Taking Liberties (2015 Remaster) Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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Label: Universal Music Classics

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Singer / Songwriter

Artist: Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Composer: Elvis Costello

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  • 1Clean Money01:58
  • 2Girls Talk01:57
  • 3Talking In The Dark01:57
  • 4Radio Sweetheart02:27
  • 5Black And White World01:50
  • 6Big Tears03:09
  • 7Just A Memory02:17
  • 8Night Rally02:43
  • 9Stranger In The House03:02
  • 10Clowntime Is Over03:44
  • 11Getting Mighty Crowded02:10
  • 12Hoover Factory01:47
  • 13Tiny Steps02:43
  • 14(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea03:07
  • 15Dr. Luther's Assistant03:29
  • 16Sunday's Best03:24
  • 17Crawling To The U.S.A.02:53
  • 18Wednesday Week02:04
  • 19My Funny Valentine01:30
  • 20Ghost Train03:07
  • Total Runtime51:18

Info for Taking Liberties (2015 Remaster)

Taking Liberties is an Elvis Costello compilation album, composed of tracks not previously-released on his albums released in the USA. It is mostly made up of B-sides, although it does feature two previously unreleased recordings. It was released in the USA and Canada only and its track listing is almost identical to that of the UK release Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers.

„Elvis Costello's early productivity was a bit more than most American rock fans were used to in the one-album-every-18-months 1970s; not only had Costello released four studio albums between 1977 and 1980, there were a number of compilation tracks, EPs, and non-LP B-sides that had found release in Europe but not the United States, while the U.K. editions of This Year's Model and Armed Forces both featured tunes that were stripped from American releases. Soon, import distributors had built a cottage industry out of helping loyal Costello fans complete their collections, and in 1980, Columbia Records, Costello's U.S. label at the time, finally made an effort at closing the gap between his American and European catalogs with Taking Liberties. Compiling 20 songs that had never appeared on a Costello album in the States, Taking Liberties was not only a boon for completists (it tacked on a few otherwise unreleased songs so even the most avid import buyer would get something new), it gave a surprisingly clear picture of the many musical avenues Costello had traveled in his first four years -- hard-edged pop/punk ('Clean Money,' 'Crawling to the USA'), lean power pop ('Big Tears,' 'I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea'), tough R&B ('Getting Might Crowded'), country weepers ('Radio Sweetheart,' 'Stranger in the House'), Tin Pan Alley favorites ('My Funny Valentine'), and a few items that defied any classification but 'Elvis Costello' ('Ghost Train,' 'Hoover Factory'). When Costello's American back catalog was reissued by Rykodisc in the 1990s, the various tracks on Taking Liberties were added to other Costello releases as bonus tracks, and the album went out of print. However, its British counterpart, Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers (originally compiled as a cassette-only U.K. release to give folks with tape decks access to tracks unreleased in the format), which features many of the same tracks, remains in print in Europe. By the way, fans of the album A Gene Vincent Record Date might find that Gregg Geller's liner notes sound rather familiar.“ (Mark Deming, AMG)

Elvis Costello, vocals, guitar
Mick Jones, guitar
Steve Nieve, keyboards
Bruce Thomas, bass
Pete Thomas, drums

Produced by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe

Digitally remastered

Elvis Costello
began working as a professional musician 35 years ago, shortly after the release of his first album, “My Aim Is True”. He has made more than 27 studio records, three live albums and numerous guest appearances on stage, studio and screen as well as working as a record producer, bit-part actor and composing music for television drama and dance performance.

He has toured the world with The Attractions, The Imposters and the pianist, Steve Nieve, performing with symphony and jazz orchestras as well as in solo performance. His catalogue of songs includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach with whom he won a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from their 1998 collaboration, Painted From Memory. Costello’s songs have been recorded by George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and Robert Wyatt.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. His last record was 2010s National Ransom, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Between 2008 and 2010, Costello was the host of twenty episodes of the interview and music show, “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel.

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