This is a collection of b-sides and album cuts that were left off Elvis' UK albums the American Version is slightly different and bears the title "Taking Liberties". It was like the early Beatles' records, in that so much material was being written and recorded, that the albums just couldn't contain them all.
One of the great singer-songwriters of the last 25 years. This isn't a greatest hits collection per se but it IS replete with classic Costello gems and some B-side cuts that transcend the quality of most B-sides. Perfect for the Elvis Costello "newbie" or long-time listener. See all 4 customer reviews. Write a customer review. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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Taking Liberties was issued hot on the heels of Elvis' soul-fired magnum opus Get Happy and bore a similar footprint to that album, cramming 20 songs onto a single album. That they were 20 great additional songs from Costello's incredible initial musical ascension -- mostly B-sides and non-LP tracks from compilations and soundtracks -- made Taking Liberties a great companion listen.
That there was some very sympathetic sequencing of tracks made Taking Liberties all the more essential, standing on its own effectively as an album in its own right. All that music in one place, however, came at something of a cost. While Nick Lowe had done a fabulous job producing Get Happy and ensuring that it would sound good on the original UK pressings -- there is even a written note from him on the back cover ensuring this detail -- the US-only release of Taking Liberties was slightly less satisfying sonics-wise.
As a hardcore fan, I had most of the B-sides on original UK singles, so I knew what these tracks should sound like. On the original Taking Liberties I suspect that the songs were probably compressed kind of universally to make it easier for LP mastering -- thus while the album was a convenient end-to-end listen, the singles remained the way to go if you wanted to get the complete sonic picture for those songs, spinning at 45 RPM.
Well, whoever did the LP remastering on this new incarnation issued by Universal did a great job! Its a much nicer overall listen. The sound is a bit less compressed, a bit more open and airy on the high end. Little details like drummer Pete Thomas' brilliant cymbal work on "Big Tears" really sparkle on this new version.
I can't believe that that is the Attractions playing that country, I figured it was Clover. JamieC , Jul 12, Location: Portland, Oregon. Neil Anderson , Jul 12, Location: Los Angeles. Marry a Carrot , Jul 12, JamieC likes this.
The Columbis CDs sound like poo. The Get Happy! Disc is particularly awful. Get 10 Bloody Marys. Paul Saldana , Jul 12, Paul, it'll only cost you a dollar to discover that Girls Girls may be an exception. The credit to Demon made me think that perhaps this collection mirrors the mastering present on the well regarded Demon discs. Paul Saldana , Jul 14, Location: Islets of Langerhans. Elvis Costello. Great name, great look, great songs, and he was angry back in the day.
Thanks for the memories. Now that you're here,I should mentions that without reader feedback blogs slowly wither and die. When did you first hear Elvis Costello? Well I'd surely heard him as a child in the seventies but my first adolescent exposure to Elvis was with via a TDK Cr02 90 min.
Tape makers can be cruel people, I should know. The juxtaposition of the sublime, like "Mystery Dance" and the sub-prime, like "Inch By Inch" made this tape the musical equivalent of trying to sit through a double feature of Raging Bull and Alvin and the Chipmunk: the Squeakquel. Now music scribes like writing about Elvis Costello almost as much as they like writing about Dylan because they both represent the power of the words to stand almost equal with the music.
After all, comments like Ira Robbins, "Elvis Costello is the King Kong of contemporary music looming so large over everything that admirers and detractors alike are compelled to take note of his most trivial actions" probably inspired David Lee Roth to quip something like, "Most music critics prefer Elvis Costello to Van Halen because most music critics look like Elvis Costello".
But we've got good cause for our championing. Like Bringing it all Back Home every second of My Aim is True is crammed-to-claustrophobia with cleaver, jagged word-play carried by fiery melodies that make you forget that Clover a.
Huey Lewis' the News is playing in the background. So now it's time to offer some Elvis Costello you may not have heard.
With his catalog being constantly re-issued I've stuck with those ever-so-succinct Rykodisc versions a few of these tracks might be available but certainly not in this configuration.
The set is notable for the first Peel session including four songs from that first album done with his greatest backing band, the Attractions as well as rarities, re-workings of classics and a cover of the English Beat's "Stand Down Margaret". It's time to listen to Elvis again.
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