Costello Album

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The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration (Costello Album)
Live album by
ReleasedUnofficially, in 1998
Studio(1987) The Mill, Sussex, England (1989) Burbank, CA (1995) London, England (1996) Los Angeles, CA
Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello Collaborative chronology
All This Useless Beauty
The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration (Costello Album)

The Costello Album, also The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration, is a Paul McCartney album that includes work from his 1987–88 songwriting collaboration with Elvis Costello. The album includes demo recordings made by Paul and Elvis in the throes of their collaboration, other demos of some songs by Costello and McCartney individually, live performances by Costello, and two duo live performances taken from a 1995 benefit concert at the Royal College of Music.[1] A planned album credited to both was abandoned, initial work-ups appearing in the 2017 deluxe edition reissue to McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt. These recordings were unknown to the public until 1998 when they surfaced as an unofficial compact disc titled The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration.[2][3]

Several of these songs have appeared officially on albums by either McCartney or Costello. McCartney released his versions of "My Brave Face," "You Want Her Too," "Don't Be Careless Love," and "That Day Is Done" on Flowers in the Dirt in 1989, "Mistress and Maid" and "The Lovers That Never Were" on Off the Ground in 1993. Costello issued his versions of "Veronica" and "Pads, Paws, and Claws" on Spike in 1989, "So Like Candy" and "Playboy to a Man" on Mighty Like a Rose in 1991, and "Shallow Grave" on All This Useless Beauty in 1996. "My Brave Face" and "Veronica" are respectively McCartney's and Costello's last Top 40 hit singles in the United States. Demos of these songs have appeared as bonus tracks to the above albums, on bonus discs to the Costello Rhino reissues, and on the bonus discs to the 2017 reissue of Flowers in the Dirt.

Track listings[edit]

All tracks are written by Declan MacManus and Paul McCartney except where noted.

Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello demos[4][5][6]
1."The Lovers That Never Were" 
2."Twenty-Five Fingers" 
3."Tommy's Coming Home" 
4."So Like Candy" 
5."You Want Her Too" 
6."Playboy to a Man" 
7."Don't Be Careless Love" 
8."My Brave Face" 
Elvis Costello demo
9."Veronica" (writers: Declan MacManus, Paul McCartney, Cait O'Riordan) 

Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello live

10."One After 909" (writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 
11."Mistress and Maid" 

Elvis Costello live

12."Pads, Paws, and Claws" 
13."You Want Her Too" 
14."Shallow Grave" 
Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello demo
15."My Brave Face" 
Paul McCartney demos
16."That Day Is Done" 
17."Back on My Feet" 
Elvis Costello demos
18."Step Inside Love" (writers: John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 
19."You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" (writers: Lennon, McCartney) 


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  2. ^ "Paul McCartney And Elvis Costello – The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  3. ^ "The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration – Paul McCartney | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  4. ^ "Paul McCartney And Elvis Costello – The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration". Discogs. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration – Paul McCartney – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Bootleg: The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration – The Elvis Costello Wiki". Retrieved 8 July 2017.