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The Songs of Bacharach & Costello

‘Painted From Memory’ remastered & expanded

Super Deluxe Edition box no longer ‘D2C’ only

Elvis Costello has compiled a new release called The Songs of Bacharach & Costello that brings together all of the published songs that he has written with Burt Bacharach.

This release celebrates the three decade songwriting partnership between the pair and first and foremost it offers a 2023 remaster (by Bob Ludwig from the original tapes) of the acclaimed 1999 album Painted From Memory. This wasn’t originally issued on vinyl back in the day, although a Mobile Fidelity reissue was put out in 2017.

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello 2LP+4CD super deluxe (click image to enlarge)

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello also includes the entirety (on CD) of Taken From Life, including unreleased songs from the proposed Painted From Memory musical score and three newly recorded compositions.

Formats available include a pricey 4CD+2LP super deluxe edition (now widely available) which offers a 2LP vinyl set – of which three sides are the remastered Painted From Memory and the fourth and final side is ‘Selections from Taken From Life’ (6 tracks out of 16) – and 4CDs. The first two CDs are Painted From Memory and the full ‘Taken From Life’, while CD 3 and CD 4 offer rare live performances (with and without Bacharach). The super deluxe also offers a “detailed 10,000 word essay by Costello”.

A 2LP vinyl package is available on its own, as is a 2CD set which comprises CD 1 and CD 2 from the super deluxe. There’s no option to get the 4CDs by themselves.

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello is released on 3 March 2023, via Universal Music.

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The Songs of Bacharach & Costello features a remastered ‘Painted From Memory’ (click image to enlarge)

Tracklisting

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello /

    • LP 1
      Side A – Painted From Memory
      1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach -In The Darkest Place 2023 Remaster
      2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Toledo 2023 Remaster
      3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – I Still Have That Other Girl 2023 Remaster
      4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – This House Is Empty Now 2023 Remaster
      Side B – Painted From Memory
      1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Tears At The Birthday Party 2023 Remaster
      2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Such Unlikely Lovers 2023 Remaster
      3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – My Thief 2023 Remaster
      4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – The Long Division 2023 Remaster
    • LP 2
      Side C – Painted From Memory
      1. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory 2023 Remaster
      2. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – The Sweetest Punch 2023 Remaster
      3. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – What’s Her Name Today? 2023 Remaster
      4. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – God Give Me Strength 2023 Remaster
      Side D – Selections From Taken For Life
      1. Elvis Costello – You Can Have Her
      2. Audra Mae – Don’t Look Now
      3. Audra Mae – I Looked Away
      4. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Taken From Life
      5. Audra Mae – What’s Her Name Today?
      6. Elvis Costello – Look Up Again

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