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Elvis Costello releases back catalogue digitally

He'll also drop two new collections the same day

Elvis Costello has announced that he will release his first 11 original albums digitally for the very first time exclusively on US iTunes on May 1.

The albums will be available on other digital music outlets 30 days later.

The singer-songwriter will also release 'The Best Of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years' and 'Rock And Roll Music' - a collections of hits, B-sides and rare, previously unreleased tracks - on the same day.

Both of the albums contain 22 tracks hand-picked by Costello himself, including classics such as 'Watching The Detectives' and '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding', as well as rarities such as the demo version of 'Welcome To The Working Week'.

The tracklistings are:

'The Best Of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years'

'(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes'
'Alison'
'Watching The Detectives'
'(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea'
'Pump It Up'
'Radio, Radio'
'Accidents Will Happen'
'Oliver's Army'
'(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding'
'I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down'
'High Fidelity'
'Clubland'
'New Lace Sleeves'
'Good Year For The Roses'
'Beyond Belief'
'Man Out Of Time'
'Almost Blue'
'Every Day I Write The Book'
'Shipbuilding'
'Brilliant Mistake'
'Indoor Fireworks'
'I Want You'


'Rock And Roll Music'

'Lipstick Vogue'
'No Action'
'Big Tears'
'(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea'
'This Year's Girl'
'Miracle Man'
'Pump It Up'
'Clean Money'
'Tiny Steps'
'Wednesday Week'
'Mystery Dance' (live)
'You Belong To Me' (live)
'(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding'
'Girls Talk'
'King Horse'
'Lover's Walk'
'Uncomplicated'
'Honey Are You Straight Or Are You Blind' (alternate version)
'Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo'
'I Hope You're Happy Now'
'Tokyo Storm Warning'
'Welcome To The Working Week' (demo version)[/b]

As previously announced, Costello will embark on a tour of the US with his band, The Imposters, on May 2 in Los Angeles.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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