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The Delivery Man [Enhanced, Special Edition]

Elvis Costello Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Special Edition
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0007D08CA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Button My Lip
2. Country Darkness
3. There's A Story In Your Voice
4. Either Side Of The Same Town
5. Bedlam
6. The Delivery Man
7. Monkey To Man
8. Nothing Clings Like Ivy
9. The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love
10. Heart Shaped Bruise
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Monkey
2. Country Darkness
3. Needle Time
4. The Scarlet Tide
5. In Another Room
6. The Delivery Man
7. The Dark End Of The Street

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If I want reliability I'll FedEx it.
The Delivery Man he may be, but this is a long overdue package: a much welcome, if not totally successful, return to form by Elvis Costello. He can write beautifully, but as with all of his stuff he just doesn't know when to stop writing more and more bloody words.
Still, backed by The Imposters (or the Almost Attractions - Steve Nieve, Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas) this is one of the best sounding and best played albums in a dog's age from the one-time Declan MacManus.
I don't mean that to be faint praise, because aside from one or two mis-steps, this is a darned fine band album. Recorded in Oxford, Mississippi, it has a great live feel to it (it really sounds like it is being played by a band playing together).
Better yet, there are some excellent guest vocal contributions from Lucinda Williams and, particularly, Emmylou Harris (the gorgeous "Heart Shaped Bruise" and the closing "Scarlet Tide").
It's great to have him back.
I'm not sure what the latest Mrs C will think of the dedication on the album: "This record is for my wife"; nice sentiment, but, eh, which wife? Sorry...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedlam 10 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm starting to think that EC isn't a single person but a collective, how else to explain the sheer mountain of great music he has produced over the years. On this record he has resuscitated the splenetic energy from his initial albums and welded it on to a roaring free jazz, country, rock thing. Aided and ably abetted by the Imposters, Emmylou Harris and a distinctly narky Lucinda Williams this is one of Elvis' best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goods delivered!! 30 Sep 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Easily the best thing Costello has done in a while. For those who like pigeonholes this is Elvis' two best works rolled into one -and about time too!! - King of America collides with Blood & Chocolate to produce a raucous yet melodious deep Southern party! Great duets - the one with Lucinda Williams has to be heard to be believed what an amazing voice Ms Williams has - well awesome. As for the title track....and every well played, well sung, well written & well produced song on this superlative collection. ELVIS IS KING!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Back on Top Form 17 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
Elvis costello has returned to form in a major way with this new album of songs recorded in the Southern States of the USA. It features vocal contributions from Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams and a whole clutch of new songs that are certain to be regarded as classics.
While a couple of songs, such as the opener "Button My Lip" and "Bedlam" fail to convince, there are many more songs like "Country Darkness", "Either Side of the Same Town" and "Monkey To Man" where the whole ensemble of the song, Elvis's voice and the performance of The Imposters really come together.
While the album has plenty of uptempo songs there are a couple of really mellow moments too, like "Nothing Clings Like Ivy" and "Heart Shaped Bruise", which have a bit of a country feel to them.
The album closes with a very simple arrangement of "The Scarlet Tide", which was originally performed by Alison Krauss for the Cold Mountain soundtrack and earned writers Elvis and T Bone Burnett an Oscar nomination. This time around it's a duet between Elvis and Emmylou Harris accompanied just by Elvis on Ukelele.
While last year's "North" was undoubtedly a downbeat classic, this is Elvis right back on track. If it was a couple of songs shorter it wouold have been unbeatable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another year, another great Costello album. 4 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Who cares if the idea of a retreat into "alt-country" seems like something of a cynical attempt to cash in on the success of retro-rockers like Ryan Adams, Bonnie Prince Billy, Lambchop and The White Stripes...? this is Costello delivering the goods, with a blistering semi-concept album about the murderous intent of a lustful delivery man and the women that fall under his spell. Of course, the central motif of the album goes beyond mere seduction and greed, as Costello also incorporates a fair amount of his trademark angst and bile, as he lays into current political problems post 9/11, the judicial system, social malaise and wanton heartbreak. The results are quite astounding, with Costello seemingly re-invigorated after the classical-jazz experiments found on 2003's underrated release North and last year's instrumental work, Ill Sogno, with the rock star finally looking back to the style of music that made him famous... creating a work of raw emotional resonance replete with muddy pub-rock production, noisy guitars and an over-all genius band performance from the Impostors.
As with his best work, like This Year's Model, Imperial Bedroom and Trust, you get a real sense that Costello and the band are having a great deal of fun creating this music and using the production to develop an atmosphere that complements - as opposed to overwhelming - the intent of the songs. It is true that some will find this wilful, haphazard approach to the recording a little off-putting, though I think others will appreciate the country feel that we get from these songs, as well as the welcome change of pace following the over-production and purposeful stylisation of many of Costello's more-recent records of the last decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the delivery man
great cd . I cant fault anything this man does. great condition as you would expect. great price as well
Published 5 months ago by chezza
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply great album by Costello and Co.
Who cares if the idea of a retreat into "alt-country" seems like something of a cynical attempt to cash in on the success of retro-rockers like Ryan Adams, Bonnie Prince Billy,... Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2008 by Jonathan James Romley
5.0 out of 5 stars The King Is Back!
This album is pure classic Costello.
He's had a few changes of style over the years but this is well and truly back to classic Costello style. Read more
Published on 12 July 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Costello is still one of the best songwriters, just listen..
Costello has been a versatile artist over his whole career. This album is no exception; the diversity from blues, heartbreak ballads and psychedelic rock give this record a... Read more
Published on 29 May 2005 by David Calcano
3.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Heights, Deep Lows
EC has made numerous great recordings (take your pick) plus some extraordinary and innovative ones (Juliet Letters, Painted from Memory). Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars DELIVERY MAN, DELIVERS!
Published on 16 Oct 2004 by Martin Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult loves sung in the shadow of 9/11
From the early publicity surrounding Delivery Man, I thought I knew two things about it. One, that the American public had been thought too childish or too prone to righteous... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious grower
Got very excited when I heard about the new Elvis album, pre-ordered it and waited patiently, eventually it arrived and went straight into the CD player, and... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2004 by johndglynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics?
Having struggled with North I was worried that my long association with the exceptional talents of EC were coming to an end. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2004 by "garry1780"
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Country
Country tinged to varying degrees. A good, solid album from Elvis Costello and what amount to the Attractions with a new bass player. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2004 by John David Charles Hilton
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