Friday, October 24, 2008
"ALL THE RAGE": THE WEEKEND MIX-FROM ME TO YOU #7
Last weekend's mix, specifically the US single mix of "Alison," gave me an idea for this weekend's mix.
Ya ever just over do it? Too much...something? I do this with certain artists. I'll see an amazing live performance, then spend the next week playing nothing but that artist, until I finally can't listen to that artist anymore. This happened with Elvis Costello, except that the shows that did it for me were 22 years ago--5 nights on Broadway---and I have never been the same since. I'm quite confident that I will never experience a more exciting and inspiring string of performances than that week in October at the Broadway Theatre in 1986.
That said, I've been listening to Elvis Costello consistently since 1977 and gluttonously since those nights in '86. I am running out of material. That's not easy to do with someone as prolific as Elvis. I mean, this is a guy who has explored everything from classical to jazz standards to punk rock and country, and devoted an entire album to a noodle house in Manhattan. Countless reissues with bonus tracks, you'd think you'd never run out of stuff to listen to. Well, I had had enough of the "Home Truth (Calypso Mix)," so I put together something that I think is...ahem...all the rage.
So here is something fresh...I hope. Some oddball tracks from singles, TV shows, live concerts, demos, Japanese pressings and more. Hopefully some of it is new to you.
ALL THE RAGE:
THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN (DEMO)
UNWANTED NUMBER (LIVE 96)
DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY
SO LIKE CANDY
DON'T MAKE ME OVER
WHAT DO YOU WANT THE GIRL TO DO (LIVE W/ ALLEN TOUSSAINT)
CHANGED THE LOCKS (w/LUCINDA WILLIAMS)
THE GREATEST LOVE
BRILLIANT MISTAKE (LIVE '87)
WILD NIGHT (LIVE 2008)
The acoustic demo from McCartney/McManus
The CMT Crossroads duet with Lucinda
The Japanese bonus track from "North," which sounds more like something that belongs on "Pet Sounds."
And...EC's version of a song he wrote for the film "Grace Of My Heart." In his words, "It's like 'Papa Don't Preach' in reverse." You may be familiar with "Unwanted Number" either by "For Real," the R&B group who did such a fine job for the film soundtrack, or from Costello bootlegs. I had the pleasure, and that is an understatement, of seeing Costello and Miss Rosanne Cash perform together at the Rubin Museum in NYC, one of the toughest tickets ever. You can read my review HERE, which I snagged from Rosanne Cash's blog which she snagged from Altercation. Every moment of that show was a highlight, but none quite as satisfying as "Unwanted Number." It killed me.
ZIP FILE IS HERE.
As a bonus, here are a few tracks from those amazing nights on Broadway.
I WANT YOU- 10/21/86
KING MIDAS IN REVERSE- 10/22/86
POP LIFE- 10/24/86
Please enjoy. Buy CDs. Support your artists. And enjoy your weekend.