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December 23, 2004

Costello collected

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 10:38 am

(So I lied – yet another post following my “I won’t be posting until next week sometime” declaration. Consider it a free bonus.)

My dad has expressed interest in Elvis Costello several times, knowing I’m a big fan. I was never quite sure whether to just burn him a copy of one of my favorite albums, as I don’t know that he’d enjoy everything on any one album that I picked, what with Elvis’ penchant for getting raucous and noisy every once in a while, so I decided to pull out my entire EC collection and pick out things that would suit my dad’s good tastes, but would likely not be too rancorous that he might want to skip tracks. The results are as follows:

Disc 1

1. Brilliant Mistake
2. Battered Old Bird
3. All The Rage
4. Country Darkness
5. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
6. Either Side Of The Same Town
7. Little Palaces
8. Little Triggers
9. Love Field
10. My Little Blue Window
11. Nothing Clings Like Ivy
12. Our Little Angel
13. Rocking Horse Road
14. So Like Candy
15. Sweet Pear
16. Tart
17. You Tripped At Every Step
18. Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
19. It’s Time

Disc 2

1. I Hope You’re Happy Now
2. How To Be Dumb
3. Accidents Will Happen
4. Blue Chair
5. Busy Bodies
6. Forgive Her Anything
7. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
8. King Horse
9. New Amsterdam
10. Party Girl
11. Possession
12. Shabby Doll
13. ShipBuilding
14. That Day Is Done
15. The Loved Ones
16. Twenty-Five To Twelve
17. Watch Your Step
18. Why Can’t A Man Stand Alone
19. You Bowed Down
20. You’ll Never Be a Man
21. Turning The Town Red
22. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

The interesting thing to note is that this is how almost all the tracks broke down in Windows Explorer after ripping them – alphabetically. I moved a few tracks here and there to make smoother transitions between songs, but I left it alone because, somehow, these particular songs seem to flow from one to the next. Yes, no “Chelsea,” no “Radio Radio,” etc. – for one, I’ve heard them enough, and so has probably everyone else, and two, I liked other songs better (shock! horror!) I also noticed that there’s a heavy favoring of Elvis’ more “country”-esque numbers and songs that mimic 60s soul/r&b. And the discs themselves seem to be broken up between his more soulful numbers and his rockers – again, this is how Windows Explorer broke out the “Elvis Costello” tracks from the “Elvis Costello & the Attractions” tracks (with a few switched here and there, again.) The gods of alphabetizing smiled on me today, handing me an easy tracklist that makes for a very satisfying listen.



  1. Now that’s what I call a very nice collection — and this is coming from someone who’s been a fan for 19 years. I understand and fully support your decision to avoid the more “popular” EC tunes that have been quite simply played to death. I’ll take “White Knuckles” over “Pump It Up” any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    Comment by Chris — December 23, 2004 @ 11:08 am | Reply

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