The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)

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The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)
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Compilation album by
Elvis Costello
Released1985
ProducerNick Lowe, Colin Fairley, Imposter, Billy Sherrill, Geoff Emerick, Elvis Costello, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley
LabelTelstar, Demon, Liberation
Length59:10
  • UK/AUSTRALIA/JAPAN Compilation album of (mainly) single releases by Elvis Costello & The Attractions.
This release was accompanied by a video compilation with the same artwork, but a different track-listing.
  • Note: releases with "40101" suffix were issued only in USA and Canada and are NOT referenced on this page.
These UK/Europe & Australia issues are titled "The Best Of Elvis Costello - The Man"
For the USA/CANADA releases (with different tracklistings) jump to The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions



LP & Cassette

Side one
TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Watching The Detectives (remix)  Elvis Costello 3:47
2. Oliver's Army  Elvis Costello 2:59
3. Alison  Elvis Costello 2:54
4. Accidents Will Happen  Elvis Costello 3:04
5. Pump It Up  Elvis Costello 3:13
6. High Fidelity  Elvis Costello 2:29
7. Pills And Soap  Elvis Costello 3:43
8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea  Elvis Costello 3:08
9. New Lace Sleeves  Elvis Costello 3:47
Side two
TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Good Year For The Roses  Jerry Chesnut 3:09
2. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down  Homer Banks & Alan Jones 2:07
3. Clubland  Elvis Costello 3:44
4. Beyond Belief  Elvis Costello 2:36
5. New Amsterdam  Elvis Costello 2:10
6. Green Shirt  Elvis Costello 2:43
7. Everyday I Write The Book  Elvis Costello 3:56
8. I Wanna Be Loved  Farnell Jenkins 4:45
9. Shipbuilding  Elvis Costello & Clive Langer 4:50

CD

TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Watching The Detectives (remix)  Elvis Costello 3:47
2. Oliver's Army  Elvis Costello 2:59
3. Alison  Elvis Costello 2:54
4. Accidents Will Happen  Elvis Costello 3:04
5. Pump It Up  Elvis Costello 3:13
6. High Fidelity  Elvis Costello 2:29
7. Pills And Soap  Elvis Costello 3:43
8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea  Elvis Costello 3:08
9. New Lace Sleeves  Elvis Costello 3:47
10. Good Year For The Roses  Jerry Chesnut 3:09
11. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down  Homer Banks & Alan Jones 2:07
12. Clubland  Elvis Costello 3:44
13. Beyond Belief  Elvis Costello 2:36
14. New Amsterdam  Elvis Costello 2:10
15. Green Shirt  Elvis Costello 2:43
16. Everyday I Write The Book  Elvis Costello 3:56
17. I Wanna Be Loved  Farnell Jenkins 4:45
18. Shipbuilding  Elvis Costello & Clive Langer 4:50


Release information

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1985-04-__ LP Telstar STAR 2247 UK
1985-04-__ MC Telstar STAC 2247 UK
1985-04-__ CD Telstar TCD 2247 UK
1986-05-__ LP Demon IMP FIEND 52 UK, different sleeve
1986-05-__ MC Demon IMP FIEND CAS 52 UK, different sleeve
1986-05-__ CD Demon IMP FIEND CD 52 UK, different sleeve
1986-05-__ LP Liberation Records LIB 5112 Australia
1986-05-__ MC Liberation Records TCLIB 5112 Australia


Related Releases

Japanese releases of THE BEST OF - THE MAN

The Best Of - The Man FIEND CD 52PFCD-52 FRONT.JPG
The Man - Best Of MSIF-3026THE MAN BEST OF MSIF-3026.jpg


The Best Of 7" Single release

"Green Shirt" was released in multiple formats including 12", Green Vinyl
and 2x7" double pack to promote the release of "The Best Of - The Man"

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Green Shirt


Cassette Releases


Images from THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS - THE MAN STAC 2247 Cassette (Paper Labels):

|CASS THE MAN PAPER STAC 2247 COVER.JPG  |CASS THE MAN PAPER STAC 2247 A.JPG  |CASS THE MAN PAPER STAC 2247 B.JPG


Images from THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS - THE MAN STAC 2247 Cassette (Non Paper Labels):

|CASS THE MAN NON PAPER STAC 2247 COVER.JPG  |CASS THE MAN NON PAPER STAC 2247 A.JPG  |CASS THE MAN NON PAPER STAC 2247 B.JPG


Images from THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS - THE MAN UAE EN 254:

|CASS THE MAN UAE EN 254 COVER.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UAE EN 254 A.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UAE EN 254 B.JPG


Images from THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS - THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 (Paper Labels):

|CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 PAPER COVER.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 PAPER INLAY1.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 PAPER A.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 PAPER B.JPG


Images from THE BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS - THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 (Clear Shell):

|CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 CLEAR COVER.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 CLEAR INLAY1.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 CLEAR A.JPG  |CASS THE MAN UK FIEND CASS 52 CLEAR B.JPG

Notes

  • 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".

Credits

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 Elvis Costello.
Tracks 16-18 produced by Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley.

Charts

  • Reached #8 in UK charts

External links