Elvis Costello & The Attractions / This Year's Model

Waxed in late ’77 / early’78 The Attractions recorded debut with Declan McManus was a fierce introduction to Bruce Thomas’ remarkable bass artistry. With his legendary early-60s salmon pink Fender P exuding a perfect balance of warm tones and growl, Thomas stretches his chops as a melodic master and pocket player. Dig Bruce’s off-beat upper resister motifs (“This Year’s Girl”), countermelodies (“Lip Service”), deep grooves (“I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea,” “Pump It Up”), and rhythmic expertise (“Lipstick Vogue”). And that’s less than half the slab!