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The Songs of Bacharach & Costello, compiled by Elvis Costello, brings together the published songs that Costello has written with Burt Bacharach and celebrates the three-decade songwriting partnership between them. The 2LP set includes the newly remastered album Painted from Memory and six songs from Taken from Life, of which three are newly recorded compositions. The LPs are pressed on 140g vinyl and audio was remastered by Bob Ludwig from the original tapes.
If you are a fan of Painted From Memory, you need to get The Songs of Bacharach & Costello, whichever edition your wallet will allow. You and your ears will be more than glad you did.
'In Bacharach, Costello has found his most empathetic sidekick yet,' Rolling Stone opined in 1998.The fact that these recordings hold up so well speaks volumes about the rewards of their partnership.
- Double LP
- 140g Vinyl
- Compiled by Elvis Costello
- Audio Remastered by Bob Ludwig from the Original Tapes
- Painted from Memory Album (1998) - Newly Remastered
- 3 Newly Recorded Bacharach & Costello Songs: "Taken from Life" by Elvis Costello & The Imposters; "You Can Have Her" & "Look Up Again" Sung by Elvis Costello orchestrated by Vince Mendoza & Recorded Under the Direction of Burt Bacharach
- 3 Previously Unreleased Performances: "Don't Look Now" Sung by Audra Mae & John Pagano; "I Looked Away" & "What's Her Name Today?" Sung by Audra Mae with Pianist Jim Cox
- Gatefold Jacket
Painted from Memory
- In the Darkest Place
- I Still Have That Other Girl
- This House Is Empty Now
- Tears at the Birthday Party
- Such Unlikely Lovers
- My Thief
- The Long Division
- Painted from Memory
- The Sweetest Punch
- What's Her Name Today?
- God Give Me Strength
Songs from Taken from Life
- You Can Have Her - Elvis Costello
- Don't Look Now - Audra Mae & John Pagano
- I Looked Away - Audra Mae
- Taken from Life - Elvis Costello & The Imposters
- What's Her Name Today? - Audra Mae
- Look Up Again - Elvis Costello