15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Costello had envisioned this album of covers as one that would just magically appear in record shops with no advance publicity, giving it the aura of a “lost” album. He’d assembled an incredibly accomplished band of session musicians — guitarists James Burton and Marc Ribot, drummers Jim Keltner and Pete Thomas, keyboardist Larry Knetchel, bassist Jerry Scheff — and brought them to Barbados to record these 15 tracks that cover everyone from Bob Dylan (“I Threw It All Away”) to Ray Davies (“Days”), stopping off for a heavy dose of R&B with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Strange,” Little Richard’s “Bama Lama Bama Loo,” and James Carr’s “Pouring Water On A Drowning Man.” The record company decided to try and promote it as his latest release in 1995, though the sessions had taken place years earlier. The playing throughout is impeccable. Larry Knetchel’s organ often shadows everything with an eerie presence and Burton’s guitar stings with precision as exemplified on “Leave My Kitten Alone.” 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elvis Costello had envisioned this album of covers as one that would just magically appear in record shops with no advance publicity, giving it the aura of a “lost” album. He’d assembled an incredibly accomplished band of session musicians — guitarists James Burton and Marc Ribot, drummers Jim Keltner and Pete Thomas, keyboardist Larry Knetchel, bassist Jerry Scheff — and brought them to Barbados to record these 15 tracks that cover everyone from Bob Dylan (“I Threw It All Away”) to Ray Davies (“Days”), stopping off for a heavy dose of R&B with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Strange,” Little Richard’s “Bama Lama Bama Loo,” and James Carr’s “Pouring Water On A Drowning Man.” The record company decided to try and promote it as his latest release in 1995, though the sessions had taken place years earlier. The playing throughout is impeccable. Larry Knetchel’s organ often shadows everything with an eerie presence and Burton’s guitar stings with precision as exemplified on “Leave My Kitten Alone.” 

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