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Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello - The McCartney/McManus Collaboration

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Scan submitted/created by [aral2]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: Vigotone
Reference :VT 174
Date :1998
Made In :
Quality :AAD
Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 55:42

Comments
The "normal" edition of the McCartney/McManus Collaboration bootleg. Compared to the "Deluxe edition" (Vigo 174 and not VT 174 !), the main difference is that this one is only one CD but the contents are exactly the same.

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1.
The Lovers That Never Were(McCartney/MacManus)
03:57
Song
Core collection
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
2.
Twenty-Five Fingers(McCartney/MacManus)
02:25
Song
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
3.
Tommy's Coming Home(McCartney/MacManus)
04:07
Song
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
4.
So Like Candy(McCartney/MacManus)
03:27
Song
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
5.
You Want Her Too(McCartney/MacManus)
02:35
Song
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
6.
Playboy To A Man(McCartney/MacManus)
02:51
Song
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
7.
Don't Be Careless Love(McCartney/MacManus)
03:34
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
8.
My Brave Face(McCartney/MacManus)
02:30
Song
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Demo
1987
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
McCartney/Costello demo
Summer/fall 1987
9.
Veronica(McCartney/MacManus)
02:58
Song
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Demo
(date unknown)
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello demo B-side
10.
The One After 909(Lennon/McCartney)
02:51
Song
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Concert
London
23 Mar 1995
C.19950323.11
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
"An Evening With Paul McCartney & Friends".
Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello.
Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney live at Royal College of Music
11.
Mistress And Maid(McCartney/MacManus)
03:01
Song
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Concert
London
23 Mar 1995
C.19950323.12
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
"An Evening With Paul McCartney & Friends".
Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello with The Brodsky Quartet.
Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney live at Royal College of Music
12.
Pads, Paws And Claws(McCartney/MacManus)
03:56
Song
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Concert
Burbank
26 Apr 1989
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello live.
13.
You Want Her Too(McCartney/MacManus)
02:28
Song
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Concert
Burbank
26 Apr 1989
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello live
14.
Shallow Grave(MacManus)
02:44
Song
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Concert
Los Angeles
14 May 1996
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA.
15.
(Medley)(unknown)
00:59
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
The bootlegger strung together 3 excerpts from the "Put It There" video. For a change, this is a good editing job.
 
My Brave Face(McCartney/MacManus)
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Alternate Take
Excerpt #1
(date unknown)
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
First excerpt from "Put It There" video.
 
My Brave Face(McCartney/MacManus)
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Alternate Take
Excerpt #2
(date unknown)
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
Second excerpt taken from the "Put It There" video.
 
My Brave Face(McCartney/MacManus)
Song
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Alternate Take
Excerpt #3
(date unknown)
Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello
Third excerpt from the "Put It There" video.
16.
That Day Is Done(McCartney/MacManus)
01:28
Song
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Rehearsal
Studio
Apr 1989
Paul McCartney
Taken from "Put It There" video.
Paul in the studio
17.
Back On My Feet(McCartney/MacManus)
04:20
Song
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Regular
Mar 1987
Paul McCartney
B-side to "Once Upon A Long Ago".
Regular B-side.
18.
Step Inside Love(Lennon/McCartney)
02:43
Song
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Regular
(date unknown)
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello B-side.
19.
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away(Lennon/McCartney)
02:38
Song
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Regular
(date unknown)
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello B-side.
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Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.beOn 21 Aug 1999
Let's face it: the best part of this CD is clearly the McCartney/McManus demos (the first 8 tracks but also the CD 1 of the Deluxe edition). These demos are really enjoyable because Paul & Elvis' voices fit perfectly together. It is very interesting to listen to some of the best part of "Flowers In The Dirt" (which is to be categorized as one of Paul's best albums since the death of John Lennon).

The first Costello-only track (Veronica) is still OK. Then there is "One After 909" and "Mistress And Maid" (Paul & Elvis) in acoustic-live versions but these are very poorly rendered. The rythm of "One After 909" is too slow compared to the many other versions that exists but the worst is to come with the next Elvis-only tracks. "Pads, Paws and Claws" is probably the worst track of the whole CD. It's a kind of a blues but the problem is that Elvis is not a very good singer: his voice is lacking some force and that's why Elvis is so good when doing background vocals. I can hardly stand "You Want Her Too" (Elvis-only live) because it's lacking all the ingredients that were making this song enjoyable: no force emerges from the song and Elvis has no one to sing the background vocals. "Shallow Grave" is better. It's a nice modern-blues (co-written with McCartney ?).

"My Brave Face" (track 15) is only Elvis laughing while trying to sing the song. It's fun but nothing more. "Back On My Feet" is simply the original B-side. Not a very good song though but still OK.

"Step Inside Love" is certainly the best song Paul has given away. This song is full of invention when you think about the chords progression. It's also a beautiful song. Elvis version is not bad if you can stand Elvis voice. The same goes for "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away". The song is lacking some force due to its acoustic arrangement but it's still nice to listen to (note that some lyrics are different).

Despite all these blackpoints, I would say that this bootleg is a must. Certainly, the first 8 tracks save it but you'll also discover some original compositions by Elvis and you'll probably understand better how the "Flowers In The Dirt" was composed. Notice how all Elvis songs (written or not in collaboration with Paul) begin with a given key and then at a time shift to the key lower or upper before coming back to the original key.

If you're an Elvis Costello fan as well as a Paul fan, you have to own this bootleg. If you're only a Paul fan, you will mostly like it if you liked "Flowers In The Dirt".
Review by: Jimmy, Fingerlej@chesapeake.netOn 17 Nov 1999
Just to add a few things, the sound quality is very good. A couple of small problems with the source tape, but nothing that harms the overall disc.

I think this is some of Paul's best work outside the Beatles. I know its a cliche, but the combo of Paul's smooth, melodic and sometimes too slick nature coupled with Elvis' rougher lyrics, voice, and edge really work well. The first 8 tracks demonstrate this and left me wishing that they had put out an official final product instead of each "claiming" some songs for their own use.

I would consider this a "must buy" for the McCartney collector.
Review by: Eric, sink0014@tc.umn.eduOn 09 Mar 2000
Very cool release. I wish Vigotone had skipped the Costello tracks and just left it as a Paul McCartney bootleg. But, the Flowers in The Dirt demos are the ultimate reason to purchase this bootleg.
Review by: Mr.Mustard xOn 13 Aug 2002 at 07:05 CEST
it's nearly perfect when you love the FITD album
my favourite is the costello b-side Veronica, which is possibly a b-side as stated , but also a real hit for elvis out of his album Spike, also featured on a greatest hits album

you want her too is huge , also step inside love
interesting to hear the demos that didn't made on FITD

besides i got still another different version from vigotone also numbered VT174 (content is identical):
an edition with a really different cover, also differently called THE STUDIO COLLABORATION on the 4 page fold. in the spread a liner note by "the fireboy"
Review by: rpmzineOn 07 Jun 2003 at 14:56 CEST
I would just add that, if you are also an Elvis Costello fan, like myself, Vigotone did just the right thing by NOT skipping any single track.
Elvis is an acquired taste. And all demos are better than every originally released track on Flowers In The Dirt, by the way.
Pity it doesn't include all demos recorded.
Review by: onosideboardsOn 24 Jul 2003 at 21:55 CEST
i LOVE this boot. mccartney should have done more with costello--it would have improved his musical output immensely throughout the 90s and the 21st century. paul needs someone who can help him write songs...history has proven he works better that way.

i've always respected elvis costello, but i don't own anything by him. i cannot believe anyone would claim he has a bad voice. his voice outshines paul's in many songs...and i think paul knows it (you know how he's always trying to one-up lennon). costello's voice is raw, natural, and harmonizes perfectly with paul's. sheer glory.

anyway, if you like acoustic paul, get this. if you sorta like elvis costello, get this. if you want to discover who could have been the next lennon/mccartney, get this. :) enjoy.
Review by: roadrunner xOn 26 Oct 2003 at 18:16 CEST
I strongly disagree with François' assessment of Elvis' vocal skills. Granted, he's no McCartney, but he's definitely a terrific singer overall. I think this collaboration brings out the best in both men--with equal doses of Macca's warmth and Costello's bite (a la McCartney's last great partnership). In fact, I would hazard a guess that that's the real reason why there was no commercial release by this duo. I think McCartney was probably spooked by Costello's harmonic and compositional similarities to Lennon, and didn't want to invite any comparisons. Also, to be honest, I think Costello outshines McCartney on a few demos here ("You Want Her Too," "So Like Candy," "Twenty Five Fingers"), and would venture to say that, at this point in his career, Paul isn't used to sharing the bill with anyone. Too bad, too, because they clearly made some beautiful music together. One can only guess what heights a genuine studio production by these two would have reached.
Review by: ceddy10165On 05 Mar 2004 at 23:11 CEST
A very enlightening release, that does make you wonder why this collaboration did not continue. The vocal blend is so harmonious and balanced, it is the stuff of shivers. The balance is also evident in the effect each has on the other's writing. Where one of the writers might go to far in one direction or another (too syrupy or too jaded), the other partner pulls them in another direction, which adds unexpected and refreshing turns to the songs. All the detracting cliches you could attribute to McCartney's or Costello's styles, cannot be used here; they are perfect foils for one another. The presentation of the tracks is logical, and the sound quality is very good overall. HIGHLY reccomended!
Review by: fillapillowgOn 09 Mar 2004 at 20:33 CEST
If you collect Declan or Beatles bootlegs, you will not be disappointed by this one. A few repeat songs from Strawberries' A ROYAL PERFORMANCE McCartney & Friends disc but all the extra material is amazing! The "Veronica" demo I don't think includes Paul, but the rest is Simon & Garfunkel/Everly Bros. duet fever! The booklet is also a treat to dive into.
Review by: stockmanOn 28 Apr 2004 at 03:04 CEST
A tremendous, tremendous CD. Raw, emotional, energetic, and thoroughly engaging. This is some of the best Paul has ever done - ever. Amazing.
Review by: dtobin7283On 15 Nov 2007 at 07:20 CEST
I have been collecting Vigotone releases for many years, mainly neglecting the solo cd's until recently. This cd prompted me to register, and rave about this great release.
Being a fan of both Elvis and The Beatles, this cd was a revelation! My sense is the writing style is more Elvis,
but the overall collaboration is perfect. I find myself listening to this over and over. Buy this at any cost!


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Filename: vt174
Originally filled by: François Vander Linden, beatleg@infonie.be
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2001 23:59:59
Last filled by: tilleul
Last Revision Date : 21 Apr 2002 16:12:44
Online on : 15 Nov 2001
Type of media: Bootleg CD


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