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Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach Painted From Memory on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies!
An Unforgettable Exhibition of Stellar Melodies, Gorgeous Arrangements,
and Fully Bared Emotion: Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's Painted from Memory
a Collaboration for the Ages
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 2,000
Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Features Incredible Detail,
Lushness, Textures, and Presence
Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's Painted from Memory endures as an
extraordinary exhibition of prime music making, gorgeous arranging, and naked
emotion. Having transpired after the pair teamed up on "God Give Me Strength"
for a film soundtrack (and the closing track here), the album has since gone on
to become one of the most respected – and admired – projects of each artist's
considerable careers. Its expert employment of melody and harmony imparts a
timelessness that stretches back to pop's golden age and icons such as Roy
Orbison, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra. Further boosted by meticulous
production, it has long called out for audiophile treatment. Mobile Fidelity's
SACD reissue brings it all full circle.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,000 numbered
copies, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD of Painted from Memory transforms the 1998
set into an essential component of any library. Always an effort that rewarded
solitary listening, it now breathes with ravishing openness, reveals crystalline
detail, unfolds against jet-back backgrounds, mesmerizes with a rainbow of
textures, and constantly engages with its impossible smoothness. For the first
time, the scope of the intricacies, nuances, and phrasings embedded in
Bacharach's meticulous compositions can be experienced in full. The orbit of the
bridges, refrains, and codas beguiles the senses. Ditto the poetic reach of
Costello's singing and lyrics.
Indeed, the level of care and concern invested into every passage of Painted
from Memory is immediately gleaned by the ravishing sonics afforded on this
collectable edition. Reference-grade presence, tonality, and balance help
capture the sweep of the strings, colorful blush of the horn accents, and weight
of the piano. Steve Nieve's keyboards, Greg Cohen's bass, Dean Parks' guitar,
and Jim Keltner's drums seemingly appear right in the room. Rather than smear
together or jockey for position, each instrument enjoys its own place and
simultaneously sounds part of the rich, lush, complex albeit completely
interwoven tapestry. Graceful, elegant, and classicist-minded, Painted from
Memory is a genuine masterpiece – and a true collaboration.
No wonder Costello dedicated a large portion of a chapter from his Unfaithful
Music & Disappearing Ink memoir to his time with Bacharach. Among his insights,
Costello explains how crafting the album forced him to be a better writer and
singer – and a better listener, stating: "Writing those first songs with Burt
Bacharach required me to listen to what the music was really saying to me.
Sometimes it was speaking so quietly that I needed to listen very intently. I
needed time for the meaning and feeling that I sensed in the music to be
confirmed by my own words. The strange thing was that the title of a song often
came to me in an instant, but then would begin the more excruciating task of
negotiating Burt's spacious melodies and rhythmic subtleties."
The very aspects Costello discusses come to the forefront on remarkable torch
pieces such as the intensely dramatic "This House Is Empty Now," melancholic
"Thief," and Grammy-winning "I Still Have That Other Girl." In addition to
Bacharach's suave, sophisticated, strikingly exquisite orchestrations,
Costello's vocals carry the day. Straddling two octaves and sighing with pain,
bittersweet romance, and wistful reflection, his baritone stretching to convey
highs and lows with crooner-like poise, breadth, and fastidiousness. Thrilling,
distinctive, and memorable, the performances are just like the entirety Painted
from Memory itself – unforgettably great.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. In The Darkest Place
3. I Still Have That Other Girl
4. This House Is Empty Now
5. Tears At The Birthday Party
6. Such Unlikely Lovers
7. My Thief
8. The Long Division
9. Painted From Memory
10. The Sweetest Punch
11. What's Her Name Today?
12. God Give Me Strength