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Old 06-03-2009, 02:33 PM   #91 (permalink)
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It's amazing how scarce the live material of Elvis Costello and the Attractions is. They were a terrific live band.

A few of those videos I'm familiar with. I've got the Right Spectacle on DVD (might even review it here... there a novel idea!) which I've watched many many times. It's great to see more fellow Costello fans come out so to speak

I'm reserving judgement on the new album 'til I've heard it a few more times by the way, which is why I haven't voted on your poll yet. I do love it though.
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:52 PM   #92 (permalink)
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The Bootleg Corner
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One more for luck.

This here's Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve's performance at Woodstock '94. It's basically the best (sound quality-wise anyway) taste of what many of the man's straightforward gigs without a full-on backing band sounded like. It's a lot of good performances, top-notch sound quality again, and it's pretty (unintentionally) funny how he tries to get a very unresponsive crowd going.

Again, click the picture for the download link. I'll be doing the review for the new album next as well.

Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve - Live At Woodstock, 14/8/94

1. Pads, Paws and Claws
2. Mystery Dance
3. Accidents Will Happen
4. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
5. New Amsterdam
6. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
7. Veronica
8. Everyday I Write the Book
9. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
10. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
11. Radio Sweetheart/Jackie Wilson Said
12. God's Comic
13. (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love and Understanding?
14. Alison

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Old 06-06-2009, 02:24 AM   #93 (permalink)
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Elvis Costello was booked to play Saturday Night Live at the last minute when the Sex Pistols were unable to obtain visas in order to appear on December 17, 1977. 1977. Costello wanted to play Radio Radio, a song that criticizes the commercialization of radio and the music industry in general. The record label however insisted that Costello perform Less Than Zero. In what has become a classic moment in American television, Costello stopped his band after a few bars of Less Than Zero and launched into Radio Radio. His actions resulted in his banishment from Saturday Night Live, however 12 years later he was allowed to return.

I can't post the controversial Saturday Night Live video because of American copyright restrictions but it can be seen at the European site Daily motion at the link below.

Dailymotion - ELVIS COSTELLO / RADIO, RADIO - a ミュージック video

25 years later Costello made a triumphant return when he interrupted a Beastie Boys performance on Saturday Night Live in 1992.

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Old 06-06-2009, 01:40 PM   #94 (permalink)
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That SNL performance of Radio Radio is a terrific clip. They were kept off TV in the States for I think 4 years as a result too. I just hate the way SNL are such spoilsports, what with them taking all their clips off youtube and such, as they have hosted some great live performances over the years. There's a frankly brilliant bunch of clips of David Bowie which are now nowhere to be seen for example. I'm surprised that clip you posted has lasted so long.
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Alright I didnt know you were such a big Elvis Costello fan. He is a good artist but I just cant handle his voice for some reason lol. 'Pump It Up' is one of the few songs of his I really like and I (used to) have the 'Brutal Youth' and 'Spike' albums but couldnt get into either of them so just sold them on. I also had his 'Best Of The First 10 Years' which I bought in an attempt to get into him. I only liked a few tracks though and thought there was ,what is to me a lot of drivel, especially towards the end.
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Just so you all know, the review of the new album's going up tonight, if not tomorrow.

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Alright I didnt know you were such a big Elvis Costello fan. He is a good artist but I just cant handle his voice for some reason lol. 'Pump It Up' is one of the few songs of his I really like and I (used to) have the 'Brutal Youth' and 'Spike' albums but couldnt get into either of them so just sold them on. I also had his 'Best Of The First 10 Years' which I bought in an attempt to get into him. I only liked a few tracks though and thought there was ,what is to me a lot of drivel, especially towards the end.
Sounds like it was never meant to be!

A lot of people I know can't get past the voice, so I get that all the time from various non-fans. It's the same kind of result you'll get from some people if you try and introduce them to Dylan, the Fall, Scott Walker or anyone else who has a very distinct vocal style. You probably won't read this 'til your ban's expired, but if you're up for giving him another chance, Pump It Up is from his This Year's Model album (there's a review of it anda few videos on the first page of this thread) and has a lot of similar-sounding songs on it, so I'd recommend giving that a go at the very least.
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So much for that eh.

Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
2009, Hear Music Records, Sound Emporium (Nashville TN)

1. Down Among The Wines And Spirits
2. Complicated Shadows
3. I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came [Costello/Lynn]
4. My All Time Doll
5. Hidden Shame
6. She Handed Me A Mirror
7. I Dreamed Of My Old Lover
8. How Deep Is The Red?
9. She Was No Good
10. Sulphur To Sugarcane [Costello/Burnett]
11. Red Cotton
12. The Crooked Line [Costello/Burnett]
13. Changing Partners [Coleman, Darion]
*14. Femme Fatale [Reed]
*15. What Lewis Did Last [Costello/trad]
*16. Dirty Rotten Shame

* = Bonus tracks


Since his collaboration with Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello had found himself a regular performer at San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which would naturally lead to interesting, paired-down re-arrangements of his old songs. Playing for a bluegrass audience would, naturally, lead to his writing a bunch of intimate, easily-adaptable songs which could be played by a bluegrass band. Several of these new songs were unveiled as he filled in his support slot for Bob Dylan's tour of the US in 2007, which saw a lot of acclaim go his way. These were a selection of the songs Costello took into the studio to be recorded in a whirlwind 3-day session earlier this year. Others were covers as well as several songs Costello had written but not opted to record just yet (like his second co-write with Loretta Lynn), re-workings of old songs (Hidden Shame[ and Complicated Shadows were written for Johnny Cash and recorded with the Attractions during the All This Useless Beauty sessions some 13 years ago), while a couple of co-writes with his old buddy T-Bone Burnett popped up (who he hadn't worked with for some 25 years).

Seeing as T-Bone Burnett hadn't sat in the producer's chair for Costello since his bluegrass/folk-tinged album of 1986 (the excellent King Of America), it'd be safe to assume the results the pair perceived before entering the Sound Emporium in Nashville Tennessee would have leaned in that sort of direction. In fact, Secret Profane and Sugarcane goes several steps further than King Of America by going into full-blown bluegrass territory. In order to get this kind of vibe going, the electric instruments which made up last year's Momofuku were completely dispensed with in favour of an unplugged, acoustic band. Dubbed the Sugarcanes, Costello's new band consisted of the man himself wielding that acoustic guitar of his, Jerry Douglas on the dobro (bluegrass's answer to the lap steel guitar), Stuart Duncan playing the fiddle, Mike Compton playing the mandolin, Jeff Taylor with his accordion and Dennis Crouch twanging his double bass. The chemistry between Costello, Burnett and these very highly-regarded musicians in country and bluegrass circles was quite something, as in the space of just 3 days the above 16 songs were recorded.

And convincingly so. This album is a completely different bowl of trifle to Momofuku, if not just about every Elvis Costello album before it, and the results are all the better for it. Like Momofuku before it, it is simply the sound of Costello and company making the music they love, but given that this actually challenges fanboys like me and doesn't come across as a bit meh like the aforementioned, it instantly earns a place in my good books. Overall the album is a sort of mid-tempo, laid-back affair, and has such an easygoing atmosphere about it. The colours added to the sonic soundscapes by such exotic (to English ears such as mine anyway) instruments like the mandolin, dobro and the fiddle are very bright, and work very well indeed in tandem with Costello's yarn-spinning lyrics and decent melodies.

There's not a bad song in sight, although a few do veer towards average territory (Red Cotton for instance, which boasts an unusually preachy and corny lyric) but, unlike the album before it, some of these songs are among Costello's best - All Time Doll is a gloriously catchy, bluesy kind of song with a great melody, while I Dreamed Of My Old Lover and the Crooked Line are already a couple of my favourite songs. As I said, it challenges fans like me by giving them something totally new, unlike the average Momofuku. That and the fact that for the shortness of the recording sessions there are a lot of very well-written and performed songs makes Secret Profane and Sugarcane that much more memorable, and in that sense is just what I wanted from the man as a new album.

As a unit though, it's not quite up there with the man's best, but it's certainly nowhere near mediocre. I'd say the following rating is pretty fair;

7.5/10



And that's the thread well and truly finished. I might do a bit more with it - make a final index of reviews, ratings and such. I'll definitely be re-working the best of mixtape I made and incorporating this album soonish (probably tomorrow).
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Sounds like it was never meant to be!

A lot of people I know can't get past the voice, so I get that all the time from various non-fans. It's the same kind of result you'll get from some people if you try and introduce them to Dylan, the Fall, Scott Walker or anyone else who has a very distinct vocal style. You probably won't read this 'til your ban's expired, but if you're up for giving him another chance, Pump It Up is from his This Year's Model album (there's a review of it anda few videos on the first page of this thread) and has a lot of similar-sounding songs on it, so I'd recommend giving that a go at the very least.
Yeah man with your Reebok addiction to feed and all, whered you get the money? Yeah well usually I can get used to most voices after a while, I just cant stand his voice TBH bar a couple of tracks.
Funny you say that about the 'This Year's Model' album, I had that on my amazon wish list to buy if I liked the 'Best Of The First 10 Years' comp, which i didnt. I might download it and give it a listen.
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Yeah man with your Reebok addiction to feed and all, whered you get the money? Yeah well usually I can get used to most voices after a while, I just cant stand his voice TBH bar a couple of tracks.
Funny you say that about the 'This Year's Model' album, I had that on my amazon wish list to buy if I liked the 'Best Of The First 10 Years' comp, which i didnt. I might download it and give it a listen.
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As I said earlier, by the sound of it Costello's someone you plain don't like (I'm the same with some very highly-regarded acts myself, REM and Muse for example). If you're up for giving the album a try, try the download link I posted a few pages back - just 3 choice tracks from the album for any curious readers.
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