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||Strange||Elvis Costello||2:39||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Hidden Charms||Elvis Costello||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Remove This Doubt||Elvis Costello||3:52||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||I Threw It All Away||Elvis Costello||3:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Leave My Kitten Alone||Elvis Costello||3:10||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Everybody's Crying Mercy||Elvis Costello||4:05||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||I've Been Wrong Before||Elvis Costello||3:02||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Bama Lama Bama Loo||Elvis Costello||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Must You Throw Dirt In My Face||Elvis Costello||3:49||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Pouring Water On a Drowning Man||Elvis Costello||3:39||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||The Very Thought of You||Elvis Costello||3:42||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Payday||Elvis Costello||2:57||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Please Stay||Elvis Costello||4:49||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Running Out of Fools||Elvis Costello||3:04||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Days||Elvis Costello||4:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
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.”
On under-rated and overlooked gem.
Stumbled onto this recently, and I really wish I'd bought it back in '95 now. Elvis is in fine voice throughout, the band is impeccable and creative, and the material is all aces. It's an enjoyable and easy listen, and short enough that the concept never wears out its welcome. Well worth your time and money if you love Elvis.
Born: August 25, 1954 in Paddington, London, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s