Wednesday, October 7, 2009
God Only Knows
I was reminded in an early morning email of this wonderful bit of music. When "The Juliet Letters" was released, the collective groan of Elvis Costello fans was heard around the world. Did we really need "a song sequence for string quartet and voice," recorded with the Brodsky Quartet and inspired by a Verona professor who responded to letters addressed to Juliet, of Romeo and Juliet? What we all really wanted was "Imperial Bedroom Part Two."
It turned out to be pretty..pretty..pretty good. Some of it sounds forced, with Elvis never really sounding comfortable singing these occasionally clumsy and dramatic classical pop pieces. But there are some truly moving moments, including this song here.
"Jacksons, Monk, & Rowe" would not have sounded out of place on "Revolver," "Odessey & Oracle," or ""Shazam." (These are records by The Beatles, The Zombies, and The Move, by the way.)
And as a bonus, here is a zip file of Elvis & The Brodskys doing "God Only Knows," live from NYC's "Town Hall." Quite daring and quite beautiful, if you ask me.
Thanks to DH on the left coast for pointing out one more "good" Brian Wilson/Beach Boys cover.
GOD ONLY KNOWS