Discography 1980-1984

From The Elvis Costello Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
1977-19791980-19841985-19891990-19941995-19992000-20042005-20092010-2014New releases
1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995
199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
19801981198219831984

Originally compiled by Paul Hosken

Key to format:
7" - 7 inch single
10" - 10 inch maxi single
12" - 12 inch maxi single
8T - 8-track tape
DAT - DAT cassette
CD - compact disc
CD3 - 3" maxi CD
CD5 - 5" maxi CD
LP - album
MC - music cassette
R2R - reel-to-reel

Key to artist:
EC - Elvis Costello
EC+A - Elvis Costello & the Attractions
EC+I - Elvis Costello & the Imposters
EC+R5 - Elvis Costello & the Rude 5

Notes:

  • All tracks are composed by EC, except where otherwise stated.
  • The times for CD tracks are taken from the CD player display, while for vinyl it is taken from the label or cover. In the case of records on the Stiff label these times are to be taken with a pinch of salt! (e.g: On A02 "Alison" is over 3 mins. long and not 2:00 as stated on label).
  • The character '*' in column 2 denotes that this release is required if you want to have a copy of every song that EC has released. Where there is a choice of releases for a particular song a letter follows the '*':
*a -A01, -A10, D17 or I11 for "Radio Sweetheart (single mix)"
*b -D10 or -D11 for "Stranger In The House" (/w G.Jones)
*c -F08, -F09 or -F18 for "Town Cryer (alt. fast version)"
*d -F19, -F20 or -F21 for "Party Party"
*e -I06, -I07, -I08, -I09 or -T40 for "Living A Little, Laughing A Little"
*f -J18 (UK release) or -M22 for "Uncomplicated (UK version)"
*g -J20 or -J21 for "The End Of The Rainbow"
*h -K07 or -L02 for "Many Rivers To Cross (live)"
*i -M12, -M18, -O05 or -O06 for "The Ugly Things"
*j -M14 or -M15 for "Point Of No Return"
*k -N01 or -N03 for "That's How You Got Killed Before"
*l -O17 or -S28 for "St. Stephen Day Murders"
*m -P03, -P04 or -P05 for "Weird Nightmare"
*n -R12 or S02 for "Basement Kiss", "Puppet Girl" & "We Despise You"
*o -R13, -R15 or -R46 for "Do You Know What I'm Saying?"
*p -R18, -R33, -R49, -S01 or -V26 for "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
*q -R28 or -R29 for "Sally Sue Brown"
*r -R31, -R32 or -R53 for "Full Force Gale"
*s -T23/-T24/-T25/-T26/-T27 or -T43 for the EC+Nieve live tracks
*t -V02 or -V06 for "Long Journey Home"
*u -V04, -V07, -V13 or -V14 for "My Mood Swings"

Code Title+tracks-artist/[release date (yyyy-mm-dd); format; Label cat.# (Country)]/notes



1980

D01

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)
Girls Talk (1:56)

[1980-01-18; 7"; 2 Tone chs TT 7]
[1980-03-__; 7"; F-Beat XX1 (UK, ps)]
[1980-03-__; 7"; Columbia 11194 (US/Canada)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat K 18171 (Italy, different ps)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; WEA WEA18171 (Holland)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; Smash Records TAR 11 (Sweden, ps)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/Warner P-551X (Japan, ps)]

"Girls Talk" is from the Get Happy!! sessions.
Produced by Nick Lowe.
According to 'Record Collector' (#91): "This was the most sought-after collector's item of early 1980, which offended the law of gravity by gradually becoming more common instead of less. Costello had been signed to Radar in 1978, via a licensing deal from Riviera Global Productions. Radar collapsed towards the end of 1979, and so Elvis's manager Jake Riviera alighted upon the Specials' 2-Tone label as an ideal venue for a holding operation - a one-off single - until Elvis sorted out a deal for the Get Happy!! album. WEA, who had distributed Radar, were less than delighted: they felt they had a steak in Costello's career by virtue of the success of the records they had distributed for him, and so they obtained a court injunction to stop the 2-Tone single being sold. By March '80, the situation was clarified: F-Beat was set up by Riviera as an independent company, but WEA continued to distribute their records. In the meantime, there were several thousand 2-Tone singles to dispose of. These were handed out free to the audience at a London's Rainbow Theatre gig. Several months later, Riviera pressed up a few thousand more of the 2-Tone singles, and these were given away at London and US gigs. By this time, however, the single had been issued with the catalogue no. F-Beat XX-1. As this new number had replaced the 2-Tone number in the runoff grooves, the second batch of 2-Tone singles carried the F-Beat number, whereas the original copies had 'TT-7' as their matrix number. Copies from the first batch are now worth about twice as much ones from the second."
According to Krista Reese's EC book the total number of 2-Tone singles pressed was 13,000, and the remaining copies were sold at NY Palladium 1981 concerts for $3.00 each. (It seems that some copies of the 2-Tone 'reissue' have 'CHS TT7' and 'XX1' in the runoff, and also 'CHS TT8' crossed out on both sides.
Reached #4 in UK charts


D02

Image To Come Later.gif

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)

[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11194 (US white label promo)]


D03

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)
Girls Talk (1:56)
Secondary Modern (1:58)
King Horse (2:57)

[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11251 (US, ps)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11251 (US promo, different ps)]


D04

GH album cover large.jpg

Get Happy!!
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Side 1:

Love For Tender (1:58)
Opportunity (3:10)
The Imposter (1:56)
Secondary Modern (1:58)
King Horse (2:57)
Possession (2:00)
Men Called Uncle (2:17) - listed as "Man Called Uncle"
Clowntime Is Over (2:58)
New Amsterdam (2:10)
High Fidelity (2:27)

Side 2:

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)
Black And White World (1:54)
5ive Gears In Reverse (2:30)
B Movie (2:04)
Motel Matches (2:24)
Human Touch (2:28)
Beaten To The Punch (1:47)
Temptation (2:32)
I Stand Accused (Colton/Smith) (2:19)
Riot Act (3:36)

(47:30)
[1980-02-__; LP; F-Beat XXLP1 (UK)]
[1980-02-__; LP; Columbia 36347 (US. Promo copies were also issued with with "For Promotion Only" stamped in gold on the cover)]
[1980-__-__; LP; Columbia JC 36347 (Canada)]
[1980-__-__; LP; Columbia JC 36347 (US, white label promo)]
[1980-__-__; MC; Columbia JCT 36347 (US and Canada)]
[1980-__-__; LP; Smash SLEPT 7 (Sweden)]
[1980-__-__; LP; WEA 58.114 (Holland/Germany, incl. poster)]
[1980-__-__; LP; WEA 58114/PROPPE 197 (German promo, white record label)]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5103 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5103 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat/Warner-Pioneer P-10804 (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; 8T; Columbia JCA 36347 (USA)]
[19__-__-__; MC; F-Beat M5 X1 (Australia)]
[1984-04-06; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 24]
[1984-04-06; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 24]
[1986-01-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 24]

Produced by Nick Lowe. "New Amsterdam" produced by EC.
On the LP cover the track listings for sides 1 & 2 are swapped.
Original LP copies included a poster of various 'Get ...' slogans, and had a black and white sticker saying "20 Great Hits".
The cassette version came in a range of covers.
UK copies of this album had a 'worn ring' on the cover.
Reached #2 in UK charts, & #11 in the US.
UK: Went gold (100,000 copies) (date unknown).


D05

Get Happy 1980 promo cover.jpg

Get Happy!! (Promo Album)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Record 1 side 1:

Love For Tender (1:58)
Opportunity (3:10)
The Imposter (1:56)
Secondary Modern (1:58)
King Horse (2:57)

Record 1 side 2:

Possession (2:00)
Men Called Uncle (2:17) - listed as "Man Called Uncle"
Clowntime Is Over (2:58)
New Amsterdam (2:10)
High Fidelity (2:27)

Record 2 side 1:

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)
Black And White World (1:54)
5ive Gears In Reverse (2:30)
B-Movie (2:04)
Motel Matches (2:24)

Record 2 side 2:

Human Touch (2:28)
Beaten To The Punch (1:47)
Temptation (2:32)
I Stand Accused (Colton/Smith) (2:19)
Riot Act (3:36)

[1980-03-__; 2x12"; F-Beat XX PROMO 1 (UK, promo. Cover consists of photo of contents pasted on white sleeves. Comes with poster & photo)]


D06

High Fidelity UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

High Fidelity single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

High Fidelity (2:27)
Getting Mighty Crowded (Van McCoy) (2:05)

[1980-04-04; 7"; F-Beat XX3 (UK, ps. 2 different F-Beat label designs]
[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat FB 18 213 N (Germany, ps)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/Warner P-585X (Japan, ps)]

"Getting Mighty Crowded" is from the Get Happy!! sessions.
Reached #30 in UK charts.


D07

High Fidelity UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

High Fidelity single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

High Fidelity (2:27)
Getting Mighty Crowded (Van McCoy) (2:05)
Clowntime Is Over No. 2 (3:39)

[1980-04-__; 12"; F-Beat XX3T (UK, ps)]

"CIO(No.2)" produced by EC.


D08

Image To Come Later.gif

High Fidelity single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

High Fidelity (2:27)
High Fidelity (2:27)

[1980-04-__; 7"; F-Beat XX3-A (UK, promo)]


D09

Image To Come Later.gif

High Fidelity single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

High Fidelity (2:27)
Beaten To The Punch (1:47)
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:05)
Love For Tender (1:58)

[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat France FBR 5001 (France)]


D10

George Jones My Very Special Guests album cover.jpg

My Very Special Guests
George Jones

Stranger In The House (3:37) - George Jones & EC

[1980-04-__; LP; Epic S EPC 83163 (Also released as a promo with "FOR PROMOTION ONLY, NOT FOR RESALE" over the Epic seal on the back)]
[1980-04-__; MC; Epic S EPC 83163]
[19__-__-__; LP; CBS JE 35544 (US, has a 1979 copyright)]
[1980-__-__; LP; Epic 25-3P-181 (Japan)]
[1991-__-__; CD; Epic EK 35544]

I believe a promo sampler from this album was released and contained "Stranger In The House".


D11

Stranger In The House (duet) UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Stranger In The House single
George Jones & Elvis Costello

Stranger In The House (3:35) - George Jones & EC
A Drunk Can't Be A Man (Montgomery/Jones) (2:42) - George Jones

[1980-05-04; 7"; Epic S EPC 8560 (US, plain Epic sleeve)]
[1981-02-__; 7"; Epic EPC 8560 (UK, ps, also issued as promo)]

Produced by Billy Sherrill.


D12

New Amsterdam UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

New Amsterdam single
Elvis Costello

New Amsterdam
Dr. Luther's Assistant

[1980-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX5 (ps)]

Pink cover contains a "Pay no more than 50p" notice.
Reached #36 in UK charts.


D13

New Amsterdam UK 7" EP front sleeve.jpg

New Amsterdam EP
Elvis Costello

New Amsterdam
Dr. Luther's Assistant
Ghost Train
Just A Memory

[1980-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX5E (ps)]
[1980-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX5P (pic. disc)]
[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat XXEP5 (Australia, ps
[1980-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/Warner P-615X (Japan, ps)]

"DLA", "GT" & "JAM" produced by EC.
The first 1,500 picture discs came with a black rim (promo copies) and are currently worth about twice as much as the later clear rimmed copies (15000 pressed). (Phil Dennison also has a brown rimmed copy in his collection.)


D14

Image To Come Later.gif

New Amsterdam single
Elvis Costello

New Amsterdam (2:10)
New Amsterdam (2:10)

[1980-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX5-A (UK promo)]


D15

New Amsterdam US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

New Amsterdam single
Elvis Costello

New Amsterdam (2:10) - EC
Wednesday Week (2:02) - EC+A

[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11284 (USA)]


D16

Image To Come Later.gif

New Amsterdam single
Elvis Costello

New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam

[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11284 (US white label promo. In the runout on one side is the number ZSS 167275-1C T and the '5' is scratched over to a '6'. On the other side is ZSS 167275-1C T and the entire number portion is scratched out and '167675' is scratched in lightly to the side.)]


D17

Image To Come Later.gif

Spectrum USA - New Horizons In Music (Vol. 12, Programs 1-13)
various artists

New Amsterdam - EC

[1980-__-__; 7x12"; Box set of radio transcription discs (US promo)]

The radio programs were for broadcast during the 4th quarter of 1980.


D18

Image To Come Later.gif

Getting Mighty Crowded single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Getting Mighty Crowded (Van McCoy) (2:05) - EC+A
Radio Sweetheart (single mix) (2:48) - EC

[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11389 (US/Canada. Also issued as promo)]


D19

Image To Come Later.gif

Getting Mighty Crowded
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Getting Mighty Crowded (Van McCoy) (2:05)
Getting Mighty Crowded (Van McCoy) (2:05)

[1980-__-__; 7"; Columbia 1-11389 (US/Canada white label promo)]


D20

Image To Come Later.gif

Taking Liberties (4 track promo)
Elvis Costello

Clean Money - EC+A
Radio Sweetheart - EC
Getting Mighty Crowded (Van McCoy) - EC+A
Talking In The Dark - EC+A

[1980-09-__; 12"; Columbia AS 847 (US, promo)]

The word 'Costello' replaces 'Columbia' on the label.
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.


D21

TL album cover 200.jpg

Taking Liberties
Elvis Costello
Side 1:

Clean Money
Girls Talk
Talking In The Dark
Radio Sweetheart (2:24)
Black And White World (demo)
Big Tears
Just A Memory
Night Rally
Stranger In The House
Clowntime Is Over No. 2

Side 2:

Getting Mighty Crowded
Hoover Factory
Tiny Steps
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Dr. Luther's Assistant
Sunday's Best
Crawling To The USA
Wednesday Week
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart)
Ghost Train

[1980-11-__; LP; Columbia CK 36839 (JC 36939) (US, they used the old 78 rpm label with the word 'Columbia' changed to 'Costello')]
[1980-__-__; LP; Columbia JC 36839 (Canada)]
[1980-__-__; LP; Columbia PC 36839]
[1980-__-__; 8T; Columbia JVC 36839 (Dolby)]
[19__-__-__; CD]

The album's inner sleeve has recording details for all tracks.
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.
I have seen a Canadian version of the LP that had the CBS/Columbia logo on the label blanked out with a circular black sticker (standard practice for Columbia albums imported to the UK).
Reached #28 in US charts.


D22

Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers cassette cover.jpg

10BM album cover 200.jpg

Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers
Elvis Costello

Clean Money (1:57)
Girls Talk (1:56)
Talking In The Dark (1:56)
Radio Sweetheart (2:24)
Big Tears (3:10)
Crawling To The U.S.A. (2:52)
Just A Memory (2:14)
Watching The Detectives (3:43)
Stranger In The House (3:01)
Clowntime Is Over No. 2 (3:44)
Getting Mighty Crowded (2:05)
Hoover Factory (1:43)
Tiny Steps (2:42)
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Lowe) (3:31)
Dr. Luther's Assistant (3:28)
Radio, Radio (3:04)
Black And White World (demo) (1:51)
Wednesday Week (2:02)
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) (1:25)
Ghost Train (3:05)

[1980-11-07; MC; F-Beat XX6C (UK)
[1984-04-06; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 27 (UK)]
[1984-04-06; MC; Demon IMP FIENDCASS 27 (UK)]
[1986-01-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 27 (UK)]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5104 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5104 (Australia)]
[1998-10-02; CD; Demon 5035 (UK)]

Initially a UK cassette only release, released in the US as _Taking Liberties_. Original cassette copies were made of gold plastic and came in a gold case.
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.
The CD version has a typo in the song list which reads "Balck And White World".
UK: Went silver (60,000 copies) (date unkown).


D23

Image To Come Later.gif

Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers promo
Elvis Costello
Side 1:

Clean Money
Hoover Factory
Black And White World (demo)

Side 2:

Stranger In The House
Crawling To The USA

[1980-11-__; 7"; F-Beat EL-1 (UK, white label promo)]


D24

Clubland UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Clubland single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Clubland (3:40)
Clean Money (1:57)
Hoover Factory (1:43)

[1980-12-__; 7"; F-Beat XX12 (UK, ps)]
[1980-12-__; 7"; F-Beat/Warner P-1505X (Japan,ps)]

"CM" produced by Nick Lowe. "HF" produced by EC.
Reached #60 in UK charts


D25

Rock Against Racism RAR's Greatest Hits album cover.jpg

Rock Against Racism (RAR's Greatest Hits)
various artists

Goon Squad (3:15)

[1980-__-__; LP; Virgin RAR 1 (UK)]


D26

Image To Come Later.gif

Breaking The Rules
various artists

Pump It Up - EC+A

[1980-__-__; 2xLP; Columbia/CBS A25-881 (US, promo)]


D27

Time For Action Best Of New Wave album cover.jpg

Time For Action: Best Of New Wave
various artists

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) - EC+A

[198_-__-__; LP; Germany]


D--

Image To Come Later.gif

Stiff Box Set No. 2
various artists
Record 1 (BUY 11):

Less Than Zero
Radio Sweetheart (single mix)

Record 4 (BUY 14):

Alison
Welcome To The Working Week

Record 5 (BUY 15):

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Mystery Dance

Record 20 (BUY 20):

Watching The Detectives
Blame It On Cain (live)
Mystery Dance (live)

[19__-__-__; 10x7"; Stiff BUY 11 - BUY 20]

Stiff reissue of their early singles (also sold separately).
The first 5000 pressings came in a brown box.
On the labels the copyright is given as "Stiff Records" instead of the original "Stiff Records Ltd". There is an extra etching in the runoff groove "LYN xxxx" (where xxxx goes from 7473 (for BUY 11 a-side) to 7492 (for BUY 20 b-side)). The original runoff messages (e.g. "Elvis is King") remain. (Except that some copies of BUY11 have "A Porky Perfection" and "Elvis is King on This Side Too" on side A, and "Elvis is King" and "A Porky Prime Cut" on side B. The covers have a smaller, elliptical, cutout on the back compared to the original, and the "Delga" maker's mark is missing from the BUY 11 & BUY 15 covers (the BUY 14 & BUY 20 covers never had a maker's mark). Later issues carry the words "Made in England" on the labels.



1981

E--

Stiff EC reissue singles set.jpg

Stiff EC reissue
Elvis Costello
Record 1 (BUY 11, thin paper ps):

Less Than Zero
Radio Sweetheart (single mix)

Record 2 (BUY 14, thin paper ps):

Alison
Welcome To The Working Week

Record 3 (BUY 15):

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Mystery Dance

Record 4 (BUY 20, thin paper ps /w slightly different colours to original):

Watching The Detectives
Blame It On Cain (live) - EC+A
Mystery Dance (live) - EC+A

[1981-__-__; 4x7"; Stiff GRAB3]

Stiff reissue of their 4 EC 7" singles in a 'vertical' plastic holder. On the labels the copyright is given as 'Stiff Records' instead of the original 'Stiff Records Ltd'. There is a stamped "AY 50332" in the runoff groove of all 4 singles, and the original runoff messages do not appear. The covers have an elliptical cutout on the back that's even smaller than the one on the Stiff Box Set No. 2 reissues, except the BUY 15 ('Stiff') sleeve which is identical to the Stiff Box Set No. 2 sleeve. There is no "Delga" mark on the BUY 11 & BUY 15 covers and the photo on the BUY 20 sleeve is beginning to look decidedly sepia! BUY 20 has the words "Made in England" on the label.


E01

Trust album cover large.jpg

Trust
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Side 1:

Clubland (3:42)
Lovers Walk (2:15)
You'll Never Be A Man (2:54)
Pretty Words (3:10)
Strict Time (2:39)
Luxembourg (2:25)
Watch Your Step (2:57)

Side 2:

New Lace Sleeves (3:44)
From A Whisper To A Scream (2:52)
Different Finger (1:56)
White Knuckles (3:46)
Shot With His Own Gun (3:29)
Fish 'N' Chip Paper (2:53)
Big Sister's Clothes (2:09)

(40:51)
[1981-01-__; LP; F-Beat XXLP 11 (UK)]
[1981-__-__; MC; F-Beat XXC 11 (UK)]
[1981-01-__; LP; Columbia 37051 (USA)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat/Warner-Pioneer P-10965 (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; LP; Half-speed master (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; 8T; Columbia 37051 (USA)]
[1984-04-06; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 30]
[1984-04-__; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 30]
[1986-01-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 30]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5105 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5105 (Australia)]

Produced by Nick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian.
Reached #9 in UK charts, & #28 in the US.


E02

Image To Come Later.gif

4 Tracks From The Trust LP
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

You'll Never Be A Man
Pretty Words
From A Whisper To A Scream
New Lace Sleeves

[1981-01-__; 12"; F-Beat EL-2 (UK, white label promo)]

Cheaply pressed and in a plain white sleeve.


E03

Image To Come Later.gif

Texas radio promo

New Lace Sleeves - EC+A

[1981-__-__; 7"; Q-102-EP (US, promo)]


E04

From A Whisper To A Scream UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

From A Whisper To A Scream single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

From A Whisper To A Scream (2:52)
Luxembourg (2:25)

[1981-02-__; 7"; F-Beat XX14 (UK, ps)]


E05

From A Whisper To A Scream Netherlands 7" single front sleeve.jpg

From A Whisper To A Scream single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

From A Whisper To A Scream
Different Finger

[1981-__-__; 7"; WEA 58260]
[1981-__-__; 7"; F-Beat WEA 18.723 (Holland, ps)]


E06

Image To Come Later.gif

From A Whisper To A Scream single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

From A Whisper To A Scream
?

[1981-__-__; 7"; F-Beat CP369 (Spanish promo, ps)]


E07

Watch Your Step US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Watch Your Step
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Watch Your Step (2:59)
Luxembourg (2:27)

[1981-04-__; 7"; Columbia 11-60519 (US, ps)]


E08

Image To Come Later.gif

Watch Your Step
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Watch Your Step (2:59)
Watch Your Step (2:59)

[1981-__-__; 7"; Columbia 11-60519 (US white label promo)]


E09

Image To Come Later.gif

The Elvis Costello Interview with Tom Snyder: Tomorrow Coast To Coast

Interview (11:23)
Watch Your Step - EC+A

[1981-05-__; 12"; Columbia/CBS AS 958 XSM-168566 (US stickered promo)]
[19__-__-__; CD; Columbia/CBS (US promo)]


E10

Image To Come Later.gif

Different Finger single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Different Finger
Different Finger

[1981-__-__; 7"; Columbia DJC4-8435 (Canadian radio promo, standard CBS sleeve)]


E11

Image To Come Later.gif

Strict Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Strict Time
Fish 'N' Chip Paper

[1981-__-__; 7"; Columbia DJC4-8439 (Canadian promo)]


E12

Image To Come Later.gif

Alison single

Alison (US version) (3:05) - EC
Accidents Will Happen (3:00) - EC+A

[1981-__-__; 7"; Columbia 13-33401 (US/Canada 'Hall Of Fame' reissue, red or grey label)]


E13

Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea album cover.jpg

Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea
various artists

The Imposter (live) (2:10) - EC+A

[1981-03-27; 2xLP; Atlantic SD 2-7005 (USA)]
[1981-04-03; 2xLP; Atlantic K60153 (UK)]
[1981-__-__; 2xLP; Atlantic P-5595-6 (Japan)]
[1996-__-__; 2xCD; Hammersmith Music CDP5595]

Bruce Thomas also plays bass on the Rockestra tracks.
Recorded live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 29-Dec-79.


E14

Good Year For The Roses UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Good Year For The Roses single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut) (3:05)
Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven (Jack Ripley) (1:55)

[1981-09-__; 7"; F-Beat XX17 (UK, ps)][1981-09-__; 7"; Columbia 18-02629 (US/Canada)][1981-11-__; 7"; F-Beat WEA/FB 18.879 (Holland/Germany, ps different to UK)][1981-__-__; 7"; Radar 45-2154 (Spain, ps)][1981-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/Warner P-1588X (Japan, ps)]

"YASOOH" produced by Billy Sherrill.
The first 5000? UK copies were issued in a picture sleeve, but were recalled and reissued in a standard 'F-Beat' sleeve. However, a few hundred made it into circulation. The apparent reason why they were recalled was simply that EC hated it!
Reached #6 in UK charts.


E15

Image To Come Later.gif

Good Year For The Roses single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut) (3:05)
Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut) (3:05)

[1981-__-__; 7"; Columbia 18-02629 (US white label promo)]


E16

AB album cover large.jpg

Almost Blue
Elvis Costello & The Attractions (31:08)
Side 1:

Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)? (Hank Williams) (1:30)
Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson) (2:52)
Success (Johnny Mullins) (2:35)
I'm Your Toy (Hot Burrito No. 1) (Ethridge/Parsons) (3:18)
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard) (2:05)
Brown To Blue (Jones/Franks/Mathis) (2:35)

Side 2:

Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut) (3:05)
Sittin' And Thinkin' (Charlie Rich) (2:50)
Colour Of The Blues (Williams/Jones) (2:15)
Too Far Gone (Billy Sherrill) (3:18)
Honey Hush (Lou Willie Turner) (2:05)
How Much I Lied (Parsons/Rifkin) (2:40)

[1981-10-23 LP; F-Beat XXLP13 (UK)]
[1981-10-__; MC; F-Beat XXC 13 (UK, issued in cardboard cigarette-style pack]
[19__-__-__; LP; Columbia FC 37562 (US/Canada)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat/Warner-Pioneer P-11107 (Japan)]
[1984-04-06; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 33]
[1984-04-06; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 33]
[1986-01-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 33]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5106 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5106 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; LP; (Israel, with sticker in Hebrew)]

Produced by Billy Sherrill.
The CD version has the correct title for "How Much I've Lied", and lists "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down" as simply "The Bottle Let Me Down". It also has some incorrect track credits ("Brown To Blue [Mathis]" & "Good Year For The Roses [Chestnut]"). The US/Canada versions of the LP have the US spelling of colour (color) in the title of "Colour Of The Blues".
The LP came in 4 different coloured covers; blue/pale blue, blue/pink, blue/green, & blue/yellow, and some copies had a sticker saying either "WARNING. This album contains country & western music and may cause offence to narrow minded listeners" or simply "The new album from Elvis Costello and The Attractions".
The original version of "I'm Your Toy" by the Flying Burrito Brothers was simply called "Hot Burrito No. 1".
Reached #7 in UK charts, & #50 in the US.
UK: Went gold (100,000 copies) (date unknown).


E17

Elvis Costello Introduces The Tracks From His New Album Almost Blue album cover.jpg

Elvis Costello Introduces...The Tracks From His New Album 'Almost Blue'
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

(Track list as for regular album)

[1981-10-__; LP; F-Beat E.C.CHAT 1 (UK promo)]
[1981-10-__; LP; Columbia AS 1318 (US promo)]

Each track is preceeded by a short spoken intro.
The UK cover is a pasteup; the front cover has a drawing of the band by Bruce Thomas on white paper, with a copy number and the artists' names stamped (in black, blue & red ink) and their signatures in various colours. The back has the tracklist and times printed in black on blue paper. The cover lists the keyboard player as Steve Neive.
The US cover is plain black, some with a square red on white sticker ontaining the title.
The US title is Almost Blue (Elvis Introduces His Favorite Country Songs).


E18

Image To Come Later.gif

Excerpts From The Album 'Almost Blue'
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut)
Colour Of The Blues (Williams/Jones)
Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)? (Hank Williams)
Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson)

[1981-10-__; 7"; F-Beat EC-1 (UK promo)]

Came in a thin plain white paper sleeve, with the track details typed on a cheap computer and printed out on a sticky label. The label was also white, with the barest of information printed in smudged green ink. The record also sounded as if it had been pressed during an artillery exercise and mastered in a frying-pan.


E--

Image To Come Later.gif

Almost Blue Radio Sampler

[1981-11-__; 12"; Columbia AS 1318 (US, promo)]


E19

Fundamental Frolics album cover.jpg

Fundamental Frolics
various artists

The Psycho Song (solo, live) (Leon Payne) (4:04)

[1981-11-__; LP; BBC Records REB 435 (UK)]

Charity benefit live album.
Recorded live at The Apollo Theatre, London, 1981-06-01.
The correct title of this song is simply "Psycho".


E20

Sweet Dreams UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Sweet Dreams single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson)
Psycho (live; Palomino) (Leon Payne) (3:30)

[1981-12-04; 7"; F-Beat XX19 (UK, ps)]

"P" was recorded live at The Palomino Club, N. Hollywood, USA, 1979-02-16 , and produced by EC.
Reached #42 in UK charts.
"Psycho is based on a series killings in 1966 by a 25-year-old University of Texas graduate student, Charles Whitman, who went berserk with a rifle, killing 20 people & injuring another 28 including his ex-wife, her new boyfriend, some small chilren & a puppy. The murderer's conversation throughout the song ("You think I'm psycho, dincha, Mama?") draws on the fact that Whitman knew he was going out of his mind, tried to get help and left a death note asking for an autopsy which he hoped would absolve him of blame by proving he was mad." - from UK magazine 'Q' (Aug-95).


E21

Image To Come Later.gif

Good Year For The Roses single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut)
Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven (Jack Ripley)
Sweet Dreams (Don Gibson)
Psycho (live; Palomino) (Leon Payne)

[1981-__-__; 7"; F-Beat XX22E (Scandinavian)]


E22

NME Dancin' Master cassette cover.jpg

NME Dancin' Master
various artists

Big Sister - EC+A (2:18

[1981-10-03; MC; NME 001]

This was a cassette offered to readers of New Musical Express.


E23

New Rock Champions album cover.jpg

New Rock Champions
various artists

Alison - EC

[1981-__-__; LP; RCA NL33186 (Italy)]

This also exists as a white label promo.


E24

Image To Come Later.gif

New Wave Disco d'Ouro
various artists

Alison - EC
Watching The Detectives - EC

[1981-__-__; LP; Nova Records 10.006 (72516) (Portugal. Special edition for members of "Círculo de Leitores" book club.)]


E25

Image To Come Later.gif

Happy Rock: O Maximo Da New Wave
various artists

Alison - EC

[1981-__-__; 2xLP; Nova Records 10.014/15 (72826) (Portugal). Badly pressed compilation issued as a special edition for members of the "Círculo de Leitores" book club. Record 1 is on green vinyl, & record 2 on red. Some editions came with a T-shirt.)]


E26

On The Road Country Collection album cover.jpg

On The Road... Country Collection
various artists

Stranger In The House - George Jones & EC

[1981-__-__; LP; CBS 84961 (Holland)]


E--

Hits Hits Hits album cover.jpg

Hits Hits Hits
various artists

Good Year For The Roses - EC+A

[1981-__-__; LP; RTL 2063]


E--

Image To Come Later.gif

'

King Horse - EC+A
Precious (live) - Pretenders
Fascination - Undertones
Bad Case Of Lovin' You - Robert Palmer

[19__-__-__; 7"; Ariola PROMO 16 (Dutch promo)]



1982

F01

The Continuous History of Rock and Roll album cover.jpg

The Continuous History of Rock and Roll (Show #18: Modern Rock)
various artists

Pump It Up - EC+A

[1982-02-__; 2xLP; Rolling Stone Magazine Productions RSMP 82-18 (US radio promo)]

This was for broadcast on 6th & 7th Feb. 1982. Side 4 also contains an ad for a Costello feature.


F02

I'm Your Toy UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

I'm Your Toy single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

I'm Your Toy (live) (Ethridge/Parsons) (3:47)
Cry, Cry, Cry (Johnny Cash) (2:49) - EC+A
Wondering (Joe Werner) (2:21) - EC+A

[1982-04-02; 7"; F-Beat XX21 (UK, ps)]

"I'm Your Toy" was arranged & conducted by Robert Kirby & recorded at The Royal Albert Hall, London, 1982-01-07.
"CCC" & "W" produced by Billy Sherrill.
Reached #51 in UK charts


F03

I'm Your Toy UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

I'm Your Toy single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

I'm Your Toy (live) (Ethridge/Parsons) (3:58)
My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You (Ross/Wills) (2:02) - EC+A
Blues Keep Calling (Janis Martin) (2:06) - EC+A
Honky Tonk Girl (Loretta Lynn) (2:25) - EC+A

[1982-04-02; 12"; F-Beat XX21T (UK, ps)]

Mixed by EC & Paul Bass.
"I'm Your Toy" was recorded at The Royal Albert Hall, London, 1982-01-07.


F04

You Little Fool UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

You Little Fool single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

You Little Fool
Big Sister
The Stamping Ground - The Emotional Toothpaste

[1982-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX26 (UK, ps)]
[1982-__-__; 7"; (Holland, ps)]

Initial copies of sleeve credited all production to "Geoff Emerick from an original idea by EC". This was later corrected, crediting Nick Lowe with the production of "Big Sister", and EC with "TSG".
Reached #52 in UK charts


F05

IB album cover large.jpg

IbMePdErRoIoAmL
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Beyond Belief (2:32)
Tears Before Bedtime (2:58)
Shabby Doll (4:43)
The Long Honeymoon (4:13)
Man Out Of Time (5:25)
Almost Blue (2:42)
...And In Every Home (3:20)
The Loved Ones (2:47)
Human Hands (2:42)
Kid About It (2:41)
Little Savage (2:36)
Boy With A Problem (EC/Chris Difford) (2:07)
Pidgin English (3:55)
You Little Fool (3:06)
Town Cryer (4:10)

(51:04)
[1982-07-02; LP; F-Beat XXLP17 (UK)]
[1982-07-02; MC; F-Beat XXC 17 (UK)]
[1982-07-02; LP; Columbia 38157 (US, also issued as promo with embossed gold lettering)]
[1982-__-__; LP; F-Beat FB K 58490/XXLP17 (Germany)]
[1983-__-__; LP; Columbia HC-48157 (half-speed master)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat/Warner-Pioneer P-11241 (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; MC; F-Beat M5XLP 17 (Australia)]
[1984-04-06; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 36]
[1984-04-__; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 36]
[1986-01-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 36]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5107 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5107 (Australia)]

Produced by Geoff Emerick from an original idea by EC, assisted by Jon Jacobs.
Original LP inner sleeve contained lyrics. On the original UK release the inner sleeve has a hole on one side where the record label shows through, and the lyrics missing because of the hole were printed on the label on side 1 of the record. So when the record was in the inner sleeve the lyrics were complete.
Reached #6 in UK charts, & #30 in the US.


F06

Image To Come Later.gif

A Conversation With Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Side 1:

chat (10:05)
Beyond Belief (2:37)
chat (3:01)
Tears Before Bedtime (3:00)
chat (0:55)
Shabby Doll (4:50)
chat (2:07)
The Long Honeymoon (4:16)

Side 2:

chat (3:15)
Man Out Of Time (5:32)
chat (1:41)
Almost Blue (2:47)
chat (4:00)
...And In Every Home (3:27)

Side 3:

chat (1:12)
The Loved Ones (2:51)
chat (0:34)
Human Hands (2:48)
chat (1:54)
Kid About It (2:49)
chat (2:39)
Little Savage (2:41)
chat (3:45)
Boy With A Problem (EC/Chris Difford) (2:12)

Side 4:

chat (6:58)
Pidgin English (4:06)
chat (2:34)
You Little Fool (3:13)
chat (4:18)
Town Cryer (4:22)
chat (2:55)

(103:24)
[1982-06-__; 2xLP; F-Beat E.C.CHAT 2 (UK promo, single sleeve)]

This is a double LP in a single LP sleeve. Before each track EC describes the writing, recording, arranging and mixing of the record in enormous detail - explaining the thinking behind otherwise impenetrable lyrics. The front cover contains the same David Bailey photo as on the "Man Out Of Time" 12". These were numbered on the back, and most were signed by EC on the front in blue felt pen.


F07

Image To Come Later.gif

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time
Man Out Of Time

[1982-07-__; 7"; Columbia 18-03202 (US white label promo)]


F08

Man Out Of Time UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time (5:20)
Town Cryer (alternate fast version) (2:13)

[1982-07-30; 7"; F-Beat XX28 (UK, ps)]
[1982-07-__; 7"; Columbia 18-03202 (USA)]

"TC" produced by Geoff Emerick
Reached #58 in UK charts.


F09

Man Out Of Time UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time - EC+A
Town Cryer (alternate fast version) - EC+A
Imperial Bedroom - Napoleon Dynamite & the Royal Guard

[1982-07-23; 12"; F-Beat XX28T (UK, ps)]


F10

Image To Come Later.gif

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time (DJ edit) (3:57)
Elvis Costello introduces 'Man Out Of Time'
Man Out Of Time (5:32)

[1982-07-__; 7"; F-Beat XX28DJ (UK, promo)]

The 'introduction' track is an edited version of Costello's spoken intro on the 2xLP A Conversation With Elvis Costello.


F11

Man Out Of Time US 7" single front sleeve (one sided).jpg

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time (4:30)

[1982-07-__; 7"; Columbia CNR-03269 (US, special price, 1-sided)]

The intro and outro have been removed on this version.


F12

Man Out Of Time Spain 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time
Town Cryer

[1982-__-__; 7"; F-Beat 24 9983-7 (Spanish promo, ps. "Man Out Of Time" has been given the title "Hombre Desfasado"!)]

The intro and outro to "MOOT" have been removed on this version.
"TC" produced by Geoff Emerick


F13

Image To Come Later.gif

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time - EC+A
Imperial Bedroom - Napoleon Dynamite & the Royal Guard

[1982-__-__; 7"; F-Beat 24 9983-7 (Spain)]

The intro and outro to "MOOT" have been removed on this version.


F14

Image To Come Later.gif

?
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Beyond Belief
Man Out Of Time
Pidgin English
...And In Every Home

[1982-08-__; 7"; F-Beat EC-2 (UK white label promo)]


F15

Man Out Of Time US 12" promo front label.jpg

Man Out Of Time single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Man Out Of Time
Beyond Belief

[1982-__-__; 12"; Columbia AS-1510 (US white label promo)]


F16

From Head To Toe UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

From Head To Toe single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

From Head To Toe (Smokey Robinson) (2:33)
The World Of Broken Hearts (Pomus/Shuman) (3:01)

[1982-09-10; 7"; F-Beat XX30 (UK, ps)]

Both tracks produced by EC assisted by Paul Bass.
"FHTT" was originally recorded by Chris Clark, though EC was more familiar with the Escorts' UK cover.
EC found "TWOBH" on an old Amen Corner LP.
Some copies marketed with a free copy of the Get Happy!! LP.
Reached #43 in UK charts.


F17

Almost New album cover.jpg

Almost New
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I'm Your Toy (live /w RPO) (Ethridge/Parsons)
Accidents Will Happen (live at Hollywood High)
Alison (live at Hollywood High)
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones)
Green Shirt
Pump It Up
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Lowe)

[1982-09-__; LP; F-Beat ELVIS 82 (Australian/New Zealand mini-LP)]

Released to coincide with the 1982 tour.


F18

NME Mighty Reel cassette cover.jpg

NME Mighty Reel
various artists

Town Cryer (alternate fast version) (2:08) - EC+A

[1982-09-18; MC; NME 004 (UK)]

This was a cassette offered to readers of New Musical Express.


F19

Image To Come Later.gif

Party Party single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions with the Royal Guard Horns / Bananarama

Party Party - EC+A w/ the Royal Guard Horns
No Feelings - Bananarama

[1982-11-__; 7"; A&M PARTY 5 (UK promo)]

This single is part of a 5x7" set containing tracks from the soundtrack album.


F20

Party Party UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Party Party single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions with the Royal Guard Horns

Party Party (3:13) - EC+A with the Royal Guard Horns
Imperial Bedroom (2:48) - EC (credited to EC+A)

[1982-12-03; 7"; A&M AMS 8267 (ps, also issued as promo)]
[1982-__-__; 7"; A&M K-8951 (Australia, no ps)]
[1982-__-__; 7"; A&M AMS 9252 (Spain, ps /w lyrics)]

"PP" produced by EC & Colin Fairley, "IB" produced by EC.
Reached #48 in UK charts.


F21

Party Party album cover large.jpg

Party Party soundtrack
various artists

Party Party (3:12) - EC+A w/ the Royal Guard Horns

(42:28)
[1982-12-__; LP; A&M AMLH 68551]
[1982-12-__; MC; A&M 68551]
[1982-__-__;5x7"; A&M PARTY1-5 (UK promo)]
[1982-__-__; LP; A&M SP-3212 (USA)]
[1982-__-__; LP; A&M AMP 28067 (Japan)]
[1982-__-__; LP; Hallmark SHM 3157]
[1989-03-21; CD; A&M D20Y 4030 (Japan)]
[1995-__-__; CD; Spectrum Music/Karussell 551440-2 (Germany/UK)]

I'm not sure if the 5x7" set includes all the 13 album tracks, but "Party Party" is on the PARTY5 disc.


F22

Image To Come Later.gif

Shabby Doll single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Shabby Doll
Imperial Bedroom

[1982-__-__; 7"; F-Beat 102 832 (France, ps)]


F--

Image To Come Later.gif

Viva England
Elvis Costello

[1982-__-__; LP; Discos Victoria VLP-27/22LO460 (Spain)]

The album My Aim Is True wasn't released in Spain until it appeared with this new title. It included the track "Watching The Detectives". (see My Aim Is True (A06)).


F--

Action Trax 1 album cover.jpg

Action Trax 1
various artists

Sweet Dreams - EC+A

[1982-__-__; LP: K-Tel NE 1162]
[1982-__-__; MC; K-Tel CE 2162]


F--

Image To Come Later.gif

Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner
various artists

-- EC tracks unknown --

[1982-__-__; 2xLP; Westwood One OTR 82-34 (US radio promo)]

This release also contains conversation and commercials.



1983

G01

Madness, Tomorrow's Just Another Day, UK, 12, 1982, front cover.jpg

Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)
Madness

Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) (warped 12" version) (Smyth/Barson) - Madness
Blue Beast (Warp Mix) (Thompson) - Madness
Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) (Smyth/Barson) (3:03) - Madness (EC guest vocal)
Madness Is All In The Mind (Foreman) - Madness

[1983-02-__; 12"; Stiff BUYIT 169 (UK, ps)]

A Clanger Winstanley production.
Madness backs EC only on the slowed down arrangment of "Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)".
The track "Blue Beast" has the title "Blue Skinned Beast" on the Madness album.


G02

Pills And Soap UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Pills And Soap single
The Imposter

Pills And Soap (3:39)
Pills And Soap (extended version) (4:05)

[1983-05-27; 7"; Demon IMP 001 (UK, no ps)]

EC wanted this single out fast, before the general election, while F-Beat was undergoing a change of distribution. For this he formed a new label and issued it as "The Imposter". Originally, the single was only going to be available for less than a week, and planned to be deleted on the eve of the general election. The first pressing was of only 15,000 copies, but finally a total of 160,000 copies were pressed.
This song was slightly remixed for the album.
In the extended version the chorus "Give me the needle/Give me the rope..." is sung twice just before the "Four and twenty crowbars..." verse. This is done by splicing in the third chorus of the regular version.
Reached #16 in UK charts.


G03

Everyday I Write The Book UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Everyday I Write The Book single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Everyday I Write The Book (3:54)
Heathen Town (3:08)

[1983-07-01; 7"; F-Beat XX32 (UK, ps)]
[1983-06-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04045 (US, ps)]
[1983-__-__; 7"; F-Beat ZB-68082 (Spain, ps. "Everyday I Write The Book" has been given the title "Cada dia escribo el libro"!)]

"HT" is fron the Punch The Clock sessions.
Reached #28 in UK charts,, & #36 in the US (EC's first US top 40 hit).


G04

Image To Come Later.gif

Everyday I Write The Book single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Everyday I Write The Book (3:54)
Everyday I Write The Book (3:54)

[1983-06-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04045 (US, ps, white label promo)]


G05

Everyday I Write The Book UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

Everyday I Write The Book single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Everyday I Write The Book (3:54)
Heathen Town (3:08)
Night Time (2:52)

[1983-07-01; 12"; F-Beat XX32T (UK, ps)]

Some copies came with a free vest with the sleeve graphics on it.
"NT", an old Escorts number, is from the "Head To Toe" session.


G06

Image To Come Later.gif

Everyday I Write The Book single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Everyday I Write The Book (extended remix) (4:52)
Heathen Town (3:08)
Night Time (2:52)

[1983-07-__; 12"; F-Beat XX 32 T RE MIX (UK, ps)]

This is a second pressing of -G04, but with a slightly longer remix of "Everyday..." (which is not the same as the US 'special club' version).
Some (but not all) of the covers carried a sticker saying "EXTENDED REMIX 4:52". The cover is identical to -G04.


G07

Everyday I Write The Book US 12" single front sleeve.jpg

Everyday I Write The Book single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Everyday I Write The Book (special club version) (5:04)
Everyday I Write The Book (instrumental) (3:40)
Heathen Town (3:08)
Night Time (Paddy Chambers) (2:52)

[1983-08-__; 12"; Columbia 44-04115 (US, ps (Also issued as promo)]

Both versions of "EIWTB" were produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley. The 'club' version was remixed by John 'Jellybean' Benitez and engineered by John 'Tokes' Potoker.


G08

PTC album cover large.jpg

Punch The Clock
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Let Them All Talk (3:05)
Everyday I Write The Book (3:54)
The Greatest Thing (3:04)
The Element Within Her (2:52)
Love Went Mad (3:12)
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer) (4:52)
TKO (Boxing Day) (3:28)
Charm School (3:55)
The Invisible Man (3:05)
Mouth Almighty (3:00)
King Of Thieves (3:45)
Pills And Soap (3:42)
The World And His Wife (3:25)

(45:19)
[1983-08-05; LP; F-Beat XXLP19 (UK)]
[1983-08-05; MC; F-Beat XXC 19 (UK)]
[1983-08-05; LP; Columbia 38897 (US. Promo copies were also issued with with "For Promotion Only" stamped in gold on the cover)]
[1983-__-__; LP; F-Beat XXLP20 (Sweden)]
[1983-__-__; LP; Jugoton LSFBEAT 11041 (Yugoslavia, poor quality)]
[1983-10-21; MC; F-Beat RPT-8211 (Japan)]
[1984-09-__; CD; F-Beat/RCA ZD 70026]
[1984-__-__; CD; Columbia CK 38897 (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat/RCA RPL-8211 (Japan)]
[1986-05-15; CD; F-Beat R32-1031 (Japan)]
[1987-03-__; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 72]
[1987-03-__; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 72]
[1987-03-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 72]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5108 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5108 (Australia)]

The original release date for this was 29-Jul-83, but it was delayed 2 weeks because of production difficulties.
In Sweden the cat. number of this album was XXLP20, and XXLP19 was for Nick Lowe's The Abominable Showman.
Reached #3 in UK charts, & #24 in the US.


G--

Image To Come Later.gif

Punch The Clock Promo Pack

[1983-__-__; 3x7"; F-Beat PUNCH 1 (UK promo pack /w 6-track EP & 2 singles)]


G--

Image To Come Later.gif

Punch The Clock promo

[1983-__-__; 2x7"; RCA (US, promo. Green labels)]


G09

Let Them All Talk UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Let Them All Talk single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Let Them All Talk (3:05)
The Flirting Kind (3:00)

[1983-09-02; 7"; F-Beat XX33 (UK, ps)]
[1983-__-__; 7"; RCA Victor PB 61276 (France, ps)]
[1983-__-__; 7"; F-Beat ZB-60117 (Spain, ps)]

"TFK" is from the Punch The Clock sessions.
Reached #59 in UK charts.


G10

Image To Come Later.gif

Let Them All Talk single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Let Them All Talk (extended remix) (5:59)
The Flirting Kind (3:00)

[1983-09-09; 12"; F-Beat XX33T (UK, ps)]
[1983-__-__; 12"; RCA Victor PB 61277 (France, ps (F-Beat logo on back of sleeve)]
[1984-06-01; 12"; F-Beat RPS-1003 (Japan)]

"LTAT" produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.


G11

Image To Come Later.gif

Let Them All Talk single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Let Them All Talk (3:05)
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer) (4:52)

[1983-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04266 (USA)]


G12

Image To Come Later.gif

Let Them All Talk single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Let Them All Talk
Let Them All Talk

[1983-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04266 (US white label promo)]


G13

Shipbuilding Japan 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Shipbuilding single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Shipbuilding (EC/Langer) (4:52)
The World And His Wife (3:25)

[19__-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/RCA RPS-118 (Japan, ps+lyric sheet)]


G14

Why Study? promo LP label.jpg

Why Study?
various artists

Everyday I Write The Book - EC+A
Let Them All Talk - EC+A
The Invisible Man - EC+A

[1983-__-__; LP; Columbia AS 1765 (US promo)]



1984

H01

Peace In Our Time UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Peace In Our Time single
The Imposter

Peace In Our Time
Withered And Died (Richard Thompson)

[1984-04-__; 7"; Imposter TRUCE 1 (no ps)]

"WAD" produced by Fairley/Imposter.
EC intended to have Richard Thompson play on Goodbye Cruel World. Richard was on standby, but was never called into the studio. "WAD" was recorded as an apology for this.
Reached #48 in UK charts.


H02

I Wanna Be Loved UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

I Wanna Be Loved single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Loved (radio version) (Farnell Jenkins)
Turning The Town Red

[1984-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX35 (ps)]
[1984-06-__; 7"; F-Beat XX35DJ (UK promo, plain black sl)]
[1984-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/RCA ZB-68187 (Holland, ps)]
[1984-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/RCA RPS-155 (Japan, ps)]

"IWBL" produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.
"TTTR" is from the Goodbye Cruel World sessions & was used as the theme tune to Channel 4's 'Scully' program. It is produced by The Mono-Kings.
Reached #25 in UK charts.


H03

I Wanna Be Loved UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

I Wanna Be Loved single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Loved (radio version) (Farnell Jenkins)
Turning The Town Red
I Wanna Be Loved (extended smooch 'n' runny version) (Farnell Jenkins) (5:41)

[1984-06-__; 12"; F-Beat XX35T (ps)]

"IWBL(esnrv)" produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley, & remixed by Colin Fairley.


H04

Image To Come Later.gif

I Wanna Be Loved single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Loved (radio version) (Farnell Jenkins)
Turning The Town Red
I Wanna Be Loved (version discotheque) (Farnell Jenkins) (7:04)

[1984-06-__; 12"; F-Beat XX35Z (UK, plain black sl /w red & white sticker saying "Elvis Costello and the Attractions I Wanna Be Loved Brand New Mix F-Beat XX35Z")]


H05

Image To Come Later.gif

I Wanna Be Loved single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Loved (Farnell Jenkins) (3:50)
Love Field (3:28)

[1984-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04625 (USA)]


H06

Image To Come Later.gif

I Wanna Be Loved single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Loved (Farnell Jenkins) (3:50)
I Wanna Be Loved (Farnell Jenkins) (3:50)

[1984-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04625 (US white label promo)]


H07

GCW album cover large.jpg

Goodbye Cruel World
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Side 1:

The Only Flame In Town (4:02) - with Daryl Hall
Home Truth (3:13)
Room With No Number (4:13)
Inch By Inch (2:29)
Worthless Thing (3:04)
Love Field (3:26))

Side 2:

I Wanna Be Loved (Farnell Jenkins) (4:48)
The Comedians (2:36)
Joe Porterhouse (3:30)
Sour Milk Cow Blues (2:50)
The Great Unknown (EC/Clive Langer) (3:00)
The Deportees Club (2:54)
Peace In Our Time (4:05)

(44:18)
[1984-06-18; LP; F-Beat ZL 70317 (UK)]
[1984-06-__; LP; Columbia 39429 (US. Promo copies were also issued with "For Promotion Only" stamped in gold on the cover)]
[1984-__-__; CD; Columbia CK 39429 (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat/RCA RPL-8251 (Japan)]
[1984-08-05; MC; F-Beat/RCA RPT-8251 (Japan)]
[1986-05-15; CD; F-Beat R32-1032 (Japan)]
[1984-__-__; LP; Starcall SFL1 0100 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; CD; F-Beat/RCA ZD 70317]
[1987-03-__; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 75]
[1987-03-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 75]
[1987-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5109 (Australia)]
[1987-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5109 (Australia)]

Reached #10 in UK charts, & #35 in the US.
UK: Went silver (60,000 copies) (date unknown).


H08

LAFS (Love At First Sight) UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

L.A.F.S. (Love At First Sight) single
Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit

L.A.F.S. (Love At First Sight) (Lowe)
Hey Big Mouth (Stand Up And Say That) (Lowe)
Baby It's You (Bacharach/David/Williams) - Nick Lowe & EC

[1984-07-__; 12"; F-Beat XX36T]
[1984-__-__; 12"; F-Beat/RCA RPS1007 (Japan)]

"LAFS" is produced by EC with Colin Fairley, and "BIY" by Lowe/EC/Bassman.
"BIY" was recorded at AmPro, Shepherds Bush.
In Japan this was released as "Baby It's You/Nick Lowe,Elvis Costello".


H09

The Only Flame In Town UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town
The Comedians

[1984-08-__; 7"; F-Beat XX37 (ps)]

Reached #71 in UK charts & #56 in the US.


H10

The Only Flame In Town UK 12" single front sleeve(1st).jpg

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town (version discotheque)
The Comedians

[1984-08-__; 12"; F-Beat XX37T (ps)]
[1984-12-16; 12"; F-Beat/RCA RPS1008(xx-37) (Japan, lyrics on sleeve)]

On the Japanese release this version of "The Only Flame In Town" is simply called 'long version'.


H11

The Only Flame In Town UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town (version discotheque) (4:35)
Pump It Up (dance mix) (3:27)
The Comedians (2:33)

[1984-08-__; 12"; F-Beat XX37Z (ps)]

"TOFIT" & "TC" produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.
"PIU" produced by Nick Lowe & remixed by Nick Lowe & Colin Fairley, and has an accentuated beat and is slightly faster than normal.


H12

The Only Flame In Town US 12" single front sleeve.jpg

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town (special mix) (4:40)
Baby It's You (3:10) - Nick Lowe & EC
Pump It Up (1984 monster mix) (3:28)

[1984-__-__; 12"; Columbia 44 05081 (US, ps, 33rpm. Also issued with promo stamp on cover)]

"TOFIT" produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.
"BIY" produced by Lowe/Costello/Bassman.
"PIU" produced by Nick Lowe, and is the same as the 'dance mix'.


H13

Image To Come Later.gif

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town (special mix) (4:40)
The Only Flame In Town (special mix) (4:40)

[1984-__-__; 12"; Columbia 44-05081 (US 'demonstration' copy, ps)]


H14

Image To Come Later.gif

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town (3:55)
The Only Flame In Town (3:55)

[1984-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04502 (US 'demonstration' copy)]


H15

The Only Flame In Town US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town (edit) (3:35)
Turning The Town Red (mono)

[1984-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-04502]
[1984-__-__; 7"; (Spain, ps)]

Maybe all versions of "Turning The Town Red" are mono because production is credited to 'The Mono Kings', and it was recorded for a TV theme in the days before stereo broadcasting.


H16

Image To Come Later.gif

Peace In Our Time single

Peace In Our Time
The Comedians

[1984-__-__; 7"; (French promo)]


H17

Every Man Has A Woman album cover.jpg

Every Man Has A Woman
various artists

Walking On Thin Ice (Yoko Ono)

[1984-09-__; LP; Polydor POLH 13]
[19__-__-__; LP; Polydor 823 490-1-Y-1 (USA)]

Tribute to Yoko Ono.
This track was produced by Allen Toussaint at Sea Saint Studios, New Orleans during the Punch The Clock US Tour (Aug/Sep-83).


H18

Sometimes A Great Notion album cover.jpg

Sometimes A Great Notion
various artists

Really Mystified (Crane/Gustafson])

[1984-11-__; LP; EMI TOPCAT-1 or SP8410RS (UK)]

Charity LP for the British Deaf Assoc. compiled by Rupert Hines.
Recorded at Matrix, London, Feb-82 ('From Head To Toe' session).


H19

The Only Flame In Town Japan 7" single front sleeve.jpg

The Only Flame In Town single
Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Only Flame In Town
The Deportees Club

[1984-__-__; 7"; F-Beat/RCA RPS-147 (Japan, ps)]


H20

Image To Come Later.gif

Australian Rock Talent Part 2
various artists

Everyday I Write The Book

[1984-__-__; LP; (Australia)]




Back to top

1977-19791980-19841985-19891990-19941995-19992000-20042005-20092010-2014New releases
1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995
199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016