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Taking Liberties
Compilation album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Released USA November 1980
Recorded 1977–1980
Genre Rock
Length 54:28
Label Columbia
Producer Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe
Professional reviews
Elvis Costello and the Attractions chronology
Get Happy!!
Taking Liberties
Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers
For the film "Taking Liberties", see Taking Liberties (film)

Taking Liberties is a U.S. Elvis Costello and the Attractions album, composed of tracks not previously released on U.S. albums. It is mostly made up of B-Sides, although it does feature two previously unreleased recordings. It was released in the United States and Canada only and its tracklisting is almost identical to that of the UK release Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers .


Track listing

All songs written by Elvis Costello except as indicated.


Side one

  1. "Clean Money" (previously unreleased) – 1:57
  2. "Girls Talk" (b-side of "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down," 1980) – 1:56
  3. "Talking in the Dark" (a-side, 1978) – 1:56
  4. "Radio Sweetheart" (b-side of "Less Than Zero," 1977) – 2:24
  5. "Black and White World" (Demo version) (previously unreleased) – 1:51
  6. "Big Tears" (b-side of "Pump It Up," 1978) – 3:10
  7. "Just a Memory" (b-side of "New Amsterdam", 1980) – 2:14
  8. "Night Rally" (from UK version of This Year's Model, 1978) – 2:41
  9. "Stranger in the House" (a-side, 1978) – 3:01
  10. "Clowntime Is Over" (Version 2) (b-side of "High Fidelity," 1980) – 3:44

Side two

  1. "Getting Mighty Crowded" (Van McCoy) (b-side of "High Fidelity," 1980) – 2:05
  2. "Hoover Factory" (previously unreleased) – 1:43
  3. "Tiny Steps" (b-side of "Radio, Radio," 1978) – 2:42
  4. "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea" (from UK version of This Year's Model, 1978) – 3:07
  5. "Dr Luther's Assistant" (b-side of "New Amsterdam," 1980) – 3:28
  6. "Sunday's Best" (from UK version of Armed Forces, 1979) – 3:22
  7. "Crawling to the U.S.A." (from soundtrack to Americathon, 1979) – 2:52
  8. "Wednesday Week" (b-side of "Talking in the Dark," 1978) – 2:02
  9. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (b-side of "Oliver's Army," 1979) – 1:25
  10. "Ghost Train" (b-side of "New Amsterdam," 1980) – 3:05



Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 28


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