Thursday, June 4, 2009

Beyond Belief

Often lauded as the post-modern Bob Dylan, EC's songwriting prowess, sometimes subtle, sometimes sophisticated and always sublime, has yielded some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics this side of Cole Porter.

The perfect complement to this gift is the ease at which he can appropriate any style that suits his needs. Whether an original or cover, EC makes it his own. Considering the following an ostentatious lesson in mixing color. I'm just sayin'.

Beyond Belief
Girls Talk (original)
Girls Talk (cover)
Good Year For The Roses
Party Party

Deeper hues- Elvis the journeyman:

New Amsterdam-Elvis Costello & The Attractions (Get Happy, 1980)

Good Year For The Roses-Elvis Costello & The Attractions (G. Jones cover)

She- Elvis Costello (Knotting Hill soundtrack, 2004)

I'll Never Fall In Love Again- Elvis Costello & Bert Bacharach (Austin Powers 2 soundtrack)

Jacksons, Monk and Rowe- Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet (The Juliet Letters, 1993)

Crazy- Diana Krall, Elvis Costello & Willie Nelson (2006)

Love Hurts- Emmylou Harris & Elvis Costello (Letterman)

Radio, Radio- Beastie Boye & Elvis Costello (SNL, 25th Anniversary)

What's So Funny (About Peace, Love and Understanding, Nick Lowe cover)- Elvis Costello and the Imposters (hosting Letterman, 2003)

Girl's Talk- Dave Edmunds & Rockpile (Elvis Costello cover, circa 1981)

I'm A Fool To Want You- Chet Baker & Elvis Costello (1986)

Beyond Belief- Elvis Costello & The Attractions (Imperial Bedroom, 1982)

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