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Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello


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  • Audio CD (January 21, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glurp Records
  • ASIN: B00007GZN8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Green Shirt - Matt Pond PA
2. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes - Hem
3. Busy Bodies - Fastball
4. No Action - Grand Champeen
5. Still Too Soon to Know - Damnations
6. Alison - Vic Chesnutt, Jack Logan, and Mr. and Mrs. Keneipp
7. Blue Chair - Li'L Cap N Travis
8. Watch Your Step - Brenda Kahn
9. Beyond Belief - Jon Auer
10. Man Called Uncle - Deathray Davies
11. Indoor Fireworks - Kev Russell's Junker
12. Just a Memory - Tywanna Jo Baskette
13. Riot Act - Okkervil River
14. Sleep of the Just - Mendoza Line

Editorial Reviews

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Almost You's power lies in naked, cut-to-the-quick takes on Elvis Costello songs by a bunch of mostly acoustic-leaning indie bands his fans should know. Hem finds the lovely melodic framework to "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" with a delightfully low-key, pedal-steel-tinged arrangement and vocals that fall between Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell. Kev Russell's Junker, featuring the underappreciated Gourds singer who gives the band its name, gives "Indoor Fireworks" a down-home Texas coloring that's dripping with doleful fiddle and singing saw. The torment of "Riot Act" gets a fabulous twist from Okkervil River, who opt for a dramatic alt-country take on the Get Happy highlight. The first organic tribute to Costello and the only one on which all songs were recorded specifically for the project, Almost You oozes with fondness for the gifted singer-songwriter. Reverence appears here in the form of muted beauty, and it's marvelous to hear. --Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a long time Elvis Costello fan so I was a bit skeptical about this record. But as soon as I heard the wonderful cello-filled version of "Green Shirt" I knew this was going to be good. There are lots of great moments on the disc especially when females are singing Costello's work. HEM's "Red Shoes" is elegant and beautiful. The Damnations "Still Too Soon To Know" has some great harmonies that make it really sad - in a good way. I would definately recommend this CD to any Elvis Costello fan or just anyone who appreciates great songs and performances.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Beauchamp on February 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Finally, a tribute album worthy of the man's songwriting talents! A daring collection of mostly independent artists, who were not afraid to make interesting choices. It delves deep enough into his catalogue to satisfy the Costello nut, and has reinterpretations of old favorites. Do yourself a favor...buy this CD...you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Lazar on January 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This collection was recorded in 2003 and released on the Bar None Label. The fact that this is a re-release doesn't in any way diminish its content but it is misleading to bill it as a new 2010 release. The album is a worthwhile addition for any serious Elvis Costello collector. Those unfamiliar with his songs, however, would be better served by first listening to the originals to understand what the writer had in mind when he wrote them. Many of these treatments, though interesting, lack the spirit and/or energy of the original. Hem - a great band - turns "The Angels Want To Wear My Red Shoes" into a soft rock lullaby, Brenda Kahn interprets "You Better Watch Your Step" as if it were a Lou Reed tune from Lou's early days and "Indoor Fireworks", by Kev Russell's Junker, is sung as a George Jones style twangy stone country song. Fun - but could you listen to this cd in your car on a long trip? Nah. . . It just makes you want to hear Elvis' original recordings. ASIN:B00316Q93C Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello]]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Woodguy on January 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I can't say I was ever a Costello fan. After hearing the "Almost You" tribute and compilation I'm hooked. This is a great CD to enjoy the depth of Elvis Costello's song writing talent. When is done you want more.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Nordmark on May 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I looked at the excellent song choices on the cover, I thought "I don't know these bands, but they have excellent taste in music." Then I played it. Some of the worst audio I have every heard. Very poorly done covers, some atrocious vocals, and boring because they just copy the original arrangements. I need to hear someone else singing "Alison" the same way? All of these sound like the artists are playing along with the radio. File this under community theater of rock.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wordnat on March 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I give this spotty thing four stars on the strength of three brilliant performances that blow EC's originals out of the water: Matt Pond PA's "Green Shirt" rescues one of Costello's tightest tunes from its somewhat dated, skinny-tied garb; Hem recasts "Red Shoes" as a torchy country ballad with mindblowing results; and Tywanna Jo Baskette (who are these people?!?) finally gives "Just a Memory" the resigned sense of spooky pathos that Elvis could never quite muster. But unfortunately, bands like Fastball and The Deathray Davies lack the courage (talent?) to bring anything new to the table and end of sounding like nothing more than bar bands with highbrow taste....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
These down-home, low-tech recordings by indie bands show a knowing affection for Elvis songs while also revealing some of their hidden treasures. The most successful covers are the ones that sound least like Costello recordings-a mournful "Red Shoes, a breathtaking "Too Soon To Know.'' The rock covers just don't have Elvis' chops. All in all, you'll be glad you bought this. Not only does this tribute deepen our appreciation for a wonderful songwriter, it gives us hope to know some spirited bands are standing witness.
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