Hear Elvis Costello’s New EP Featuring McCartney-Bacharach

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New ‘Purse’ EP Featuring Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach Collaborations – Rocker’s songs with unrecorded Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash lyrics also appear on Record Store Day release

Elvis Costello collects songs he co-wrote with Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach and tracks featuring lyrics by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash on the rocker’s new EP Purse, which arrived digitally Friday following its Record Store Day exclusive release in April.(Rolling Stone)

The four-song EP includes Costello and the Impostors’ take on “The Lovers That Never Were,” a song co-written by Costello and McCartney that the latter released on his 1993 LP Off the Ground. Bacharach and Costello’s “Everyone’s Playing House,” also features; the duo released a collaborative LP in 1998, Painted From Memory.

Last year, Elvis Costello reunited with his backing band the Imposters on Look Now, their first album together in ten years. Today, they come together again on the Purse EP. It was initially released and sold-out as a Record Store Day Exclusive vinyl on 4/13. Purse, now available digitally, compiles four previously unreleased recordings.

The songs were co-written by Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash, and Paul McCartney and produced by Sebastian Krys and Elvis Costello. The closing track, “Down On The Bottom,” features the vocals from Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe. Listen to it in full below, where you can also find the songwriting breakdown.(Stereogum)

Their opening gig is July 20 in Bethel, New York, at the amphitheater on the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival. From there the tour is split up almost evenly between points east and west, with a date at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles August 5 before the tour wraps up in Seattle August 10.

The tour, which is being advertised as “Blondie and the Beastly E.C.!,” an apparent nod to “Beauty and the Beast,” will have a fan club resale beginning at noon in the appropriate time zones today, followed by a general on-sale at the Live Nation website 10 Saturday morning.(Source Syracuse.com)

It’s been 40 years since Costello and Blondie shared top billings on the UK Singles Chart, with the Debbie Harry-led “Heart of Glass” going neck-and-neck with Costello & The Attraction’s “Oliver’s Army.” The same week, Blondie’s seminal album “Parallel Lines,” reached #1 on the Album Chart while Costello’s “Armed Forces,” landed at #3.

 

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