Elvis Costello

Riot Act '83

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A bootleg of a BBC Radio broadcast from October 17, 1983, this CD features the group on tour supporting the Punch the Clock album, with Afrodiziak and the TKO Horns providing backup. The arrangements remain as punchy (no pun intended) as those on the album, but more interesting is the addition of horns and backing vocals to such Get Happy!! era songs as "Possession," receiving the kind of Motown spirit in which they were written. Costello's voice is a bit hoarse and dodgy at points, but the energy is all there. The CD fills up the remaining space with two extra live tracks: "Psycho" from a London gig, June 1, 1981, and a medley of the O'Jays's "Backstabbers" with Costello's own "King Horse" from an Austin, Texas concert, September 7, 1983.

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