Mighty Like A Rose

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Mighty Like A Rose
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studio album by
Elvis Costello
ReleasedMay 13, 1991
Recordedlate 1990-early 1991, Ocean Way, Hollywood, and Westside Studios, London
ProducerMitchell Froom, Kevin Killen and
D.P.A. MacManus
LabelWarner Bros.


TitleWriter(s) Length
1. The Other Side Of Summer  Declan MacManus 3:53
2. Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)  Elvis Costello & Jim Keltner 4:00
3. How To Be Dumb  Declan MacManus 5:09
4. All Grown Up  Declan MacManus 4:14
5. Invasion Hit Parade  Declan MacManus 5:31
6. Harpies Bizarre  Declan MacManus 3:44
7. After The Fall  Declan MacManus 4:34
8. Georgie And Her Rival  Declan MacManus 3:36
9. So Like Candy  Paul McCartney & Declan MacManus 4:34
10. Interlude: Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 2  Declan MacManus 0:22
11. Playboy To A Man  Paul McCartney & Declan MacManus 3:16
12. Sweet Pear  Declan MacManus 3:36
13. Broken  Cait O'Riordan 3:36
14. Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4  Declan MacManus 3:49


The Other Side Of Summer:

Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over):

How To Be Dumb:

Elvis Costello - vocals, big stupid guitar, maracas
Pete Thomas - drums
Jerry Scheff - bass
Roger Lewis - baritone saxophone
Marc Ribot - electric rhythm guitar
Larry Knechtel - grand piano, organ
Mitchell Froom & Marc Ribot - industrial jack-ass
Pierre - maracas

All Grown Up:

Elvis Costello - vocals
Jim Keltner - drums
T-Bone Wolk - bass
Larry Knechtel - piano, Clavinet
James Burton - acoustic guitar
Marc Ribot - cornet, Eb horn
Mitchell Froom - chamberlain, portative organ

Invasion Hit Parade:

D.P.A. MacManus - vocals, electric guitar, big stupid guitar, little foolish organ
Ross MacManus - trumpet
Larry Knechtel - grand piano
Pete Thomas - drums
T-Bone Wolk - bass
Marc Ribot - electric guitar
Mitchell Froom - chamberlain
Costello/Froom/Ribot - 'Radio Hail, Hail Freedonia Breakthrough'

Harpies Bizarre:

Elvis Costello - vocals, electric guitar
T-Bone Wolk - Rickenbacker tremelo bass
Larry Knechtel - harpsicord, tack piano
Mitchell Froom - vox continental
Pete Thomas - drums, percussion
Nicholas Bucknall - clarinet
Richard Morgan - oboe
Andrew Findon - flute
Simon Rayner - french horn
Neil Levesley - bassoon

After The Fall:

Elvis Costello - vocals, acoustic guitar
Marc Ribot - spanish guitar
Rob Wasserman - 6-string electric upright bass
Larry Knechtel - harmonium
Mitchell Froom - celeste
Steven Soles - vocal harmony

Georgie And Her Rival:

So Like Candy:

Interlude: Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 2:

Playboy To A Man:

The Mighty Corsican - vocals
Elvis Costello - big stupid guitar, 12-string Rickenbacker
Jerry Scheff - bass
Jim Keltner - drums
Larry Knechtel - upright piano
Marc Ribot - guitar selection
Froom/Tench/Knechtel - 'piano frenzy'
Costello/Froom - organ

Sweet Pear:

Elvis Costello - vocals, electric guitar
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Pete Thomas - drums
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - piano, organ
Mitchell Froom - celesta, organ


Elvis Costello - vocals, piano, chamberlain
Rob Wasserman - 6-string upright electric bass
Marc Ribot - electric guitar
Mitchell Froom - chamberlain
Larry Knechtel - harmonium

Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4:

Elvis Costello - vocals, celeste , toy piano
Larry Knechtel - upright piano
Benmont Tench - harmonium, calliope
Mitchell Froom - chamberlain
Marc Ribot - banjo, cornet, Eb horn
Jerry Scheff - tuba, upright electric bass
Jim Keltner - drums

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