Painted from Memory

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453800229
  • Catalog Number: 538002
  • Sales rank: 14,894

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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 Jr. 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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