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Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

Elvis Costello's National Ransom Set For Release October 25th International & November 2nd U.S




From Hear Music/Concord Music Group;
Produced By T Bone Burnett


All members of The Imposters and The Sugarcanes feature in a wide variety of new combos with guests Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller and Leon Russell
"Around the time the killing stopped on Wall St.You couldn't hold me, baby, with anything but contempt"
The record is led off by the loud electric guitar of Marc Ribot in the left channel and the lap-steel of Jerry Douglas in the right channel. Steve Nieve enters on the Vox Continental organ, while the rhythm section consists of Dennis Crouch on double bass and Pete Thomas on drums. National Ransom (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) is the name of the album and also a rock and roll song,

"For the bankrupt times, whenever they may be," as Costello recently described it.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

I'm with you Lemmy. Not everything he releases is great, but it's always worth listening to.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

Looking forward to it!
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

I always get his new ones, the only one in recent years to utterly disappoint me was the awful "North." I love that he's got another Tony Millionaire cover on there, the one on his last album was great.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

Yeah, even the stuff that isn't necessarily up my alley is listenable.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

Tracklisting:
1. National Ransom
2. Jimmie Standing in the Rain
3. Stations of the Cross
4. A Slow Drag with Josephine
5. Five Small Words
6. Church Underground
7. You Hung the Moon
8. Bullets For the New Born King
9. I Lost You
10. Dr. Watson, I Presume
11. One Bell Ringing
12. The Spell That You Cast
13. That's Not the Part of Him You're Leaving
14. My Lovely Jezebel
15. All These Strangers


Some expanded info from EC's official website:
Originally Posted by elviscostello.com
Elvis Costello's National Ransom Set For Release October 25th International & November 2nd U.S.A From Hear Music/Concord Music Group;
Produced By T Bone Burnett

All members of The Imposters and The Sugarcanes feature in a wide variety of groovy new combos with guests Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller and Leon Russell

"Around the time the killing stopped on Wall St.
You couldn't hold me, baby, with anything but contempt"

The record is led off by the loud electric guitar of Marc Ribot in the left channel and the lap-steel of Jerry Douglas in the right channel. Steve Nieve enters on the Vox Continental organ, while the rhythm section consists of Dennis Crouch on double bass and Pete Thomas on drums. National Ransom (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) is the name of the album and also a rock and roll song, "For the bankrupt times, whenever they may be," as Costello recently described it.

National Ransom, recorded in a total of eleven days at Sound Emporium, Nashville and Village Recorders, Los Angeles was produced by T Bone Burnett and engineered and mixed by Michael Piersante at Electromagetic, Los Angeles.

All of these songs are newly composed by Costello with the exception of "I Lost You," co-written with Jim Lauderdale and "All These Strangers," for which Costello and T Bone Burnett collaborated on the lyrics. Costello and Burnett also provide the lyrics for "My Lovely Jezebel," a Leon Russell rock and roll tune and he leads Thomas/Crouch/Ribot combo from the piano.

"Loose change lonely, not the right amount"

The album’s second track, "Jimmie Standing In The Rain," recalls the misfortunes of a cowboy singer playing the northern English musical halls in 1937. The music owes a little something to that time. The ensemble for this song includes: the acoustic guitar of Marc Ribot, violinist Stuart Duncan, Dennis Crouch on double bass and The Sugarcanes' accordionist Jeff Taylor playing piano. Darrell Leonard adds the trumpet commentary.

"Farewell my little ballyhooo, you broke my heart in two"

"A Slow Drag With Josephine" described by Costello as "rock and roll, as it sounded in 1921" has been a highlight of recent Costello live shows. Mandolinist, Mike Compton sings the close vocal harmony. On "Five Small Words," The Imposters rhythm section – Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas – combine with the twin electric guitars of The Coward Brothers. Howard Coward also plays Farfisa organ, while Mike Compton once again provides the vocal harmony.

“The water came up to the eaves
You’d think that someone had opened a valve
It’s too soon to stay now and too late to leave
So spare your remorse all the way up to Calvary”

“Stations Of The Cross” – in which disasters are regarded from a safe and depraved distance and “Church Underground” – tracing the life of a nightclub singer from obscurity through infamy to a harsh final redemption - are arranged around Steve Nieve’s grand piano with Stuart Duncan’s electric violin or viola, Jerry Douglas' lap-steel and the Crouch/Thomas rhythm section. The latter song also features a four-piece section of flugel horn, trombones and baritone saxophone, arranged by Darrell Leonard.

"Turn up the music just to turn it down.
The trivial secrets buried with the profound"

Despite the presence of lap-steel, mandolin, dobro and fiddle throughout the record, the music probably owes more to the rhythms and harmonies of R&B, or even Gospel music, than to Bluegrass. Vince Gill adds a beautiful vocal harmony part to the chorus of a string-band tune, "Dr. Watson, I Presume," on which the Sugarcanes full instrumental line-up is heard together with Pete Thomas, Marc Ribot and the baritone guitar of Buddy Miller, who also sings on the title cut.

The ballad accompaniments range from a single acoustic guitar and double bass on "Bullets For The New-Born King" - a song in the voice of a regretful assassin - to a hushed 21-piece ensemble for, "You Hung The Moon" - a song about a sťance held in 1919 as a family struggle with the loss of a soldier executed for desertion in the First World War.

"Lower the hood on his last lament, dash him down on the cold cement"

"One Bell Ringing," in which a man has dreams of his own interrogation and demise is set in 2007. The song hears Costello's finger-picked guitar and Dennis Crouch's double bass augmented by singer's own arrangement for bass trumpet, alto flute and bass clarinet.

Asked if National Ransom’s songs and their characters were set in specific times and places, Costello said, "Yes but I'd be happy if you imagine them any time you want."

Tony Millionaire once again provides the ink illustration for the cover.
Looks like Costello has been testing a lot of these on the road; found quite a few on Youtube:
Spoiler:

Slow Drag with Josephine
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Jimmie Standing in the Rain
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Five Small Words
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I Lost You
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And what the hell, let's throw in EC's cover of The Rolling Stones' "Happy":
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

I kinda wish he would do another album with Burt Bacharach. His voice is great for those songs.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

Originally Posted by cdollaz View Post
I kinda wish he would do another album with Burt Bacharach. His voice is great for those songs.
In my experience, most Costello fans didn't care for it but I loved it.
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Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
Me & the King, back around 1992 or so:

You should really stop posting pictures of yourself. I always imagine that it's Lemmy himself or someone who looks very Lemmy-esque making your posts, and you're destroying the illusion.
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You should really stop posting pictures of yourself. I always imagine that it's Lemmy himself or someone who looks very Lemmy-esque making your posts, and you're destroying the illusion.
Totally agree.

Lemmy, you look like a huggable teddy bear.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

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For me, a fan since the 70's, it was a breath of fresh air. Good to see someone else dug it, too.
I just listened to this tonight for the first time in a while (all Elvis on my ipod) and have to say it holds up really well against his other albums. This is one of the first albums that turned me on to EC, so I'm a bit biased, but this really is a fantastic album. It's a great story from start to finish in song form.
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Originally Posted by NORML54601 View Post
In my experience, most Costello fans didn't care for it but I loved it.
Huge Elvis fan. Huge fan of that album.
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Re: Elvis Costello - National Ransom - October 25th

http://www.elviscostello.com/#/news/...ver+Tour%22/99


Elvis Costello and the Imposters have announced “The Revolver Tour” during the merry month of May.

For the first time in 25 years, Costello will let his set-list be chosen by ”The Spectacular Spinning Songbook”, a monumental game-show wheel that features 40 song-titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers.

Audience members will be invited onstage where they may spin "The Wheel" and then be offered a chance to enter the "Hostage to Fortune Go-Go Cage", while their selection is performed.

Alternatively, they may choose to take a seat in the on-stage “Society Lounge”, where light refreshments will be served, during what promises to be a splendid and surprising evening.

The original Wheel was famously donated to the Hartlepool Museum Of Showbusiness Machinery but it has been meticulously reconstructed from the original blueprints.

"The Revolver Tour" includes stops at The Wiltern in Los Angeles May 11, and two nights at New York's Beacon Theatre May 22 & 23.

See below for a complete list of dates.

The Imposters are: Steve Nieve (keyboards); Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragher (bass).* *
* *
"The Revolver Tour" Dates:
5/7 - ** *RENO, NV GRAND SIERRA THEATRE (on sale 02/12)
5/8 - ** *OAKLAND, CA THE FOX (on sale 02/13)
5/9 - ** *OAKLAND, CA THE FOX (on sale 02/13)
5/11 -** *LOS ANGELES, CA THE WILTERN (on sale 02/11)
5/15 - ** *CHICAGO, IL CHICAGO THEATRE (on sale 02/05)
5/18 - ** *MONTCLAIR, NJ WELLMONT THEATRE (on sale 02/11)
5/19 - ** *UPPER DARBY, PA TOWER THEATRE (on sale 02/12)
5/20 - ** *BOSTON, MA WANG THEATRE (on sale 02/11)
5/22 - ** *NEW YORK, NY BEACON THEATRE (on sale TBA)
5/23 - ** *NEW YORK, NY BEACON THEATRE (on sale TBA)

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