Editors’ Notes Elvis Costello’s 1977 debut album is a literate, poppy-punk masterpiece, and then some. Yes, it tears through angry, pointed material—from sneering looks at the daily grind (“Welcome to the Working Week”) to mocking impossible standards of others (“Miracle Man”). It also mellows on a signature ballad that’s tough and tender (“Alison”), and the delectably spare and weirdly noir-ish “Watching the Detectives” is a mark of songwriting genius. While Costello’s lyrics cut like killer short stories, his musical knowledge is only partly displayed here, which makes the melodic brilliance even more remarkable.

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Welcome to the Working Week
1
1:23
 
Miracle Man
2
3:31
 
No Dancing
3
2:40
 
Blame It On Cain
4
2:49
 
Alison
5
3:24
 
Sneaky Feelings
6
2:11
 
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
7
2:47
 
Less Than Zero
8
3:18
 
Mystery Dance
9
1:35
 
Pay It Back
10
2:32
 
I'm Not Angry
11
2:59
 
Waiting for the End of the World
12
3:22
 
Watching the Detectives
13
3:46
 
No Action (Early Version)
14
2:14
 
Living in Paradise (Early Version)
15
3:00
 
Radio Sweetheart (Out-Take)
16
2:30
 
Stranger in the House (Out-Take)
17
3:02
 
Welcome to the Working Week (Demo)
18
1:25
 
Blue Minute (Pathway Studios Demo)
19
1:33
 
Miracle Man (Pathway Studios Demo)
20
2:22
 
Waiting for the End of the World (Pathway Studios Demo)
21
2:27
 
Call On Me (Pathway Studios Demo)
22
1:58
 
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes [Pathway Studios Demo]
23
2:01
 
I Don't Want to Go Home (Pathway Studios Demo)
24
1:43
 
I Hear a Melody (Pathway Studios Demo)
25
2:10
 
Introduction By Dave Robinson
1
0:26
 
Welcome to the Working Week (Live)
2
1:18
 
Blame It On Cain (Live)
3
2:53
 
No Dancing (Live)
4
2:57
 
Waiting for the End of the World (Live)
5
3:54
 
Night Rally (Live)
6
2:34
 
Hoover Factory (Live)
7
2:01
 
No Action (Live)
8
2:31
 
(I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea [Live]
9
3:03
 
Miracle Man (Live)
10
3:53
 
The Beat (Live)
11
3:46
 
Less Than Zero (Live)
12
3:27
 
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes [Live]
13
2:57
 
Lipstick Vogue (Live)
14
3:59
 
Watching the Detectives (Live)
15
4:23
 
Lip Service (Live)
16
4:31
 
Mystery Dance (Live)
17
3:34
 
Alison (Live)
18
3:33
 
Pay It Back (Live)
19
2:23
 
Radio Sweetheart (Live)
20
2:56
 
Sneaky Feelings (Live)
21
2:16
 
Crawling in the USA (Live)
22
2:59
 
Alison (Live)
23
3:25
 

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