Friday, July 27, 2018
Elvis Costello's Unwanted Numbers: THE WEEKEND MIX
THE FOLLOWING STORY IS TRUE!
(You will just have to believe me.)
Many moons ago, I purchased an "unofficial" 2 CD set entitled "Unwanted Numbers." It was a collection of stray Elvis Costello tracks. These were songs he had written and debuted in concert but never recorded, songs he had written for others, cover versions, etcetera. It was a terrific collection. The clever title came from an E.C. song found on the "Grace Of My Heart" soundtrack, as performed by a short-lived, Destiny's Child-type trio called For Real. It's a personal fave and For Real did a great job with it. This gave me an idea for my own mix of Elvis's "Unwanted Numbers," which I started compiling yesterday afternoon. It includes the same type of songs--demos, live tracks, alternates, etcetera--as well as the live debut of the aforementioned, "Unwanted Number" from a 1996 Boston concert.
I woke up this morning, poured a cup of coffee and checked my e-mail and lo and behold, there was an e-mail from Elvis Costello with pre-order links for his new October release, "Look Now." There was also a link to the first single, "Unwanted Number."
Holy Flipping Coincidence, Batman!
Well, this was meant to be, wasn't it?
The new single is up top and the tracklist for my mix is below.
Penny Lane (Gershwin Awards)
Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun (Spectacle)
Unwanted Number (Boston '96)
Forgive Her Anything (B&C bonus track)
Watch Your Step (Get Happy outtake)
Big Boys Cry (National Ransack e.p.)
She Loves The Jerk (demo recorded by John Hiatt)
Really Mystefied (Imperial Bedroom outtake)
What Do I Do Now (Sleeper cover)
Step Inside Love (ATUB extra)
Running Out Of Fools (B&C bonus track)
London's Brilliant (Wendy James Demo)
Impatience (North Japanese bonus track)
Shatterproof (GCW bonus)
The Greatest Love- (River In Reverse Japan bonus track)
Ship Of Fools (GD cover)
Anyone Who Had A Heart (Sessions At West 54th w/Bacharach)
Innocent When You Dream- (Tom Waits cover)
Do You Know What I'm Saying? (Wendy James demo)
April 5th (w/ Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson)
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 6:50 AM