2½ Years

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2½ Years (box set)
2½ Years album cover.jpg
4 CD Box set by
Elvis Costello
Released1993
RecordedPathway Studios; Eden Studios; El Mocambo Club, Toronto, Canada
ProducerNick Lowe
LabelDemon / Rykodisc DPAMBOX 1

1993 four CD box set with booklet, comprising My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, Armed Forces and Live At The El Mocambo.

Q13 My Aim Is True (re-release)
TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. Welcome To The Working Week  Elvis Costello and Clover 1:22
2. Miracle Man  Elvis Costello and Clover 3:31
3. No Dancing  Elvis Costello and Clover 2:39
4. Blame It On Cain  Elvis Costello and Clover 2:49
5. Alison  Elvis Costello and Clover 3:21
6. Sneaky Feelings  Elvis Costello and Clover 2:09
7. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes  Elvis Costello and Clover 2:47
8. Less Than Zero  Elvis Costello and Clover 3:15
9. Mystery Dance  Elvis Costello and Clover 1:38
10. Pay It Back  Elvis Costello and Clover 2:33
11. I'm Not Angry  Elvis Costello and Clover 2:57
12. Waiting For The End Of The World  Elvis Costello and Clover 3:22
13. Watching The Detectives (remix)  3:45
14. Radio Sweetheart    2:25
15. Stranger In The House    3:01
16. Imagination (Is A Powerful Deceiver)  Elvis Costello and Flip City 3:38
17. Mystery Dance (Honky Tonk Demo)Elvis Costello 2:13
18. Cheap Reward (Honky Tonk Demo)Elvis Costello 2:15
19. Jump Up (Honky Tonk Demo)Elvis Costello 2:06
20. Wave A White Flag (Honky Tonk Demo)Elvis Costello 1:53
21. Blame It On Cain (Honky Tonk Demo)Elvis Costello 3:30
22. Poison Moon (Honky Tonk Demo)Elvis Costello 1:53

Total Length = 60:23

Notes

  • This CD was also available as part of the CD box set _2 1/2 Years_[DPAMBOX 1] which also contains -Q13, -Q14, & -Q15, with booklet.
  • (Original copies (pre 1996) of the box set had the text 'Elvis Costello' cut out of the lid like a stencil. Later copies do not have the letters cut out.)
  • The track "Cheap Reward" is an early version of "Lip Service".
  • The 'Clover' version of "Mystery Dance" here ends differently to the original version that appeared on the _MAIT_ LP. The fade-out ending has been changed to a sudden stop.
  • This version of "Radio Sweetheart" is a slightly different mix to the original version (B-side of "Less Than Zero" 7"). It does not have the backing vocals singing "Oooooh" at the start of the line "Hope in the eyes..." near the start.
  • Due to a mastering error 1 1/2 beats are missing from "I'm Not Angry".

Release info

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1993-10-15 CD Demon DPAM1 UK
1993-10-15 CD Ryko USA
19__-__-__ CD VS MSIEC-1 Japan


Q14 This Year's Model (re-release) Elvis Costello
Title Length
1. No Action   1:58
2. This Year's Girl (remix) 3:17
3. The Beat   3:45
4. Pump It Up   3:14
5. Little Triggers   2:40
6. You Belong To Me (remix) 2:22
7. Hand In Hand   2:33
8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea   3:07
9. Lip Service (remix) 2:36
10. Living In Paradise (remix) 3:52
11. Lipstick Vogue   3:29
12. Night Rally   2:41
13. Radio, Radio   3:05
14. Big Tears   3:09
15. Crawling To The U.S.A.   2:53
16. Running Out Of Angels   2:02
17. Green Shirt (demo) 3:38
18. Big Boys (demo) 3:00

Total length = 52:48

Notes

  • This is also available as part of the box set [DPAM BOX 1] (see -Q13).

Release info

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1993-10-15 CD Demon DPAM2 UK
1993-10-15 CD Ryko USA
19__-__-__ CD VS MSIEC-2 Japan


Q15 Armed Forces (re-release) Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Title Length
1. Accidents Will Happen   3:00
2. Senior Service   2:17
3. Oliver's Army   2:58
4. Big Boys   2:54
5. Green Shirt   2:42
6. Party Girl   3:20
7. Goon Squad   3:14
8. Busy Bodies   3:33
9. Sunday's Best   3:22
10. Moods For Moderns   2:48
11. Chemistry Class   2:55
12. Two Little Hitlers   3:10
13. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Nick Lowe) 3:31
14. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart) 1:28
15. Tiny Steps   2:42
16. Clean Money   1:57
17. Talking In The Dark   1:56
18. Wednesday Week   1:56
19. Accidents Will Happen (live at Hollywood High) 3:23
20. Alison (live at Hollywood High) 3:06
21. Watching The Detectives (live at Hollywood High) 6:08

Total length = 63:31

Notes

  • This is also available as part of the box set [DPAM BOX 1] (see -Q13).

Release info

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1993-10-15 CD Demon DPAM3 UK
1993-10-15 CD Ryko USA
19__-__-__ CD VS MSIEC-3 Japan


Q16 Live At The El Mocambo Elvis Costello
Title Length
1. Mystery Dance (Live - El Mocambo) 2:20
2. Waiting For The End Of The World (Live - El Mocambo) 3:53
3. Welcome To The Working Week (Live - El Mocambo) 1:20
4. Less Than Zero (Live - El Mocambo) 4:08
5. The Beat (Live - El Mocambo) 3:34
6. Lip Service (Live - El Mocambo) 2:26
7. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Live - El Mocambo) 3:57
8. Little Triggers (Live - El Mocambo) 2:47
9. Radio, Radio   2:34
10. Lipstick Vogue   4:47
11. Watching The Detectives   5:48
12. Miracle Man   4:08
13. You Belong To Me (Live - El Mocambo) 2:32
14. Pump It Up (Live - El Mocambo) 4:43

Total length = 48:59

Notes

  • Recorded live for radio broadcast on Monday, March 6, 1978, El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada.
  • This is only available as part of the box set (DPAMBOX 1) (see -Q13). For a limited period anyone who bought the other 3 CDs in the box set separately could send in the tokens and be sent this.

Release info

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1993-10-15 CD Demon DPAM4 UK
1993-10-15 CD Ryko USA


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