became The News, yes Huey Lewis. On subsequent albums until the mid 80's the band was The Attractions, I am thoroughly impressed with their ability and find them to be great, especially bassist Bruce Thomas.
My Aim Is True (1977) - Still need to listen.
This Year's Model (1978) - Own
Armed Forces (1979) - Own
Get Happy!! (1980) - Own
Trust (1981) - Own
Almost Blue (1981) - Took a left turn here and went to Nashville and recorded a Country album. Haven't listened to this.
Imperial Bedroom (1982) - Own
Each album I own I recommend at least a listen. I'm happy I got into this, just wish it would have been sooner!