A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership
Though his music can be heard in all corners of the globe, Paul McCartney’s songwriting process is impressively homegrown. When he teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, the pair met at McCartney’s personal studio
The reissue of his 1989 collaboration with Elvis Costello reveals the art underneath its schlocky gloss.
The reissue of his 1989 collaboration with Elvis Costello reveals the art underneath its schlocky gloss. It is also the rarest of things: a McCartney record where you can sense his need to be loved.
The long awaited 10th release in the multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection is available now, March 24, 2017. Paul’s 1989 international #1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will be the latest classic solo work from one of the world’s most revered catalogues to get the special treatment across a multi-format reissue released by MPL/Capitol/UMe.
Costello recalls collaborating with the former Beatle in 1987—songs that are newly released on a reissue of McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt.
The 1980s had not been going well for Paul McCartney. A series of commercial flops left even the artist taking stock. “It was time to prove something to myself,” McCartney said back then. That he did. “Flowers in the Dirt,” released in 1989, marked a rebirth.
Co-written and performed with Elvis Costello - This rarity is taken from the forthcoming reissue of Paul’s 1989 Flowers In The Dirt album - available from March 24th
I’ve been working my way through his catalog for the umpteenth time, trying to draw a definitive conclusion concerning his very best work in a canon that now numbers in excess of 25 albums, give or take a collaborative effort or two. I whittled it down to five essential releases. Which is a little bit reductive and stupid, if you think about it, but hey, these list-type things are all the rage on the internet, right?
More than 175 world renowned artists including Sting, Robert Plant and Elvis Costello have joined forces to back a song that supports greater action to address the global refugee crisis.
Audra McDonald joined her fellow Shuffle Along co-stars Brian Stoke Mitchell and Billy Porter, along with Lin Manuel Miranda, Kelli O'Hara, Michael Cerveris, Joel Grey, Carole King, Bernadette Peters, and scores and scores of fellow members of the Broadway community last week to record the beloved Burt Bacharach / Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love" for a new charitable initiative, Broadway for Orlando
By now, some of you may have heard rumour of an album called Momofuku and wonder what this record is…
Well, the real version is pressed on two pieces of black plastic with a hole in the middle. You may prefer other, more portable, less scratchable, editions that will soon become available for your convenience but this is how it sounds the best: with a needle in a groove, the way the Supreme Being intended it to be…
“Unfaithful Music” proves that the man is a born writer, with or without guitar in hand. Costello’s abilities as a storyteller and shaper of sentences makes me wish he had written earlier and more often.
Elvis Costello has an almost religious love of popular music and the people behind it, and the intensity of his love informs his eye, ear, timing and choice of words.
Costello’s vast autobiography comes as a treat for this diehard fan of his first five or six albums. It is no surprise that one of the best lyricists of the punk rock wars should be able to deliver an engaging and articulate work.
In 1987, Paul McCartney acted on a suggestion by his then manager and invited Elvis Costello to be his songwriting partner. Their work together would produce a number of finely crafted songs, including Elvis’ biggest single in the U.S. and McCartney’s last top 40 hit.
The book is partly a compendium of family reminiscences and true tales of the road and the studio, and partly an encyclopedia of musical influences and associations. There’s no index, but if there were, it would include the names of just about everyone in Britain and the United States who cut a side or played a concert between the invention of recorded sound and the day before yesterday.
But thank God for Costello’s acerbic sense of humour which makes the experience of reading his memoir such scurrilous pleasure as you read first-hand of the anarchy and insouciance of being an Attraction at large in Tokyo and in the USA.
It's a big book: nearly 700 pages. But then it's been a larger-than-life career, one bigger than Declan MacManus seemed to believe possible.
Both fascinating and frustrating, the result is, at least, utterly authentic and reveals much about Britain’s most brilliant songwriter of the post-punk era.
Unfaithful Music is a songwriter's memoir, focussed on craft. The structure is not temporal, but a life in songs. Creation is ineffable, a whole life brought to bear upon a few minutes.
A compilation of rarities, deep cuts, and alternate mixes, Unfaithful Music serves as an excellent soundtrack and companion to Costello's new memoir.
Elvis Costello has revealed that he was so obsessed with the Beatles as a boy he tried to take John or Paul as a confirmation name. However his plans were blocked by the disapproving nuns at his secondary school.
The Works Presents Elvis Costello on RTÉ One
It starts with a touch of class. Before Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash walk onstage at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House last night, the room goes dark and a screen above the stage lights up with a video of the late, great Allen Touissant on the piano and Costello singing. “The Greatest Love” from “The River In Reverse”. It won’t be the only New Orleans’ tang to tonight’s event.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is an acutely self-aware, scathingly honest, passionate and poignant review of family, fame, fortune, mishap and misdemeanours.
If Costello didn’t make the venerable building levitate, it certainly danced, its lions roaring along with one of the heaviest talents in rock ’n’ roll history and one of the loudest lions of modern music itself.
Elvis is the same great storyteller he is in song, though the terrain is markedly different. On record Costello may crowbar five different viewpoints into three minutes. On paper he’s gotta be way more linear over the course of nearly 700 pages, which reveals the first of my five complaints about this excellent new memoir.
Costello, 61, is a raconteur now, riding a wave of positive reviews for his just-released memoir, “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink,” a 670-page work that seems to have completed his transformation from a brawling disco antidote to an elder statesman of popular songwriting.
Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink is a memoir written with enough distance for Costello to reflect honestly on his extraordinary place in music.
“A lot of people have got spoilt and ruined by sudden success and pushing too hard. I thought I was an exception but I wasn’t as smart or in control as I pretended to be.”
This is Elvis Costello, writing in his memoir “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” in a style that permeates the remarkable book – confident, assured, but self-deprecating and self-aware, almost to a fault.
I spoke to Elvis as he prepared for the release of his new autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, a zibaldone of Liverpool which darts back and forth through the last century of the families that raised him: What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation. – Nick Curley
'Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album' is a compilation like few others, with more swaz than your average 'Best Of' and, at thirty-eight tracks in length, a true event of a listening experience.
As far as music memoirs go, Costello’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is in the upper echelon. It’s got it all: snide humor, tear-jerking tragedy, and plenty of dirty details about all your favorite rock immortals. Don’t let the 674-page bulk deter you; it’s a fluid, fun read
Elvis Costello Has Created A Soundtrack Album To His Memoir That Will Include Hits, Favorites And Two Unreleased Tracks
Elvis Costello has compiled a 38-track, 2-CD set 'Unfaithful Music &
Soundtrack Album' as a companion to his memoir
'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink', Out Now.
Elvis Costello's autobiography offers musical influences, celebrity anecdotes and rock and roll mythology
In Costello's deep and expansive autobiography, the man born in London as Declan MacManus sorts through the truths, falsities, exaggerations, contradictions, triumphs and tragedies found in that other guy, "Elvis Costello."
It’s tender and gritty; soaring and melancholic; it runs across forty years of rock music and stands alongside the great rock autobiographies (see Dylan; see Richards).
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Penguin Viking) is, without doubt, one of the greatest self-penned appraisals of a popular entertainer’s life and work. It’s a scattergun narrative, leaping back and forth in time, but each remembrance, each assessment of people and places, each argument, each confession is presented in evocative, eloquent prose that mirrors the poetry of Costello’s own lyrics.
Unfaithful Music doesn’t live up to those expectations, though there are flashes of brilliance. Costello has an eye for capturing a person with one quick observation
A life story that jumps around in time from chapter to chapter (sometimes paragraph to paragraph), he chronicles the path from childhood and his career as a young star to playing a Paul McCartney tribute at the White House
"Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" is less a memoir as we've come to expect it than a kind of creative autobiography, a portrait of the artist from the inside out.
It's probably no surprise that Elvis Costello's memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, out today, is thoroughly engrossing. Costello's gift for storytelling in song is without question, but like Bob Dylan's Chronicles, his book is truly remarkable in the way it presents a riveting, honest portrait of the author and the many A-listers he's tread the boards with, while ricocheting through the years at an almost breathless pace.
In short, writers like Costello because he has always taken writing seriously. That's obvious to anyone who pays attention to his lyrics, and it's even more apparent to anyone who reads Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, his charming new autobiography. The book is refreshingly free of salacious gossip and needless name-dropping; it's an intelligent self-assessment from a musician who went from angry young man to elder statesman of pop.
The topic of discussion is often his own songs, and he is, unsurprisingly, a witty and eloquent guide. There is none of the cryptic evasiveness of Dylan or McCartney’s chipper toss offs. Along the way we get a picaresque tale about how the only child of a Merseyside big band singer and a fiercely independent Liverpudlian woman became one of the great songwriters of the last fifty years.
The Sunday Times - Scathing, lachrymose and impassioned, Elvis Costello’s memoirs shine some light
Mr. Costello’s book, “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink,” manages to be all these things, and a pint of Guinness and a bag of chips. It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.
In a world littered with uneven (and largely ghosted) celebrity memoirs, “Disappearing Ink” is a beautifully written revelation. Dare I blaspheme by declaring I liked it even more than the excellent memoirs produced by Bob Dylan and Keith Richards? Costello embraces the basic qualities of good storytelling: the use of detail, tension and humor. At 672 pages, “Disappearing Ink” is actually a breeze.
Elvis Costello's new memoir "Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink" will be published on Tuesday 13th October
The idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic.
In 2014, T Bone Burnett brought musicians Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith together to record a series of newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written just before the recording of his revered album with The Band, The Basement Tapes. These sessions were documented by acclaimed documentarian Sam Jones and turned into the Showtime documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. We talked with Jones about the project’s origins, the stories he aimed to tell and what was cut during the editing process.
Elvis Costello’s music has inspired a lot of book titles, most notably Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms. Last summer, EW senior writer Anthony Breznican published his own novel, a dark coming-of-age thriller called Brutal Youth. Here’s his personal tribute to the album that inspired it.
The long-awaited and greatly anticipated memoir by one of the music world’s most iconic and influential performers and songwriters, Elvis Costello, will publish in Fall 2015.
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James & Marcus Mumford Banded Together For One Night In November at L.A.’s Ricardo Montalban Theatre.
If you pick up Diana Krall’s new album Wallflower, a good first play would be in the car late at night on a moonlit stretch of country highway.
That’s how I heard it for the first time and it was a great way to end a very long day.
The New Basement Tapes, the band name assumed by these five songwriters, each of whom took turns composing arrangements for Dylan’s lyrics, speaks more to the notion of reviving the spirit of those storied sessions in the present than adding to their legacy by resurrecting and completing these once abandoned songs.
The result is a disparate, mysterious collection of music tied together through a common set of musicians, in a similar way to the original.
The legend’s lyrics are always poignant, but it is difficult to best him. The best a performer can do is provide beautiful artistic homage. The New Basement Tapes deliver on that in spades.
The new album, Lost On The River, from The New Basement Tapes is available now! Download now at all retailers, and deluxe packages are available from our store that include exclusive photo lithographs, fan posters, vinyl, and more.
Elvis Costello collaborated with Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons),to create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 at the time he was creating the original Basement Tapes.
Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Loudon Wainwright III,
David Johansen Among The Artists Featured On Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music From The HBO® Original Series, Out October 27 From ABKCO Records & iTunes.
Elvis Costello is to join a stellar lineup of artists including Norah Jones, Regina Spektor and Loudon Wainwright III on the new Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack.
This week, a funky, gritty single dropped -- remember singles? It has the feeling of a classic 45, to be played by your local radio station until the disc scratches. From Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, it's sung by Elvis Costello, written by Bob Dylan (a 26-year-old Bob Dylan), and entitled "Married To My Hack."
Today a second track off the album Lost On The Rover: The New Basement Tapes, the terrific “Married To My Hack,” sung by Elvis Costello, was released.
USA TODAY premieres a studio demo of The Comedians, penned by Costello. Orbison's son, Alex, describes it as "a beautiful song about forlorn, twisted abandonment" and "one of the best 'Orbison' songs that Roy did not write, if not the best."
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James & Marcus Mumford Gather In Capitol Studios With Producer & Project Creator T Bone Burnett To Write Music For Long-Lost Bob Dylan Lyrics From 1967 And Record Completed Songs For New Album.
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of "Out Among The Stars" (Columbia/Legacy), a remarkable new album comprised of 12 recently discovered Johnny Cash studio recordings, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
When I was finishing up the Top 12 Records of 2013 series, I reached out to Steven Mandel to get a few thoughts about MY #1 album of the year, Wise Up Ghost.
Elvis Costello & The Roots Premiere Lyric Video for ‘Walk Us Uptown- Antibalas Rework: Available For Viewing Exclusively on Esquire.com
Wise Up: Thought Now Available Digitally & on 10” Vinyl.
"You took a different approach with Wise Up Ghost than most others have with their albums. What was the mission?"
Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced the release of Wise Up:
Thought – Remixes and Reworks.
Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance, the first-ever documentary portrait of one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of our time. Mark Kidel’s film is currently playing on BBC's iPlayer until Sunday 17th November 2013.
Steve Nieve, longtime keyboard player for Elvis Costello & The Attractions, adds another stellar recording to his list of credits via Together, an album featuring such artists as Costello, Sting, Laurie Anderson and Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook.
Legendary Attractions And Imposters Keyboardist Collaborates With Sting, Costello, Laurie Anderson, Glenn Tillbrook, Robert Wyatt, Ron Sexsmith, Vanessa Paradis, Alain Chamfort & More
Elvis Costello Talks to Judd Apatow About Wise Up Ghost, His Album with the Roots, and His Musical with Burt Bacharach
Judd Apatow’s big career break happened while he was waiting in line for an Elvis Costello concert. That’s kind of a long story (read on to hear him tell it), but it’s just one of the many reasons Vanity Fair was so excited to match up these two creative powerhouses for a conversation pegged to Costello’s recent album, Wise Up Ghost, and upcoming East Coast tour.
Steven Mandel, the co-producer of Elvis Costello and The Roots' Wise Up Ghost, on dream projects, guerrilla tactics, and the magic of mistakes.
"Costello's unmistakeable vocal weaved in through the organised chaos of The Roots."
With Don Was, Elvis Costello and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson in the same room, talk of music is inevitable, and it's sure to be seasoned with respect, history, and even a drop-in by Dave Chappelle.
Grooves are murky and loose, a melding together of soul, hip hop, ska and funk, discordant electronic sounds, some beautiful string arrangements, a nice brass section and more than a nod to the 1970s.
Recently Okayplayer had the unique opportunity to interview Elvis Costello and Questlove–the principal troublemakers behind the recent Wise Up Ghost album from Elvis & The Roots.
"Sharp and soulful in equal measure, matching Costello's biting storytelling with The Roots' propulsive, funk-driven grooves"
Biblecode Sundays frontman Ronan McManus talks to Geraldine Gilmartin about family, his musical make-up and brother Elvis Costello.
A New Element Surfaces on Music's Periodic Table: Elvis Costello and Questlove Break Bad on Wise Up Ghost
Professor Costello, Professor Questlove: congratulations on your remarkable achievement for the greater good of music. You’ve done us proud.
"I've ended up with this strange career of basically doing what the f--- I want," Costello tells THR. His latest effort, "Wise Up Ghost," may be the musician's most rhythmic work yet."
"Each song begs the question, “Where has this pairing been for the past few decades?”
"The lack of any rapping whatsoever though means that Wise Up Ghost is in fact a funk album; and a damn good one at that."
Costello, Questlove, and engineer/producer Steven Mandel reveal the process of making their groove-laden, song-driven, totally new, occasionally familiar-sounding album, Wise Up Ghost -
"A beautiful and entertaining fusion of seemingly disparate genres that come together flawlessly to make something altogether new and exciting"
The dream date between UK punk standard-bearer and Philly’s polymath funk-and-beyond band heats up onstage in Brooklyn
"This is that rarest of rare occurrences - a meeting of musical superstars that comes off as organic, inspired and necessary"
"an abundance of metaphors, slick rhythms and an array of haunting yet jazzy melodies that brim with energy and Costello’s signature thought-provoking lyrics"
"On Wise Up Ghost, Elvis Costello and The Roots created the perfect balance of songwriting, soul, and hip hop"
"It’s hard to recall a record in recent memory that pays such rich rewards off of so much heightened suspicion and curiosity"
"Wise Up Ghost is littered with gems. The beautiful strings intro to “Sugar Won’t Work,” for example, leads right into a smooth, groovy 70s bass line"
Wise Up Ghost is a perfect fall record. As a perfect soundtrack to the change of season, keep it on heavy rotation for the coming weeks.
The songs are gritty, moody and full of humidity — a thick, instrumental, vintage soul album infused with subtle hip hop.
"For me, there's no such thing as sounding too funky," says Costello, and while Wise Up Ghost often sounds menacingly sparse, it is also propelled by thick grooves.
I hope the "Number One" etched into the album's cover is an indication that this is not merely a one-off collaboration but rather just the beginning of a beautiful musical relationship. This record is pure gold from every angle."
"Wise Up Ghost just might be dressed in “the ghostly clothes of jazz” and be the thing that “shivered the cities down to the last radio,” to paraphrase the beardy Beat."
"Lyrically, the album may paint things black, spewing one dire social and political pronouncement after another. But the music sweetens the dread with excitement"
"Its legacy will be less a product of what section it finds itself in a record store than it is a reflection of the commonly arrived upon realization that there are only two types of music in the world, good and bad. Take it or leave it, Wise Up Ghost is great. "
These tracks conjure up a late-night, cinematic feel reminiscent of Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield’s 1970s output, yet their tasteful minimalism ensures that they also feel utterly modern.
If we are, as Costello seems to be suggesting, careening toward the apocalypse, at least we’re getting there in style.
It’s rare that a record comes along that so boldly states its own greatness, and it’s rarer still that such an album actually lives up to that promise. Wise Up Ghost does. [B+]
"Right place, right people, right time; those things aren’t even the half of it."
”It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”
It’s amazing, and the Roots are ideal collaborators, intertwining their sound with the melodic bile Costello spits into the mic. It’s got grooves to spare"
"the combination of one of England’s great lyricists and production from arguably America’s most forward-thinking band resulting in a crisp, funky, even dangerous sounding album as political and as relevant as anything this year. 9/10"
The Telegraph: Elvis Costello and the Roots have created a very cool, politically charged collaboration.
Elvis Costello and the Roots team up for a marriage made in heaven.
Questlove describes the result as an ''apocalyptic love story … It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ol' Ezra Pound shit.''
Elvis Costello and The Roots have announced that a collaborative album entitled Wise Up Ghost will be exclusively released by Blue Note Records on Tuesday September 17th...
Terry Staunton spins the wheel with Elvis Costello and takes him back through the years, and discusses Thatcher's death, Britain today, and protest songs.
“Refuse to Be Saved,” “Wake Me Up,” “Viceroy’s Row” find Elvis spitting vitriolic wit over spare and menacing funk backings.
“Elvis is steeped in the music and lore of the twenties and his ‘It Had To Be You’ is a classic take on a classic song that has entertained audiences for decades and decades.
Premiere Single & Lyric Video for ‘Walk Us Uptown’ TODAY!
Available For Streaming & Viewing Exclusively via Pitchfork.com
Artists Also Unveil ‘Wise Up Ghost’ Album Art
The all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern
gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John
Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett, is now available to buy at Amazon & iTunes
"21st-century version of Watergate-era funk – Armed Forces by way of There's a Riot Goin' On"
"Quiet About It", a newly recorded collection of the songs of Jesse Winchester is available now on iTunes.
"There are whole other decades of great Elvis music to discover.
Critic's pick: Elvis Costello and the Imposters, 'The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!'
"Get a hold of it, Brian, and spin it and don't let the fact that these people's happiness in the next five minutes is completely in your hands. Spin that wheel!"
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! Live CD and DVD Available April 3rd
On April 3rd, 2012, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release thedeluxe edition of Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return Of TheSpectacular Spinning Songbook!!! The digipak includes a CD, DVD and 28page booklet filled with musings from Napoleon Dynamite (aka ElvisCostello), the emcee of The...
Amnesty is streaming all 76 tracks, including Elvis Costello's version of "License To Kill", on their Facebook page.
Exclusive performance of Elvis Costello's “Jimmie Standing in the Rain” now available on the T Bone Presents The Speaking Clock Revue album, which is the Amazon MP3 “Daily Deal” – Get it today for only $3.99! In October 2010, T Bone Burnett organized an impressive...
Song of the Day: 'Sparkling Day,' Elvis CostelloThe Star-ledger: Jay Lustig: 22nd August, 2011You would have never predicted it during his angry-young-man days, but Elvis Costello should now be considered one of the greatest crooners of his generation. He doesn't often work in a lushly romantic style,...
On August 16th, 2011, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) releases digitally the motion picture soundtrack for the new movie One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The soundtrack "One Day" features a brand new track written and composed exclusively for the movie by Elvis Costello;...
Current: Enrique Lopetegui: 3rd August, 2011.After a few seconds of a Hammond-driven version of U2’s “Mysterious Ways,” Elvis Costello puts his guitar down, grabs the microphone, and, while the band keeps playing the song, transforms himself into Spectacle’s master of ceremonies....
On January 29, 2010, Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, superstar artists paid tribute to the legendary singer, songwriter and performer with inspired versions of some of his most memorable songs.Elvis Costello's performance of Neil Young’s...
Includes one-time-only performances and rare, in-depth interviews with Bono and the Edge of U2, Bruce Springsteen and many others....Video Services Corp. (VSC) and MVD Entertainment Group (MVD) will release the Sundance Channel hit, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Season Two on June 7th in standard...