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Format: CD
Sku: 202172326
UPC: 028947759614
UPC 14: 00028947759614
Release Date: 2/28/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hora Decubitus ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
2. Favorite Hour ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
3. That's How You Got Killed Before ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
4. Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
5. Clubland ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
6. Almost Blue ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
7. Speak Darkly, My Angel ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
8. Almost Ideal Eyes ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
9. Can You Be True? ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
10. Put Away Forbidden Playthings ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
11. Episode Of Blonde ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
12. My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count) ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
13. Watching The Detectives ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
14. God Give Me Strength ~ Metropole Orkest/Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello's My Flame Burns Blue is a live album with the legendary Metropole Orkest, a 52-piece jazz orchestra from the Netherlands, recorded in concert at The Hague. A bonus disc offers a 45-minute suite from Il Sogno, Costello's first full-length orchestral work. The album alternates between imaginatively reinvented Costello favorites like "Almost Blue," "Clubland," and "Watching the Detectives" (arranged "in the style of a 1950s television theme"), Costello compositions seeing release for the first time on a Costello album, and unexpected collaborations. "This recording captures a very joyful evening at the North Sea Jazz Festival and collects together songs and arrangements that have been developed over the last decade," writes Costello in his detailed liner notes.

For the opening track, "Hora Decubitus," Costello was invited by Charles Mingus's widow, Sue, to contribute lyrics to the jazzman's compositions. This song was completed in the immediate aftermath of September 11. "I could offer nothing more than a simple affirmation of life and rejection of vengeance," writes Costello. For the title track, Costello also wrote lyrics for Billy Strayhorn's final composition, "Blood Count."

Other highlights seeing release on a Costello album for the first time include "Speak Darkly, My Angel" and "Upon a Veil of Midnight Blue," which was written for and recorded by West Coast bluesman Charles Brown as "I Wonder How She Knows."

Il Sogno was originally commissioned by the Italian Dance Company, Aterbaletto, for their adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Following its premiere in Bologna with the Orchestra del Teatro Communale, the ballet was staged throughout Italy, Germany, France and Russia. Il Sogno was subsequently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. The recording was released in September 2004 by Deutsche Grammophon and stayed at the top of Billboard's Contemporary Classical Charts for fourteen weeks.

Il Sogno received rave reviews upon its release. Mark Swed at The Los Angeles Times declared "Costello's sound is surprisingly fresh. His melodies are memorable. The sudden swings into jazz prove pure delight... [The performance is] bursting with life." The Boston Globe's Richard Dyer proclaimed "You'd have to go back to George Gershwin to find a composer-performer undertaking a project as ambitious as Il Sogno... It is full of character and storytelling, and the orchestration is skillful, unusual, and colorful."

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes as a bonus, a limited edition CD featuring an edited suite of recordings for IL SOGNO.
Muze PNote Personnel: John Harle, Peter Erskine, London Symphony Orchestra, Chris Laurence .
Muze PNote If NORTH is Elvis Costello's "version" of FRANK SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY, then MY FLAME BURNS BLUE is Costello's SONGS FOR SWINGIN' LOVERS! Accompanied by longstanding keyboardist Steve Nieve and a full orchestra, Costello recasts many songs from his sizable catalog as big-band/swing-jazz tunes. "Clubland" becomes a swirling, dreamlike cha-cha, while "Watching The Detectives" goes from ominous roots reggae to a sophisticated musical panorama that's almost cinematic in its breadth (think WEST SIDE STORY). The heartrending "Almost Blue" finally gets the grandiose old-school treatment it deserves, replete with billowing strings and tender, haunting trumpet and harmonica solos. This set closes with Costello's memorable Burt Bacharach collaboration, "God Give Me Strength."

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Beau Hunks (The)
Bozzio, Terry
Brecker, Randy
Buckley, Jules
My Flame Burns Blue ~ Costello, Elvis
Ghost, the King & I (The)
Harris, Allan
Holman, Bill
Jan Stulen
Live ~ Jarreau, Al
Keneally, Mike
Konitz, Lee
Lins, Ivan
Lobo, Edu
Mendoza, Vince
Metheny, Pat
Meyer, Anita
Mvula, Laura
Snarky Puppy
Sylva ~ Snarky Puppy
Stockhausen, Markus
Terry, Clark
Vannelli, Gino
Ziegler, Pablo

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/28/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0005994
Music Label Name Label : DG Deutsche Grammophon (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00028947759614

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.63)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hen the Orkest hit the swilling climaxes of 'God Give Me Strength,' Costello is right up there with them, singing with a force and clarity as big and regal as the music around him."

Entertainment Weekly (p.100)
- "[R]earranged for jazz orchestra, where the '50s meets the aughts and hot bebop horn charts compete with ice-cool film-score strings." -- Grade: A

JazzTimes (p.69)
- "[The album confirms] his status as the most cunning musical magician of the past quarter-century..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Elvis Costello fronts with aplomb this swinging and spirited Dutch 52-piece....[The Orkest] swagger over the cracks with the exotic splashiness of Duke Ellington's 'Anatomy Of A Murder' soundtrack."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Costello,Elvis
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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