Costello Specs #4: (March 1997)

The Post-Demon Gaps

by Dave Pannell and Richard Arthur

 

 

 


One of the great joys of being an EC collector is the amazing number and quality of tracks he releases apart from those on his own albums. One-off collaborations, B sides, promos and tracks on tribute compilations combine to whet the appetite and feed the fervour of us unhealthy obsessives. The rapid output of these tracks makes it difficult to keep up with what is available, so as a service to a select public we present here a follow up to our previous note on the Demon-era "gaps". The timing seems appropriate given that these represent roughly a second decade of gaps and that Elvis seems to have reached something of a watershed in his relationship to the music industry.

The list covers official releases and promos on CD and vinyl from 1988 through to 1996. It includes significant remixes but not edit versions (e.g. for singles) or video-only tracks. Times are based on actual CD track lengths rather than sleeve times. Year recorded is a best guess in some cases. Except where indicated, the CD singles are UK versions.

  Track Source

Year recorded

Year released

Time

1 This town (bastard mix) EC Hour - Spike. US promo

1989

1989

4'17"

2 You're no good Veronica single

1988

1989

2'10"

3 The room nobody lives in Veronica 12"

1988

1989

4'42"

4 Point of no return Baby Plays Around 12"

1988

1989

2'35"

5 That's how you got killed before Dirty Dozen BB: New Orleans

1989

1990

3'14"

6 Couldn't call it unexpected (live) So Like Candy 12"

1991

1991

4'32"

7 Hurry down doomsday (live) So Like Candy 12"

1991

1991

4'18"

8 Veronica (demo) So Like Candy 12"

1987

1991

3’02"

9 Ugly things US Dangle promo/Summer 12"

1988

1989

2'53"

10 Ship of fools G.Dead tribute: Deadicated

1990

1991

5'20"

11 Mischeivous ghost Bringing it All Back Home

1990

1991

5'42"

12 St Stephen's day murders Chieftain: Bells of Dublin

1991

1991

3'24"

13 May 17th Danny Ferrington book

1992

1992

1'07"

14 Wierd nightmare Mingus tribute: Wierd N’mare

1992

1992

3'02"

15 More than rain (live) Live in NY promo

1993

1993

3'48"

16 God only knows (live) Live in NY promo

1993

1993

4'42"

17 They didn't believe me (live) Live in NY promo

1993

1993

4'20"

18 I almost had a weakness (live) Live in NY promo

1993

1993

4'22"

19 Deep dark truthful mirror (live) Unplugged Collect'n Vol 1

1991

1994

4'51"

20 She moved through the fair Brodsky Quartet: Lament

1994

1994

4'48"

21 Put your big toe in the milk .. Rob Wasserman: Trios

1991

1994

4'09"

22 Idiophone Sulky girl CD single

1994

1994

1'58"

23 A drunken man's praise of sobriety Sulky girl CD single

1994

1994

1'09"

24 Puppet Girl 13 Steps CD single

1991

1994

2'27"

25 Basement kiss 13 Steps CD single

1991

1994

3'40"

26 We despise you 13 Steps CD single

1991

1994

3'10"

27 Do you know what I'm saying? 13 Steps 7"

1991

1994

4'58"

28 London's brilliant London's Brilliant Parade 12"

1991

1994

2'15"

29 Congratulations London's Brilliant Parade 12"

1993

1994

2'42"

30 My resistance is low London's Brilliant Parade 12"

1993

1994

1'57"

31 Step inside love Tripped CD single

1994

1994

2'45"

32 You've got to hide your love away Tripped CD single

1994

1994

2'38"

33 Sticks and stones Tripped CD single

1994

1994

1'35"

34 But not for me Larry Adler: Gershwin tribute

1994

1994

5'04"

35 They can't take that away from me Tony Bennett Unplugged

1994

1994

3'26"

36 Full force gale Van tribute: No Prima Donna

1994

1994

3'01"

37 Sally Sue Brown Arthur Alexander tribute

1994

1994

2'17"

38 Life shrinks It's Time CD single

1994

1996

3'29"

39 Brilliant disguise It's Time CD single

1993

1996

4'00"

40 Almost ideal eyes Little Atoms CD single

1995

1996

4'21"

41 Basement kiss (live) Telescope CD single

1994

1996

4'10"

42 Complicated shadows (demo) German Telescope CD single

1995

1996

2'26"

43 Little atoms (DJ Food Rinse) Distorted Angel CD single

1996

1996

11'08"

44 Little atoms (Polished glass mix) Distorted Angel CD single

1996

1996

7'57"

45 Distorted angel (Tricky remix) ATUB single

1996

1996

5'33"

46 My dark life Songs in Key of X CD

1995

1996

6'20"

47 The night before Larry was stretched Common Ground CD

1996

1996

5'09"

48 All this useless beauty (KCSA live) Live from Music Hall Vol 3 CD

1996

1996

4'22"

49 God give me strength Grace of my heart OST

1996

1996

6’08"

50 O mistress mine John Harle "Terror ..." CD

1996

1996

4’02"

51 Come away, death John Harle "Terror ..." CD

1996

1996

4’28"

52 When that I was and a little tiny boy John Harle "Terror ..." CD

1996

1996

5’11"

53 What do I do now? Volume 17 CD

1996

1996

4’27"

The list breaks down as follows:

 

Number of tracks

Total duration (min)

Studio-recorded originals

18

66

Studio-recorded covers

20

74

Live originals

5

22

Live covers

4

16

Instrumentals

2

3

Remixes

4

29

Total

53

210

Remarkably, even without including the gems from the Demon reissue program, there is more and better here in Elvis’s leftovers than many acts released in total over this time. In addition, during this period his albums boasted 168 tracks, over 615 minutes. The years 1994 and 1996 stand out as being especially "gap-productive". We look forward to a third, equally productive, decade of gaps.


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