Taking Liberties

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For the 2007 documentary film, see Taking Liberties (film).
Taking Liberties
Compilation album by Elvis Costello
Released November 1980 (US)
Recorded 1977–80
Genre Punk rock, new wave
Length 54:28
Label Columbia
Producer Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe
Elvis Costello chronology
Get Happy!!
(1980)
Taking Liberties
(1980)
Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers
(1980)

Taking Liberties is a US Elvis Costello 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 track listing is almost identical to that of the UK release Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elvis Costello except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  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[edit]

  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

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard 200 28