(also see What's New)
Elvis Costello and the Attractions' complete performance from August
23, 1980 at the Heatwave Festival in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, is
available at Wolfgang's
Vault for free streaming or paid
download (including in FLAC format). Whether this release is authorized
by Elvis Costello is unclear.
A soundboard recording of this show has circulated for years. The
Wolfgang's Vault version is clearly the same basic recording, but it
seems to be from a lower generation tape, resulting in a noticeable
upgrade in sound quality over any version I have heard before. Overall
it's a first-rate recording of a first-rate performance. However, the
FLAC files are marred by one annoying flaw: a split-second of silence
at the end of each track, causing a "hiccup" sound at the track changes
when burned to CD. This is a relatively minor problem which will go
unnoticed by some listeners, and it can be fixed fairly easily with
audio editing software. Still, there is no excuse for the files having
this flaw in the first place.
Should you choose to purchase the show, use the code FABWV for 10% off.
My Aim Is
has just been released in Japan on the SACD
format. It has reportedly been mastered from the Japanese tape rather
than the UK original, which seems slightly incompatible with the goal
of presenting the album in the best possible quality. It can be ordered
The My Aim Is True
page has been revised and updated throughout.
reports that Hip-O will release the Costello compilation Pomp
& Pout: The Universal Years
(presumably a "best of" covering the 1998-2008 albums) June 29. (This has been pushed to
to the Hypothetical Reissues
Live At Winterland, San
has been canceled, according to CD
It looks like the reports that Live
At Winterland, San Francisco
will be a Japanese exclusive are
true. According to a very reliable source, Live At Winterland, San
not a Hip-O project. The next titles planned in The
Costello Show series are the
At The Royal Albert
and Live At The
Well, this is unexpected. HMV
indicate that Live At Winterland, San
Francisco will be released June
23 in Japan. This
much-bootlegged concert comes from June 7,
1978, and, not surprisingly, covers similar territory to Live At Hollywood
(recorded only three days earlier), Live At The El Mocambo
1978), and the Warner Theatre concert on disc 2 of This Year's Model: Deluxe
(February 28, 1978).
The set list:
calls this release a "Japanese exclusive limited edition." I
imagine we'll find out soon whether that is accurate.
Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
It On Cain
Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Belong To Me
While the Winterland concert is a good one, I know I am not alone in
wanting more variety in live releases. Live At The Royal
and Live At The
sound much more enticing than yet another 1978 show.
is out Tuesday. The best price is $9.97 from Deep
In a new interview with MSN,
Elvis has a somewhat negative take on recent reissues: "Well, as for
the reissues, I'm nominally involved, in that my name is on them, but I
really have nothing to do with it. And my honest opinion is that, with
these live albums, they've gotten off on the wrong foot. They're doing
too many records from the same time period and the same repertoire. But
it costs too much to produce them, so if they can release something
that's just lying around gathering dust, that's what they will do."
(Thanks to Dave.)
Speculation about recently announced future installments in The Costello Show
series can be found on the
new pages Live
At The Royal Albert
and Live At The
says future releases in "The Costello Show" series will "include, among
others, concerts performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Royalty Theater
Costello has played the Royal Albert Hall many times. His first
7, 1982 is probably the most
likely candidate, as it is known to
have been professionally recorded with an official release in mind.
(Only "I'm Your Toy" has been released so far, originally as a 1982
single and later on the Rykodisc and Rhino versions of Almost Blue.)
Another possible Royal Albert Hall show is December
24, 1982, the source of the live
versions of "The World And His
Wife" and "Everyday I Write The Book" on the Rykodisc Punch The Clock).
Elvis played a string of six concerts at the Royalty Theatre in
November 1986. The November
23 show is the source of the
bootleg CD This
Universe has posted the track
listing for Live
At Hollywood High.
the cover art, which is nearly identical to the original EP from 1979.
is now available for pre-order
Current reports that the second
volume of "The Costello Show," Live At Hollywood High,
Live At The
is out now and its page has been updated.
Added The River
to the Hypothetical
Added "Bedlam (Frankincense/Nashville Mix)" and "My Flame Burns Blue
(Studio Version)" to The Delivery Man
A press release just out from Universal suggests that the Live At The El
reissue will not include any bonus material. On the
bright side, it does reveal a future release in "The Costello Show"
(singular!) series: the Hollywood High concert from June
4, 1978. Nine songs from that
show previously appeared on Rhino's Armed Forces
The press release in full:
Recording Live at
the El Mocambo Kicks Off The Costello Show Series of Live Albums From
MONICA, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The first edition in The
Costello Show live performance series of complete concerts featuring
Elvis Costello finds one of the most eclectic and acclaimed artists at
the fiery start of his career. Live At The El
(Hip-O/UMe), to be released September 29, 2009, marks Volume 1 of his Elvis Costello -
The Costello Show
series of albums. During the next year or so, The Costello Show
will continue with the album releases of significant classic Costello
concerts including a performance at Hollywood High in California and
other shows to be announced.
March 6, 1978, at the sold-out El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada, and
broadcast live by CHUM-FM, this Elvis Costello and The Attractions
concert was released the same year on about 300-500 pressings of a
Canadian promotional album that became highly collectible--and heavily
bootlegged. In fact, it may have been the most bootlegged of all
Costello albums. The album was officially released in 1993 as a bonus
disc in the four-CD box set 2
1/2 Years, and was also made
available to those who bought the
other three CDs separately.
time of the concert, the band was touring North America in support of My Aim Is True,
1977 debut disc, and just days before the release of This Year's Model,
first album with The Attractions: keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist
Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas. The raw, energetic live
performance in the midst of the late '70s punk/new wave movement
captured a band and an artist at their most impassioned. The concert
included My Aim Is True's
"Watching The Detectives," "Less Than Zero" (with new lyrics Costello
penned for American listeners), "Mystery Dance," "Waiting For The End
Of The World," "Welcome To The Working Week" and "Miracle Man," and
This Year's Model's anthemic "Pump It Up," "The Beat," "Lip Service,"
"(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" (only on the original U.K. album),
"Little Triggers," "Radio Radio" (only on the U.S. edition), "Lipstick
Vogue" and "You Belong To Me."
Costello was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the
following year was ranked by Rolling Stone among its 100 Greatest
Artists of All Time. Live At
The El Mocambo flashes back
to a performance when Elvis Costello
was just beginning.
Universal Music Enterprises
It looks like that speculation about "The Costello Show" being the name
of a series of live releases was correct! To be precise, the name is
has Volume 1 of an ongoing series — Elvis Costello: The
Shows — arriving on September 29. Volume One will be Live at the El Mocambo,
recorded on March 6, 1978. The show was a support show for Costello's
debut, My Aim Is True, released in 1977. Over 2010 (and perhaps
beyond), Hip-O will release the remaining series collection."
That still leaves a key question unanswered: Will any bonus material be
included? I'm hoping for the encore segment with Elvis and the
Attractions backing Nick Lowe on four songs.
Very few details have surfaced about the Live At The El Mocambo
has actually dropped the intriguing "On The Road 1"
portion of the title, with the CD now being called The Costello Show: Live At
The El Mocambo. Elvis
used the name "The Costello Show" on King
in 1986, but why that name would be applied to a 1978 concert is
anyone's guess. CD
Universe is still using the On
The Road 1 title.
possible explanation is that "The Costello Show" has replaced "On
The Road" as the name for a series of live releases, but it must be
stressed that there has never been any official confirmation that such
a series is even under consideration. The Elvis
Costello Information Service
reported in 2007 that the May
14, 1980 and October
17, 1983 London concerts would
be released in 2008, but that
obviously didn't happen.
According to Pause
& Play, Live At
The El Mocambo
will be on the Hip-O Select label, which typically means a limited
edition release available on the Hip-O
before it's offered elsewhere.
Rhino is reissuing the long-out-of-print Extreme Honey: The Very
Best Of The Warner
Bros. Years on
along with single-disc reissues of Spike and Mighty Like A Rose without
bonus tracks. (I say skip them and get the versions with bonus discs!)
to the Hypothetical
receives a long overdue update with the addition of The Delivery Man.
This site has a new home at InAnotherRoom.com. Update your bookmarks!
Amazon has just added a preorder
listing for a CD entitled Live At
The El Mocambo/On The Road 1,
due September 29. I hope to have
more details about this release soon. Is the "On The Road 1" portion of
the title intended to suggest that "On The Road 2" and "On The Road 3"
(and 4 and 5...) will follow? I sure hope so.
January 17, 2008
have just surfaced for This Year's
Model: Deluxe Edition, coming March 4.
September 9, 2007
My Aim Is True:
Deluxe Edition hits US stores Tuesday. That page will remain
under construction for at least the next few days.
has the big news about the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of My Aim Is True
The Rock And Roll Music compilation
includes two unreleased tracks: a demo version of "Welcome To The
Working Week" and an alternate of "Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You
reports the latest reissue series (via Universal's Hip-O imprint) will
kick off May 1 with the first
albums — My Aim Is True, This Years Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, Trust, Almost Blue, Imperial Bedroom, Punch The Clock, Goodbye Cruel World, King Of America, and Blood & Chocolate — plus two new
compilations, Rock And Roll Music and The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10
Although there are rumors of a newly expanded My Aim Is True, it appears that for
the most part the main albums will be reissued without any bonus tracks. More details will
be posted here as they become available.
Today Universal Music Enterprises, Elvis' current record label, issued
release announcing the acquisition of Elvis' 1977-1987 catalog and
plans for "definitive reissues, box sets, live albums, multiple CD
compilations for the company's highly successful branded series and
rarities discs as well as limited editions via the award-winning Hip-O
Select imprint. DVD collections of music videos and concert/TV
performances are also anticipated."
It is unclear whether the "definitive reissues" will be straight
reissues of the Rhino CDs or something else entirely. Hopefully details
will be coming soon.
The Juliet Letters
page has been updated throughout. It will almost certainly remain
construction" until at least March 21.
(Also, the Painted
From Memory page received a very minor update: the addition
the "explicit version" of "Who Are These People?")
"Sweetest Punch" on the Elvis
Costello Fan Forums points out that online retailers now show an April 24 UK release date for The Juliet Letters.
The US release date remains March 21.
Where can you find a basic list of all the previously released tracks
from 1977 to 1997 not included on the Rhino CDs? That's now answered on
the Frequently Asked Questions page. (Will
we see some of these tracks on an official "mop up" release from Rhino?
Or will it merely be a guide to create our own CD-Rs? I wish I knew!)
The track listing for The Juliet Letters bonus disc is
Rhino's reissue of The
Juliet Letters is scheduled for March 20 in the UK and March 21 in the US. Details will be
Added a page for When
I Was Cruel to the Hypothetical
Reissues section. (And thanks to Larry C. for convincing me to add
mention of "I Throw My Toys Around" to the Painted From Memory page.)
As we wait for news about The Juliet Letters (still
scheduled for 2006), this site is being expanded with a new section, The Hypothetical Reissues. The idea is to
catalog the non-album and unreleased material since 1998, meaning after
the period covered by the Rhino reissues. So far there is just one
in this section, but the plan is to add to it soon. Feedback regarding this section
would be particularly appreciated.
is showing the old date of September
for the US release of The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis
Costello — The Videos. This should be the final date.
The good news: Both Amazon
Discount DVD now show the earlier September
20 US release date for The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis
Costello — The Videos. (Thanks
to "snarling pup" at the Elvis
Costello Fan Forums.)
The bad news: Rhino's reissue of The Juliet Letters won't be out
According to Amazon.com,
the US release date for The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis
Costello — The Videos, is now September 27. The UK date remains September 5.
The Elvis Costello Home Page
shows a US release date of September
for The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis
Costello — The Videos (two weeks later than previously
The DVD The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis
Costello — The Videos will (finally) be released September 5 by Demon in the UK and September 6 by Rhino in the US.
Rhino's expanded version of The Juliet Letters is scheduled
for release this fall. Further details are not yet available.
Thanks to Phil D. for correcting an error on the King Of America page. "Why Don't
We Try Anymore," the song Elvis co-wrote with John Doe, is not entirely
unreleased, as it appears in a version by The Knitters on the 1999
album Poor Little Knitter On The
Road: A Tribute
To The Knitters. Strangely, John Doe is the only credited
but it is the same song Elvis did in concert in 1985.
York Times has an interesting article about the Rhino reissues
(including a reference to this website!).
Journal features a profile of reissue co-producer Gary Stewart.
Costello content is minimal.)
8, 2005 (second update)
Added a mention of the alternate mix of "Little Palaces," which few
people seem to have noticed was mistakenly used on the 1995 King Of America
Major "construction" on the King Of America page is pretty
Although it should be considered "under construction" for the next
month or so, the King
Of America page has been updated throughout.
reports that a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single featuring "Brilliant
Mistake" and "True Love Ways" from the King Of America reissue will be
released April 18. It is reportedly limited to 2,000 copies. (This may
be a UK-only release.)
The UK release date for the King Of America reissue is April 25.
magazine has spilled the beans about the King Of America reissue, due April 26 in the US. (The article is
in ICE's March issue but not
on the magazine's website. The text can be found at CostelloNews.com.)
The track listing for the bonus disc, according to ICE: "Having It All," "Suffering
Face," "Deportee," "Indoor Fireworks," "I Hope You're Happy Now,"
"Poisoned Rose," "I'll Wear It Proudly," "Jack of All Parades," "The
People's Limousine," "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me," "King of
Confidence," "Shoes Without Heels," "End of the Rainbow," "Betrayal,"
"That's How You Got Killed Before," "The Big Light," "It Tears Me Up,"
"The Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," "Your Mind is on Vacation/Your
Funeral My Trial," "That's How You Got Killed Before (Reprise)," and
"True Love Ways."
Unlike past reissues, which grouped Costello albums into threes, King Of America
will be a stand-alone release.
Additional details can be found on the King Of America page.
February 14, 2005
In the tour program available at his recent UK shows, Elvis provides a
teaser for the upcoming King Of America reissue. He
promises "a definitive edition including a number of previously
unreleased outtakes and highlights from an 'Elvis Costello and His
Confederates' concert at the Broadway Theatre, New York City. Once
again, I have tried to write accompanying notes that may interest those
who enjoy this record."
The only real news is bad news: The UK release of The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis
Costello — The Videos has been delayed due to unspecified "legal
reasons." Although there has been no official confirmation, this is
expected to delay the US release as well. (Since Rhino never really
publicized the US release in the first place, there is little reason
them to call attention to a delay.)
As for future CD reissues, no new details have surfaced. I'd love to be
wrong, but I suspect the next release is still several months away.
The DVD The Right Spectacle: The Very
Best Of Elvis Costello — The Videos will be released January 17,
2005 by Demon in the UK and February 15, 2005 by Rhino in the US.
Play.com has a detailed
listing of what's included. (Note that Play.com is selling the UK
version, which will not work on most US and Canadian DVD players.)
The King Of America
and The Juliet
Letters reissues are expected in 2005, but a more precise
release date is not yet available. The previously reported date of
February 2005 seems extremely unlikely.
Site updates: Confirmed that the version of "I Just Don't Know What To
Do With Myself" on The Love Songs Of
Burt Bacharach is not
unique mix. (See the My Aim Is True page.) Added
"That's What Friends Are For (demo)" to the Armed Forces page. Added several
demos ("I'll Wear It Proudly," "Sleep Of The Just," "Blue Chair," "Next
Time Round," and "King Of Confidence") to the King Of America page. Corrected
point regarding "Pills And Soap (extended version)" on the Punch The Clock
It appears the UK release of Kojak Variety will actually
happen August 16.
The expanded editions of Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, and Kojak Variety
are in stores now.
Added a few more details to the Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, and Kojak Variety
pages, most notably concerning "Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie" and
the live "Sittin' And Thinkin'" on Almost Blue and "Strange" and
"Leave My Kitten Alone" on Kojak Variety. Finally added a
long overdue comparison of the various mixes of "I Just Don't Know What
To Do With Myself" to the My Aim Is True page, which also
now has a new quote from Dave Robinson about some early Costello
The new issue of ICE magazine confirms that "Deportee," the missing Goodbye Cruel World
bonus track, will be on King Of America instead.
Added two new sections: one for Edsel Records' Singles box sets and another for
The Unreissues. Also, "You Want Her Too"
has been added to the Spike page by popular demand.
2004 (second update)
The Kojak Variety
page has been updated as well.
The Goodbye Cruel
World page has been updated throughout. I also corrected an
error regarding "The Town Where Time Stood Still" in my review of the new bonus discs.
July 14, 2004
A few extremely nitpicky observations about the difference between
Rhino and Ryko's presentation of the live tracks from Aberdeen on Almost Blue
have been added to that page.
July 14, 2004
The Almost Blue
page has been updated throughout. The other two will follow within the
next day or two.
You can now read my gushing review of all
of the new bonus discs. (This review was originally posted to the costello-l
The UK release date for Kojak Variety is August 2. Stay
tuned for a more extensive update
in the near future.
June 17, 2004
It looks like the July 20 release date was short-lived, as Billboard
is now reporting a US release date of August
June 15, 2004
Finally! The track listings are revealed!
June 14, 2004
The long wait is nearing an end. It now looks like Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, and Kojak Variety
will be released in the US July 20. (Yes, earlier than previously
reported! Let's hope that date sticks.)
In the UK, where the reissues are divided between two separate
companies, Edsel's versions of Almost Blue and Goodbye Cruel World
are scheduled for July 26. The UK date for Rhino's Kojak Variety has not yet been
revealed, although it should be at roughly the same time.
The Elvis Costello Home Page
reports that Almost
Cruel World, and Kojak Variety are now scheduled
for an August 17 release date.
March 30, 2004
Although Rhino has not announced a new release date for the next set of
reissues (Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, and Kojak Variety),
it is clear that the previously announced April date is not going to
happen. Bonus disc details have not been finalized, but Kojak Variety
is reportedly scheduled to include all of the demos Elvis recorded for
George Jones in 1992.
The Elvis Costello Home Page
reported earlier this month that the set of reissues after the next one will be King Of America, The Juliet Letters (apparently
Gwendolen Letters as bonus material), and Taking Liberties in February
2005. Since the date is so far in advance, that should probably be
considered a tentative plan.
Site updates: Added a mention of
solo demos for "Radio Sweetheart," "Living In Paradise," and "Radio
Soul" to the My
Aim Is True page. Also added a mention
of the "Wave A White Flag" guitar intro which can be found on the Rhino My Aim Is True but not the Ryko.
Moved "Living A Little, Laughing A Little" (originally on the King Of America
page) to the more chronologically appropriate Goodbye Cruel World page.
January 28, 2004
Site updates: Moved "May 17th" (originally on the Brutal Youth page) to the Mighty Like A Rose
page and explained why. Added unreleased Flip City songs (all
information taken from the Flip City website)
to the My Aim Is
True page. Added a mention of the unfinished song "World
Without End" to the Goodbye
Cruel World page. Added a disclaimer about two songs which
probably weren't recorded during the Get Happy!! sessions, "Slow Down" and
"First I Look At The Purse." Added a mention of the cover sticker to
"Price Of Love" entry on the This Years Model page. Added recording
dates for "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" and "Less Than
(Dallas version)" to the My Aim Is True page (which
have been there all along!).
Billboard.com has confirmed what
was previously rumored: The next set of reissues will be Almost Blue, Goodbye
Cruel World, and Kojak Variety. (The previous lineup included King Of America instead of Goodbye
Cruel World.) They are
currently scheduled for release in April 2004.
Site updates: "Mighty Man (home demo)" and "True Love (home demo)" have
been added to the Get
Happy!! page. A mention of an "Instant Karma!" jam has been
added to the listing for "The Bridge I Burned (with 'Pop Life' quotes)"
on the All This
Useless Beauty page.
This website is launched!