Alison (single)

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Tracks Release date Media Catalog number Comments
Side A:
Alison [3:22]
Side B:
Welcome To The Working Week [1:23]
1977-05-27 7" Stiff BUY 14 UK, ps (with Variants)
1978-__-__ 7" Stiff Italy ps, or white label promo
Side A:
Alison (US version) [3:05]
Side B:
Miracle Man (Live) [3:52]
1977-__-__ 7" Columbia 3-10641 US
Side A:
Alison (US version) [3:05]
Side B:
Alison (US version mono) [3:05]
1977-__-__ 7" Columbia 3-10641 US promo
Side A:
Alison [3:22]
Side B:
Less Than Zero [3:08]
1978-__-__ 7" Stiff (Teldec) 6.12.259 Germany/Holland, ps
01. Alison [3:22]
02. Welcome To The Working Week [1:23]
03. Alison (US Version) [3:05] (unlisted bonus track)
2003-10-27 5" CD Edsel BUY 14 UK, available only in Singles, Volume 1 box set
Side A:
Alison (US Version) [3:05]
Side B:
Accidents Will Happen [3:00]
1980-__-__ 7" Columbia 13-33401 USA, "Hall Of Fame" Reissue Red label
1980-__-__ 7" Columbia 13-33401 Canada, "Hall Of Fame" Reissue Grey/Blue label



"Alison / Welcome To The working Week" Excerpt from Stiff Records collecting guide - compiled by David Cooper
With thanks to Richard Arthur for the information

VARIANT #1

  • BUY 14 7" Solid centre, black & white label, glossy card ps, square thumb cut opening
Matrix:
etched BUY 14 A2 & ELVIS JOINS THE FBI, JUST GOOD FRIENDS ROCK
etched BUY 14 B2 & ELVIS IS KING


  • BUY 14 7" As above with 'FACTORY SAMPLE' stickered rear ps


VARIANT #2

  • BUY 14 7" Solid centre, black & white label with "Made in England" & imprinted A010655, glossy card ps, large curved thumb cut
Matrix:
etched BUY 14 A1, LYN 7479 & ELVIS JOINS THE FBI, JUST GOOD FRIENDS ROCK, PORKY PRIME CUT
etched BUY 14 B1, LYN 7480 & ELVIS IS KING, A PORKY PRIME CUT
This variation is also available in the BUY's 11-20 Box Set


VARIANT #3

  • BUY 14 7" Solid centre, black & white label with 'Made in England', paper ps, small curved thumb cut
Matrix:
etched BUY 14 A1 & BILBO TA1PE + stamped AY50332
etched BUY 14 B1 & BILBO TA1PE + stamped AY50332 (various W#'s also etched)
This variation is the 1981 re-issue from the GRAB 3 pack.


UK sleeve variants

ALISON UK SQ CUT SLEEVE.JPG ALISON UK LG CURVE CUT SLEEVE.JPG ALISON UK SM CURVE CUT SLEEVE.JPG ALISON UK PAPER SLEEVE.JPG
Variant #1 Variant #2 Variant #3 Front (Matt)



Artwork

7" UK Stiff BUY 14
ALISON UK BUY 14 FRONT.JPG ALISON UK BUY 14 BACK.JPG ALISON UK BUY 14 A.JPG ALISON UK BUY 14 B.JPG

7" Italy Stiff BUY 14
ALISON BUY14 ITALY PS FRONT.JPG ALISON BUY14 ITALY PS BACK.JPG ALISON BUY14 ITALY PS A.JPG ALISON BUY14 ITALY PS B.JPG

7" USA Columbia 3-10641
ALISON USA 3-10641 A.JPG ALISON USA 3-10641 B.JPG

7" Canada Columbia 3-10641
3-10641 A SIDE CANADA.JPG 3-10641 B SIDE CANADA.JPG

7" USA Columbia 3-10641 PROMO
3-10641 PROMO MONO SIDE.JPG 3-10641 PROMO STEREO SIDE.JPG

7" Germany Stiff (Teldec) 6.12.259 (B&W Labels)
ALISON GERMAN BW LABELS 6.12.259 FRONT.JPG ALISON GERMAN BW LABELS 6.12.259 BACK.JPG ALISON GERMAN BW LABELS 6.12.259 A.JPG ALISON GERMAN BW LABELS 6.12.259 B.JPG

7" Germany Stiff (Teldec) 6.12.259 (Red Labels)
ALISON GERMAN RED LABELS 6.12.259 FRONT.JPG ALISON GERMAN RED LABELS 6.12.259 BACK.JPG ALISON GERMAN RED LABELS 6.12.259 A.JPG ALISON GERMAN RED LABELS 6.12.259 B.JPG

5" CD UK Edsel BUY 14
ALISON EDESL FRONT.JPG ALISON EDSEL BACK.JPG ALISON EDSEL DISC.JPG

7" USA Columbia Hall Of Fame 13-33401
ALISON USA HOF 1ST FRONT.JPG ALISON USA HOF 1ST BACK.JPG

7" USA Columbia Hall Of Fame 13-33401 (2nd press)
13-33401 A SIDE RED LABEL.JPG 13-33401 B SIDE RED LABEL.JPG

7" Canada Columbia Hall Of Fame 13-33401
13-33401 A SIDE GREY LABEL.JPG 13-33401 B SIDE GREY LABEL.JPG

Polish "Postcard" 33 1/3 rpm
ALISON POLAND POSTCARD FRONT.JPG ALISON POLAND POSTCARD BACK.JPG

Credits

Performed by: Elvis Costello
Produced by: Nick Lowe
Performed by: Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced by: Nick Lowe
Recorded live at The Nashville Rooms, London, 1977-08-07.

Charts

Notes

  • Etched in the UK 7" runoff for side A is "Elvis Joins the FBI" & "Just Good Friends Rock". Side B contains "Elvis is King".
  • A few copies of the UK 7" had the A-side pressed on white vinyl while the B-side was still black!
  • The "US version" of Alison adds synth-strings, chorus and echo.
Germany 7" single (front sleeve), 1978
US 7" single (front sleeve), 1977
US 7" single (back sleeve), 1977
UK 7" single (white and black vinyl), 1977

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