My Aim Is True
Elvis Costello (uncredited backing by Clover)
- Welcome To The Working Week (1:24)
- Miracle Man (3:33)
- No Dancing (2:43)
- Blame It On Cain (2:53)
- Alison (3:26)
- Sneaky Feelings (2:10)
- Watching The Detectives - not on UK, Belgian & Portuguese versions
- (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (2:51)
- Less Than Zero (3:15)
- Mystery Dance (1:39)
- Pay It Back (2:35)
- I'm Not Angry (3:02)
- Waiting For The End Of The World (3:23)
[1977-07-22; LP; Stiff SEEZ 3 (UK)]
[1977-__-__; MC; Stiff ZSEEZ 3 (UK)]
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff SEEZ 3 (Finland, orange label)]
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff SEEZ 3 (Norway/Sweden, label contains "King stereo" & "The worlds most flexible record label")]
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff COU/B/SEEZ03 (Belgium, blue vinyl)]
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff SEEZ3 (France, cover has “New Wave” sticker)]
[1977-__-__; LP; DuReCo/Stiff SRL 910.010/SEEZ3 (Holland, sleeve has white front & yellow back. Does not include "Watching The Detectives")
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff TXS 3115 (Spain, also as white label promo)]
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff 1056 (Israel, pink label. Title printed in Hebrew)]
[1977-__-__; LP; Stiff L-36872 (Australia, cover says 'features "Watching The Detectives", with this track added to the end of side 2. Manufactured & distributed by EMI-Australia)]
[____-__-__; MC; Stiff C 36872 (Australia)]
[1978-__-__; LP; Stiff SEEZ.3 (Australia, cover says 'features "Watching The Detectives", with this track added to the end of side 2. Manufactured & distributed by EMI-Australia)]
[____-__-__; MC; Stiff TC-SEEZ.3 (Australia)]
[____-__-__; LP; Festival Records L 36872 (Australia, with "Watching The Detectives" at the end of side 2)]
[____-__-__; LP; Stiff STLP 1006 (Italy, green tint photo, yellow back)]
[____-__-__; LP; Stiff SEEZ 3-NP (Portugal, green tint photo & back)]
[1978-03-__; LP; Columbia JC 35037 (US. Promo copies were also issued with with "For promotion only / ownership is reserved by CBS / Sale is unlawful" stamped in gold on the back of the cover and a track listing pasted on the front)
[1978-__-__; LP; Columbia PC 35037 (Canada)]
[____-__-__; LP; Columbia (US promo, stickered, yellow tint photo & back)]
[1978-03-__; MC; Columbia JCT 35037 (US)]
[1978 03 __; MC; Columbia PCT 35331 (Canada)]
[1978-11-25; LP; Stiff 6001/Victor VIP-6581 (Japan, insert /w lyrics. Also as white label promo)]
[____-__-__; LP; Stiff WIP-6581 (Japan)
[1982-__-__; LP; Discos Victoria VLP-27/22LO460 (Spain, this release was given the title _Viva England_ and included "Watching The Detectives")]
[1984-__-__; MC; Stiff STK 71006 (Italy, does not contain "WTD")]
[1984-__-__; LP; Columbia PC 35037 (US/Canada)]
[1986-07-__; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 13 (UK)]
[1986-07-__; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 13 (UK)]
[1986-07-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD13 (UK)]
[1986-__-__; CD; Columbia CK 35037 (USA)]
[____-__-__; 8T; Columbia (USA)]
[____-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5100 (Australia)]
[____-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5100 (Australia)]
[1988-09-05; LP; HMV C88 1-12 (UK, special limited edition (1500) box in the 'HMV Classic Collection' series, with 12 page booklet. The box contains the Demon IMP FIEND 13 LP]
[1988-09-05; CD; HMV C88 2-12 (UK, special limited edition (1500) box in the 'HMV Classic Collection' series, with 12 page booklet. The box contains the Demon IMP FIEND CD13 CD]
[2003-09-27; CD; Victor VICP-62501 (Japan, Mini LP Card Sleeve original LP artwork)]
[2004-05-21; CD; Victor VICP-62701/2 (Japan, 2CD (Remastered + Bonus Disc)]
[2006-06-16; CD; Victor VICP-63491 (Japan, Mini LP Card Sleeve original LP artwork: K2HD 24bit/96KHz Remaster)]
[2007-09-05; CD; Hip-O UICY-90625 (Japan, Budget reissue, Super Nice Price 1470 Yen )]
[2008-06-04; CD; Hip-O UICY-93535/6 (Japan, EXPANDED DELUXE EDITION SHM 2CD (Remastered + Demo's & Outtakes + Live Disc / Mini LP Card Sleeve)]
[2009-03-04; CD; Hip-O UICY-60087 (Japan, Budget reissue, My Generation / My Music )]
[2011-05-25; CD; Hip-O UIGY-9065 (Japan, SHM-SACD DSD Remastered, Paper Sleeve Mini LP )]
[2011-11-09; CD; Hip-O UICY-20210 (Japan, SHM CD "Back To The Rock Years 1973-1977" Reissue)]
[2014-11-26; CD; Hip-O UIGY-9628 (Japan, SHM-SACD Single Layer / Remastered / Jewel Case )]
[2017-05-__; CD; Hip-O UICY-78317 (Japan, "Rock 50" Sgt. Pepper's 50th commemoration release series)]
Produced by Nick Lowe.
The track times on the LP are totally wrong.
Early LP covers had a black & white photo on the front, and many different coloured backs. Later issues had a green tint on the front picture and a green back. The Demon issue originally had a yellow tint on the photo and a yellow back, and the reissue has a green tint photo. The early covers also have different manufacturer credits on the back cover and label: "Made & manufactured by Press & Post" & "Distributed by Island Records". There are thought to be at least 11 different cover variations.
The first few UK copies came with a poster and a form asking the buyer to send in the address of a friend, who would then receive a free copy. The form read:
- "HELP US HYPE ELVIS
- In these John Denver days, people in Framptonland are loathe to shell out on new artists. As you've bought this record we assume that you groove to the Elvis GB sound. As you know there are only two Elvis. On is fat and famous, one is small and languishes in obscurity. Stiff Records, ever keen to meet the record buying public demands, have hatched a plot that allows you to become a potent factor in El's future.
- Here's how are See-Elvis-Go-Gold-Stiff-Go-Broke scheme works. You pay the postage. We send the album. And all you have to do is write no more than 25 words why you like the English Elvis and send this sheet (together with postage stamps to the value of 23p) to: Stiff Records, 32 Alexander Street, London W2.
- We will then send a free album to the person of your choice who you think can do the most for Elvis. This offer is limited to the UK only. We are only giving away 1000 albums (Jeesus - only 1000!) so write off today and grab a small stake in shaping El's destiny.
- His meal ticket, your El Dorado.
- This offer does not apply to Island Records executives, groupies, liggers, Elvis Costello and employees of Stiff."
According to Goldmine Record Collector, in 1984 Columbia Records reissued, in the U.S. & Canada, all of studio albums to that time (MAIT, TYM, AF, GH, T, AB, IB, & PTC) with the prefix "PC" instead of the original "JC" or "FC", but the same 5-digit number as before.
Reached #14 in UK charts, & #32 in the US.
US: Went gold (500,000 copies) in 1981 and platinum (1 million) in 1991.
UK: Went silver (60,000 copies) (date unknown).