In 1979, Elvis Costello wasn't yet "24 and thought he knew it all," as he admits in his frank, witty liner notes to this Rhino reissue of his aggressively brainy Armed Forces album.

In 1979, Elvis Costello wasn't yet "24 and thought he knew it all," as he admits in his frank, witty liner notes to this Rhino reissue of his aggressively brainy Armed Forces album. Far more than the 1993 Demon/Rykodisc single-disc reissue (from the Radar/Columbia original), this two-CD set is the definitive product, with vastly improved sound and a full bonus disc featuring both non-LP tracks and a 1978 live set from Hollywood High. Album highlights include the classic single "Accidents Will Happen," while the bonus disc boasts an intense cover of "My Funny Valentine" and a raucous live "Mystery Dance." As with Imperial Bedroom and Mighty Like a Rose—the other new must-have installments in Rhino's ideally produced Costello series—the package includes many rare photos and vintage promo artwork.—BB

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