Painted from Memory

Painted from Memory

by Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach


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Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach first collaborated on "God Give Me Strength," a sweeping ballad that functioned as the centerpiece in Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart. It was a stunning song in the tradition of Bacharach's classic '60s work and it was successful enough that the composers decided to collaborate on a full album, Painted from Memory. Wisely, they chose to work within the stylistic parameters of Bacharach's '60s material, but Painted from Memory never sounds like a stylistic exercise. Instead, it's a return to form for both artists. Bacharach hasn't written such graceful, powerful melodies since his glory days, and Costello hasn't crafted such a fully realized album since King of America. It's a testament to both that even if the album is clearly in Bacharach's territory, it feels like a genuine collaboration. Often, the music not only evokes the spirit of Dionne Warwick, it's reminiscent of Elvis' torching ballads for Trust. Costello keeps Bacharach from his schmaltzier tendencies, and Bacharach keeps Costello from overwriting. With its lush arrangements, sighing brass and strings, gentle pianos, and backing vocals, it's clearly a classicist album, yet it sounds utterly timeless. Its melodies are immediate, its emotions subtle, its impact lasting -- and, with that timeless sound, Painted from Memory illustrates that craft cannot only be its own reward, it can be genuinely moving.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453800229
catalogNumber: 538002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Costello   Primary Artist,Vocals
Burt Bacharach   Primary Artist,Conductor,Track Performer
Steve Kujala   Flute,Piccolo
Rob Mounsey   Keyboards
Lew Soloff   Flugelhorn
Frank Marocco   Musette
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Steve Nieve   Piano,Keyboards
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Lisa Taylor   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
David Nadien   Violin
Richard Todd   French Horn
Bob Adcock   Cello
Murray Adler   Violin
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Julien Barber   Viola
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Bette Byers   Violin
Darius Campo   Violin
David Carey   Vibes
Greg Cohen   Bass
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
George Doering   Guitar
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Lawrence Feldman   Alto Flute
Barry Finclair   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Rick Gerding   Viola
Gary Grant   Flugelhorn
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Lisa Johnson   Violin
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Roland Kato   Viola
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Brian Leonard   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
Michael Markman   Violin
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Jan Mullen   Violin
Chris Parker   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Paul Peabody   Violin
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
John Pintavalle   Violin
Sue Pray   Viola
Laura Seaton   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Mark Orrin Shuman   Cello
Richard Sortomme   Violin
David Spinozza   Guitar
Marti Sweet   Violin
Donna Taylor   Vocals
Donna Tecco   Violin
John VanHouten   Tuba
Gayle Levant   Harp
John Scanlon   Viola
David Ewart   Violin
Dave Coy   Bass
Suzie Katayama   Cello
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Norm Hughes   Violin
Andrew Picken   Viola
Lloyd Stripling   Flugelhorn
Gil Romero   Violin
Keith Greene   Viola
Rob Schrock   Keyboards
Horia Moroaica   Violin
T-Bone Wolk   Bass
Pat Johnson   Violin
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Karen Jones   Violin

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Producer
Kevin Killen   Engineer

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