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by cbartal
Wed Oct 01, 2003 11:20 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Top 10 Elvis songs
Replies: 5
Views: 2822

This is a mountain that can't be climbed. But I will attempt to pick roses in the valley. In no order: King Horse American Without Tears (#2) Couldn't Call it Unexpected (you know which version) The Beat Town Cryer Watch Your Step Pills and Soap Psycho Mama tied with I Just Don't Know What to Do (wi...
by cbartal
Wed Oct 01, 2003 11:04 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: David Hajdu's review of North in new book, Oct. '09
Replies: 12
Views: 5238

I think this guy may have actually lsitened to the record.
by cbartal
Wed Oct 01, 2003 10:50 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Tonight's the night for Storm & Perfectblue
Replies: 16
Views: 4602

Re: Tonight's the night for Storm & Perfectblue

stormwarning wrote:Evlis & Steve play Tokyo tonight and tomorrow.

http://smash-jpn.com/elviscostello.html

"and the new Costello world is developed" - couldn't have said it any better myself.


Elvis never "develops" anything. Like all beautiful, living things, his world, simply, grows. :D
by cbartal
Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:47 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North is a Masterpiece
Replies: 33
Views: 7802

And while I'm at it, the melodies on North are twisting, turning, and truly origiinal, and gain ground with every listen.
by cbartal
Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:46 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North is a Masterpiece
Replies: 33
Views: 7802

Cope, definitely give TJL a re-listen. Sad Burlesque, The Birds will still be Singing, among others, have wonderful melodies, among his best.
by cbartal
Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:56 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North is a Masterpiece
Replies: 33
Views: 7802

I stand by my original post. This album will be perceived as a classic years from now. Unlike PFM and TJL, which I also adore, but feel to a certain extent that they were calculated experiments in style, this album comes purely from the heart. These songs had to be written. I truly believe it will g...
by cbartal
Sun Sep 28, 2003 1:24 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: North is a Masterpiece
Replies: 33
Views: 7802

North is a Masterpiece

North is a masterpiece. End of story. If Elvis never released another "rockin rythym" record that would be fine with me.

This record is a rebirth for Elvis. It is the "Nebraska" of the new millenium, only better.

Guaranteed to whittle his fan base down to the devoted few though.
by cbartal
Sun Sep 28, 2003 12:55 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: ELVIS CUP RD 2 - Punch the Clock V When I was Cruel
Replies: 4
Views: 2342

Definitely PTC...

WIWC has some great moments, but the middle of the record is mundane.

Of course my comments are couched in the fact that I've just listened to EC's latest masterpiece "North" for the hundreth time.
by cbartal
Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:40 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Fact or Crap?
Replies: 44
Views: 10993

I think I remember reading that Elvis still drinks wine, but no other forms of alcohol. That's like saying "I only do a certain grade of heroin". BTW - Cows are Vegans too, aren't they? And pigs if I'm not mistaken. The thing I want to know is, why is E a Vegamite? Is it for animalitarian reasons? ...
by cbartal
Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:25 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: What is your favorite North song?
Replies: 19
Views: 5357

I agree with the majority, so far. When It Sings.

I've been listening to the album non-stop for 2 days, but when I turn it off and try to recall it in my mind, for some reason the only thing that comes to mind is "The Favorite Hour". Am I nuts?
by cbartal
Fri Sep 26, 2003 10:18 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Decade Description
Replies: 4
Views: 2334

Innocent Man said: 1980s: I first heard Elvis during the "Punch the Clock" era and proceeded to buy every album before it in a three-week period of time so I am limited in my choices. I moved from boy to man during this period and found that my smoldering intensity was effective in drawing in the ob...
by cbartal
Thu Sep 25, 2003 2:25 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: The Official "I Have North" Thread...
Replies: 90
Views: 19960

After about 5 listens, I'd have to say that I anticipate this being another classic EC album. The first 3 songs, which upon first listening, appeared to be trying, have suddenly caught me by surprise. This is a wonderful time to be a fan. It's like putting Imperial Bedroom, or Beatles White on for t...
by cbartal
Thu Sep 25, 2003 9:16 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

Yeah, I forgot to mention that the alternate version of "Every Day I Write The Book" is in no way a 'rockabilly' version. Yeah, I know, I just couldn't put my finger on it when EC had said Merseybeat. I just pulled Rackabilly out of my ass, and like all things that originate from there, it stunk. I...
by cbartal
Tue Sep 23, 2003 5:09 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: ELVIS CUP Rd 1 - When I Was Cruel V Kojak Variety
Replies: 11
Views: 3697

O H C O M E O N !! !! !! !! This one should be as unanimous as Saddam's last Election Vistory!
by cbartal
Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:12 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Rolling Stone review of North
Replies: 5
Views: 2394

Not a fan of RS either, but having not heard the album yet (till tommorow) I must say it sounds fairly accurate based on the summation of all I've heard from various reviews, including those on this board, which I consider the most important.
by cbartal
Mon Sep 22, 2003 5:12 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

I think I answered my own question.

"I'm giving you a longing look"

"What do you get when you fall in love?"


Although, I swear that there is a famous jingle with the same melody.

What a great message board. I'm having a great exchange with myself!
by cbartal
Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:59 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

Noise - I know you must know what I'm talking about. That "I'm giving you a longing look" part in the demo version. That is so derivative of something I can't put my finger on. Can you place it?
by cbartal
Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:55 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version
Replies: 10
Views: 3302

Everyday: PTC Version Vs. Rockabilly Version

It seems to me that there is a certain degree of animosity towards PTC, including the poppy Everyday I Write the Book. I personally think it is a perfect pop song. The original rockabilly version (for lack of a better word), is ok, but I think the melody during "I'm giving you a longing look", is a ...
by cbartal
Sat Sep 20, 2003 8:46 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Elvis Cup Rd 1: My Aim Is True V King of America
Replies: 20
Views: 4856

This is a bit unfair. It's like comparing Meet the Beatles to Beatles White, or Boy to Achtung Baby, etc etc. Of course KOA is a better album. Elvis had honed his talents to perfection, matured as an artist. I'll take King, but it's literally men against boys here.
by cbartal
Sun Sep 14, 2003 12:27 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Lost in Translation
Replies: 10
Views: 2928

I saw Lost today. Understated, almost to a fault. I never could quite figure out the general disenchantment of the two characters. Perhaps that was the intention. Overall, I enjoyed it, but wasn't quite blown away. Though I have fallen in love with Scarlett Johnson, whom I didn't recognize from "The...
by cbartal
Sun Sep 14, 2003 12:09 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: hands up if you have the latest re-issues
Replies: 18
Views: 6488

I bought all three on friday. I've only listened to Trust. I must say, I'm a little let down. Whereas the outtakes of Imperial Bedroom feature versions of songs that are very different from the album cuts; lyrics, melody, rythym, etc, the takes on Trust seem to only be stripped down versions of the ...
by cbartal
Sun Sep 14, 2003 12:04 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Ask an Elvis question like Jerry
Replies: 14
Views: 4960

never heard it... what's it on
by cbartal
Sat Sep 13, 2003 2:14 am
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Thinking ahead
Replies: 14
Views: 4426

IMO, GCW gets extremely unfair treatment. At the time, people were still waiting for the next Imperial Bedroom. People were a little startled by Punch the Clock, which IMHO, was great. By the time GCW came out they thought EC had lost it. "Who does a duet with Daryll Hall and survives?". Even John O...
by cbartal
Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:48 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: The Times , London review of North
Replies: 1
Views: 1763

Who is this man, where does he live, and what route does he take home?
by cbartal
Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:45 pm
Forum: Elvis Costello General Discussion
Topic: Running Out Of Angels
Replies: 10
Views: 4594

That part you are referring to noise is especially "smashing". I really can't understand why, even though he might not have thought that the song succeeded as a whole, he didn't at least rip that part out for use in another song. That melody could pretty much stand on it's own as the bedrock for a g...

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