Blood & Chocolate [Rhino Bonus Disc]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This 1986 outing was the last to feature the unadulterated Attractions, and the tension that led to the band's split is in full evidence -- which actually makes for a fascinating ambience. That's evident in the surreal disconnection of "Tokyo Storm Warning" and the semi-detached vibe of "I Hope You're Happy Now" and "Crimes of Paris." The 15 songs that adorn the expanded edition's bonus disc -- half of which are retooled takes on album tracks -- add to the ambience. Of particular note are several songs that were cut from the initial release at the last moment, including a sly rendition of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone." Besides looking to the works of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This 1986 outing was the last to feature the unadulterated Attractions, and the tension that led to the band's split is in full evidence -- which actually makes for a fascinating ambience. That's evident in the surreal disconnection of "Tokyo Storm Warning" and the semi-detached vibe of "I Hope You're Happy Now" and "Crimes of Paris." The 15 songs that adorn the expanded edition's bonus disc -- half of which are retooled takes on album tracks -- add to the ambience. Of particular note are several songs that were cut from the initial release at the last moment, including a sly rendition of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone." Besides looking to the works of others -- like Conway Twitty's "Lonely Blue Boy" and Joe Tex's sexed-up "Tell Me Right Now" -- Costello also takes the rare step of revisiting his own catalogue in the self-answer tune "American Without Tears 2."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This is what most die-hard Elvis Costello fans -- or at least those who valued restraint in either their budget or shelf space -- were dreading when they heard that Rhino would be reissuing his entire Columbia catalog again, just a few years after Rykodisc had already released expanded editions of each album. That is, this expanded, double-disc version of Blood & Chocolate may have a full disc of 15 bonus tracks, but it leaves material behind that was on the Ryko edition. True, they aren't particularly great tracks -- a version of "Forgive Her Anything," which has been replaced by a new version that Costello calls superior in his liners (and it is), plus "A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing)," which admittedly is a curiosity at best -- but it's the principle of the thing. Deluxe editions should be comprehensive, and it's not really fair to the legions of dedicated fans who need to own versions of every song to effectively force them to keep two versions of this album just so they can keep two lousy tracks. That said, this is probably the best bonus disc of all of the second set of Rhino reissues, with a wide range of strong B-sides (such as the terrific Jimmy Cliff duet, "Seven Day Weekend"), good unreleased songs, covers (a good version of "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man," another raving version of "Leave My Kitten Alone") and, best of all, alternate versions of songs that actually offer a different interpretation instead of a tentative first foot forward. Plus, there's enough different, new, and excellent here to make it worth a purchase for those who already have the Ryko (even the notes are different) -- it's just a shame that the other two tracks didn't carry over, especially since there's room for them.
Rolling Stone - Keith Harris
"...[Costello's] latent rage welled up by 1986's Blood and Chocolate, which smashes all crafty melodic curlicues and lyrical puzzles with an uncommonly metallic and bludgeoning Attractions."

"...[Costello's] latent rage welled up by 1986's Blood and Chocolate, which smashes all crafty melodic curlicues and lyrical puzzles with an uncommonly metallic and bludgeoning Attractions."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227835521
  • Catalog Number: 78355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello & the Attractions Primary Artist, Track Performer
Elvis Costello Indexed Contributor, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Celeste, Marimbas, Timbales, Vocals
Jimmy Cliff Vocals
Steve Nieve Organ, Piano, Harmonium
Mickey Curry Drums
Mitchell Froom Organ
Nick Lowe Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Thomas Bass, Saxophone
Pete Thomas Drums
T-Bone Wolk Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer, Liner Notes
Greg Allen Art Direction
T Bone Burnett Producer
Colin Fairley Producer, Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Bill Inglot Producer
Nick Lowe Producer
Andrew Sandoval Producer
Henry Coward Engineer
Declan MacManus Producer
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Malia Doss Licensing
D.K. Baker Composer
Val Jennings Reissue Producer
Larry Kalman Hirsch Producer
D. McCormick Composer
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