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“My friend and brother, T Bone Burnett, produced Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. He and I also wrote two of the songs together.

“Sulphur To Sugarcane” takes its title from two Louisiana towns and is written in the voice of a charming but disreputable political campaigner. He is the kind of reprehensible fellow who glad-hands the women and gooses all the men.

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (30 Aug. 1994)
  • Label: Umvd/Ryko
  • ASIN: B00000EW7O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

1. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do) ?
2. Sweet Dreams
3. Success
4. I'm Your Toy (Hot Burrito No. 1)
5. Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down
6. Brown to Blue
7. Good Year for the Roses
8. Sittin' and Thinkin'
9. Colour of the Blues
10. Too Far Gone
11. Honey Hush
12. How Much I've Lied
13. He's Got You [Live][#][*]
14. Cry Cry Cry [Live][#][*]
15. There Won't Be Anymore [Live][#][*]
16. Sittin' and Thinkin' [Live][#][*]
17. Honey Hush [Live][#][*]
18. Psycho [Live][*]
19. Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven [Live][*]
20. Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie [Live][#][*]
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Costello's country excursion works well because of the quality material he chose. His voice is suited to the genre and the Attractions give it all they've got, supported by some expert Nashville musicians like John McFee on lead and pedal steel guitars, and Tommy Miller on violin.

The fast paced Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do) sounds more like early rock 'n roll than country to me, whilst Sweet Dreams is done with feeling and lots of soul. Success is a gently lilting ballad with lovely piano.

My favourites are the buoyant Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down, the moving Colour Of The Blues, this slow version of Too Far Gone, and especially the poignant Good Year For The Roses, a brilliant interpretation.

Costello's country excursion reminds me of another highly successful country album by a UK artist, Marianne Faithfull's very authentic Faithless (also available as Dreamin' My Dreams). Almost Blue obviously won't appeal to all Elvis Costello fans, but I find it a pleasure to listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Costello's country excursion works well because of the quality material he chose. His voice is suited to the genre and the Attractions give it all they've got, supported by some expert Nashville musicians like John McFee on lead and pedal steel guitars, and Tommy Miller on violin. The fast paced Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do) sounds more like early rock 'n roll than country to me, whilst Sweet Dreams is done with feeling and lots of soul. Success is a gently lilting ballad with lovely piano. My favourites are the buoyant Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down, the moving Colour Of The Blues, this slow version of Too Far Gone, and especially the poignant Good Year For The Roses, a brilliant interpretation. Costello's country excursion reminds me of another highly successful country album by a UK artist, Marianne Faithfull's very authentic Faithless (also available as Dreamin' My Dreams). Almost Blue obviously won't appeal to all Elvis Costello fans, but I find it a pleasure to listen to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ARvWDrenth on 7 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A thrash punk version of a Hank Williams song opens this intriguing collection, a real treat. As you'd expect, Costello's versions of country classics are more tortured than the original - compare him with Gram Parsons on How Much I've Lied. Slick production (Billy Sherril, who also wrote Too Far Gone) and packaging, and a focus both on well-known (Parsons, Haggard, Mathis) and less well-known writers, make a good personal introduction to the genre and to Costello's influences. Reminder if it were needed that he has broad musical tastes. No less than you'd expect from the son of a bandleader, singer and jazz trumpeter, who went from pub rock to punk rock to power ballads, and isn't done yet.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Costello's country excursion works well because of the excellent songs he chose. His voice is suited to the genre and the Attractions give it all they've got, supported by some brilliant Nashville musicians like John McFee on lead and pedal steel guitars, and Tommy Miller on violin.
The fast paced Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do) sounds more like early rock 'n roll than country to me, whilst Sweet Dreams is done with feeling and lots of soul. Success is a gently lilting ballad with lovely piano.
My favourites are the buoyant Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down, the moving Colour Of The Blues, this slow version of Too Far Gone, and especially the bittersweet Good Year For The Roses, a brilliant interpretation.
Costello's country excursion reminds me of another highly successful country album by a UK artist, Marianne Faithfull's very authentic Faithless (also available as Dreamin' My Dreams). Almost Blue obviously won't appeal to all Elvis Costello fans, but I find it a pleasure to listen to and a worthy contribution to the genre.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 11 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The fact is there's nothing to stop any non country artist recording an album with Nashville musicians.Or any country star recording music from another field.There's enough bluegrass interpretations of the Beatles.And if Ringo Starr and Vera Lynn can record country its not exactly a closed shop.
Elvis Costello for intance was a fan of the music and that's reason enough .
At the time he was seen as a punk because that's the time he was launched.
The arguments from the snobs go on forever and in the case of this particular album the fact is the producer Billy Sherill had nothing good to say about it.
Its like the way these same snobs argue against black people cutting country music-it just doesn't go anywhere as criticism.
But really Costello-the man most unlikely in 1976 when an LP of silence sold more copies than his debut album for Stiff-has worn many hats and is currently on tour with no less than New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint
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I originally bought this album many years ago on tape but have been unable to play it for some time (no tape drive). So when I heard one of the tracks played recently on the radio, I decided to track it down. Though not usually a country music fan, I feel that this collection adds something fresh to the genre, resulting in a very listenable rendition of a number of country classics.
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