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by norman brain
Fri Sep 19, 2003 12:33 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: A Few Random Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4863

Hi. The Grateful Dead song that EC covered is "Ship of Fools" from the DEADICATED tribute CD. The EC/Cait song in question is "You Rang My Bell," a soulful tune from the soundtrack of the Cage movie THE FAMILY MAN. I'm afraid I'll have to leave the "black tarmacadam" question to one of the British f...
by norman brain
Sat Aug 30, 2003 7:11 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: My birthday
Replies: 24
Views: 9790

Happy birthday, Spooky! You deserve a great one, with many, many more to come. You're still just a young'un, you know.
by norman brain
Fri Aug 08, 2003 8:33 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North download?
Replies: 56
Views: 26492

Plaything, you're right about that. In the wee hours (Sinatra pun intended) is when the album really gets to you.
by norman brain
Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:41 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North download?
Replies: 56
Views: 26492

I agree, Mug. Each listening is making this album gel as a whole to me. As "You Left Me in the Dark" progresses to "I'm in the Mood Again," you can actually feel the anguish of lost love turning into the joy of love reborn. Definitely the most straightforward lyrics he's ever written. No ambiguity h...
by norman brain
Fri Aug 08, 2003 7:20 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: My Car Accident
Replies: 41
Views: 14813

Hey, Spooky. I just got around to reading about your accident, and I want to offer my sympathy. I'm glad you're okay, and I'm praying for your speedy recovery. Even though I'm a relatively infrequent poster, I recognize the kindness and love that you show everyone on the board, and I wanted to add m...
by norman brain
Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:51 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Hands up here if you have the reissues!
Replies: 40
Views: 20600

Plaything, you are very welcome, and I'm glad you're enjoying it! I am enjoying reading everyone's thoughts on the reissues and their bonus tracks. I'm curious about the hidden GH track, but part of me wants to wait and be surprised. In what must be temporary insanity on my part, I've decided to wai...
by norman brain
Sat Jul 26, 2003 9:27 pm
Forum: From the management
Topic: Where's Hungup?
Replies: 11
Views: 8511

Hungup, great to have you back home, buddy!
by norman brain
Sun Jul 20, 2003 3:20 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: ELVIS QUIZ ANSWERS AND WINNER
Replies: 16
Views: 9848

Congrats, Mr. Misery! Well done.
by norman brain
Thu Jul 17, 2003 3:49 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Denver and Detroit Setlists
Replies: 19
Views: 11253

Plaything, that one made me laugh out loud!
by norman brain
Wed Jul 16, 2003 2:47 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rare Elvis
Replies: 46
Views: 21655

My fave is still the solo acoustic "Psycho" from the FUNDAMENTAL FROLICS various artists LP. A chilling delivery.
by norman brain
Wed Jul 16, 2003 2:41 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Doofmonkster's first great Elvis Costello quiz!!
Replies: 25
Views: 14204

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Plaything. I just submitted my feeble attempts at answers. As I told Jackson, those are tough questions even for us old-timers! My money is on Martin Foyle!
by norman brain
Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:04 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Reissues latest
Replies: 68
Views: 37818

LV, I do have old copies on CD, but both are out-of-print. TAKING LIBERTIES is the old Columbia edition (CK36839) U.S. of course. The British TEN BLOODY MARYS AND TEN HOW'S YOUR FATHERS is on Demon. I'd give you the catalog # (FIEND something, I'm sure) but I can't find my copy at this moment. Both ...
by norman brain
Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:01 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Pogues question
Replies: 6
Views: 4123

DD, in addition to the song Blue mentioned, there's the classic "Fairytale in New York" (which duets Shane with Kirsty MacColl, one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time). There's also "Haunted" by Shane MacGowan and the Popes (a duet with Sinead O'Connor), a gorgeous rendition of a song origi...
by norman brain
Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:29 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Reissues latest
Replies: 68
Views: 37818

Hey, Verbal. That's a good question, and not an easy one to answer. Maybe he could pick a great show from each tour where he and the band were on fire, and give us a bonus disc (it never ends!) containing other covers and rarities performed on the same tour. Either that, or go the Pearl Jam route, a...
by norman brain
Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:45 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Reissues latest
Replies: 68
Views: 37818

Mug, YOU READ MY MIND!! That's exactly what a friend and I were discussing yesterday. I even used the 'Dick's Picks" reference to get my point across. I have so many live shows on tape that are too great as complete shows to pick apart. He should release at least a representative show from each tour...
by norman brain
Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Reissues latest
Replies: 68
Views: 37818

The thing about TAKING LIBERTIES is that we are getting all those tracks tacked onto the bonus discs of the albums or sessions they were originally intended for, but wound up as B-sides or outtakes. Like most of you, I grew up looking at TL as an album itself. It's funny, for unrelated B-sides, it h...
by norman brain
Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:09 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissues Information
Replies: 9
Views: 9940

Hey, Verbal. I've only heard audience-tape quality live versions of "Idle Hands." Maybe he had changed it to "Temptation" by the time they brought it to the studio.

I'll bet EC has soundboard versions of all this stuff, if he ever gets around to that elusive live box set.
by norman brain
Mon Jul 14, 2003 4:59 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Reissues Information
Replies: 9
Views: 9940

I got my new issue of ICE in the mail today with an article called "Elvis Costello Gets Happy Again." It gives indepth descriptions of the new bonus tracks for all three reissues. To quote: "Among the unreleased gems are brisk, harder-rocking alternate takes of "Human Touch" (bearing a more pronounc...
by norman brain
Sun Jul 13, 2003 9:46 am
Forum: The Annex
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SENOR OTIS
Replies: 39
Views: 15696

Happy birthday, Otis! Always a gentleman and a scholar, you're the man!
by norman brain
Fri Jul 11, 2003 6:29 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Just heard one of the new North songs
Replies: 9
Views: 6951

Hey, Plaything. All I could score today were answering machine messages from all my contacts at Universal (I have three). I begged them all for advance copies. They still may come through for me. Last year, I got WIWC two months in advance, so the timing may be right. I'll keep you posted. I just li...
by norman brain
Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:52 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Just heard one of the new North songs
Replies: 9
Views: 6951

Thanks for the insight, Plaything. Advance copies must be out there. I'll be making some phone calls at work tomorrow.
by norman brain
Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:45 pm
Forum: The Annex
Topic: Top 5 Guitarists
Replies: 52
Views: 19428

Mug, you're the queen! I was wondering who would be the first to include Richard Thompson!

My faves are (in no particular order):

Richard Thompson, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Peter Buck, and Dave Edmunds.
by norman brain
Thu Jul 10, 2003 2:13 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Reissues latest
Replies: 68
Views: 37818

Hey, Otis, what's up? I can't wait until Sept., so I'm ordering the UK editions as well. Thanks for the info!

"Weeper's Dream" is a guitar instrumental by EC alone (not bad, but not the most memorable track ever).

The only new title to me is "Seven O'Clock."
by norman brain
Wed Jul 09, 2003 7:21 pm
Forum: Tin Pan Alley
Topic: The Perfect Weekend
Replies: 52
Views: 31848

Hey, Laps. You are quite the poet. I knew you could write good short stories, but this stuff is breathtaking, especially "Beautiful Lie." The pics are perfect! As you know, I've turned lots of friends onto Shag's art because of you. Were you inspired by the pictures, or did the words come first? I'm...
by norman brain
Wed Jul 09, 2003 7:12 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: EC Reissues latest
Replies: 68
Views: 37818

Thanks for the track listings, Martin. I think they've grown since the last time I saw them (especially GH!!) I can't wait to get a good copy of the early "High Fidelity." I'm betting it's the slow arrangement. If so, we're all in for a treat. I'm also interested in hearing the studio Mersey-version...

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