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Elvis Costello Compiles ‘Best Of’

Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises is gearing up to release two retrospectives by singer/songwriter Elvis Costello. The greatest hits collection The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years and Rock and Roll Music, an assorted bag of previously unreleased tracks and b-sides compiled by the musician himself, both hit store shelves May 1. That same day, Costello’s first eleven original albums will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes for 30 days before being issued to all digital music outlets. Interactive booklets featuring album art will also be included. As previously reported (read more), Elvis Costello and the Imposters will head out on a ten-date tour this May, hitting cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

The Best of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years tracklisting:

1. “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes”
2. “Alison”
3. “Watching the Detective”
4. “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea”
5. “Pump It Up”
6. “Radio Radio”
7. “Accidents Will Happen”
8. “Oliver’s Army”
9. “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”
10. “I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down”
11. “High Fidelity”
12. “Clubland”
13. “New Lace Sleeves”
14. “Good Year for the Roses”
15. “Beyond Belief”
16. “Man Out of Time”
17. “Almost Blue”
18. “Everyday I Write the Book”
19. “Shipbuilding”
20. “Brilliant Mistake”
21. “Indoor Fireworks”
22. “I Want You”

Rock and Roll Music tracklisting:

1. “Lipstick Vogue”
2. “No Action”
3. “Big Tears”
4. “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea”
5. “This Year’s Girl”
6. “Miracle Man”
7. “Pump It Up”
8. “Clean Money”
9. “Tiny Steps”
10. “Wednesday Week”
11. “Mystery Dance” (live)
12. “You Belong to Me” (live)
13. “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”
14. “Girls Talk”
15. “King Horse”
16. “Lover’s Walk”
17. “Uncomplicated”
18. “Honey, Are You Straight or Are You Blind?” (alternate version)
19. “Baby’s Got a Brand New Hairdo”
20. “I Hope You’re Happy Now”
21. “Tokyo Storm Warning”
22. “Welcome to the Working Week” (demo version)

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