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Format: CD
Sku: 202545344
UPC: 602498560570
UPC 14: 00602498560570
Release Date: 6/6/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. On Your Way Down ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
2. Nearer To You ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
3. Tears, Tears And More Tears ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
4. Sharpest Thorn, The ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
5. Who's Gonna Help a Brother Get Further? ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
6. River In Reverse, The ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
7. Freedom for the Stallion ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
8. Broken Promise Land ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
9. Ascension Day ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
10. International Echo ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
11. All These Things ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
12. Wonder Woman ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello
13. Six-Fingered Man ~ Allen Toussaint/Elvis Costello

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tambourine); Elvis Costello (guitar, Hammond b-3 organ); Allen Toussaint (vocals, piano, electric piano, Wurlitzer piano, background vocals); Davey Faragher (vocals, background vocals); Amadee Castenell, Jr. (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Brian "Breeze" Cayolle, Carl Blouin (baritone saxophone); Steve Nieve (piano, Clavinet, Farfisa); The Crescent City Horns, The Imposters.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: S. "Husky" H?skulds.
Muze PNote Recording information: Piety Street Recorders, New Orleans, LA (11/27/2005-12/10/2005); Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA (11/27/2005-12/10/2005).
Muze PNote Photographer: Jesse Dylan.
Muze PNote Throughout history, times of tribulation have given birth to strong artistic statements. So it is with THE RIVER IN REVERSE, the collaboration between Elvis Costello and New Orleans R&B legend Allen Toussaint. The two came together during benefit concerts for Toussaint's home town in the wake of the 2006 Hurricane Katrina disaster. One thing led to another, and before long the two legends were composing together and recording an album, forming a pop music mutual admiration society.
Muze PNote Though it's impossible not to hear many of the songs as responses to Katrina's aftermath, a number of them are Toussaint tunes that were first recorded years ago by Lee Dorsey and others. Joe Henry's production and Costello's vocals bring those tracks into the present day while still remaining reverent of their roots. Likewise, the new songs Costello and Toussaint wrote together bear a connection to classic soul but feel perfectly of their time, with a robust horn section and Toussaint's unmistakable piano giving them that indelible Crescent City stamp.

Producer: Joe Henry

Engineer: S. Husky Hoskulds

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Rhythm Country & Blues
Muze Music Compilations Louisiana Live From Mountain S (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
Muze Music Compilations What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)(4CD)
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Muze Music Compilations Blind Boys Of Alabama:down In New Orl
Muze Music Compilations Ya Ka May
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Blues
Muze Music Compilations What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)(4CD)
Muze Music Compilations Love For Levon
Muze Music Compilations Wolf Of Wall Street (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Funky New Orleans Nola Soul Explosion
Muze Music Compilations Art Of Mccartney
Muze Music Compilations Still On The Levee
Muze Music Compilations Wrote A Song For Everyone
Muze Music Compilations Treme (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Hit Run (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations St Peter 57Th St

Associated Artists and Works

Costello, Elvis
Domino, Fats

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/29/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9856057
Music Label Name Label : Verve Forecast
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498560570

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.92)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Costello's Imposters negotiate Touissant's tricky rhythms jauntily enough, and the Crescent City Horns add warming coloration."

Q (p.113)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Whole theses could be written about the influence of, and influences on, these men. Or you could just listen to this album and hear them all for yourself."

Q (p.116)
- Ranked #92 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."

JazzTimes (p.90)
- "[Costello's] juiciest set of tunes and most satisfying record since 1989's SPIKE..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a great record for and about New Orleans and one of the best the two men have ever made....[With] Toussaint's Sunday-morning piano and Costello's strong plaintive singing in perfect relaxed sync."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Costello,Elvis
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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