Elvis Costello Heatwave Festival 1980

The Heatwave Festival is a live recording of Elvis Costello and the Attractions from August 23rd, 1980 from the Heatwave Festival in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada available through Wolfgang’s Vault.

There are a number of live concert recordings from the This Year’s Model tour in 1978 but this one catches Elvis Costello promoting the Get Happy album.

Elvis Costello Heatwave Festival

Set List

  1. Shot With His Own Gun – 4:07 (preview of the song on Trust)
  2. Accidents Will Happen – 2:38 (Armed Forces)
  3. The Beat – 3:31 (This Year’s Model)
  4. Song Introduction – 0:11
  5. Temptation / Green Shirt – 5:15 (Get Happy / Armed Forces)
  6. Song Introduction 0:13
  7. You’ll Never Be A Man / (I Don’t Want To) Go To Chelsea – 6:15 (Trust / This Year’s Model)
  8. Secondary Modern – 2:32 (Get Happy)
  9. Lover’s Walk – 2:44 (Trust)
  10. Less Than Zero – 3:20 (My Aim Is True)
  11. Big Tears – 4:14 (bonus on This Year’s Model)
  12. High Fidelity – 2:31 (Get Happy)
  13. Song Introduction – 0:23
  14. Alison – 2:26 (My Aim Is True)
  15. Lipstick Vogue – 3:59 (This Year’s Model)
  16. Clubland – 3:47 (Trust)
  17. Oliver’s Army – 2:57 (Armed Forces)
  18. Watching The Detectives / You Belong To Me –  7:59 (My Aim is True / This Year’s Model)
  19. Song Introduction – 0:23
  20. Radio, Radio – 2:32 (This Year’s Model)
  21. Pump It Up – 4:50 (This Year’s Model)
  22. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding – 5:52 (Bonus to Armed Forces)
  23. I Can’t Stand Up (For Falling Down) – 2:37 (Get Happy)

The comparison between this and Live At The Hollywood High shows how quickly a live set can change when an artist is at the peak of creativity. Costello had four critically acclaimed albums to draw on and the set still previews four songs from Trust which came out in early 1981.

I’m hoping this set becomes another that is licensed to be turned into a generally available live album.

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