Text discography 1985-1989

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1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989

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



1985

I01

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Side 1:
Alison
Watching The Detectives
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Lowe)
Oliver's Army
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes - CD version only
Pump It Up
Accidents Will Happen
Radio, Radio
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones)
Side 2:
Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut) - CD version only
Almost Blue
Beyond Belief
Man Out Of Time - CD version only
Clubland
Watch Your Step
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer)
I Wanna Be Loved (Farnell Jenkins)
Everyday I Write The Book
The Only Flame In Town
1985-__-__; LP; Columbia CK40101 (US. Promo copies were also issued with "For Promotion Only" stamped in gold on the cover)]
1985-__-__; MC; Columbia CK40101 (USA)]
1985-__-__; CD; Columbia CK40101 (USA)]
US: Went gold (500,000 copies) in 1989.


I02

The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello) - Elvis Costello
Side 1:
Watching The Detectives (3:47)
Oliver's Army (2:59)
Alison (2:54)
Accidents Will Happen (3:04)
Pump It Up (3:13)
High Fidelity (2:29)
Pills And Soap (3:43)
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (3:08)
New Lace Sleeves (3:47)
Side 2:
Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut) (3:09)
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down (Banks/Jones) (2:07)
Clubland (3:44)
Beyond Belief (2:36)
New Amsterdam (2:10)
Green Shirt (2:43)
Everyday I Write The Book (3:56)
I Wanna Be Loved (Farnell Jenkins) (4:45)
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer) (4:50)
1985-04-__; LP; Telstar STAR 2247 (UK)]
1985-04-__; MC; Telstar STAR 2247 (UK)]
1985-04-__; CD; Telstar STAR 2247 (UK)]
1986-05-__; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 52 (UK, different sleeve)]
1986-05-__; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CAS 52 (UK)]
1986-05-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 52 (UK)]
19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5112 (Australia)]
19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5112 (Australia)]
The original Telstar issues were titled The Best Of Elvis Costello - The Man. The cover was an ugly painting of EC, and was replaced with the 'phone box' picture from _Taking Liberties_ by Demon on later releases.
Some covers of the Demon CD have "(p) 1965" instead of "(p) 1985".
Tracks 1-6,8,9,11,12,15 produced by Nick Lowe.
Track 7 produced by Fairley/Imposter.
Track 10 produced by Billy Sherrill.
Track 13 produced by Geoff Emerick.
Track 14 produced by EC.
Tracks 16-18 produced by Langer & Winstanley.
Reached #8 in UK charts.


I03

Green Shirt single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Green Shirt
Beyond Belief
1985-04-__; 7"; F-Beat ZB40085 (UK, black vinyl + ps, or limited edition on green vinyl in clear plastic sleeve)]
Reached #68 in UK charts.


I04

Green Shirt single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Record 1:
Green Shirt
Beyond Belief
Record 2:
Oliver's Army
Good Year For The Roses (Jerry Chesnut)
1985-04-__; 2x7"; F-Beat ZB40085/7 (ps, shrinkwrapped double pack)]


I05

Green Shirt single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Green Shirt
Beyond Belief
Green Shirt (extended remix) (3:18)
1985-04-__; 12"; F-Beat ZT 40086 (UK, ps for black vinyl, clear plastic for limited edition on green vinyl)]
The "Green Shirt remix" is produced by Nick Lowe and remixed by Colin Fairley, and consists of emphasis of backbeat, lots of echo, and the phrase 'gonna get it' repeated and echoed.


I06

Warming Up To The Ice Age - John Hiatt
Living A Little, Laughing A Little (Bell/Creed) (4:03) - John Hiatt & EC
1985-05-__; LP/CAS; Geffen GEF 26309]
1985-__-__; CD; Geffen GED 24055 (Germany)]
1985-__-__; LP; Geffen GHS 24055 (US, Promo copies were also issued with "For Promotion Only" stamped in gold on the cover)]


I07

Living A Little, Laughing A Little single - John Hiatt
Living A Little, Laughing A Little (Bell/Creed) (3:59) - John Hiatt & EC
 I'm A Real Man (John Hiatt) (2:30) - John Hiatt
1985-05-__; 7"; Geffen/CBS A 6121 (ps)]


I08

Living A Little, Laughing A Little single - John Hiatt
Living A Little, Laughing A Little (Bell/Creed) (3:59) - John Hiatt & EC
 I'm A Real Man (John Hiatt) (2:30) - John Hiatt
 When We Ran (live) (John Hiatt) - John Hiatt
 Everybody's Girl (live) (John Hiatt) - John Hiatt
1985-05-__; 12"; Geffen/CBS TX 6121 (ps)]


I09

Living A Little, Laughing A Little single - John Hiatt
Living A Little, Laughing A Little (Bell/Creed)
1985-05-__; 12"; Geffen/CBS PRO-A2272 (US promo)]


I10

The People's Limousine single - The Coward Brothers
The People's Limousine (Henry & Howard Coward)
They'll Never Take Her Love From Me (Leon Payne)
1985-07-20; 7"; IMP 006 (UK, ps)]
1985-__-__; 7"; IMP/RCA RPS-183 (Japan, ps)]
Produced by The Coward Brothers.
The Coward Bros. are EC and T-Bone Burnett.
This record was also given away with copies of the "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" 7" single.


I11

Less Than Zero single - Elvis Costello
Less Than Zero (3:12)
Radio Sweetheart (single mix) (2:27)
Alison (3:20)
Watching The Detectives (edit) (3:06)
1985-11-__; 12"; Stiff BUYIT 239 (UK, ps)]
The edited version of "WtD" leaves out the last verse.


I--

Save The Children - various artists
The Only Flame In Town (intro + talkover) (~0:30) - EC+A
1985-__-__; 7"; DWP 970A/B (US promo)]
This single contains public radio service spots for the 'Save The Children' charity. Also doing spots are Dionne Warwick, Peter Falk, Alabama, Air Supply, David Bowie, Ben Kingsley, and many more.


I--

Be Yourself Tonight - Eurythmics
Adrian (Lennox/Stewart) (4:29) - Eurythmics & EC
1985-__-__; CD; RCA ND 74602]
EC on harmony vocals.



1986

J01

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood single - The Costello Show
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) (3:20)
Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo (3:27)
[1986-01-__; 7"; F-Beat ZB 40555 (UK, ps)]
[1986-01-__; 7"; Columbia 38-05809 (US, ps)]
[1986-03-21; 7"; F-Beat/RCA RPS-206 (Japan, ps)]
"BGABNH" is a King Of America outtake.
Reached #33 in UK charts.


J02

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood single - The Costello Show
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) (3:20)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) (3:20)
[1986-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-05809 (US white label promo)]


J03

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood single - The Costello Show
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell)
Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo
Get Yourself Another Fool (single mix)) (Tucker/Haywood) - EC+A
[1986-01-__; 12"; F-Beat ZT 40556 (ps)]
[1986-__-__; 12"; F-Beat TDS 319 (Australia, ps)]
[1986-04-21; 12"; F-Beat/RCA RPS1020 (Japan, lyrics on sleeve)]
"DLMBM" & "BGABNH" produced by J. Henry (T-Bone) Burnett & EC.
"GYAF" was recorded at Eden Studios, Acton, and produced by Nick Lowe.
This mix of "GYAF" has a 3 note guitar into, the vocals are drenched in echo, and the track fades out at the end.


J04

Ricky Skaggs: Live In London - Ricky Skaggs
Don't Get Above Your Raising (live; Dominion, London) (Flatt/Scruggs) (7:29) - Ricky Skaggs duets /w EC
[1986-01-__; CD; Epic EPC 26618]
[1986-01-__; LP; Epic EPC 26618]
[1986-01-__; MC; Epic EPC 26618]
[1989-02-__; LP; Pickwick SHM/HSC 3252]
[1989-02-__; MC; Pickwick SHM/HSC 3252]
[2003-07-29; CD; S&P Records 708 (US, remaster)]
This track is an encore from a show at The Dominion Theatre, London, 18- or 19-May-85.


J05

King Of America - The Costello Show featuring EC (57:54
Side 1:
Brilliant Mistake (3:40)
Lovable (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (2:52)
Our Little Angel (4:02)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) (3:20)
Glitter Gulch (3:15)
Indoor Fireworks (4:05)
Little Palaces (3:48)
I'll Wear It Proudly (4:22)
Side 2:
American Without Tears (4:30)
Eisenhower Blues (J.B. Lenoir) (3:45)
Poisoned Rose (4:07)
The Big Light (2:32)
Jack Of All Parades (5:16)
Suit Of Lights (4:05)
Sleep Of The Just (3:49)
[1986-02-21; LP; F-Beat ZL 70946]
[1986-02-21; MC; F-Beat ZL 70946]
[1986-02-21; CD; F-Beat ZD 70946 (Germany)]
[1986-02-__; CD; Columbia 40173 (USA)]
[1986-04-05; LP; F-Beat RPL-8330 (Japan)]
[1986-06-15; CD; F-Beat R32-1042 (Japan)]
[1986-__-__; MC; F-Beat RPT-8330 (Japan)]
[1987-03-__; LP; Demon IMP FIEND 78 (UK)]
[1987-03-__; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 78 (UK)]
[1987-03-__; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 78 (UK)]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5111 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5111 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; LP; F-Beat VPL1-7601 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; F-Beat VPK 1 8601 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; LP; RCA 104.7127 (Brazilian promo, incl. lyrics)]
On the sleeve it says: 'featuring the Attractions & Confederates'.
Reached #11 in UK charts, & #39 in the US.
UK: Went silver (60,000 copies) (date unknown).


J06

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood single - The Costello Show featuring Elvis Costello
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (live; Heartbreak, NYC) (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) (3:15)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (live; Heartbreak, NYC) (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) (3:15)
[1986-__-__; 12"; Columbia/CBS CAS 2310 (US promo, ps)]
Produced by David Vanderhayden.
From a WNEW-FM Morning Show live broadcast from the Heartbreak, NYC, 1986-02-11. EC performs solo with an electric guitar and audience on backing vocals.


J07

Lovable single
Lovable (2:52) - The Costello Show
Get Yourself Another Fool (single mix) (Tucker/Hayward) (4:01) - EC+A
[1986-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-06059]
"GYAF" was recorded at Eden Studios, Acton, and produced by Nick Lowe.
This mix of "GYAF" has a 3 note guitar into, the vocals are drenched in echo, and the track fades out at the end.


J08

Lovable - The Costello Show
Lovable (2:52)
Lovable (2:52)
[1986-__-__; 12"; Columbia 2371 (US red label promo, stickered black sleeve)]
[1986-__-__; 7"; Columbia 06059 (US DJ promo)]


J09

Club Paradise soundtrack - various artists
Seven Day Weekend (Costello/Cliff) - EC+A & Jimmy Cliff
[1986-__-__; LP; CBS 70298]
[1994-06-22; CD; Sony SRCS 6416 (Japan)]
"SDW" was recorded at Eden Studios, Acton.


J10

Seven Day Weekend single - Jimmy Cliff, Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Seven Day Weekend (Costello/Cliff) (2:21)
 Brightest Star (Cliff) (3:30) - Jimmy Cliff
[1986-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-06135 (US, ps)]
[19__-__-__; 7"; CBS/Warner CBSA 7287 (Holland)]
[1986-__-__; 12"; Columbia CAS 2380 (US red label promo)]
"SDW" was produced by Nick Lowe with Colin Fairley, and recorded at Eden Studios, Acton.


J11

Seven Day Weekend single - Jimmy Cliff, Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Seven Day Weekend (Costello/Cliff) (2:21)
Seven Day Weekend (Costello/Cliff) (2:21)
[1986-__-__; 12"; Columbia CAS 2380 XSS 173714 (US promo)]
[1986-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-06135 (US white label promo)]


J12

Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner - various artists
Side 1:
Lip Service - EC+A
 -interview-
Brilliant Mistake - The Costello Show
 -interview-
Accidents Will Happen - EC+A
Oliver's Army - EC+A
Side 2:
The Big Light - The Costello Show
 -interview-
Glitter Gulch - The Costello Show
I'll Wear It Proudly - The Costello Show
 -interview-
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Benjamin/Marcus/Caldwell) - The Costello Show
Side 3:
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (part) - EC
 -interview-
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes - EC
 -interview-
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Lowe) - EC+A
 -interview-
Alison - EC
 -interview-
Side 4:
I'm Not Angry - EC
 -interview-
Let Them All Talk - EC+A
 -interview-
Radio, Radio - EC+A
 -interview-
Everyday I Write The Book - EC+A
 -2 short ads to promote this radio show-
[1986-04-__; 2xLP; Westwood One OTR 86-14 (US radio promo)]


J13

Tokyo Storm Warning single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Tokyo Storm Warning (Part 1) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (4:00)
Tokyo Storm Warning (Part 2) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (3:34)
[1986-08-__; 7"; Demon IMP 007 (UK, ps)]
[1986-08-__; 7"; Columbia 06326 (US, ps)]
Reached #73 in UK charts.


J14

Tokyo Storm Warning single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Tokyo Storm Warning (Part 1) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (4:00)
Tokyo Storm Warning (Part 1) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (4:00)
[1986-__-__; 7"; Columbia 38-06326 (US promo)]


J15

Tokyo Storm Warning single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Tokyo Storm Warning (Parts 1 & 2) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (6:22)
Black Sails In The Sunset (3:03)
[1986-08-__; 12"; IMP 007T (ps, some copies came with poster containing lyrics)]
[1986-08-__; 12"; LIMS 2.00006 (German, white vinyl)]
"BSITS" is a Trust outtake.


J16

Tokyo Storm Warning single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Tokyo Storm Warning (Part 1) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (4:00)
Tokyo Storm Warning (Parts 1 & 2) (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (6:22)
[1986-08-__; 12"; Columbia CAS-2500 (US red label promo /w DJ custom sticker)]


J--

Highlights From Blood & Chocolate - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Blue Chair
Uncomplicated (UK version)
Next Time 'Round
I Hope You're Happy Now.
[1986-08-__; 7"; IMP CHOC 1 (UK promo, 1-sided red vinyl, plain sleeve)]
500 made.


J17

NME Fourplay - various artists
Uncomplicated (NME version) - EC+A
 Honey I'm A Big Boy Now (Billy Bragg) - Billy Bragg
 Hardcore Hip Hop (Mantronik/MC Tee) - Mantronix
 Splatch (Miller) - Miles Davis
[1986-09-__; 7"; GIV 4 (UK, plain white sl.)] Free single give away in UK with New Musical Express magazine.
There are 2 slightly different mixes of "Uncomplicated". The easiest way to tell the difference is by whether it contains a clunking anvil sound after the "horse that knows arithmetic" lines. The NME version has this sound.


J18

Blood And Chocolate - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Side 1:
Uncomplicated (3:21) - NME version, except for UK CD - see note
I Hope You're Happy Now (3:05)
Tokyo Storm Warning (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (6:22)
Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head (5:03)
I Want You (6:39)
Side 2:
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind? (2:07)
Blue Chair (3:38)
Battered Old Bird (5:48)
Crimes Of Paris (4:19)
Poor Napoleon (3:20)
Next Time 'Round (3:34)
[1986-09-15; LP; Demon IMP XFIEND 80 (UK)]
[1986-09-15; CD; Demon IMP FIEND 80 (UK)]
[1986-09-15; MC; Demon IMP XFIEND CAS 80 (UK)]
[1986-09-__; LP; Columbia fc 40518 (USA)]
[1986-09-__; CD; Columbia fc 40518 (USA)]
[1986-09-__; LP; Imp/Line IPLP 4.00200J (Germany, limited edition white vinyl)]
[1986-__-__; LP; F-Beat X FIEND 80/5 014757 010804 (Holland)]
[19__-__-__; LP; Liberation Records LIB 5110 (Australia)]
[19__-__-__; MC; Liberation Records TCLIB 5110 (Australia)]
Produced by Nick Lowe with Colin Fairley.
A limited edition of the UK cassette version (only on sale in Virgin stores) was issued in a package resembling a Cadburys Bournville chocolate bar, but was later withdrawn due to complaints from Cadburys. This collectors item is worth much more if unopened.
The UK CD version of "Uncomplicated" has a slightly different mix to the vinyl, cassette and US CD versions. The story behind this: "Apparently, originally different mixes were to be released in the UK and in the rest of the world, on the _B&C_ album. This decision was reversed at the last minute, but too late to change the CD. The CD version in the UK at least is different from the vinyl & cassette, it has a guitar part missing from the guitar break near the end, and no clunking anvil sound after the "horse that knows arithmetic" line. The NME version was intended to be the same as non-UK releases, but in the end only differed from the original UK CD." - Phil Dennison
Reached #16 in UK charts, & #84 in the US.
UK: Went gold (100,000 copies) (date unkown).


J19

I Want You single - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
I Want You (album version)
I Hope You're Happy Now (acoustic version) (3:03) - EC
[1986-11-07; 7"; Demon IMP 008 (ps)]
[1986-11-07; 12"; Demon IMP 008T (ps)]
Produced by Nick Lowe with Colin Fairley.


J20

The Anti-Heroin Project: It's A Live-In World - various artists
End Of The Rainbow (Richard Thompson) (3:16) - EC
[1986-11-__; 2xLP; EMI AHP LP1 (UK)]
[1986-11-__; MC; TC AHP LP1 (UK)]
The harmonies and synth-bass were added by the producer without EC's permission.


J21

? - various artists
End Of The Rainbow (Richard Thompson) (3:16) - EC
 + 3 other tracks by Wham!, Boon & Holly Johnson
[1986-__-__; 7"; EMI PSR 491 (UK promo)]


J22

NME Pogo A Go Go - various artists
Watching The Detectives (demo version) (4:28) - EC+A
[1986-__-__; MC; NME 021]
This was a cassette offered to readers of New Musical Express.
This was later reissued on CD [NME RE 501], but with Watching The Detectives replaced with the regular version of Big Tears. This version of "WtD" is very similar to the normal version, but contains surface noise and sounds like it's from an acetate. It could possibly be taken from a live gig at Eric's, Liverpool, 2-Aug-77.


J--

The Comedians - The Costello Show
 + 3 other tracks
[1986-__-__; 7"; (most likely a US promo)]


J--

Formula 32 - various artists
 -- EC track unknown --
[1986-__-__; LP; PROLP 9 (promo)]
[1986-__-__; MC; PROMC 9 (promo)]



1987

K01

Blue Chair single - The Costello Show
Blue Chair (single version)
American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version)

[1987-01-__; 7"; Demon D1047 (ps)]
"BC" was based on a track from the King Of America sessions and mixed at Eden, Acton, '87.
"AWT2" was recorded at Eden, Acton, '87.
I have heard that a 10" version of this including "I Want You" was released. Anyone know for sure?


K02

Blue Chair single - The Costello Show
Blue Chair (single version)
Shoes Without Heels
American Without Tears
American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version)
[1987-01-__; 12"; Demon D1047T (ps)]
"SWH" is from the King Of America sessions.


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Interview Picture Disc - Elvis Costello
 Interview
 Interview
[1987-04-__; LP; Baktabak 2001 (Limited edition pic. disc)]
Contains no music, just an interview in poor quality.
The picture on side 1 is of EC with Buddy Holly glasses singing with his right hand on the microphone which is in a stand. Side 2 is of a very young Elvis standing up against a brick wall holding his Jazzmaster.


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In Concert (#406) - Elvis Costello & The Attractions

[1987-__-__; LP; BBC Transcription Services CN-4928/S (UK promo+cue sheet)]
This is a BBC transcription disc of a EC+A concert at the Royalty Theatre, London, 23-Nov-86. Only 300 were pressed.


K03

A Town Called Big Nothing single - The MacManus Gang
A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing) (5:44)
Return To Big Nothing (2:54)
A Town Called Big Nothing (The Long March) (5:45)
[1987-05-04; 12"; Demon D1052 T (ps)]
From "Straight To Hell" soundtrack.
Produced by Declan MacManus, recorded by Colin Fairley, mixed by Steve MacMillan.
The "Long March" version is similar to "ATCBN" but with no Sy Richardson voiceover. It starts 40 secs. into "ATCBN" and lasts 40 secs. longer.
The MacManus Gang are: Sy Richardson (voice), Ross MacManus (trumpet/clapping), EC (guitar/bass/vocals/percussion), Cait O'Riordan (vocals), Steve Hart (piano) & Pete Thomas (drums)


K04

A Town Called Big Nothing single - The MacManus Gang
A Town Called Big Nothing (edit) (4:09)
Return To Big Nothing (2:54)
[1987-05-04; 7"; Demon D1052 (ps)]
From "Straight To Hell" soundtrack.
Produced by Declan MacManus, recorded by Colin Fairley, mixed by Steve MacMillan.
The edited version of "ATCBN" is simply missing a section of the intro.


K05

Straight To Hell soundtrack - various artists
Big Nothing (5:48) - The MacManus Gang
[1987-06-__; LP; Hell DIABLO 1][1991-__-__; CD; Repertoire Records REP 4224-WY]
[1992-03-21; CD; Century CECC 00406 (Japan)]
[19__-__-__; CD; Enigma Records CDE 73308 (USA)]
"BN" was produced by Declan MacManus, recorded by Colin Fairley and mixed by Steve MacMillan.
This version of "BN" is similar to the "Long March" version, but in mono with no "Big Nothing" vocal (the backing vocals and hand clapping are still included). There is also no long fade out.


K06

Out Of Our Idiot - various artists (EC in various guises)
Side 1:
Seven Day Weekend (Costello/Cliff) (2:37) - EC+A & Jimmy Cliff
Turning The Town Red (3:20) - EC+A
Heathen Town (3:06) - EC+A
The People's Limousine (Henry & Howard Coward) (3:37) - The Coward Brothers
So Young (Camilleri/Faehse/Burstin) (3:26) - EC+A
Little Goody Two Shoes (2:27) - EC+A - only on CD version
American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version) (3:33) - EC
Get Yourself Another Fool (Idiot mix) (Tucker/Hayward) (4:01) - EC+A
Walking On Thin Ice (Yoko Ono) (3:42) - EC+A with the TKO Horns
Side 2:
Withered And Died (Richard Thompson) (3:12) - The Imposter - only on CD version
Blue Chair (single version) (3:38) - EC
Baby It's You (Bacharach/David/Williams) (3:15) - EC & Nick Lowe
From Head To Toe (Smokey Robinson) (2:34) - EC+A
Shoes Without Heels (4:14) - EC & The Confederates
Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo (3:21) - The Costello Show /w The Attractions
The Flirting Kind (2:58) - EC+A
Black Sails In The Sunset (3:09) - EC+A
A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing) (5:43) - The MacManus Gang - only on CD version
Big Sister (2:16) - EC+A - only on CD version
Imperial Bedroom (2:47) - Napoleon Dynamite & The Royal Guard
The Stamping Ground (3:09) - The Emotional Toothpaste
[1987-12-04; MC; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 67]
[1987-12-04; CD; Demon IMP FIEND CD 67]
[1987-12-04; LP; Demon IMP XFIEND 67 (/w round blue on yellow sticker saying "ELVIS COSTELLO Rare and unreleased cuts)]
Tracks 1 & 8 produced by Nick Lowe with Colin Fairley.
Track 2 produced by the Mono-Kings, Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.
Track 3 & 16 produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.
Track 4 produced by The Coward Brothers.
Track 5 produced at Gunpoint by Nick Lowe.
Track 6 produced by Geoff Emerick.
Track 7 produced by Colin Fairley.
Track 9 produced by Allen Toussaint.
Track 10 produced by Fairley/Imposter.
Track 11 produced by The Coward Brothers.
Track 12 produced by Lowe/Costello/Bassman.
Track 13 produced by EC assisted by Paul Bass.
Track 14 produced by J.Henry Burnett & Larry Hirsch.
Track 15 produced by J.Henry (T-Bone) Burnett & EC.
Track 17 & 19 produced by Nick Lowe.
Track 18, 20 & 21 produced by EC.
This version of Get Yourself Another Fool is simply a remixed version of the earlier single mix, with most of the echo on the vocals removed (although there's a little used) and with more pronounced keyboards. The 3 note intro and the fade out are still there.
Black Sails In The Sunset is aprox. 13 secs. longer than the version on Trust (Rykodisc reissue). Also, this is the only release of the track Little Goody Two Shoes (early version of Inch By Inch).
UK: Went silver (60,000 copies) (date unkown).


K07

Live For Ireland 4-Track Promo - various artists
Many Rivers To Cross (live; Dublin) (Jimmy Cliff) - EC+A
[1987-__-__;12"; MCA WMCG 6027 (UK)]



1988

L01

Live For Ireland - various artists
Leave My Kitten Alone (live; Dublin) (John/Turner/McDougal) (3:15) - EC+A
[1988-01-__; 2xLP; MCA MCGD 6027]
[1988-01-__; 2xCAS; MCA MCGDC 6027]
[1988-01-__; 2xLP; (Ireland, released under the title Self Aid)]
[1988-01-25; 2xLP; MCA P-13615 (Japan)]
The 'Self Aid' concert was held at RDS Showground, Dublin, 1986-05-17.


L02

Live For Ireland - various artists
Many Rivers To Cross (live) (Jimmy Cliff) (2:41) - EC+A
[1988-01-__; CD; MCA MCD06027 (Released 921109 in Germany)]
[1988-01-25; CD; MCA 32XD-914 (Japan)]
[1988-__-__; LP; MCA 42113 (US. Also issued as a 'gold stamped' promo)]
The 'Self Aid' concert was held at RDS Showground, Dublin, 1986-05-17.


L03

The Courier soundtrack - various artists
Side 2 (orchestral music by Declan MacManus):
Mad Dog (1:07)
Painted Villain (2:23)
Stalking (1:25)
Furinal Music (Piano) (2:37)
Rat Poison (4:30)
Furinal Music (Sax) (2:20)
Unpainted Villain (1:58)
Last Boat Leaving (2:44)
[1988-02-__; LP; Virgin 2-90954]
[1988-__-__; LP; Virgin 7 90954-1 (promo /w different cover)]
[1988-02-__; CD; Virgin CDV 2517]
The version of Last Boat Leaving that appears during the end titles in the film is a different version to what is on the LP/CD.



1989

M01

The Album Network: Tune Up 29 - various artists
Veronica [EC/Paul McCartney - EC
[1989-01-30; CD; (US promo)]


M02

Spike - Elvis Costello
Side 1:
...This Town... (4:26)
Let Him Dangle (4:44)
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (4:03)
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) (3:10)
God's Comic (5:27)
Chewing Gum (3:43)
Tramp The Dirt Down (5:40)
Side 2:
Stalin Malone (4:04)
Satellite (5:42)
Pads, Paws And Claws (EC/Paul McCartney) (2:54)
Baby Plays Around (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (2:48)
Miss Macbeth (4:22)
Any King's Shilling (6:03)
Coal-Train Robberies (3:15) - only on CD & cassette versions
Last Boat Leaving (3:29)
[1989-02-06; CD; Warner 925 848-2]
[1989-02-06; LP; Warner 925 848-1/WX 238 (also available in the US through BMG mail order, no: BMG R100841)]
[1989-02-06; MC; Warner 925 848-4]
[1989-__-__; CD; Warner PRO-CD-3426 (US promo, tartan pic.CD, digipack with booklet)]
[1989-02-25; CD; Warner 25P2-2491 (Japan)]
[1989-__-__; MC; WEA 9 25948-4 (Singapore)]
[19__-__-__; LP; Warner 00619 (Brazilian promo, incl. lyrics)]
[1995-__-__; CD; Warner WPCR 351 (Japan, reissue)]
Produced by Elvis Costello, Kevin Killen & T Bone Burnett.
German test pressings of the LP for instore play were issued.
Reached #5 in UK charts, & #32 in the US.
US: Went gold (500,000 copies) in 1989.
UK: Went gold (100,000 copies) (date unknown).


M03

Spike Album Sampler - Elvis Costello
Side 1 & Side 2:
...This Town...
Let Him Dangle
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney)
God's Comic
Chewing Gum
Tramp The Dirt Down
[1989-02-__; LP; Warner (no cat.#, matrix #: R/S Alsdorf 925848-1-A) (promo, white record label, white sleeve with small round black on white sticker saying "ELVIS COSTELLO ALBUM SAMPLER For instore play only")]
Both side 1 and side 2 are identical.
The 'Alsdorf' part of the matrix number indicates that this was pressed in Alsdorf, Germany.


M04

Timothy White's Rock Stars (feat: Elvis Costello: The Spike Sessions)
...This Town... - EC
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) - EC
Pads, Paws And Claws (live in the studio) (EC/Paul McCartney) (2:28) - EC
Alison - EC
Watching The Detectives - EC+A
Wave A White Flag (Honky Tonk demo) - EC
Pump It Up - EC+A
Oliver's Army - EC+A
Temptation - EC+A
Girls Talk - EC+A
Everyday I Write The Book - EC+A
You're No Good (live in the studio) (Clint Ballard Jr.) (2:35) - EC
Sally Sue Brown (live in the studio) (Alexander) (1:11) - EC
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - EC
[1989-02-__; 2xLP; Westwood One (US radio promo, white slv. + play sheet)]
This is release contains an interview with Elvis plus the above listed songs. EC plays acoustic guitar and piano to illustrate parts of the conversation, and plays bits of Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine", "Pads, Paws And Claws", "Mystery Dance", "Ghetto Child" (from The Detroit Spinners), "Everyday I Write The Book" and "Tramp The Dirt Down".


M05

Veronica single - Elvis Costello
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) (3:10)
You're No Good (Clint Ballard Jr.) (2:17)
[1989-02-20; 7"; Warner W7558 (UK, ps)]
[1989-02-__; 7"; WB 7-22981/W7558 (Germany, ps)]
[1989-02-__; MC; WB 7-22981]
[1989-__-__; 7"; WB 7.27558/MX302345 (Australia, glossy ps)


M06

Veronica single - Elvis Costello
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) (3:08)
You're No Good (Clint Ballard Jr.) (2:17)
The Room Nobody Lives In (John Sebastian) (4:40)
Coal-Train Robberies (3:13)
[1989-02-20; 12"; W7558 T 921156-0]
[1989-02-20; 12"; W7558 TW 921156-0 (limited edition /w poster)]
[1989-02-20; CD3; W7558 CD 921156-2]
[1989-02-20; CD5; W7558 CDX 921167-2 (also as pic. CD)]
"YNG" & "TRNLI" produced by Fairley/Imposter.
Reached #31 in UK charts, & #19 in the US (EC's 2nd US top 40 hit).


M07

Veronica single - Elvis Costello
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) (3:10)
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) (3:10)
[1989-02-__; 12"; Warner PRO-A-3424 (promo, some /w free poster, 2 diff. sleeves: one /w musician credits & the other without)]
[1989-02-__; 7"; WEA 1.039 (Spanish promo)]


M08

Veronica single - Elvis Costello
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) (3:10)
[1989-__-__; CD5; Warner PRO-CD-3424 (US promo)]


M09

The Elvis Costello Hour - Elvis Costello
...This Town... (bastard mix)
[1989-__-__; 2xLP; Warner Brothers Words & Music series #165, PRO-A-3488 (US promo)]
[1989-__-__; MC; Warner WB 3488 (US DJ promo)]
Features 'an hour of conversation and music from his Warner Bros. debut album Spike". 4x15 mins. of interview with Bill Flanagan.
The 'bastard mix' is very similar to the album version, but has a chorus of multi-tracked Elvises crooning 'sweetheart' over the word 'bastard'. But the word 'bastard' is still perfectly audible.


M10

Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner
Side 1 (13:31):
Miracle Man - EC
Radio, Radio - EC+A
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - EC
Side 2 (13:37):
The Loved Ones - EC+A
Pads, Paws And Claws (EC/Paul McCartney) - EC
Oliver's Army - EC+A
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) - EC
Side 3 (15:28):
God's Comic - EC
Everyday I Write The Book - EC+A
Alison - EC
Side 4 (14:14):
Accidents Will Happen - EC+A
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Nick Lowe) - EC+A
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes - EC
...This Town... - EC
[1989-03-__; 2xLP; Westwood One OTR 89-14 (US radio promo)]
This release also contains conversation and commercials.


M11

Follow Our Trax Volume II - various artists
Pads, Paws And Claws (EC/Paul McCartney) (2:54) - EC
[1989-__-__; CD; Warner Brothers PRO-CD-3650 (US promo)]


M12

"Let Him Dangle" Plus Other Tracks You Might Like - Elvis Costello
Let Him Dangle (4:44)
Coal-Train Robberies (3:16)
The Ugly Things (Nick Lowe) (2:55)
You're No Good (Clint Ballard Jr.) (2:17)
[1989-__-__; CD5; Warner PRO-CD-3720 (US promo)]


M--

KBFH radio promo

[1989-03-__; CD; (US radio promo)]
For broadcasting the week of 5-Mar.


M13

Baby Plays Around single - Elvis Costello
Baby Plays Around (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (2:48)
Poisoned Rose (4:15)
Almost Blue (2:46) - EC+A
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) (1:28)
[1989-05-08; 7"; WEA W2949 (ps)]
[1989-05-08; 10"; WEA W2949TE (ps)]
Reached #65 in UK charts.


M14

Baby Plays Around single - Elvis Costello
Baby Plays Around (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (2:48)
Point Of No Return (Goffin/King) (2:35)
Almost Blue (2:46) - EC+A
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) (1:28)
[1989-05-08; CD3; Warner 2949CD 921229-2]
[1989-05-08; 12"; Warner 2949T 921229-2 (ps)]
[1989-05-08; MC; Warner 2949C]
"PONR" produced by Fairley/Imposter.


M15

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror single - Elvis Costello
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (4.03)
Point Of No Return (Goffin/King) (2:35)
Almost Blue (2:46) - EC+A
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) (1:28)
[1989-__-__; CD3; Warner 921238-2 (Germany)]
"PONR" produced by Fairley/Imposter. "MFV" produced by EC.


M16

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror single - Elvis Costello
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (4.03)
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) (1:28)
[1989-__-__; 7"; Warner W2949 922922-7 (Germany, ps)]


M17

Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - Elvis Costello
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (4:03)
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror (4:03)
[1989-__-__; 7"; Warner 1.090 (Spanish promo, ps)]


M18

...This Town... single - Elvis Costello
...This Town... (4:26)
The Ugly Things (Nick Lowe) (2:55)
[1989-__-__; 7"; Warner 922 832-7 (Germany, ps)]
"TUT" produced by Fairley Imposter Productions.


M19

...This Town... single - Elvis Costello
...This Town...
[1989-__-__; CD; Warner PRO-CD-3511 (US promo)]


M20

From Hell To Obscurity - various artists
Psycho (live; Palomino) (Leon Payne) - EC+A
They'll Never Take Her Love From Me (Leon Payne) - The Coward Bros.
[1989-__-__; CD; Blackmail (Demon) BLACK CD 1 (mail-order only)]
[1989-__-__; LP; Blackmail (Demon) BLACK 1 (mail-order only)]


M21

Flowers In The Dirt - Paul McCartney
You Want Her Too (EC/McCartney) (3:13) - EC on second vocal & intro keyboards
[1989-__-__; CD; Parlophone PCSD 106]
[1989-__-__; LP; Parlophone PCSD 106]
[1989-__-__; CD; Capitol CDP7 91653-2 (USA)]
[1993-__-__; CD; MPL/Parlophone/EMI 0777 7 89138 2 5 ('The Paul McCartney Collection', digitally remastered)]
"YWHT" was produced by Paul McCartney/Neil Dorfsman/Mitchell Froom/EC.
EC co-wrote four songs on this album with McCartney. (A fifth appears on the 1993 remaster.)


M22

Girls + £ ÷ Girls = $ & Girls - Elvis Costello
Disc 1:
Watching The Detectives (3:44)
I Hope You're Happy Now (3:08)
This Year's Girl (3:21)
Lovers Walk (2:18)
Pump It Up (3:15)
Strict Time (2:41)
Temptation (2:34)
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (3:09)
High Fidelity (2:28)
Lovable (EC/Cait O'Riordan) (2:52)
Mystery Dance (1:41)
Big Tears (3:10)
Uncomplicated (UK version) (3:24)
Lipstick Vogue (3:32)
Man Out Of Time (5:28)
Brilliant Mistake (3:44)
New Lace Sleeves (3:48)
Accidents Will Happen (2:59)
Beyond Belief (2:31)
Black And White World (1:56)
Green Shirt (2:41)
The Loved Ones (2:47)
New Amsterdam (2:13)
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (2:49)
King Horse (3:00)
Big Sister's Clothes (2:12)
Disc 2:
Alison (3:20)
Men Called Uncle (2:18) - listed as "Man Called Uncle"
Party Girl (3:22)
Shabby Doll (4:44)
Motel Matches (2:31)
Tiny Steps (2:42)
Almost Blue (2:47)
Riot Act (3:38)
Love Field (3:27)
Possession (2:05)
Poisoned Rose (4:08)
Indoor Fireworks (4:09)
I Want You (single version) (5:50)
Oliver's Army (2:57)
Pills And Soap (3:44)
Sunday's Best (3:23)
Watch Your Step (2:59)
Less Than Zero (3:12)
Clubland (3:46)
Tokyo Storm Warning (EC/O'Riordan) (6:26)
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer) (4:52)
[1989-10-__; 2xCD; Demon IMP FIEND CD160 (UK)]
[1989-10-__; 2xCD; Columbia 46897 (USA)]
[1996-08-06; 2xCD; Demon D FIEND CD160 (UK, reissued at reduced price in slim 2xCD case)]
This version of Mystery Dance ends differently to the original that appeared on the My Aim Is True LP. The fade-out ending has been changed to a sudden stop.
This version of Uncomplicated doesn't have an 'anvil/hammer' sound effect after the "horse that knows arithmetic" line and is the same as the original UK CD version.
Despite I Want You being listed here as the 'single version', both the 7" & 12" singles had the full version of this track!
Although the booklet of the reissued 1996 version is identical to the original, the quality of it is noticably poorer - the cover art is blurred and the contrast of the b&w photos inside is too high.


M23

Girls + £ ÷ Girls = $ & Girls - Elvis Costello
Record 1 - side 1:
Watching The Detectives
I Hope You're Happy Now
Pump It Up
Lovers Walk
Temptation
Lovable (EC/O'Riordan)
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
High Fidelity
Lipstick Vogue
Record 1 - side 2:
Man Out Of Time
Brilliant Mistake
New Lace Sleeves
King Horse
Green Shirt
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Beyond Belief
Record 2 - side 1:
Alison
Indoor Fireworks
Party Girl
Almost Blue
Riot Act
Poisoned Rose
I Want You (single version
I'll Wear It Proudly
Record 2 - side 2:
Oliver's Army
Pills And Soap
Stranger In The House
Clubland
Tokyo Storm Warning (EC/O'Riordan)
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer)
[1989-10-__; 2xLP; Demon IMP D-FIEND 160]
[1989-10-__; DAT; Demon IMP FIEND 160]


M24

Girls + £ ÷ Girls = $ & Girls - Elvis Costello
Cassette 1 - side 1:
Watching The Detectives (3:43)
I Hope You're Happy Now (3:05)
This Year's Girl (3:21)
Strict Time (2:39)
Pump It Up (3:15)
Lovers Walk (2:16)
Temptation (2:32)
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind? (2:07)
Lovable (EC/O'Riordan) (2:52)
Girls Talk (1:54)
Mystery Dance (1:38)
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (3:07)
High Fidelity (2:27)
Big Tears (3:09)
Lipstick Vogue (3:31)
Poor Napoleon (3:20)
Cassette 1 - side 2:
Man Out Of Time (5:26)
Brilliant Mistake (3:40)
New Lace Sleeves (3:46)
Accidents Will Happen (3:01)
Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head (5:03)
The Loved Ones (2:48)
King Horse (3:00)
Green Shirt (2:42)
Turning The Town Red (3:20)
New Amsterdam (2:11)
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (2:47)
Beyond Belief (2:37)
Sleep Of The Just (3:49)
Cassette 2 - side 1:
Alison (3:23)
Shabby Doll (4:45)
Our Little Angel (4:02)
The Long Honeymoon (4:13)
Men Called Uncle (2:18) - listed as "Man Called Uncle"
Almost Blue (2:47)
Riot Act (3:36)
Crimes Of Paris (4:19)
Poisoned Rose (4:07)
I Want You (single version) (5:49)
Jack Of All Parades (5:16)
Cassette 2 - side 2:
Oliver's Army (2:57)
Little Palaces (3:48)
Pills And Soap (3:42)
Night Rally (2:44)
American Without Tears (4:30)
Watch Your Step (2:59)
Suit Of Lights (4:05)
Clubland (3:43)
Tokyo Storm Warning (EC/O'Riordan) (6:24)
Shipbuilding (EC/Langer) (4:51)
Clowntime Is Over (2:58)
[1989-10-__; 2xCAS; Demon IMP FIEND CASS 160/161 (UK)]
[1989-10-__; 2xCAS; Columbia C2T-46897 (USA)]
In the UK the cassettes are sold separately as volumes 1 & 2.
This version of "Mystery Dance" ends differently to the original that appeared on the MAIT LP. The fade-out ending has been changed to a sudden stop.


M25

Accidents Will Happen / Alison single - Elvis Costello
Accidents Will Happen - EC+A
Alison - EC
[1989-__-__; CD3; Columbia Hall Of Fame 13K-68632 CSIG 000238 (USA)]


M26

Hits Now '89 Volume Two - various artists
Veronica (EC/Paul McCartney) - EC
[1989-__-__; ; (Australia)]


M27

Follow Our Tracks - Music From 9 Road Bound Bands - various artists
...This Town... (Declan MacManus) (4:26) - EC
[1989-__-__; LP; Warner, PRO-A-3503 (US promo)]
[1989-__-__; CD; Warner PRO-CD-3503 (US promo)]



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