Personally compiled by Elvis Costello, The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello brings together all of the published songs that Costello wrote with the legendary Burt Bacharach, celebrating the three decade songwriting partnership between them.
The 4CD+2LP Super Deluxe Edition of The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello includes the newly remastered album Painted From Memory along with a new collection, Taken From Life, featuring unreleased songs from proposed Painted From Memory musical score, plus live performances and much more. In addition to the Super Deluxe Edition box set, The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello is also available in a variety of abbreviated formats including a 2CD set which features both the newly remastered Painted From Memory and the entirety of Taken From Life, and a 2LP version with Painted From Memory and selections from Taken From Life, available with an exclusive lithograph or without. Additionally, Painted From Memory has been mixed in immersive Dolby Atmos.
Recorded in Hollywood in 1998, the album Painted From Memory, orchestrated by Bacharach with the exception of the title track which was arranged by the great Johnny Mandel, has gone on to capture an appreciative worldwide audience far beyond its initial release. The song “I Still Have That Other Girl” even managed to wrestle a Grammy away from both Celine Dion and Van Morrison, no easy task in the crowded field of the “Best Collaboration With Vocals” category of the 41st Awards.
The Taken From Life collection brings together performances on which Bacharach led the Imposters for the Grammy winning album, Look Now, and songs from the proposed score from the EP Purse and the Decca Records release, The Sweetest Punch, on which guitarist Bill Frisell arranged the then brand new Bacharach/Costello songs for the voice of Cassandra Wilson and the clarinetist, Don Byron. The Taken From Life title track is a 2022 recording with the Imposters produced by Sebastian Keys and the collection is completed by startling and beautiful vocal performances of other songs from the Painted From Memory musical score by Audra Mae and Jenni Muldaur with the piano accompaniment of Jim Cox and Thomas Bartlett, including the tragic, “I Looked Away” and the deranged catalog song, “Shameless,” just two of the 19 previously unreleased tracks included in the set. Two newly recorded, orchestrally accompanied Bacharach/Costello songs arranged by Vince Mendoza bookend Taken From Life.
The set also includes an emotional and detailed 10,000 word essay by Costello on the story of Bacharach songs in his life, their collaboration in the studio and on stage, and work together on, not one but two, musical scores. Also included are unseen photographs, early lyrical drafts, and session notes.