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
Live At New York Town Hall (promo), 1994

Post Rhino-Reissue Gaps

The Bridge I Burned (promo), 1997
Close To You, 2002
The Harry Smith Project: The Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited, 2006

Known Future Releases Likely to Become Gaps

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 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 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

  • 1977 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll & Chaos (with Ian Dury and Stiff Gang, OS:Live Stiffs by various artists (1978), EC on background vocals)
  • 1978 American Squirm (with Nick Lowe, OS:single A side by Nick Lowe, EC on background vocals)
  • 1978 Shattered (live with Richard Hell and The Voidoids, OS:Time by Richard Hell (2002), EC on guitar and background vocals))
  • 1979 Ads (with Twist, OS:single and This Is Your Life LP by Twist, EC on background vocals)
  • 1981 Tempted (with Squeeze, OS:East Side Story by Squeeze, EC on background vocals and guitar). There is also an alternate mix on the Reality Bites soundtrack by various artists, released in 1994.
  • 1981 There's No Tomorrow (with Squeeze, OS:East Side Story by Squeeze, EC on background vocals)
  • 1982 Black Coffee In Bed (with Squeeze, OS:Squeeze:Sweets From A Stranger by Squeeze, EC on background vocals)
  • 1984 Free Nelson Mandela (with The Special AKA, OS:single A side and In The Studio album, EC on background vocals)
  • 1985 Watch Me Catch Fire (with Big Heat, OS:single A side, EC on background vocals)
  • 1987 17 songs (live with Roy Orbison and a band of big-name Orbison admirers, OS:Black and White Night by Roy Orbison, EC on guitar and background vocals)
  • 1988 The Other End (Of The Telescope) (with 'til tuesday, OS:Everything's Different Now by 'til tuesday, EC on background vocals)
  • 1989 You Want Her Too (with Paul McCartney, OS:Flowers in the Dirt by Paul McCartney, EC on keyboards and second vocal)
  • 1989 Don't Be Careless Love (with Paul McCartney, OS:Flowers in the Dirt by Paul McCartney, EC on keyboards and background vocals)
  • 1989 That Day Is Done (with Paul McCartney, OS:Flowers in the Dirt by Paul McCartney, EC on background vocals)
  • 1989 Missing You (with Christy Moore, OS:Voyage by Christy Moore, EC on background vocals)
  • 1990 Down By The River (with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, OS:The Bridge School Collection Vol. 2 (2006), iTunes download, EC on background vocals)
  • 1991 Lying (with Sam Phillips, OS:Cruel Inventions, EC plays guitar (using pencils)). There is also an alternate mix on Zero Zero Zero by Sam Phillips, released in 1999.
  • 1991 You Bowed Down (with Roger McGuinn, OS:Back From Rio by Roger McGuinn, EC on background vocals)
  • 1996 Bang Bang Bang (with Al Anderson, OS:Pay Before You Pump, EC on background vocals)
  • 1996 Christiansands (The Imposter’s Mix) (OS:Christiansands single by Tricky, EC does remix)
  • 1998 I Throw My Toys Around (with No Doubt, OS: The RugRats Movie: Music From The Motion Picture by various artists, EC on background vocals)
  • 2000 Murder 101 (with The Wallflowers, OS:(Breach) by The Wallflowers, EC on background vocals)
  • 2003 Autopilot (with Steven Kennedy, OS:Control Freak by Steven Kennedy, EC on background vocals and guitar, not a widely distributed item)
  • 2007 The Unlikely Duet (with Sting, Barbara Bonney, Sarah Fulgoni, Robert Wyatt, Nathalie Manfrino, Amanda Roocroft, Steve Nieve, and The Steel Workers Chorus, OS:Welcome To The Voice, "A modern opera by Steve Nieve and Muriel Téodori", EC's contribution (if there is one) is brief and cannot be distinguished from the rest of the large chorus of singers.)
  • 2008 What A Catch, Donnie (with Fall Out Boy, OS:Folie A Deux by Fall Out Boy, Elvis takes lead vocal for a few lines at about the 3:00 mark)
  • 2010 Deliver Me with Wendy Bird, OS:Natural Wonder by Wendy Bird, EC provides lead guitar solo)