Rhino reissue gaps

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The purpose of this page is to answer the following question:

"If I own the standard versions of all Elvis Costello albums, including the bonus discs from the Rhino and Hip-O reissue series, what other tracks do I need to own to have an absolutely complete collection of officially released songs, including different versions of the same song?"

The list excludes songs available only on video or DVD. The first three categories exclude: minor remixes, edit versions, and tracks on which EC only appears as a guest instrumentalist or backing vocalist. These are shown in separate lists at the end.

OS = original source; CS = current source (if there is a more convenient recently released source)


Rhino-reissue gaps

Pogo A Gogo, cassette insert, 1986
1975
1977
1978
  • 1978 Pump It Up (OS:1 and Only - 25 Years of Radio 1 (1992), BBC session)
  • 1978 You Gotta Lose (live with Richard Hell and the Voidoids, OS:Time by Richard Hell (2002))
1980
  • 1980 High Fidelity (BBC session recorded 1980-02-25, OS: Kat’s Karavan: The History of the John Peel Show, a 4-CD box set released 26 October 2009 in the UK)
1981
  • 1981 He's Got You (live with The Attractions and John McFee, OS:Almost Blue Ryko reissue (1994))
  • 1981 Cry, Cry, Cry (live with The Attractions and John McFee, OS:Almost Blue Ryko reissue (1994))
  • 1981 Wondering (OS:Singles, Volume 2 (2003), unfinished mix with a different vocal take to the single/Rhino version, including a different melody in the last line of each verse)
  • 1981 Psycho Song (live solo, OS:Fundamental Frolics LP)
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1990
1992
  • 1992 Weird Nightmare (OS:Weird Nightmare: Meditations On Mingus)
  • 1992 May 17th (instrumental, OS:CD provided with Ferrington Guitars book)
1993
Live At New York Town Hall (promo), 1994
1994
1995
1996

Post Rhino-reissue gaps

The Bridge I Burned (promo), 1997
1997
1998
  • 1998 God Give Me Strength (live with Burt Bacharach, OS:One Amazing Night by Burt Bacharach (with various artists))
  • 1998 Toledo (with Bill Frisell, OS:The Sweetest Punch: The New Songs Of Elvis Costello And Burt Bacharach by Bill Frisell)
  • 1998 I Still Have That Other Girl (with Casandra Wilson and Bill Frisell, OS:The Sweetest Punch: The New Songs Of Elvis Costello And Burt Bacharach by Bill Frisell)
  • 1998 Painted From Memory (live for TV, OS:The Best Of Sessions At West 54th by various artists)
1999
2000
  • 2000 Meet Me On The Corner (with Dan Hicks and Brian Setzer, OS:Beating The Heat by Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks)
  • 2000 You Stole My Bell (OS:The Family Man, Music From The Motion Picture by various artists)
2001
  • 2001 Egypt (OS:Labour of Love – The Music Of Nick Lowe by various artists)
2002
  • 2002 Spooky Girlfriend (live solo on radio, OS:KBCO Studio C Volume 14 by various artists)
  • 2002 45 (live solo on radio, OS:Cities 97 Sampler Volume 14 by various artists)
  • 2002 Spooky Girlfriend (live solo on radio, OS:On The Mountain 8 by various artists)
  • 2002 Invisible Lady (with The Charles Mingus Orchestra, OS:Tonight At Noon … Three Or Four Shades of Love by Mingus Big Band)
Close To You, 2002
2003
2004
2005
The Harry Smith Project: The Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited, 2006
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2015
2016

Albums containing all the non-gaps

The non-gaps are contained on the following albums. For some, a specific version of the album is indicated, due to it containing one or more of the above gaps.

The Courier (soundtrack), 1987

Minor remixes

  • 1977 Less Than Zero (OS:original UK single and A Bunch Of Stiff Records, prominent organ part during the opening bars, no organ after that, no double-tracked vocals on chorus)
  • 1977 Radio Sweetheart (OS:My Aim Is True Ryko reissue, most noticable difference is that it lacks the flange effect on the lead vocal that you hear during the introduction of the single/Rhino version)
  • 1977 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (live, OS:Live Stiffs (1978), mix is different to Rhino My Aim is True version. Lead vocal has been overdubbed, so that vocals are double tracked throughout)
  • 1977 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (live, OS:The Stiff Records Box Set (1978), another slightly different mix)
  • 1978 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (American Squirm mix, OS:B side of American Squirm by Nick Lowe, the song slightly slows down the further it goes)
Singles, Volume 2, 2003
  • 1981 Cry, Cry, Cry (OS:Singles, Volume 2 (2003), unfinished mix with EC messing up the start of the line, "Any question that I ask, you tell a lie lie lie". Single/Rhino version has same vocal take apart from correcting that error)
  • 1981 There Won't Be Anymore (live with The Attractions and John McFee, OS:Almost Blue Ryko reissue (1994), slightly different mix to Rhino bonus disk - most noticably, the spoken introduction and the rather shambolic start to the song are omitted)
  • 1981 Sittin' And Thinkin' (live with The Attractions and John McFee, OS:Almost Blue Ryko reissue (1994), slightly different mix to Rhino bonus disk)
  • 1981 Honey Hush (live with The Attractions and John McFee, OS:Almost Blue Ryko reissue (1994), slightly different mix to Rhino bonus disk)
  • 1981 Psycho (live with The Attractions and John McFee, single mix, fades earlier than the mix on the Rhino reissue and omits spoken introduction, OS:B side of Sweet Dreams single, CS:Almost Blue Ryko reissue)
  • 1983 Pills And Soap (extended mix, OS:B side of Pills And Soap single, CS:Singles, Volume 2 (2003))
  • 1984 Get Yourself Another Fool (Idiot mix, OS:Out Of Our Idiot, minimal reverb on the vocals)
  • 1984 Get Yourself Another Fool (Ryko mix, OS:Goodbye Cruel World Ryko reissue, CS:Singles, Volume 3 (2003), lacks intro, no fade out, a bit of reverb on vocal though much less than single/Rhino version)
  • 1985 Little Palaces (OS:King of America Ryko reissue (1995), lacks bass guitar part)
  • 1986 Uncomplicated (NME version, OS:free 7" e.p. Fourplay GIV 4, despite the label this is identical to standard version)
  • 1986 Uncomplicated (OS:Blood And Chocolate UK original CD and Girls Girls Girls CD, has a guitar part missing from the guitar break near the end, and no clunking anvil sound after the "horse that knows arithmetic" line)
  • 1987 Big Nothing (remix of A Town Called Big Nothing (The Long March), OS:Straight To Hell, in mono with no "Big Nothing" whispered vocal, no long fade out)
  • 1989 ...This Town... (Bastard mix, OS:The Elvis Costello Hour promo double LP, same as Spike album version but with "bastard" crudely covered by "sweetheart" for US radio)
  • 1997 My Mood Swings (promo mix, OS:1998 Mercury February Sales Sampler US promo, no declining bass run in introduction, electric guitar louder and further left in the mix, drums play through the "marshmallow" stop/start)
  • 2005 Who Are These People? (explicit version, with Burt Bacharach, OS:iTunes download by Burt Bacharach)
  • 2007 Bedlam (OS:iTunes download as "Frankincense/Nashville Mix", CS:iTunes Originals as "Nashville Alternate Version", various subtle differences from version on The Delivery Man, most noticably Steve Nieve's theremin is relatively quiet)

Edit versions

Long Journey Home (promo), 1998

EC as background vocalist or instrumentalist only