Elvis Costello discography: Wikis

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This page lists albums, singles and compilations by the musician Elvis Costello, release date (UK and U.S.) and label (UK and U.S.)

Contents

Albums

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Studio albums

Title Release
date
Artist credit Record label Chart position RIAA Certification[1]
UK Albums Chart[2 ] U.S.
My Aim Is True 1977 Elvis Costello Stiff/Columbia 14 32 Platinum
This Year's Model 1978 Elvis Costello (some reissues credit
'Elvis Costello and The Attractions')
Radar/Columbia 4 30 Gold
Armed Forces 1979 Elvis Costello and The Attractions 2 10 Gold
Get Happy!! 1980 F-Beat/Columbia 2 11
Trust 1981 9 28
Almost Blue 7 50
Imperial Bedroom 1982 6 30
Punch the Clock 1983 3 24
Goodbye Cruel World 1984 10 35
King of America 1986 The Costello Show featuring
The Confederates and The Attractions
Demon/Columbia 11 39
Blood and Chocolate Elvis Costello and The Attractions 16 ?
Spike 1989 Elvis Costello Warner Bros. 5 32 Gold
Mighty Like a Rose 1991 5 55
G.B.H. Elvis Costello with Richard Harvey Demon - -
The Juliet Letters 1993 Elvis Costello with The Brodsky Quartet Warner Bros. 18 125
Live at the El Mocambo Elvis Costello and The Attractions Rykodisc - -
Brutal Youth 1994 Elvis Costello Warner Bros. 2 34
Kojak Variety 1995 21 102
Deep Dead Blue Elvis Costello with Bill Frisell Warner Bros./Nonesuch - -
Jake's Progress Elvis Costello with Richard Harvey Demon - -
All This Useless Beauty 1996 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Warner Bros. 28 53
Costello & Nieve Elvis Costello with Steve Nieve - -
Terror & Magnificence (UK only) 1997 Elvis Costello with John Harle Argo - -
Painted from Memory 1998 Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach Mercury/Polygram 32 78
The Sweetest Punch Elvis Costello with Bill Frisell Universal Music Group - -
For the Stars 2001 Elvis Costello with Anne Sofie von Otter Deutsche Grammophon 67 -
When I Was Cruel 2002 Elvis Costello and The Imposters Island 17 20
Cruel Smile Universal Music Group - 180
North 2003 Elvis Costello Deutsche Grammophon 44 57
The Delivery Man 2004 Elvis Costello and The Imposters Lost Highway 73 40
Il Sogno Elvis Costello Deutsche Grammophon - -
Piano Jazz 2005 Elvis Costello with Marian McPartland Jazz Alliance - -
My Flame Burns Blue 2006 Elvis Costello Deutsche Grammophon - 188
The River in Reverse Elvis Costello with Allen Toussaint Verve Forecast 97 103
Momofuku 2008 Elvis Costello and The Imposters Lost Highway 112 59
Secret, Profane & Sugarcane 2009 Elvis Costello Hear Music/Universal 71 13

Rykodisc

  • 15 October 1993 - My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, Armed Forces, Live At The El Mocambo
  • 29 April 1994 - Get Happy!!, Trust
  • 30 August 1994 - Almost Blue, Imperial Bedroom
  • 5 September 1994 - G.B.H.
  • 7 March 1995 - Punch the Clock, Goodbye Cruel World
  • 6 July 1995 - King of America
  • 12 September 1995 - Blood and Chocolate

Rhino

  • 11 August 2001 - My Aim Is True, Spike, All This Useless Beauty
  • 19 February 2002 - This Year's Model, Blood and Chocolate, Brutal Youth
  • 19 November 2002 - Armed Forces, Imperial Bedroom, Mighty Like a Rose
  • 9 September 2003 - Get Happy!!, Trust, Punch the Clock
  • 3 August 2004 - Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, Kojak Variety
  • 26 April 2005 - King of America
  • 21 March 2006 - The Juliet Letters

Hip-O

Note that all albums from My Aim Is True through to Blood and Chocolate were reissued on 1 May 2007 by Hip-O Records as single CDs featuring the original U.S. track listings. The dates listed below refer to the deluxe double CD editions which feature bonus material.

  • 11 September 2007 - My Aim Is True
  • 4 March 2008 - This Year's Model

Compilations

Compilation albums

Title Release date Record label Chart position RIAA Certification[1]
UK Albums Chart[2 ] U.S.
A Bunch of Stiff Records 1 April 1977 Stiff - -
Hits Greatest Stiffs 16 September 1977 Stiff - -
Stiffs Live 1978 Stiff/Arista - -
Taking Liberties November 1980 Columbia - 28
Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers 7 November 1980 F-Beat - -
The Man 1985 Demon - -
The Best of Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1985 Columbia - 116 Platinum
Out of Our Idiot (UK only) 4 December 1987 Demon - -
Girls Girls Girls October 1989 Demon/Columbia 67 -
The Very Best of Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1977-86 25 October 1994 Rykodisc/Demon 57 -
Extreme Honey 21 October 1997 Warner Bros. - -
The Very Best of Elvis Costello 21 September 1999 Polygram 4 -
The Very Best of Elvis Costello 17 April 2001 Rhino - -
The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years 1 May 2007 Hip-O - 110
Rock and Roll Music 1 May 2007 Hip-O - -

Boxsets

Title Release date Record label
2½ Years 15 October 1993 Rykodisc
Singles, Volume 1 (UK only) 27 October 2003 Edsel
Singles, Volume 2 (UK only) 27 October 2003 Edsel
Singles, Volume 3 (UK only) 27 October 2003 Edsel

Singles

The following is a list of all Costello's commercially available singles. The key for the Artist Credit below is as follows:

  • Elvis Costello - (EC);
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (EC+ATT);
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - (EC+ATT+RPO);
  • The Impostor - (IMP);
  • The Costello Show - (TCS);
  • The MacManus Gang - (TMG),
  • The Coward Brothers - (TCB);
  • Jimmy Cliff & Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (JC+EC+ATT);
  • Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet - (EC+BQ);
  • Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach - (EC+BB);
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters - (EC+IMP)
Title Year Artist Credit Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart[2 ] Australia Canada Ireland U.S. Hot 100 U.S. MSR U.S. Modern Rock
"Less Than Zero" 1977 EC - - - - - - - My Aim Is True [A]
"Alison" - - - - - - -
"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" - - - - - - -
"Watching the Detectives" 15 35 60 - 108 - -
"(I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea" 1978 EC+ATT 16 93 - 12 - - - This Year's Model [B]
"Pump It Up" 24 55 - - - - -
"Radio Radio" 29 93 - - - - -
"Oliver's Army" 1979 2 24 - 4 - - - Armed Forces
"Accidents Will Happen" 28 - - - 101 - -
"I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" 1980 4 - - 14 - - - Get Happy!!
"High Fidelity" 30 - - - - - -
"New Amsterdam" EC [C] 36 - - - - - -
"Clubland" EC+ATT 60 - - - - - - Trust
"From a Whisper to a Scream" 1981 - - - - - 46 -
"Watch Your Step" (US release only) - - - - - - -
"A Good Year for the Roses" 6 34 - 5 - - - Almost Blue
"Sweet Dreams" 42 - - - - - -
"I'm Your Toy" 1982 EC+ATT+RPO 51 - - - - - - -
"You Little Fool" EC+ATT 52 - - - - - - Imperial Bedroom
"Man Out Of Time" 58 - - - - - -
"From Head to Toe" 43 - - - - - - -
"Party Party" 48 - - - - - - Party Party Soundtrack
"Pills and Soap" 1983 IMP 16 - - - - - - Punch the Clock
"Everyday I Write the Book" EC+ATT 28 40 40 23 36 33 -
"Let Them All Talk" 59 - - - - - -
"Peace In Our Time" 1984 IMP 48 - - - - - - Goodbye Cruel World
"I Wanna Be Loved" / "Turning The Town Red" [D] EC+ATT 25 - - 11 - - -
"The Only Flame in Town" 71 - - - 56 44 -
"Green Shirt" 1985 68 - - - - - - The Man
"The People's Limousine" TCB - - - - - - - -
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" 1986 TCS 33 81 - 22 - 38 - King of America
"Seven Day Weekend" JC+EC+ATT - - - - - - - -
"Lovable" (US release only) TCS - - - - - - - King of America
"Tokyo Storm Warning" EC+ATT 73 - - - - - - Blood and Chocolate
"I Want You" - - - - - - -
"Blue Chair" 1987 EC - - - - - - - -
"A Town Called Big Nothing" TMG - - - - - - - -
"Veronica" 1989 EC 31 27 64 22 19 10 1 Spike
"Baby Plays Around" EP 65 - - 27 - - -
"...This Town..." - - - - - 41 4
"The Other Side of Summer" 1991 43 - 72 - - 40 1 Mighty Like a Rose
"So Like Candy" - - - - - - -
"Jacksons, Monk & Rowe" 1993 EC+BQ - - - - - - - The Juliet Letters
"Sulky Girl" 1994 EC [E] 22 - - - - - - Brutal Youth
"13 Steps Lead Down" 59 - - - 115 - 6
"You Tripped at Every Step" EC+ATT - - - - - - -
"London's Brilliant Parade" 48 - - - - - -
"It's Time" 1996 58 - - - - - - All This Useless Beauty
"Little Atoms" - - - - - - -
"The Other End Of The Telescope" - - - - - - -
"Distorted Angel" - - - - - - -
"All This Useless Beauty" - - - - - - -
"You Bowed Down" (US release only) - - - - - - -
"Toledo" 1999 EC+BB 72 - - - - - - Painted from Memory
"She" EC 19 - - - - - - Notting Hill Soundtrack
"Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)" 2002 EC [F] 58 - - - - - - When I Was Cruel
"45" 92 - - - - - -
"Monkey to Man" 2004 EC+IMP - - - - - - - The Delivery Man
"Brilliant Mistake" 2005 EC [G] - - - - - - - King of America
"No Hiding Place" 2008 EC+IMP - - - - - - - Momofuku
"Complicated Shadows" 2009 EC - - - - - - - Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Notes
  • A ^ "Watching the Detectives" was a stand-alone single in the UK but was subsequently is included on U.S. versions of My Aim Is True.
  • B ^ "(I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea" was not included on U.S. versions of This Year's Model. "Radio Radio" was a stand-alone single in the UK but was subsequently is included on U.S. versions of This Year's Model.
  • C ^ The Attractions played on almost all of Costello's singles from 1978 to 1984 (and sporadically thereafter), but note that 1980's "New Amsterdam" was a solo single on which Elvis Costello played all instruments. Accordingly, The Attractions were not credited.
  • D ^ "I Wanna Be Loved" / "Turning The Town Red" was tracked as a double A-side in the UK, with both sides charting. "Turning The Town Red" did not initially appear on Goodbye Cruel World, although it has been added as a bonus track to some CD reissues of this album.
  • E ^ Although the Attractions played on "Sulky Girl" and "13 Steps Lead Down", these tracks were credited simply to Elvis Costello.
  • F ^ The backing musicians on "Tear Off Your Own Head" and "45" were Steve Nieve, Davey Faragher, and Pete Thomas, later to be collectively billed as "The Imposters". However, these releases are credited solely to Costello.
  • G ^ "Brilliant Mistake" was released as a UK single in 2005, 19 years after the track first appeared on the album King of America. Though the album was credited to The Costello Show, the single release was credited to Elvis Costello.

References

  1. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Elvis Costello
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 122/3. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  

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