The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello

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The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello
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compilation LP by
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
ReleasedMarch 3, 2023

The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello is a four-album collection of Elvis Costello's work with Burt Bacharach expected March 3, 2023.

Elvis explains in the February 2023 issue of Uncut:

It's Painted From Memory [1998] and Taken From Life, which is a collection of songs that Burt and I wrote over the last 15 years for a proposed Painted From Memory musical. So you'll hear other people singing a couple of those original songs, but also a bunch of songs that have never been heard before. We've compiled them with a couple of the songs from Look Now [2018] and some recordings that were piano/voice explorations of what the songs would sound like if they were sung by other people. We've put them all together to create an impression of what it would have been like to have that score.
There's another disc of live performances of Painted From Memory songs, mostly with Steve Nieve and myself, a couple of them orchestral. Finally, a whole album of Bacharach/David songs, which I thought would be fun to include. This is a love letter to Burt. We went into the studio last September and recorded two songs with Vince Mendoza conducting a 30-piece orchestra. So the bookends for this Taken From Life record are newly recorded. The Imposters and I recorded a third song, in Capitol Studios with an orchestra. It was a few years since we'd worked together, but it didn't take very long before I'm in the booth and he was on the call-back saying, "Elvis, you're not singing the right melody." So I had to be on top of it!"

Tracks

Disc 1: Painted From Memory
TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. In The Darkest Place (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:19
2. Toledo (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:36
3. I Still Have That Other Girl (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 2:48
4. This House Is Empty Now (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 5:10
5. Tears At The Birthday Party (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:39
6. Such Unlikely Lovers (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 3:26
7. My Thief (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:21
8. The Long Division (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:15
9. Painted From Memory (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:14
10. The Sweetest Punch (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:12
11. What's Her Name Today? (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:10
12. God Give Me Strength (2023 remaster)EC & Burt Bacharach 6:08

Disc 2: Taken From Life
TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. You Can Have Her  EC 5:07
2. Painted From Memory  Cassandra Wilson & Bill Frisell 4:11
3. Don't Look Now  EC & The Imposters feat. Burt Bacharach 2:30
4. Everyone's Playing House  EC & The Imposters 3:05
5. I Looked Away  Audra Mae 2:37
6. Taken From Life  EC & The Imposters 4:20
7. My Thief  Don Byron & Bill Frisell 4:32
8. Shameless  Jenni Muldaur 4:31
9. Photographs Can Lie  EC & The Imposters feat. Burt Bacharach 3:40
10. In The Darkest Place  Audra Mae 3:30
11. Why Won't Heaven Help Me?  EC & The Imposters 3:22
12. Stripping Paper  Jenni Muldaur 3:35
13. He's Given Me Things  EC & The Imposters 4:12
14. What's Her Name Today?  Audra Mae 3:45
15. Look Up Again  EC 5:17
16. Lie Back & Think Of England  Burt Bacharach 2:05

Disc 3: Because It's A Lonely World - Live
TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. Toledo (live in Tokyo, 1999-02-08)EC & Steve Nieve 5:04
2. In The Darkest Place (live in Melbourne, 1999-02-16)EC & Steve Nieve 4:43
3. My Thief (live in Tokyo, 1999-02-08)EC & Steve Nieve 5:20
4. I Still Have That Other Girl (live in Tokyo, 1999-02-10)EC & Steve Nieve 3:16
5. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (live in Toronto, 1999-06-16)EC & Steve Nieve 3:42
6. God Give Me Strength (live in Toronto, 1999-06-16)EC & Steve Nieve 5:08
7. Painted From Memory (live in Stockholm, 1999-01-05)EC & Steve Nieve 4:11
8. What's Her Name Today? (live in Stockholm, 1999-01-05)EC & Steve Nieve 4:28
9. This House Is Empty Now (live on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, 1998-11-23)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:11

Disc 4: Costello Sings Bacharach / David
TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (live in Norwich, 1977-10-18)EC & The Attractions 2:17
2. Baby It's You  EC & Nick Lowe 3:15
3. Please Stay  EC 4:50
4. I'll Never Fall In Love Again  EC & Burt Bacharach 3:20
5. Make It Easy On Yourself (live in London, 1998-10-29)EC & Burt Bacharach 3:19
6. My Little Red Book (live in London, 1998-10-29)EC & Burt Bacharach 2:49
7. Anyone Who Had A Heart (live in London, 1998-10-29)EC & Burt Bacharach 4:07
8. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (live on Sessions At West 54th, 1998-10-18)EC & Burt Bacharach 3:02


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