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Songs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous
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Songs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1

It's generally agreed that Costello's a terrific songwriter, so why doesn't he get covered as much as, say, Dylan? Partly because his songs are so distinctly his own: brainy, twisty, written for a wide vocal range. He's tr...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Songs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 5/19/1998
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, By Decade, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227527327

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It's generally agreed that Costello's a terrific songwriter, so why doesn't he get covered as much as, say, Dylan? Partly because his songs are so distinctly his own: brainy, twisty, written for a wide vocal range. He's tried to work around that by tailoring songs for specific singers, and Bespoke Songs includes 21 of them. When he keeps things simple--a rewrite of "The Comedians" for Roy Orbison (who milks the dramatic leaps of the chorus), the gorgeous "Shipbuilding" for Robert Wyatt's slow-burn tenor, the abstracted strokes of "Deep Dead Blue" for Anuna--it's great. He gets tripped up, though, when he tries to put overintellectual phrases in Annie Ross or Christy Moore's mouth; songwriting collaborators, particularly Paul McCartney, keep him on the right path. --Douglas Wolk

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We should not be surpirsed!
andrew.hall@physics.org | Liverpool | 04/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is like a secret garden, where old themes and new ideas jump out from behind each other to surprise you. Some songs I understand better now, some less so. Few songs stir me as much as the EC versions, but some are simply fascinating. If you have not yet discovered the great man you will find this collection tempts you further, for the enlightened it is simply gripping. I bought it thinking it was a cynical financial release, and played it to death. I have followed EC through from Pump It Up! in my teens through countless recordings and live performances (most recently a memorable set in Liverpool at the Royal Court -where he sounds best)and this album still surprised me - I should not be so quick to jump to conclusions! Buy it."
One of 1998's best; Costello's songwriting shines
johnglor94 | Hamden, CT USA | 04/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a fan of Elvis Costello, this is a must have collection of a variety of artists interpreting his songs. He's a master songwriter, and the diverse quality of the performers included here is a testament to his talent. There's not a bad track on this collection!"
One of the best CDs of 1998
Robert L. Ferrett | 12/03/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Easily on my 1998 top-5 CD list. The stylistic range covered here is awesome, and I don't (personally) care for a couple of the torchier selections, but there is a aolid groundwork of tremendous songs, many of which I hadn't heard before. Unwanted Number and Indoor Fireworks stand out as classics."