The Songs of Bacharach & Costello, a compilation of all the published songs that Elvis Costello has written with the legendary Burt Bacharach, will be released on March 3 via UMe.
Nineteen previously unreleased tracks, including live performances and songs written from some unrealized musical projects, are featured in the box set.
As a teaser to the box set, Bacharach and Costello released three rare and unreleased live performances from 1998 and 1999: “In The Darkest Place,” recorded as a duo with Steve Nieve at the piano in Australia on the Lonely World tour; a performance of “Painted From Memory,” recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, with Nieve and The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; and Costello and Bacharach’s live performance of “Anyone Who Had A Heart” with an orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
A rendition of Painted From Memory has been newly remastered for its 25th anniversary from the original tapes by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios. The new remaster is presented on CD as well as 140-gram 2LP black vinyl. Side D of the double vinyl showcases six songs from Taken From Life, including the three newly recorded compositions.
The Songs of Bacharach and Costello will be released as a four-CD set as well as a truncated double-LP vinyl set.
Costello has written a 10,000-word essay that details his nearly three-decade long friendship and prolific musical partnership with Bacharach and how influential the legendary songwriter has been throughout his life.
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