Friday, April 30, 2010

"Elvis At The Palace" : THE WEEKEND MIX

There's always been a lot of discussion over Elvis Costello's genre-hopping. Casual fans and diehards alike, seem to appreciate the man's every endeavor, but when the cards are on the table, still prefer Elvis with the Attractions.

Personally, I've loved it all. With the exception of his "operas," and "North," his lugubrious love letter to Diana Krall, each release has not only kept me on my toes, but offered gems that could easily stand next to anything the man had written in his salad days. As a matter of fact, I found his last two releases, the virtually unheard rocker "Momofuku" and the mostly acoustic bluegrass collection, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" to be some of his all time best.

That said, here is what I think is one killer performance. Recorded last week at NYC's United Palace, here is Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes, featuring Jim Lauderdale and Jerry Douglas. It features songs old and new, brilliant covers of the Stones and the Dead, and a band that sounds truly inspired.

The files are broken into two, Disc One and Disc Two for your burning pleasure.


Feedback is welcome.

CD 1
101 Mystery Train
102 My All Time Doll
103 New Amsterdam
104 Down Among The Wines and Spirits
105 I Lost You
106 Blame It On Cain
107 The River In Reverse
108 That's Not The Part Of Him
109 Grow Too Old
110 The Delivery Man
111 Jimmie Standing In the Rain
112 A Slow Drag With Josephine
113 Brilliant Mistake

CD 2
201 Condemned Man >
202 Friend Of The Devil
203 Everyday I Write The Book
204 Don't Lie To Me
205 Mystery Dance >
206 Complicated Shadows
207 Red Shoes
208 Colour Of The Blues
209 Sulphur To Sugarcane
210 Happy
211 Allison
212 Good Year For The Roses
213 The Race Is On
214 Peace, Love & Understanding




jeff said...

your blog and your offerings are the musical equivalent of the 1969 Mets. nothing but joy.

Anonymous said...

Magnifico!!! Gratzi!!! Gratzi!!!
More, more, more.....

Tony Giacoa

Anonymous said...

Where do you turn up all this great music Sal? You must have a vast archive in front of you.
Thanks for a great start to the weekend.

Willie Loth

steve simels said...

Well, technically "Don't Lie to Me" is a Chuck Berry song the Stones famously covered.

Pretty cool set lists, though...

Sal Nunziato said...

Yeah, but "Happy" isn't. ;)

steve simels said...

Oops. Missed that one....

The PopCulturist said...

Huzzah! Thanks Sal! I've been dying to hear these new songs -- and since Elvis says he's not gonna make many more albums but just focus on live playing, how else but boots are we sposta hear 'em?

(That said, he has released two albums in the couple years since he made that statement!)

Anonymous said...

Elvis Costello leaves me pretty cold.
He is all over everything and every project, (a bit like k d lang).
He sees the genius of Burt B. and hogs his way in (as lang did to Tony Bennett; I can't listen to any of that stuff).
I saw him live 4 years ago and was not entertained.
His wife is very nice though.