Acoustic Sounds

Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach

The Songs of Bacharach & Costello



Produced By: Elvis Costello and Steve Berkowitz

Engineered By: Various

Mixed By: Various

Mastered By: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Lacquers Cut By: Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound, Nashville

By: Michael Fremer

March 10th, 2023


Pop Pop Rock



A Box Set That Delivers Well Beyond the Expected Enhanced Version of the Classic Collaboration

A video review of a brilliantly curated and executed compilation

Rather than writing the usual written review of this extensive, well-produced and brilliantly curated set, I chose a video review to better show the box and associated records.

The set includes a double LP containing the Painted From Memory collaboration spread to 3 sides. Side 4 contains selected songs from the never fully realized Bacharach/Costello musical Taken From Life performed by various artists including Cassandra Wilson and Bill Frisell, Audra Mae and of course Bacharach and Costello.

There are also 4 CDs, one each for Painted... and Taken From Life. A 3rd CD titled Because It's a Lonely World—Live contains live collaborations between Costello and Steve Nieve recorded around the world. CD 4 features Bacharach songs Costello recorded throughout his career beginning with "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" from the 1977 release Live Stiff that signaled to fans of My Aim is True that this guy was not beholden to the "new wave/punk" image conjured up by his record company.

Brilliantly produced by Costello and Steve Berkowitz, with deluxe packaging and exceptional Bob Ludwig and Ryan Smith mastering. Well-pressed double LP either at GZ or Precision. Expect the usual side stories and anecdotes.

Music Specifications

Label: UMe

Catalog No: B0036682-00

Pressing Plant: GZ Media


Speed/RPM: 33 1/3

Weight: 180 grams

Size: 12"

Channels: Stereo

Presentation: Box Set


  • 2023-03-11 11:28:47 AM

    Silk Dome Mid wrote:

    Doing this as a video works nicely. Thanks! Speaking of which, the keyboard player is Steve Nieve, not Steve Niece.

    • 2023-03-11 12:13:14 PM

      Michael Fremer wrote:

      Auto spell nonsense. Now fickst…