The Delivery Man CD (2004)

Artist: Elvis Costello

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With The Delivery Man -- Elvis Costello and the Imposters' first release for Lost Highway -- one of modern music's most admired and prolific talents has delivered a remarkable album that draws on deep American musical roots more than any of his releases since King of America in 1986. It is a collection that ranges from the ferocious, bass-driven opening track, "Button my lip", which speaks in the voice of a desperate man on the verge of committing a terrible crime, to a tender and timely closing rendition of, "The Scarlet Tide", referred to by Costello’s co-composer and fellow Oscar Nominee, T Bone Burnett as an "anti-fear song".

The Delivery Man was recorded in Oxford, MS and produced by Dennis Herring and Elvis Costello. Jon Pareles of The New York Times describes the album as: "...the album steeped in Southern Americana: the gospel-rooted grooves of Memphis soul, touches of pedal steal guitar, Southern-rooted guest singers including Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams and the storytelling that Southern soul shares with country music."

Like a lot of great things in music history, The Delivery Man can be said to have started with the late great Johnny Cash. The Delivery Man is actually a character imported from a song I wrote in 1986 for Johnny Cash," Costello explains. "He's based on a real character. I read this story in the paper about a man who confessed to murdering his childhood friend thirty years later, having been in prison for a number of other things. I thought this story was very interesting because he'd carried this burden of guilt of this childhood crime.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 61706802
UPC 602498624296
UPC 14 00602498624296
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2004
Author Elvis Costello
Product Attributes
Artist Costello,Elvis
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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