We have computed from first principles the electron–phonon spectral weight αk2(ω)Fk(ω) for many points k on the aluminum Fermi surface (FS). According to Migdal's theorem this spectral weight completely determines the self-energy of the electrons. The calculations involve an integral over final states on the Fermi surface which we calculate from Ashcroft's 4-plane wave pseudopotential model fit to the de Haas–van Alphen data. For the electron–phonon matrix element 15 plane waves are included. The phonons are taken from a Born–von Karman model fit to the measured dispersion curves. From the spectral weights we compute the Fermi surface variation of the electron–phonon effective mass and the quasiparticle lifetimes at various temperatures.