Favorite Elvis Costello album in terms of bass?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Lefty Geek, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Lefty Geek

    Lefty Geek

    Feb 13, 2006
    So many songs with great bass lines. Which album has the most?

  2. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt

    Jan 22, 2006
    For me it's Armed Forces. I up and quit my band 'cause nobody else got it. Changed my life, seriously.
  3. DaBassman


    Mar 25, 2002
    Oneonta, NY
    Check out the cool Tuba (instead of bass) on Chewing Gum!!
  4. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Another vote for Armed Forces. Bruce Thomas' basslines were architectural on that one.
  5. climb


    May 1, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    For me, the bass and songwriting go hand in hand in a lot of ways. For me, Trust takes the prize for single best Costello album followed immediately by Painted From Memory.
  6. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Armed Forces. Bruce is da man.
  7. TeleTubby


    Jan 6, 2006
    Lynden, WA
    Get Happy is my personal favorite but you just can't go wrong with Armed Forces or This Year's Model, either- Bruce rules!
  8. davec

    davec Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 4, 2006
    Fort Wayne Indiana
    Owner; Cody Electric Basses ( Now Closed) sales @ Sweetwater
    this year model
  9. Muddslide


    Feb 23, 2007
    Mobile, Alabama

    Armed Forces is hands down my favorite EC & The Attractions album.
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think any of the first 3 albums have super basslines, but Armed Forces and This Year's Model are especially awesome.
  11. What to choose? they all kick butt! I would go with Imperial Bedroom for sheer variety and imagination with a close second going to punch the clock.
    Bruce is insane!!!!
  12. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I only have This Year's Model and one of his Greatest Hits 2 CD deals, so I'm going to have to say anything that has Bruce on it from EC is a favorite of mine at this point. I'm going to fully check out the others though.
  13. tonedeafmike


    Jan 13, 2008
    Armed Forces can almost stand on its own as a Greatest Hits CD. It's great for the music, and one of my favorite CDs for listening to someone play bass.
  14. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    The Best Of Elvis Costello, The First 10 Years! A cop out for sure, but I'm OK with it.

    As this is essentially a Bruce thread, below is (now) my P Bass that Bruce used to own. It's the one he replaced the "Attractions" bass with when it was stolen. I've replaced the retro fitted gold guard Bruce used with a more period correct (and eye pleasing IMO) tort. When my band does Pump It Up I think I can feel it smiling :D (or it could be shaking its head :rollno:)
  15. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt

    Jan 22, 2006
    Wow, look at that bruiser!:bassist:
  16. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt

    Jan 22, 2006
    'Get Happy' is my guilty pleasure #2. McCartney meets Jamerson with a nod and a wink.
  17. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Never cared for the voice or the music, but perhaps I should take another listen, if nothing else for the bass player. I do like "Veronica" and his duet with Paul McCartney, called "You Want Her Too."

    I'll browse the thread and see if I can find some good stuff.
  18. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Armed Forces
    Get Happy
    This Years Model
    Brutal Youth
    Imperial Bedroom

    So much to listen to with Bruce Thomas. He was absolutely the perfect foil to Elvis' writing. The tension between the two of them pushed each to crazy competitive creative highs!
  19. TheJohnG


    May 21, 2008
    Blood and Chocolate. Hands down best album.
    Not really because of bass though. It's just cool, though it does happen to include some pretty good lines. I personally rate cool much higher than complexity.
  20. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Does anyone know if on "Pills and Soap" off the Punch the Clock album if Bruce used a pick? Every time I hear that song it sounds like he is.