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Secret,Profane&Sugarcane [VINYL]

Elvis Costello Vinyl
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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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  • Vinyl (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Specialty/Hear Music
  • ASIN: B0025KN4DS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Down Among The Wines And Spirits (3:12)
2. Complicated Shadows (2:54)
3. I Felt The Chill (4:00)
4. My All Time Doll (4:10)
5. Hidden Shame (4:15)
6. She Handed Me A Mirror (4:05)
7. I Dreamed Of My Old Lover (2:36)
8. How Deep Is The Red? (3:48)
Disc: 2
1. She Was No Good (3:48)
2. Sulphur To Sugarcane (6:00)
3. Red Cotton (5:44)
4. The Crooked Line (3:49)
5. Changing Partners (2:40)
6. Femme Fatale (3:53)
7. What Lewis Did Last (4:54)

Product Description

Hear Music * 2LP * gatefold * stereo * US * * * *

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Elvis is one of our most cherished but sadly neglected national treasures. Indeed while his reputation as one of our generation's greatest songwriters seems to grow in the US back in "blighty" his albums are greeted with a mixture of polite respect or mystified indifference.

It is a huge shame as Costello makes stunning albums which draw upon a huge range of musical sources which he in turn always transforms from base metal into a precious substance. I suspect that his ability to jump from genre to genre is seen in some eyes as an irritation rather than strength and lacking in consistency. His fans however see it as his impatience to move on and never become pigeon holed.

He teams up again on this album with the uber hot producer T Bone Burnett fresh from his triumph with Plant and Krauss on "Raising Sand". Is this an attempt by Costello to follow suit; it would be an injustice even to think it. Costello and Burnett have worked together on and off since the mid 80s most notably on the neglected classic "king of America" which included great Elvis songs like "I'll wear it proudly" and "Little palaces". Thus the idea of an Elvis "cash in" on Burnett can be ruled out as can the idea that this is "Almost Blue" part2. It is far superior than the latter.

True it is familiar Burnett territory drawing upon a rich vein of country music, bluegrass and Americana but with the bulk of tracks penned by Elvis. As such I cant quite give it 5 stars and cant work out yet how to rate at four and a half! They both could do this in their sleep but this is tremendous plus and not a weakness particularly with the fantastic quality of the songs.

The highlights

* Costello does a new version of his own song written for Johnny Cash "Hidden Shame".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Americana 3 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Elvis Costello returns to Nashville (scene of 1981's "Almost Blue" recordings) and links up again with producer T. Bone Burnett (who produced Costello's classic "King of America" and 1989's "Spike" and co-wrote with Costello the Oscar-nominated "The Scarlet Tide," sung by Alison Krauss in the movie Cold Mountain.) It's thirty-two years since the blistering debut of "My Aim Is True" and the stellar sequence of Costello (and the Attractions) albums that followed. Depending on your perspective, it's somewhere between 10 and 20 years since the release of a Costello album qualified as a bona fide musical event. For all his brilliance, Costello is still criticized for his genre-hopping ways. But throughout his brilliant career, three things have been (pretty much) constant: 1) Costello's musical intelligence and inquisitiveness; 2) his choice of great collaborators; 3) his incredible voice. For fans old and new, "Secret, Profane and Sugarcane" displays all three traits. It's an acoustic collection of rootsy, bluesy, "back-porch" Americana, with dobro, fiddle, mandolin and accordion supplied by some great backing musicians. "Complicated Shadows" (from 1996's "All This Useless Beauty") gets reworked here, along with "Hidden Shame" (a Costello song recorded by Johnny Cash, and previously available as a Costello demo from 1996). Among the ten previously unrecorded tracks are two bluegrassy numbers written with T.Bone Burnett -- "Sulphur to Sugarcane" and "The Crooked Line" -- plus Costello's second collaboration with Loretta Lynn, the classic-country-sounding "I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came." There are also four songs from Costello's unfinished Hans Christian Andersen opera. If you're not already a Costello fan, this is not the album to start with. But if you are (like me) always willing to follow Costello on every step of his musical journey, there's a swing-seat on the porch waiting for you. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the little hands of concrete. 18 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been on a long and sometimes bumpy journey with Elvis Costello. I came in at This Years Model and have stuck with him ever since. Never being one to stand still and by proving himself to be a genre camelion Elvis' music has rarely been dull and most of his collabrations have been astounding and outstanding.
But by turning his back on the UK he's now largely forgotten back home and this latest offering is unlikely to bring new fans to the Macmanus clan. However if, like me, you found King of America to be one of his greatest moments then you need to own this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem 5 July 2009
By Slim
Format:Audio CD
There is so much music produced in the Noughties which only dulls the mind.
Elvis has produced a series of exquitely crafted gems in this decade, mixing genres and collaborators. The thing that all his records have in common is great songwriting. And this latest gem is packed with wonderful songs. I could praise them in similar terms to the other reviewers, but why waste key depressions.If you do not have this disc, you deprive yourself of the opportunity to listen to I Felt The Chill, which makes you a complete muppet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars out of the spotlight but in form 10 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Elvis seems largly ignored by the media just now - which seems to be doing him no end of good - just getting on with making music that he enjoys and so do we. Delivery Man was a real return to form, Momofuku was even better and this to me is the most completly enjoyable Elvis album since King of America.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not very far from sulphur to sugarcane... 27 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I have to declare my love and admiration for Elvis Costello. I have pretty much everything he has ever released and have seen him numerous times in concert, so my thoughts are those of a big fan very familiar with his work. However, having said that, I am left feeling that this particular album will never be counted amongst my favourite work of the great man. It's an undoubtedly lovely country/Americana-themed collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and has some great moments and superb rootsy musical touches, but it's slightly too tame and careful for me to fully embrace it as one of his classics. I am, however, falling into the trap of comparing this album with his previous work, but for an artist like Elvis, it is very difficult not to judge him by his own very high and very eclectic standards.

Despite my lukewarm feelings about the project as a whole, there is much on "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" to love, though. "I Felt The Chill" is a beautiful but heartbreaking song documenting feelings of betrayal. It's also great to have a wonderful version of "Hidden Shame" on this album, a song never officially released by Elvis, but covered by Johnny Cash. "Sulphur To Sugarcane" is a delightful little bluesy ditty as well and is delivered with more than a little humour. "Red Cotton" is superb and could easily have been a track from his 80's masterpiece "King Of America". In fact, everything is more than listenable and most of the album is very enjoyable - it merely suffers from being slightly ordinary on more than one occasion.

This is, without doubt, worth buying if you are either a fan of Elvis Costello or a lover of the Americana music genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair to maudlin
This cd from a legendary singer/songwriter is a disappointing effort compared to his earlier works but marks a radical departure to a more folky sound and improves towards the end.
Published 20 months ago by W. J. Beckwith
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap bluegrass karaoke!!
At first glance the line up on this CD looks like a dream sheet. I've bought several Elvis Costello CD's dating back to the late '70's, and I thought Raising Sand was brilliant so... Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by Mr. V. C. Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Blue? - Almost as good?
I didn't know what to expect with this Album, I had not heard any tracks on it before purchase, I only bought it as I thought it might be "intresting" to hear how Costello had... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by A. Mccoll
3.0 out of 5 stars open-secret, profanities and sugar-beet
I am a massive EC fan - owning absolutely everything he has ever recorded. I admire the man hugely, however I find it impossible to concur with some of the gushing reviews I have... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by Drew W. Mclellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Always good
I bought this for my husband who has always been a fan of Elivis Costello-he was not disappointed, he loves it!
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by J. fletcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I bought this cd after reading a glowing review in the paper and because I have liked Elvis costello in the past. Read more
Published on 2 July 2009 by Kenneth F. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars How does he do it??
I just give up! This guy is too talented for me! How can someone produce such interesting, fresh sounding gems after so many years of songwriting? Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2009 by Langella
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