The Paul McCartney Project

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Release date:
May 13, 1991

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

The Other Side Of Summer

3:56 • Studio version


2.

Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)

4:06 • Studio version


3.

How To Be Dumb

5:14 • Studio version


4.

All Grown Up

4:18 • Studio version


5.

Invasion Hit Parade

5:34 • Studio version


6.

Harpies Bizarre

3:44 • Studio version


7.

After The Fall

4:36 • Studio version


8.

Georgie And Her Rival

3:38 • Studio version


9.

So Like Candy

Written by Paul McCartney, Declan MacManus / Elvis Costello

4:37 • Studio versionA

Marc Ribot:
Electric guitar, Spanish guitar
Elvis Costello:
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Mitchell Froom:
Celeste, Chamberlain, Mellotron, Producer
Jim Keltner:
Drums
Larry Knechtel:
Tack piano
Jerry Scheff:
Bass
T-Bone Wolk:
Intro/outro bass figures
Kevin Killen:
Producer

Recording:
Late 1990 - early 1991
Studio:
Ocean Way, Hollywood & Westside Studios, London


10.

Interlude- Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 2

0:22 • Studio version


11.

Playboy To A Man

Written by Paul McCartney, Declan MacManus / Elvis Costello

3:20 • Studio versionA

Marc Ribot:
Guitar section
Elvis Costello:
12-string rickenbacker, Big stupid guitar, Cox organ, Producer, Vocals
Mitchell Froom:
"piano frenzy", Cox organ, Producer
Jim Keltner:
Drums
Larry Knechtel:
"piano frenzy", Upright piano
Jerry Scheff:
Bass
Kevin Killen:
Producer
Benmont Tench:
"piano frenzy"

Recording:
Late 1990 - early 1991
Studio:
Ocean Way, Hollywood & Westside Studios, London


12.

Sweet Pear

3:37 • Studio version


13.

Broken

3:37 • Studio version


14.

Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4

3:49 • Studio version

About

From Wikipedia:

Mighty Like A Rose is the 13th studio album by the British rock singer and songwriter Elvis Costello, released in 1991 on compact disc as Warner Brothers 26575. The title is presumably a reference to the pop standard “Mighty Lak’ a Rose“, and although that song does not appear on the album, the words of its first stanza are quoted in the booklet of the 2002 reissue. It peaked at No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart, and at No. 55 on the Billboard 200.

Content

Originally this album was to be released under Costello’s actual name Declan MacManus, having grown tired of the Elvis Costello pseudonym. Record label pressures, however, won the day and it was released as an Elvis Costello record.

Mighty Like a Rose continues in the vein of Costello’s previous album Spike from 1989, although with Mitchell Froom taking over the producer’s chair from T-Bone Burnett. This time, the tracks were recorded in one location, Ocean Way in Hollywood, with orchestral and vocal overdubs taking place at Westside Studios in London. Two more songs from his collaboration with Paul McCartney appear, “Playboy to a Man” and a song selected as a single, “So Like Candy“.

Costello refers to this as an angry record, recorded in the aftermath of the Gulf War. The opening track, “The Other Side of Summer” was designed as a Beach Boys pastiche after their style in the early 1970s. The track “Invasion Hit Parade” features a trumpet solo by Costello’s father, Ross MacManus. The album also features a song written by his wife at the time, Cait O’Riordan, “Broken“. The album is dedicated to her.

The lead single, “The Other Side of Summer“, peaked at No. 43 on the UK Singles Chart. Although it missed the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, it reached No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 40 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. The second single, “So Like Candy“, did not chart in either nation.

Release history

The album was released initially on compact disc in 1991. As part of the Rhino Records reissue campaign for Costello’s back catalogue from Demon/Columbia and Warners, it was re-released in 2002 with 17 additional tracks on a bonus disc. Several of these were recorded at Costello’s home. […]

Last updated on March 18, 2017


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