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It takes real balls to put your own stamp on a Hank Williams tune. Albeit, a relatively obscure one. Opening with "Why Don't You Love Me" Costello & company immediately put a spin into their own conceit. Throwing themselves into the proceedings with the same hyper, punked out abandon found on This Year's Model. This is your 1st indication that this isn't going to be your typical Country standards album. Or at worse a joke.
Fact of the matter is, he truly goes for the throat on this one. His take on "Sweet Dreams" may make Patsy Cline fans cringe in their beehives, but any Gram Parsons affecionado will appreciate Costello's heartfelt renditions of "Hot Burrito #1 (I'm Your Toy)" or "How Much I Lied". Both are just as touching as the originals, sung as if he'd written them himself.
"Good Year For The Roses" was the big surprise hit on this album. In England at any rate. Personally, I never get sick of hearing it. And I love the original.
As bonus discs go, Rhino & Mr. Costello have once again given you an all too generous assortment for your buck. Infact, there's more than twice as many tracks than on the original album. It starts off with his legendary duet with George Jones on "Stranger In The House". It doesn't disappoint. Followed by an even odder pairing with The Man In Black.Read more ›
As for the record itself, when I first bought the vinyl 20+ years ago, I knew very few of the songs and had none of the original versions. Now I have almost all of them, as well as a deep appreciation for country music. I have Elvis and my wife to thank for that!
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1981...I was a senior in high school with no direction and six dollars in my pocket. I had seen Elvis live a few times and owned all of his albums, and I had no problem whatsoever... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joseph Padula
It takes real cojones to attempt a collection of "real" country songs whilst riding on the crest of a career as an alternative rocker but Elvis pulled it off magnificently. Read morePublished 14 months ago by G. Duff
After releasing the brilliant Trust in 1981 Elvis Costello wasted no time in releasing a second album that same year. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Lunar Boulevard
Real country music. I have always been a big fan of louisania rock legend jimmy clanton(Venus in blue jeans, go jimmy go ) Elvis sounds so much like him you will think this the... Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by m
Elvis Costello busted on the scene way back in the late seventies with a fresh style and angry stance. Everything about him shouted " I am not anything you have seen before! Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by D. Carlisle
It's funny to see how ALMOST BLUE still divides Costello fans after all these years. I remember seeing a documentary produced for British TV (Melvyn Bragg's "The South Bank Show")... Read morePublished on April 29, 2009 by Richard Hine