February 6, 2023
Photograph Credit score: William Claxton

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello, personally compiled by Elvis Costello, brings collectively all the printed songs that Costello has written with the legendary Burt Bacharach, one of many nice composers of well-liked music within the twentieth and now twenty first Century.

Releasing March 3 through UMeThe Songs of Bacharach & Costello celebrates a collaboration which started in 1995 and which continues to this present day.

Those that have been shocked by the writers of “I’m Not Indignant” and “What’s New Pussycat?” working collectively maybe neglected that Bacharach was participating in musical collaboration for less than the second time in his storied profession – the primary leading to only a handful of songs musically written with Neil Diamond.

It was Costello who wrote the primary musical draft of “God Give Me Energy,” speaking from Dublin to Los Angeles by fax – again within the twentieth Century – and much from being offended by this presumption, Bacharach despatched again an amended copy, laying out the signature intro motif for flugelhorn, including the expansive bridge part and making all kinds of delicate however essential amendments to the melodic and rhythmic phrasing of Costello’s first draft.

This tune was a fee for the Allison Anders’ movement image, “Grace Of My Coronary heart,” and although each tune and film have been neglected by the Academy Awards, the tune did place within the GRAMMY nominations of the next yr, as Costello remarked in his guide “Untrue Music & Disappearing Ink”: “To have written a tune like “God Give Me Energy” and easily stopped would have been ridiculous.”

So started a collection of face-to-face songwriting classes in each California and New York Metropolis.

Their working strategies ranged from one author responding to the opposite’s opening musical assertion to Costello attempting to place lyrical substance and definition to an entire Bacharach composition that didn’t want any such musical reply. By the tip of their preliminary classes, there have been events after they have been seated throughout the room at two pianos, writing successive bars of the brand new tune.

Recorded in Hollywood in 1998, the album, Painted From Reminiscence – orchestrated by Bacharach aside from the title monitor which was organized by the nice Johnny Mandel – has gone on to seize an appreciative worldwide viewers far past its preliminary launch. The tune “I Nonetheless Have That Different Lady” even managed to wrestle a GRAMMY away from each Celine Dion and Van Morrison – no simple activity within the crowded area of the “Greatest Collaboration With Vocals” class of the forty first Awards.

The concept that the songs and lovelorn themes of Painted From Reminiscence could be realised on the Broadway stage have been maybe an unlikely prospect, provided that, as Costello places it in his essay, such a present may really feel, “Like Eugene O’Neill’s “Lengthy Day’s Journey Into Evening” solely with much less tap-dancing.”

Nonetheless, this was the idea of devoted Painted From Reminiscence aficionado and tv comedy mogul, Chuck Lorre, who along with Tony Award-winning author, Steven Sater, set about threading a narrative by the unique folio of songs, making a story and set of characters who demanded that Bacharach and Costello write greater than a dozen extra songs.

Writing the lyrics of those new songs, Costello advised us, “These mirror the tales and impulses of a gaggle of people who find themselves, obsessive and useless, who’re betrayed and grow to be disillusioned in life however lengthy tenderly for a happier time, who’re untrue, dishonest, damaging and develop into the inventors of a harmful previous, who’re responsible, haunted and romantically deluded, determined, vengeful and even merciless.”

“Of their musical kind they’re completely different sorts of darkish love songs that anybody may sing in the event that they occurred to be an artist, his mannequin, a spouse, a fantasist, a lover, a philanderer or disillusioned daughter.

You realize, enjoyable for all of the household.”

These songs are all discovered on Taken From Life, opening and shutting with “You Can Have Her” and “Look Up Once more,” organized by Vince Mendoza and recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood in September 2021 below the path of Bacharach.

The Taken From Life assortment additionally brings collectively performances on which Bacharach led The Imposters for the GRAMMY-winning album, Look Now, and songs from the proposed rating from the E.P. Purse and the Decca Data launch, The Sweetest Punch, on which guitarist Invoice Frisell organized the then model new Bacharach/Costello songs for the voice of Cassandra Wilson and the clarinetist, Don Byron.

The Taken From Life title monitor is a 2022 recording with The Imposters produced by Sebastian Keys and the gathering is accomplished by startling and exquisite vocal performances of different songs from the “Painted From Reminiscence” musical rating by Audra Mae and Jenni Muldaur with the piano accompaniment of Jim Cox and Thomas Bartlett, together with the tragic, “I Appeared Away” and the deranged catalogue tune, “Shameless,” simply two of the 19 beforehand unreleased tracks included within the set.

Together with a number of lyrical drafts of “This Home Is Empty Now” which reveal the harrowing disillusionment beneath the extra measured tone of the completed lyric, pages from the draft script are additionally reproduced with pencil annotations proposing lyrical adjustments and even different unwritten songs.

Alternatives to see Bacharach and Costello carry out on stage have been uncommon. Their 1998 tour opened at Radio Metropolis Musical Corridor, NYC and closed 5 reveals later on the Royal Competition Corridor, London, after only a handful of tv and radio appearances.

Nonetheless, Costello and Steve Nieve started the “Lonely World Tour” – taking its title from a line within the Painted From Reminiscence tune, “What’s Her Identify Immediately?” – opening with an look with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm on the Feast Of The Epiphany, 1999 and proceeded to position the Bacharach/Costello songs central to their live performance repertoire from Toronto to Tokyo, and shutting in Osaka on December 18th, in a live performance by which forty songs have been carried out.

A collection of these performances might be heard on the third disc of the field set: “As a result of It’s A Lonely World – Reside.

Bacharach’s songs written along with his best lyricist, Hal David (in addition to these written with Bob Hilliard and Mack David) have been heard on English radio and tv from his latter collaborator’s earliest recollections.

Costello’s 10,000-word essay is illustrated by a variety of images together with element from a shot of all the firm of the Royal Selection Efficiency of 1963, by which The Beatles – who had just lately recorded Bacharach’s “Child It’s You” – are seen flirting with Marlene Dietrich, whose accompanist, Bacharach might be discovered within the third row again, simply 4 locations alongside from Costello’s father, Ross MacManus, who was additionally heard on the well-known “rattle yer jewellery” present, singing with The Joe Loss Orchestra.

Except for this unusual coincidence that his father appeared on the invoice with two songwriters with whom “Elvis Costello” would write greater than thirty songs, Declan MacManus’ upbringing was like anybody else who grew up in England through the early Nineteen Sixties in that he lived within the shadow and below the spell of BBC Mild Leisure on which Bacharach/David songs have been first heard sung by Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield or Zoot Cash and The Huge Roll Band earlier than these renditions have been chased up the hit parade by the “unique” recordings by Dionne Warwick and lots of different nice American vocal artists.

From his first live performance corridor dates with the Points of interest as a part of the “Reside Stiffs” package deal tour in 1977, Costello turned to the Bacharach/David songbook for “I Simply Don’t Know What To Do With Myself,” the primary efficiency of a tune aside from his personal to make it on to vinyl.

The fourth disc of the field set, “Costello Sings Bacharach/David,” traces the singer’s relationship from that date by a duet with Nick Lowe on “Child It’s You,” a model of “Please Keep” recorded in Barbados, all the best way to a trio of Bacharach/David classics carried out on the Royal Competition Corridor in 1999, together with “Make It Simple On Your self,” “My Little Purple E book,” and “Anybody Who Had A Coronary heart.

One other studio collaboration yielded a rendition of “I’ll By no means Fall In Love Once more” recorded for the Austin Powers – The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack, by which each artists made a cameo look.

Certainly this in flip led to exploratory workshops with Mike Myers for a attainable stage adaptation of “Austin Powers” and additional songwriting classes with the Bacharach/Costello crew finishing or sketching as much as fifteen extra songs, certainly one of which might have been a “secret monitor” again on this assortment within the carefree days earlier than algorithms dominated the waves however which is tucked on the tip of the Taken From Life album, within the type of Bacharach’s tender and intimate vocal and piano efficiency of one of many extra sudden drafted subplots – the tune of a disillusioned spy entitled: “Lie Again And Suppose Of England.”

Painted From Reminiscence has been newly remastered for its twenty fifth anniversary from the unique tapes by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The brand new remaster is introduced on CD in addition to 140-gram 2LP black vinyl. Aspect D of the double vinyl showcases six songs from Taken From Life, together with the three newly recorded compositions.

The great 45-song set additionally consists of reside performances of Bacharach and Costello performing a number of of the songs from Painted From Reminiscence, in addition to different beloved Bacharach numbers, with orchestras in New York and London; Costello performing stripped-down variations of the songs on his “Lonely World Tour” with Nieve (the classically educated pianist and keyboard participant in each The Points of interest and The Imposters); and a collection of Bacharach and Hal David songs Costello has carried out and recorded through the years, together with “I’ll By no means Fall In Love Once more,” which Bacharach and Costello famously carried out collectively on display screen in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” Housed in a lavish 12.75” x 12.5” field, the expansive set encompasses a 20-page booklet with images from William Claxton and Rankin, out and in of the studio, early drafts of lyrics, studio notes, pages from the “Painted From Reminiscence” musical script, and a newly written 10,000-word essay by Costello that superbly particulars his practically three-decade lengthy friendship and prolific musical partnership with Bacharach, and the way influential the legendary songwriter has been all through his life.

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello is being previewed in the present day with the discharge of three uncommon and unreleased reside performances from 1998 and 1999, together with a stark and gripping “In
The Darkest Place
,” recorded as a duo with Nieve on the piano in Australia on the Lonely World tour, and an arresting efficiency of “Painted From Reminiscence,” recorded in Stockholm, Sweden with Nieve and The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Lastly, we hear Costello and Bacharach reside with an orchestra at London’s Royal Competition Corridor, performing a sensational model of the latter’s 1963 Dionne Warwick (and Cilla Black’s) 1963 smash, “Anybody Who Had A Coronary heart.“ Hearken to the reside tracks right here.

Along with the Tremendous Deluxe Version field set, which may also be accessible digitally for streaming and obtain, The Songs of Bacharach & Costello may also be accessible in a wide range of abbreviated codecs, together with on 2CD, which options each the newly remastered Painted From Reminiscence and the whole thing of Taken From Life; and on 2LP, with Painted From Reminiscence and choices from Taken From Life, accessible with an unique lithograph or with out. Moreover, Painted From Reminiscence has been blended in immersive Dolby Atmos.

Of Painted From ReminiscencePitchfork raved, “The album’s second and most lasting shock is the standard of the teamwork. This mission is clearly not hurried studio time geared toward promoting scads of information, however slightly the very exact, decided work of two gifted artists,” including, “Consequently, attempting to decipher and describe the place one’s contribution begins and the opposite’s affect ends is an almost unimaginable activity– Painted from Reminiscence’s most excellent tales of loss and bitterness, ‘I Nonetheless Have That Different Lady,’ ‘Toledo, ‘The Sweetest Punch,’ and the album’s title monitor are harking back to Costello’s most intelligent and haunting work, and Bacharach’s memorable piano melodies stretch the outdated punk’s voice to new limits.”

Meticulously compiled and thoughtfully sequenced with the invaluable assist of compilation producer, Steve Berkowitz, The Songs of Bacharach & Costello is the whole image of the 2 songwriters’ enduring partnership and friendship.

THE SONGS OF BACHARACH & COSTELLO

THE SONGS OF BACHARACH & COSTELLO – SUPER DELUXE EDITION TRACKLISTING
CD1 – Painted From Reminiscence
1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – In The Darkest Place (2023 Remaster)
2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Toledo (2023 Remaster)
3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – I Nonetheless Have That Different Lady (2023 Remaster)
4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – This Home Is Empty Now (2023 Remaster)
5. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Tears At The Birthday Get together (2023 Remaster)
6. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Such Unlikely Lovers (2023 Remaster)
7. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – My Thief (2023 Remaster)
8. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – The Lengthy Division (2023 Remaster)
9. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Reminiscence (2023 Remaster)
10. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – The Sweetest Punch (2023 Remaster)
11. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – What’s Her Identify Immediately? (2023 Remaster)
12. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – God Give Me Energy (2023 Remaster)

CD2 – Taken From Life
1. Elvis Costello – You Can Have Her *
2. Cassandra Wilson & Invoice Frisell – Painted From Reminiscence
3. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Don’t Look Now
4. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Everybody’s Taking part in Home
5. Audra Mae – I Appeared Away *
6. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Taken From Life *
7. Don Byron & Invoice Frisell – My Thief
8. Jenni Muldaur – Shameless *
9. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Images Can Lie
10. Audra Mae – In The Darkest Place *
11. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Why Received’t Heaven Assist Me?
12. Jenni Muldaur – Stripping Paper *
13. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – He’s Given Me Issues
14. Audra Mae – What’s Her Identify Immediately? *
15. Elvis Costello – Look Up Once more *
16. Burt Bacharach – Lie Again & Suppose Of England *

CD3 – As a result of It’s A Lonely World – Reside
1. Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve – Toledo (Reside In Tokyo, Japan, Nakano Sunplaza Corridor – February 8, 1999) *
2. Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve – In The Darkest Place (Reside In Melbourne, Australia, Athenaeum Theatre – February 16, 1999)
3. Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve – My Thief (Reside In Tokyo, Japan, Shibuya Corridor – February 10, 1999) *
4. Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve – I Nonetheless Have The Different Lady (Reside In Tokyo, Japan, Shibuya Corridor – February 10, 1999)
5. Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve – I’ll By no means Fall In Love Once more (Reside In Toronto, Ontario, Massey Corridor – June 16, 1999) *
6. Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve – God Give Me Energy (Reside In Toronto, Ontario, Massey Corridor – June 16, 1999) *
7. Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – Painted From Reminiscence (Reside In Stockholm, Sweden, Berwaldhallen – January 5, 1999) *
8. Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve & The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – What’s Her Identify Immediately? (Reside In Stockholm, Sweden, Berwaldhallen – January 5, 1999) *
9. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – This Home Is Empty Now (Reside In New York Metropolis, Late Evening with Conan O’Brien – Nov. 27, 1998) *

CD4 – Costello Sings Bacharach & David
1. Elvis Costello & The Points of interest – I Simply Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Reside in Norwich, UK, College of East Anglia – October 17, 1977)
2. Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe – Child It’s You
3. Elvis Costello – Please Keep
4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – I’ll By no means Fall In Love Once more
5. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Make It Simple On Your self (Reside in London, UK, Royal Competition Corridor – October 29, 1998) *
6. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – My Little Purple E book (Reside in London, UK, Royal Competition Corridor – October 29, 1998) *
7. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Anybody Who Had A Coronary heart (Reside in London, UK, Royal Competition Corridor – October 29, 1998) *
8. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – I Simply Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Reside In New York Metropolis, Periods at West 54th – October 18, 1998) *

2LP – Painted From Reminiscence
Aspect A
1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – In The Darkest Place (2023 Remaster)
2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Toledo (2023 Remaster)
3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – I Nonetheless Have That Different Lady (2023 Remaster)
4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – This Home Is Empty Now (2023 Remaster)

Aspect B
1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Tears At The Birthday Get together (2023 Remaster)
2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Such Unlikely Lovers (2023 Remaster)
3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – My Thief (2023 Remaster)
4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – The Lengthy Division (2023 Remaster)

Aspect C
1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Reminiscence (2023 Remaster)
2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – The Sweetest Punch (2023 Remaster)
3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – What’s Her Identify Immediately? (2023 Remaster)
4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – God Give Me Energy (2023 Remaster)

Aspect D – Alternatives From Taken From Life
1. Elvis Costello – You Can Have Her *
2. Audra Mae – Don’t Look Now *
3. Audra Mae – I Appeared Away *
4. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Taken From Life *
5. Audra Mae – What’s Her Identify Immediately? *
6. Elvis Costello – Look Up Once more *

* Beforehand unreleased

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