Elvis Costello & Clover Revisit My Aim Is True

Last week Elvis Costello played two-sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, running through the entirety of My Aim Is True. His band for the nights was Clover, who backed him for the recording of the album in 1977 (the members went on to play with Huey Lewis, Lucinda Williams, Doobie Bros). After My Aim was over, they continued for an additional fifty minutes. Via San Francisco Chronicle:

After charging through the “My Aim Is True” tunes, Costello brought out an acoustic guitar and, explaining he decided to do only songs he wrote in 1977, played a half dozen that few in the crowd had ever heard. He admitted to salvaging spare parts from some of these unpublished early efforts, like “Imagination” or “Blue Minute,” for later songs. Each of the tunes would have fit comfortably on the album. “I Don’t Want to Go Home” had the bluff and bite. “Cheap Reward” snarled properly.

With the band back behind him, McFee on pedal steel, Costello brought out the secret country and western flavor of the sessions. “My manager used to say, ‘Journalist coming on the tour bus – hide the George Jones tapes,’ ” said Costello, who eventually recorded his song “Stranger in My House” with Jones.

The whole thing was a benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project. We saw some footage where he says something like, “The My Aim Is True record is 35 minutes long … everybody knew a good value for money in those days. And that was two sides of a record … I don’t record music no more, I just do this.” And he does it well. Herewith, Costello and Clover reunited on side-one-track-one “Welcome To The Working Week”: