Elvis Costello – North (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:36 minutess | Scans included | 3,05 GB or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 45:21 mins | Scans | 920 MB
North, Elvis Costello’s 20th album of new material, follows the deliberately classicist When I Was Cruel by a mere year, but it feels more the sequel to 1998’s Burt Bacharach collaboration, Painted From Memory, or even 1993’s roundly ignored classical pop experiment, The Juliet Letters. Costello has abandoned clanging guitars and drums of Cruel — abandoned rock & roll, really — to return to a set of classically influenced songs, all “composed, arranged and conducted” by the man himself (on The Juliet Letters, he was merely the composer and voice). The songs on North are pitched halfway between traditional torch ballads and arty contemporary Broadway writers such as Stephen Sondheim. This isn’t so much a shift in direction after When I Was Cruel as much as it is an extension of the Bacharach album (in this context, Cruel seems like the aberration), but it’s also a reflection of Costello’s new love for Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall. It’s not just that North is somewhat of a song cycle, starting with the despair of a failed relationship and ending with the hope of a new love, but that it’s somewhat written in the style of Krall’s music: self-consciously sophisticated and slightly jazzy. Ultimately, North is not jazz-pop; it’s classical pop, with Costello more interested in the structure, arrangement, and words of the song rather than mere catchiness. It’s a very writerly album, in regards to both the music and lyrics. Consequently, it takes a bit of effort to get into the album, since it purposefully lacks hooks and songs as immediate or tuneful as those on Painted From Memory or “Jacksons, Monk and Rowe” from The Juliet Letters. This is not a flaw, per se — it’s simply what the album is, a collection of subtle songs performed with an elegant understatement. Unlike The Juliet Letters, North never feels like an exercise, nor does it feel like Costello has something to prove. It’s a specific, personal album with serious ambitions that it fulfills. If the album ultimately winds up being something to listen to on occasion rather than a record to spin repeatedly, that doesn’t make Costello’s achievement with this song cycle any less admirable. (more…)
Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True (1977) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9065] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:07 minutes | Scans included | 1,48 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 741 MB
Uses the 2011 DSD master based on Japanese original analog tape. Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura. (more…)
Title: Elvis Costello feat. Larkin Poe – Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Release Date: 2016 Genre: Folk Rock Director: Joss Crowley Artist: Elvis Costello – vocals, guitars, piano; Rebecca Lovell – vocals, mandolin; Megan Lovell – vocals, lapsteel
Production/Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment Duration: 01:45:45 Quality: Blu-ray Container: BDMV Video codec: AVC Audio codec: DTS, PCM Video: MPEG-4 AVC 20534 kbps / 1920*1080p / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1 Audio#1: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2407 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit) Audio#2: English LPCM 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit Subtitles: English, French, Spanish Size: 22.68 GB
In a little over 100 minutes in front of his home crowd (and his mom), Elvis Costello, performer and songwriter extraordinaire, takes you on a musical journey through his vast songbook.
It’s a solo show like no other. Set in a 1960s living room with an oversized television broadcasting never-seen-before personal photos, Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall sees Costello up front and proto-punk with guitar, powerfully heartfelt at the grand piano, and in playful mood sat down with the uke.
Digging deep into his catalogue, breakthrough songs like Watching The Detectives sit alongside rarities like “’45”, emotive Bob Dylan reinventions such as “Down On The Bottom”, and barnstorming renditions of collaborative work like the Paul McCartney co-written song,”Pads, Paws and Claws”.
And in between songs, Costello’s patter treats the audience to stories about his earliest memories and reveals through anecdotes about his family the origins of his music and traveling life.
Spontaneously entertaining, acerbically witty and slapstick funny, looking back to look forward, and at times challengingly intimate, expect the unexpected and be ready to ride the full gamut of emotions as you revel in this faithfully shot and recorded film of Elvis Costello: Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Special guests Larkin Poe, a bluegrass and roots rock sister act from Atlanta, make a strong cameo appearance.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! (2011/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:16:02 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Prolific singer-songwriter Elvis Costello spun another pivotal outing at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on May 11 and 12, 2011. This recording marked the triumphant return of “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” an artistic and innovative endeavor, which put fans in control. Each spin outlined a song that would be performed in the set list. The British icon first introduced this game-show type wheel in 1986 at the Beverly Theatre. The performance showcased exhilarating renditions of beloved hits and rarities including “Watching The Detectives,” “Man Out Of Time,” and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”. This musical experience was unlike any other and is available as a pristine hi-res download.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Trust (1981/2015) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:51 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Trust is an album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It is Costello’s fifth album, and fourth with the Attractions. It was also his fifth consecutive album produced by Nick Lowe, who handled production on all songs except “Big Sister’s Clothes” (which the liner notes make clear by stating that Lowe was “not responsible” for it).
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Punch The Clock (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:29 minutes | 1,84 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Punch the Clock is an album released in 1983 by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was Costello’s eighth album, his seventh with the Attractions since 1978. The album featured Costello’s first US Top 40 hit, “Everyday I Write the Book.”In 2014, NME ranked it at number 345 in its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – IbMePdErRoIoAmL (Imperial Bedroom) (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 49:52 minutes | 2,10 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Imperial Bedroom is a 1982 album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It was the second Costello album, after Almost Blue, not produced by Nick Lowe. Production duties were handled by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. “I wanted to try a few things in the studio that I suspected would quickly exhaust Nick’s patience,” as Costello put it in the liner notes to the 1994 Rykodisc reissue.
It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 1998 readers of Q magazine named it the 96th greatest album ever. In 1989, it was ranked No. 38 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 166 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 59 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”.The album reached number 6 in the UK charts and number 30 in the USA but the singles were less successful. “You Little Fool” and “Man Out of Time” each briefly appeared in the UK Singles Chart, but neither charted in the USA.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Get Happy!! (1980/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 48:13 minutes | 1,84 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
The fourth album by Elvis Costello, his third with the Attractions, Get Happy!! is notable for being a dramatic break in tone from Costello’s three previous albums, and for being heavily influenced by R&B, ska and soul music. The cover art was intentionally designed to have a “retro” feel, to look like the cover of an old LP with ring wear on both front and back.It was placed at No. 11 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Blood And Chocolate (1986/2015) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 47:48 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Released only seven months following the rootsy King Of America, Blood & Chocolate was received as a more conventional, typical Elvis Costello album. Featuring the Attractions and produced by Nick Lowe, recorded live off the floor in London, Blood & Chocolate peaked at number 16 on the British chart.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Almost Blue (1981/2015) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:37 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Hip-O/Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello’s 1981 album Almost Blue, his foray into the world of traditional country & western music, is full of covers by country legends like Hank Williams, George Jones, Charlie Rich and Merle Haggard. Warmly received by many critics who agreed that Costello and his band did a credible job interpreting this quintessential American material, the album peaked at number seven in the UK and yielded a top 10 British hit with Jerry Chesnut’s song Good Year For The Roses.