Long live the King (3.5 stars)
Count Istvan Telecky | 07/31/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In my opinion, 'King of America' trails only 'Armed Forces' and 'Painted from Memory' in a heirarchy of Costello's standard recordings. EC Top 50 cuts include 'Indoor Fireworks', 'The Big Light' and 'Poisoned Rose'. 'American Without Tears' and 'Brilliant Mistake' are other excellent songs here. Rhino's bonus disc has a number of treats including 'Having it All', 'Suffering Face' and great live versions of 'Shoes Without Heels' and 'Poisoned Rose'."
"THE COSTELLO SHOW" - "KING OF AMERICA" CD (2DISC)
Gary Covington | Louisiana | 11/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"BRILLIENT!!! THIS IS AN EXCELLENT "AMERICAN ROOTS" ORIENTED DOUBLE DISC CD BY ELVIS COSTELLO AND HIS ENGLISH BAND THE ATTRACTIONS AND HIS AMERICAN BAND THE CONFERERATES. (THE CONFEDERATES INCLUDE THE LEGENDARY JAMES BURTON (OF ELVIS PRESLEY'S "TCB" BAND)
DISC ONE CONSISTS OF 14/15 STUDIO SONGS!
DISC TWO CONSISTS OF 14 STUDIO SONGS AND 8 "LIVE SONGS" FEATURING THE "CONFEDERATES", THESE LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE GREAT!!! YOU GET TO HEAR JAMES BURTON'S UNIQUE GUITAR SOUND!
THIS DOUBLE DISC CD WAS PRODUCED BY THE LEGENDARY "ROOTS MUSIC" PRODUCER T BONE BURNETT, ALONG WITH DECLAN PATRICK MacMANUS (ELVIS COSTELLO) AND LARRY HIRSH.
THIS IS GREAT ONE FOLKS, AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, IF YOU CAN FIND ONE AVAILABLE."