Elvis Costello - Unwanted Numbers

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Elvis Costello - Unwanted Numbers

Postby martinfoyle » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:12 am

This excellent sounding new EC compilation has just popped up on Dime, info. here.

http://www.elviscostellofans.com/phpBB2 ... php?t=6875

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Postby EarlManchester » Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:34 pm

The detailed liner notes alone are worth the download!

This collection begins with two songs written in 1975 but unheard until 2007. I CAN'T TURN IT OFF includes
multiple lyrics which would be recycled several years later in Watch Your Step and one line that would turn
up later still in Sulky Girl. JUST LIKE A JUKEBOX includes lyrics that would reappear in From A Whisper To
A Scream.

IDLE HANDS is an early version of Temptation. It was performed at least nine times in the spring of 1979.

BABY PICTURES was played twice in December 1982. A studio version from 1983 was eventually released on
Rhino's Punch The Clock reissue in 2003, but it bears little resemblance to the original ballad arrangement
and omits the opening verse.

This is the only performance of LIFEBOAT. One line would reappear in Worthless Thing a few months later.
(The same line appears in Mystery Voice, which appears in demo form on Rhino's Goodbye Cruel World reissue,
but it's unclear whether that song came before or after Lifeboat.)

MAN BEING DEVOURED BY HIS DESTINY is just a bit of Elvis teasing the audience from the 1984 solo tour.

Twice in 1985 Elvis played WHY DON'T WE TRY ANYMORE, which he said he co-wrote with John Doe of the band X.
The song remained unreleased for years, but Doe eventually recorded it with his other band The Knitters
for the 1999 album Poor Little Knitter On The Road: A Tribute To The Knitters and again on 2005's The
Modern Sounds Of The Knitters. The "two or three chords" Elvis said he contributed apparently weren't
enough to get a co-writing credit, since in both cases the song was credited to Doe alone.

THE LAST TIME YOU WERE LEAVING ME was played twice in October 1986 and never heard from again.

Elvis has released three different versions of FORGIVE HER ANYTHING, all with different arrangements and
released many years after they were recorded. In its few concert performances in late 1986, he took yet
another approach, playing a solo piano version.

The next three songs were co-written with Paul McCartney. Elvis played THE LOVERS THAT NEVER WERE in
concert shortly after they wrote it in 1987, but McCartney didn't get around to releasing it until 1993's Off The
Ground. YOU WANT HER TOO was a Paul/Elvis duet on McCartney's 1989 album Flowers In The Dirt, while
MY BRAVE FACE was the lead single from the same album.

SHAMED INTO LOVE was co-written with Rubén Blades and appears on his 1988 album Nothing But The Truth.
A live version by Elvis and Bill Frisell was released on 1995's Deep Dead Blue. Elvis also sings a verse on
Anne Sofie von Otter's version from 2001's For The Stars. Here he goes it alone.

THE OTHER END (OF THE TELESCOPE) was co-written with Aimee Mann, who recorded it with her band 'Til Tuesday
(and Elvis on backing vocals) on their 1988 album Everything's Different Now. Elvis played the song in
concert in 1989 and 1995 but revised some of the lyrics for his recording on All This Useless Beauty. This
version from just prior to the sessions for that album features the original lyrics.

DIRTY ROTTEN SHAME was recorded by Ronnie Drew on his 1995 album of the same name. Elvis has played it at
least 17 times between 1994 and 2005. Considering the subject matter, Elvis may be waiting until he's a bit
older to record it himself.

PUNISHING KISS was written by Elvis and Cait O'Riordan for the 1993 Robert Altman film Short Cuts, in which
it was briefly performed onscreen by Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet. Ross' recording omitted the uptempo
section which can be heard here and in Ute Lemper's version on her 2000 album Punishing Kiss. The version
included here was Elvis' first public performance of the song. He returned to the song with the Metropole
Orkest in 2004, although it was not played at the show recorded for the album My Flame Burns Blue.

LESSON IN CRUELTY was co-written with Steve Nieve. This was the first of six performances of the song between
1995 and 2001.

UNWANTED NUMBER was performed by For Real in the 1996 film Grace Of My Heart. Elvis has played it at least 19
times between 1996 and 2007, including at the 2004 shows in Oxford, Mississippi, which immediately preceded
the sessions for The Delivery Man, but he's yet to release his own version.

PASSIONATE FIGHT, another Costello/Nieve co-write, is the only one which has been released officially, having
appeared on Ute Lemper's 2000 album Punishing Kiss. Elvis and Steve played it at least 26 times between 1996
and 1999.

FAR FROM THE PRIZE was performed at least 10 times during the final Attractions tour in 1996 as a coda to
Little Atoms. It hasn't been heard from since.

Elvis contributed a recording of BRIGHT BLUE TIMES to the 1998 film Soft Sand, Blue Sea but has not otherwise
released the song. This is its only known live performance.

MISS MARY was co-written with Italian singer Zucchero for his 1992 album Miserere. Elvis' only known
performance from 1998 was presumably inspired by the inclusion of Zucchero's version on that year's
compilation Songs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous.

SUSPECT MY TEARS was played at least 18 times during Costello & Nieve's 1999 tour. It was briefly revived
with a full band arrangement and a new middle section in 2004, just prior to the recording of The Delivery
Man, but it did not appear on that album.

I DREAMED OF MY OLD LOVER LAST NIGHT was introduced as part of the story The Delivery Man and performed at
least 34 times in 1999 and once in 2001. The song did not appear on the eventual album The Delivery Man, which
included only fragments of the original story.

YOU LIE SWEETLY, another Costello/Nieve co-write, is by far the most frequently played of Elvis' unreleased
songs, with at least 65 performances, almost all of them in 1999.

BURNT SUGAR IS SO BITTER was co-written by Carole King and played at least nine times in late 1999. It too was
briefly revived with the Imposters in 2004 but did not appear on The Delivery Man.

COULDN'T YOU KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF was played twice in October 1999. Ute Lemper recorded it with a few
additional lyrics on her 2000 album Punishing Kiss.

At the invitation of Charles Mingus' widow Sue, Elvis added lyrics to six songs which were originally
instrumentals, using Mingus' evocative titles as his starting point. THIS SUBDUES MY PASSION was performed a
few times with the Mingus Big Band in 1997 and with the Charles Mingus Orchestra three times in 2001 and once
in 2003. JELLY ROLL, SELF-PORTRAIT IN THREE COLORS, and DON'T BE AFRAID, THE CLOWN'S AFRAID TOO were
played only at the Orchestra shows. The other Mingus/Costello songs, Invisible Lady and Hora Decubitus, have
been officially released and are not included here.

NO WONDER was played at least 26 times between 2001 and 2006. It was sung by Anne Sofie von Otter alone on
For The Stars, her collaborative album with Elvis. The duo shared the vocals on the recorded version of the
song FOR THE STARS. This is its only known performance without Anne Sofie.

I'LL WATCH OUT FOR YOU was premiered at one of the concerts coinciding with the recording of The Delivery Man.
Not only did it not make that album, it has yet to reappear at all.

NARROW DAYLIGHT was co-written by Diana Krall and included on her 2004 album The Girl In The Other Room. This
abbreviated version is Elvis' only public performance of the song.

THE GIRL IN THE OTHER ROOM was co-written with Diana Krall and appeared as the title track on her 2004 album.
Elvis sang it himself at his five symphonic concerts in September 2007.

LIFE'S COMPANION (also known as Crooked Line or This Crooked Line) was co-written by T Bone Burnett and
apparently intended for the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line. It has been played at least 10 times
between 2005 and 2007. The performance on this compilation was selected despite Elvis mistakenly singing
"the worthwhile spark never started without that fire" rather than the intended "the worthwhile fire never
started without that spark."

FROM SULFUR TO SUGAR CANE was co-written by T Bone Burnett and intended for (but not used in) the 2006 film
All The King's Men. It was premiered during Elvis' stint opening for Bob Dylan in September and October 2007.

Elvis' unreleased (and possibly unfinished) chamber opera The Secret Songs is too large a project to cover
properly on this sort of collection, but it is represented by one of its 10 songs. HOW DEEP IS THE RED was
sung by Gisella Stille in initial performances in Denmark in 2005, but Elvis has sung it himself at least
twice: once in 2005 and this performance from 2007.

THRENODY is an older Marian McPartland instrumental to which Elvis added lyrics. This is its only performance
to date.

AMERICAN GANGSTER TIME was premiered during a surprise appearance by Elvis at a T Bone Burnett concert in
2006 and played at least 15 times in 2007.

The next three songs were all first heard during the 2007 tour with Bob Dylan. This early performance of DOWN
AMONG THE WINES AND SPIRITS includes a couple of lines which were dropped as the tour progressed and Elvis
tightened the song.

SONG WITH ROSE is the working title for this song co-written by Rosanne Cash.

PARDON ME MADAM was co-written by Loretta Lynn and apparently intended for her next album.

This collection closes with an excerpt from a 1991 performance of TRAMP THE DIRT DOWN with the lyrics updated
to reference Margaret Thatcher's fall from power

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Postby EarlManchester » Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:36 pm

Nice artwork too:

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High resolution art available here - http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/inde ... ed_Numbers

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Postby pophead2k » Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:51 pm

Holy Macaroni! Any place this might show up besides a torrent site??

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unwanted numbers

Postby fred darden » Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:06 pm

any way someone can mp3 this? I can never get on dime. I'm severely technically challenged(i.e., pushing fifty) thanks, kids

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Postby invisible Pole » Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:31 pm

Yep, mp3's would be more than welcome.
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Postby bronxapostle » Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:59 pm

i always say.......mp3 don't bother me!!!!!!!!

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Postby charliestumpy » Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:37 am

Nice - the tracker has been 'down' all day, but as far as I can see all of these bar 'Narrow daylight' the EC solo..), 'Idle hands' and 'Man being devoured ...' are available as mp3 on Soulseek at this moment.

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Postby MOJO » Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:14 pm

Hot stuff! Where's the torrent?

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu Dec 13, 2007 5:54 pm

I'll happily mail MP3s to anyone who wants them. PM me an address, and I'll get them to you a few at a time.
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Postby And No Coffee Table » Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:09 pm

For those who want the files in FLAC but don't have Dime accounts (or don't do torrents):

Disc 1 (79:30):
01. I Can't Turn It Off - solo, 2007-11-08 San Francisco
http://www.mediafire.com/?a3v2sqarxdm

02. Just Like A Jukebox - solo, 2007-11-08 San Francisco
http://www.mediafire.com/?arwftimvyyd

03. Idle Hands - with the Attractions, 1979-04-10 Hempstead, NY
http://www.mediafire.com/?5fnn0tj2z1b

04. Baby Pictures - with Steve Nieve, 1982-12-27 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?6hlqmrw74un

05. Lifeboat - solo, 1983-12-22 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?7c2l27wt0md

06. Man Being Devoured By His Destiny - solo, 1984-12-03 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?fj1zxmjvnfq

07. Why Don't We Try Anymore - with the Attractions, 1985-03-09 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?cyx2x9hmnng

08. The Last Time You Were Leaving Me - solo, 1986-10-10 San Francisco
http://www.mediafire.com/?fyn47wlxxjn

09. Forgive Her Anything - solo, 1986-10-23 New York
http://www.mediafire.com/?45dynxkbhrv

10. The Lovers That Never Were - solo, 1987-11-18 Tokyo
http://www.mediafire.com/?83ymgtfnzx7

11. You Want Her Too - with the Rude 5, 1989-09-13 Los Angeles
http://www.mediafire.com/?cdjzrqlzmyz

12. My Brave Face - solo, 1989-09-16 Concord, CA
http://www.mediafire.com/?fujsusy0nqy

13. Shamed Into Love - solo, 1989-07-11 Montreux
http://www.mediafire.com/?2xodw1ftgth

14. The Other End (Of The Telescope) - with the Attractions, 1995-08-04 New York
http://www.mediafire.com/?1mjnmtpm1b5

15. Dirty Rotten Shame - with the Attractions, 1995-08-03 New York
http://www.mediafire.com/?evzmxwskxuo

16. Punishing Kiss - with the Punishing Kiss Band, 1995-06-28 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?dmzxvmmwxtk

17. Lesson In Cruelty - with Steve Nieve, 1995-06-25 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?3ztmvtnr3lm

18. Unwanted Number - solo, 1996-05-20 Boston
http://www.mediafire.com/?2ntyfd4ttnx

19. Passionate Fight - with Steve Nieve, 1999-02-19 Sydney
http://www.mediafire.com/?3cmm3dmnybd

20. Far From The Prize - with the Attractions, 1996-08-28 Los Angeles
http://www.mediafire.com/?05w9mm2pxiv

21. Bright Blue Times - solo, 1998-02-15 Cremona, Italy
http://www.mediafire.com/?7zxt39yqgzn

22. Miss Mary - solo, 1998-02-15 Cremona
http://www.mediafire.com/?fnlm3yrlf70

23. Suspect My Tears - with Steve Nieve, 1999-10-27 Nashville
http://www.mediafire.com/?a139vy3yarz

24. I Dreamed Of My Old Lover Last Night - solo, 1999-11-12 Newcastle
http://www.mediafire.com/?4ouuz9it2lm


Disc 2 (79:47):
1. You Lie Sweetly - with Steve Nieve, 1999-06-16 Toronto
http://www.mediafire.com/?4q995lkyhdz

2. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter - with Steve Nieve, 1999-12-10 London
http://www.mediafire.com/?fgndzg3im09

3. Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself - with Steve Nieve, 1999-10-15 Chicago
http://www.mediafire.com/?fbkew13lnno

4. This Subdues My Passion - with the Mingus Big Band, 1997-10-09 Sao Paulo
http://www.mediafire.com/?bzn3cla95hy

5. Jelly Roll - with the Charles Mingus Orchestra, 2001-09-28 Los Angeles
http://www.mediafire.com/?2uvvmcy4yz4

6. Self-Portrait In Three Colors - with the Charles Mingus Orchestra,
2001-09-28 Los Angeles
http://www.mediafire.com/?e7tzymydzbg

7. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too - with the Charles Mingus
Orchestra, 2001-09-28 Los Angeles
http://www.mediafire.com/?9mpjy12exzy

8. No Wonder - with the Imposters, 2004-12-08 Tokyo
http://www.mediafire.com/?99xzcjqyndx

9. For The Stars - with Steve Nieve, 2004-03-15 Toronto
http://www.mediafire.com/?ewv0c3yuy8l

10. I'll Watch Out For You - with the Imposters, 2004-04-17 Memphis
http://www.mediafire.com/?7nzpydx0m3j

11. Narrow Daylight - solo, 2005-09-28 New York
http://www.mediafire.com/?eyyzmnnlxtd

12. The Girl In The Other Room - with the Nashville Symphony & Steve
Nieve, 2007-09-09 Nashville
http://www.mediafire.com/?elmcizd4zbj

13. Life's Companion - with the Imposters, Emmylou Harris & Larry
Campbell, 2005-07-22 Wallingford
http://www.mediafire.com/?6y1nvvjlfx2

14. From Sulfur To Sugar Cane - solo, 2007-10-26 Omaha
http://www.mediafire.com/?6mojnyvdytn

15. How Deep Is The Red - solo, 2007-10-29 Chicago
http://www.mediafire.com/?7fmmyy2lmzv

16. Threnody - with Marian McPartland, 2006-09-02 Lenox
http://www.mediafire.com/?cmtztmmm0vz

17. American Gangster Time - with the Imposters, 2007-05-16 New York
http://www.mediafire.com/?1vbl1w5zmpz

18. Down Among The Wines And Spirits - solo, 2007-09-22 Duluth, GA
http://www.mediafire.com/?d7f1digyumi

19. Song With Rose - solo, 2007-10-28 Chicago
http://www.mediafire.com/?8cpz0txzdz2

20. Pardon Me Madam - solo, 2007-10-27 Chicago
http://www.mediafire.com/?1itgn21mgny

Bonus Track:
21. Tramp The Dirt Down (excerpt) - solo, 1991-08-03 Thurles
http://www.mediafire.com/?8kyv2vdyngy


http://www.mediafire.com/?5dnyzqsguym -- info
http://www.mediafire.com/?23xdyryx0ie -- md5
http://www.mediafire.com/?eab1mleddyt -- ffp

Artwork:
http://www.elviscostello.info/wiki/inde ... ed_Numbers

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Postby invisible Pole » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:46 am

Many thanks !!
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flacs/offers ...

Postby charliestumpy » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:38 am

Thanks very much for the files/links - Happy Christmas to all (have been looking at tracks on Ms D. Krall last Yuletide album ...).

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:48 am

Good on you ANCT. FLAC files are then easy to convert to MP3, AIFF, WAV or whatever. I use Switch on Mac, neat little programme that goes straight from FLAC to MP3 but can also do the other formats.
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Postby krm » Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:23 am

I just got this one from dime. This is just great. From fans - for fans!!! Big thanks for the guy who did this! I really mean big thanks!!!!

This makes the everyday rat-race a bit easier to accept.

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Postby snapyou » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:02 am

BIG thanks for this wonderful compilation.
It's my Xmas pressie to myself!

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Postby strangerinthehouse » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:19 pm

Good on you ANCT. FLAC files are then easy to convert to MP3, AIFF, WAV or whatever. I use Switch on Mac, neat little programme that goes straight from FLAC to MP3 but can also do the other formats.



I didn't know I could do this.

How do I find the Switch program, is it standard?
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Postby strangerinthehouse » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:39 pm

Never mind,

I just figured out how to do it. Its stupdily simple. Just change flac to mp3.

This, along with the Clover concert mp3s, could be my Elvis Costello highlight of the Year.

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Postby MOJO » Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:49 pm

Switch -

http://www.nch.com.au/switch/

Thanks for the files!

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Postby strangerinthehouse » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:38 pm

Thanks,


I just downloaded it.
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Postby pophead2k » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:32 pm

Thank you very much- what a treasure trove.

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Postby nord » Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:21 pm

Many thanks!

When I converted the Flac files to wav I got 800MB. What did I do wrong?

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Postby And No Coffee Table » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:39 am

Which program are you using?

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:08 am

You didn't go wrong. The FLAC files are 811 mb and will convert to a similar size in wav/aiff, so 800 sounds right. The 45 songs come out as 219 mb in 192 bps MP3.
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