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ELVIS COSTELLO ... " Taking Liberties " .... Columbia JC 36839. 1980 New Wave / Punk Rock LP. Stereo. Vinyl VG+. Cover VG+. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter. He came to prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-1970s and later became associated with the punk/New Wave genre. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image". Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has twice been nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male. In 2003, Elvis Costello & the Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Costello number 80 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. ______________________________________ Taking Liberties is a US Elvis Costello and the Attractions album, composed of tracks not previously released on US albums. It is mostly made up of b-sides, although it does feature two previously unreleased recordings. It was released in the US 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 ______________________________________ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ______________________________________ ******* IMPORTANT ****** Please Read >>>> Vinyl Grading. I use GOLDMINE: STANDARD CATALOG OF AMERICAN RECORDS for grading guidelines. Therefore, NM (Near Mint) will not be seen unless the album is still in original shrinkwrap. Most all of the albums and covers I sell will be VERY GOOD + (or) VERY GOOD. Here are Goldmine's defintions of those two classifications. Verbatim in part. VG+ VINYL > may show some slight sign of wear, including light scuffs or very light scratches that do not affect the listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are okay. Minor signs of handling are okay, too, such as telltale marks around the center hole. There may be some very light ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. VG+ COVERS > are close to their near mint counterparts. Only close. A cover may be marred by a cutout marking (cut corner, small hole punch, a cut in the spine) or promotional stamp. There may be some slight signs of handling, such as light creasing in the corners. There may be slight signs of wear at the most vulnerable areas, even a bit of ring wear. But all in all, except for a few minor imperfections, this should be a very nice copy. VG VINYL > have more obvious flaws. They may lack some of the original factory gloss. Groove wear may be evident, as well as light scratches. When played, a VG record will porbably have some surface noise, especially at the beginning of a song and at the end. But the noise will not overpower the music. You may run into an audible surface scratch, but will not be a major detraction from the music. Minor writing, tape, or a sticker may detract from the label. But overall, the record will still remain a fine listening experience, just not the same as if the record was in better condition. VG COVERS > have more signs of wear, such as minot seam splits, most common at the bottom center, middle of the spine, and the upper and lower right where the record is removed from the cover. These will not be overwhelming, and can be neatly repaired. Also, minor writing, tape, or stickers may detract from the cover. Visible ringwear will be more evident. There could be minor scuffing or cut out markings.Though a VG cover will still be pleasing to the eye, there's no way it could pass as new. FAIR or POOR vinyl I usually throw away, unless it's rare. FAIR or POOR covers may sometimes be sold, but only if the vinyl is still very good, and the album itself is considered collectable. I usually price this kind of quality very low. ************ Please, don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any. It is NOT an inconvenience to me. Talking about records has always been fun to me. That's why I do this. And I've been doing it over 54 years. I will get back to you as soon as I can after reading your Email. Give me a little time to get you an answer. You will recieve an absolutely 100% straight-forward answer. No clever BS. I am not in the business of deceiving people, as this is only a hobby for me. In the end, I want to hear you're very happy with what you've bought from me. It's RECORDS, folks!