Elvis Costello Gets Artsy Again

We love Elvis, whether he’s rocking out with the Imposters or delving into lite-fm with the Brodsky Quartet, Burt Bacharach, Anne Sofie von Otter, et al. His latest project is My Flame Burns Blue, a collaboration with Metropole Orkest, recorded live at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival.

Flame finds Declan reinterpreting his hits, adding lyrics to Mingus, and — on a bonus CD — tackling the three-act Italian suite “Il Sogno.”

CD 1: Costello: My Flame Burns Blue
01. Hora Decubitus [5:46]
02. Favourite Hour [3:58]
03. That’s how you got killed before [4:14]
04. Upon a Veil of Midnight Blue [5:12]
05. Clubland [4:52]
06. Almost Blue [5:51]
07. Speak Darkly My Angel [3:59]
08. Almost ideal eyes [4:16]
09. Can You Be True? [3:57]
10. Put away forbidden playthings [4:22]
11. Episode Of Blonde [6:09]
12. My flame burns blue (Blood Count) [5:14]
13. Watching the Detectives [5:24]
14. God give me strength [6:56]

CD 2: Costello: Il Sogno Suite
Act 1 (Il Sogno)
01. Prelude [0:46]
02. Overture [1:19]
03. Puck One [2:20]
04. The Court [2:28]
05. Workers’ Playtime [2:11]

Act 2
06. Oberon and Titania [4:15]
07. The Conspiracy of Oberon and Puck [1:08]
08. Puck Two [1:50]
09. The Identity Parade [4:42]
10. The Face of Bottom [2:49]
11. The Spark of Love [4:24]
12. Tormentress [1:41]
13. Oberon Humbeld [3:40]
14. Twisted – Entangled – Transform and Exchange [2:39]
15. The Fairy and the Ass [1:33]
16. Sleep [2:51]

Act 3
17. The Play [1:30]
18. The Wedding [4:17]

Preview four cuts here.

But what you’re probably most curious about. Elvis’ hit, jazz stizz, totally unrecognizable from the original.
Elvis Costello & The Metropole Orkest – “Watching The Detectives” (MP3 Link Expired)

And Elvis is touring. Don’t know if you’ll get rock or opera, but I’ve never been disappointed by an Elvis Costello concert.

Mon 03/27/06 San Francisco, CA Davies Symphony Hall
Fri 03/31/06 Honolulu, HI Blaisdell Center
Sat 04/01/06 Honolulu, HI Blaisdell Center
Sun 04/02/06 Maui, HI Arts & Cultural Center
Tue 04/04/06 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
Tue 04/11/06 Fort Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall
Thu 04/13/06 Houston, TX Jones Hall For Perf. Arts
Tue 04/18/06 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall
Thu 04/20/06 North Bethesda, MD Music Ctr. @ Strathmore Hall
Fri 04/21/06 Baltimore, MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Sat 04/22/06 Baltimore, MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Wed 05/10/06 Boston, MA Symphony Hall
Fri 05/12/06 Brooklyn, NY Academy Of Music
Sat 05/13/06 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre

[Fun fact: Somehow I ended up at Cyndi Lauper’s apt a few years ago, and though it was a mess, we ordered in Italian and it was surreal to say the least. I played bball with her little boy Declan (named after Elvis Costello’s real name) and I let him win, obvs.]

Favorite Elvis Costello album/song … Go:

UPDATE: More (albeit streaming) previews of the new CD:

  • Elvis Costello & The Metropole Orkest – “Almost Blue” (Win Med)
  • Elvis Costello & The Metropole Orkest – “God Give Me Strength” (Win Med)
    And for when our MP3 link comes down…
  • Elvis Costello & The Metropole Orkest – “Watching The Detectives” (Win Med)