Costello Specs #3: (May 1996)

The Gaps

by Dave Pannell and Richard Arthur

 

 

 


In our overview of the reissue program last issue we commented briefly on "the gaps": the tracks that missed out on being reissued. Interest in these left-over tracks is obviously high; witness the serious talk of a mop-up disk in past EC newsletters, and the pre-emptive release last year of the bootleg CD Plugging the Gaps. The table below shows all previously released EC tracks recorded before the Warner Brothers contract and not included on the reissued CDs.

The most striking aspect of this list is how long it is. A truly complete mop-up album for the Demon/Ryko catalogue would not quite fit on two CDs. Even if we exclude the remixes, as EC would, (17 tracks, 73'40") and collaborations (5 tracks, 22'23"), there are 22 tracks: 11 live and 11 studio recordings (counting the demo of "Detectives" as a studio track, which is debatable). These 22, lasting 63'39", would form a fine and very attractive single CD, especially if supplemented by some more unreleased tracks.

  Song title Source

Year rec'd

Year rel'd

Time

Possible Album

1 Radio sweetheart (single mix) B side, Less Than Zero

1977

1977

2'48"

MAIT

2 Alison (remix with strings) A side, US 7"

1977

1977

3'05"

MAIT

3 Miracle man (live) B side, Alison US

1977

1977

3'52"

MAIT

4 Blame it on Cain (live) B side, Detectives

1977

1977

2'58"

MAIT

5 Mystery dance (live) B side, Detectives

1977

1977

1'50"

MAIT

6 Less than zero (different mix) Bunch of Stiff Records

1977

1977

3'03"

MAIT

7 Neat neat neat (live) B side, Stranger in House

1977

1978

2'58"

MAIT

8 I just don't know what to do .. (live) Stiffs Live Stiffs album

1977

1978

2'20"

MAIT

9 Miracle man (live) Stiffs Live Stiffs album

1977

1978

2'50"

MAIT

10 Watching the detectives (demo) Pogo a Go Go tape

1977

1986

4'28"

MAIT

11 Pump it up (BBC) 1 and Only CD

1978

1992

3'05"

TYM

12 Stranger in the house #2 George Jones album

1979

1979

3'35"

AB

13 The imposter (live) Kampuchea charity album

1979

1981

2'10"

GH

14 Psycho song (live) Fundamental Frolics LP

1981

1981

4'16"

AB

15 Honky tonk girl B side, I'm Your Toy 12"

1981

1982

2'23"

AB

16 Blues keep calling B side, I'm Your Toy 12"

1981

1982

2'04"

AB

17 Cry cry cry B side, I'm Your Toy 7"

1981

1982

2'47"

AB

18 Wondering B side, I'm Your Toy 7"

1981

1982

2'21"

AB

19 Party party A side

1982

1982

3'15"

IB

20 Town cryer (fast) B side, Man Out of Time

1982

1982

2'08"

IB

21 Little goody two shoes Out of Our Idiot CD

1982

1987

2'29"

IB

22 Let them all talk (extended) A side, 12"

1983

1983

5'59"

PTC

23 Everyday I write .. (extended 4:52) A side UK 12"

1983

1983

4'52"

PTC

24 Everyday I write .. (extended 5:09) A side US 12"

1983

1983

5'09"

PTC

25 Everyday I write .. (Instrumental) B side, US 12"

1983

1983

3'40"

PTC

26 Pills and soap (extended) B side, Pills and soap 7"

1983

1983

4'06"

PTC

27 Tomorrow's just another day Madness 12"

1983

1983

2'51"

PTC

28 Pump it up (Dance/Monster mix) B side, Only Flame .. 12"

1984

1984

3'24"

TYM

29 I wanna be loved (radio version) A side, 12"

1984

1984

3'50"

GCW

30 I wanna be loved (smooch'n'runny) B side, UK 12"

1984

1984

5'38"

GCW

31 I wanna be loved (discotheque) B side, UK 12"

1984

1984

7'02"

GCW

32 The only flame in town (extended) A side, UK 12"

1984

1984

4'30"

GCW

33 Adrian Eurythmics BYT album

1985

1985

4'29"

GCW

34 Green shirt (extended) A side, 12"

1985

1985

3'16"

AF

35 Living a little, laughing a little John Hiatt single A side

1984

1985

3'59"

KA

36 Don't get above your raisin' (live) Ricky Scaggs live album

1985

1985

7'29"

KA

37 End of the rainbow Anti-Herion Project

1985

1986

3'15"

KA

38 I hope you're happy now (acoustic) B side, I Want You

1985

1986

3'00"

KA

39 Don't let me be misunderstood (live) US promo only 12"

1986

1986

3'15"

KA

40 Uncomplicated (NME/UK mix)* NME e.p. & UK orig. album

1986

1986

3'26"

BC

41 Leave my kitten alone (live) Live for Ireland (Irish DLP)

1986

1987

3'10"

BC

42 Many rivers to cross (live) Live for Ireland (UK LP)

1986

1987

2'42"

BC

43 A town called big nothing A side, 7"

1987

1987

4'14"

BC

44 A town called big .. (the long march) B side, 12"

1987

1987

5'38"

BC

       

Total

159'42"

 

*In retrospect, I would not include this remix as a gap. The differences are much too subtle to be worth bothering with. There are many other more noticeable differences between different releases of a track that I wouldn't bother considering a "gap" (DP 2004).


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