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  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000FA58IY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. On Your Way DownAllen Toussaint 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nearer To YouAllen Toussaint 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tears, Tears And More TearsAllen Toussaint 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Sharpest ThornAllen Toussaint 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Who's Gonna Help Brother Get FurtherAllen Toussaint 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The River In ReverseAllen Toussaint 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Freedom For The StallionAllen Toussaint 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Broken Promise LandAllen Toussaint 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ascension DayAllen Toussaint 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. International EchoAllen Toussaint 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All These ThingsAllen Toussaint 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wonder WomanAllen Toussaint 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Six-Fingered ManAllen Toussaint 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Fantastic album, produced by Joe Henry, featuring the vocal side of Elvis Costello, and Toussaint's feel for arrangements. Sophisticated horn arrangements and grooves supporting Costello's eccentric vocals, and Toussaint's coolness. Exciting production. Highly recommended. EVIS COSTELLO - voc/gtr, ALEN TOUSSAINT - piano/voc/arranger, ANTHONY BROWN - gtr, STEVE NIEVE B-3/kbds, DAVEY FARAGHER - bass, PETE THOMAS - drums, plus horns.Medium 1
  1. On Your Way Down
  2. Nearer To You
  3. Tears, Tears And More Tears
  4. The Sharpest Thorn
  5. Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
  6. The River In Reverse
  7. Freedom For The Stallion
  8. Broken Promise Land
  9. Ascension Day
  10. International Echo
  11. All These Things
  12. Wonder Woman
  13. Six-Fingered Man

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Bain on 2 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Firstly I must confess to being something of an avid Costello fan. Secondly unlike many of his fans I actually prefer his later albums to his earlier output. Elvis has recorded various albums which can be regarded as 'side projects', although I'm sure the man himself doesn't see them this way. These include his ballet suite 'Il Sogno', the Juliet Letters' song cycle with the Brodsky Quartet and 'Painted from Memory' with Burt Bacharach, as well as various collaborations with Paul McCartney, Anne-Sophie Von Otter and many others besides. So what differentiates 'The River in Reverse' from his previous collaborations. Firstly, most of the songs on this album are culled from Allen Toussaint's back catalogue, five were co-written by Costello/Toussaint and only one track (The River in Reverse) was written solely by Costello. Secondly, and more importantly there are no filler tracks on this album, every one is a gem. Costello takes the lead vocal on all tracks except 'Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further' on which he and Toussaint share vocals. I would actually have liked to have heard more duets on this album as Toussaint also has a great voice. Toussaint's role on this album consists of backing vocals and piano accompaniment, on which he does an outstanding job. This is a very soulful album, and one which gets better with each listening. In my humble opinion this is the best album from Costello since 'Spike'. My favourite album so far this year. If you're already a Costello fan you'll love this if not try and borrow a copy and give this a couple of listens. Outstanding.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Although this album isn't quite the "best album Elvis Costello has made for years", according to many critics, The River In Reverse is very good indeed. The reason those artists collaborated in the first place was for a benefit concert for the survivors of the recent New Orleans disaster and, given their chemistry and mutual respect, they decided to cut an album together. The bluesy, atmospheric title track allures to what happened in New Orleans and will undoubtedly draw you in. My personal favourite is 'International Echo', one of five songs Elvis co-wrote with Toussaint - it features the very best of both artists, Costello's wit and sneering vocals backed with some fantastic piano licks from Allen. It's a real collaboration as well, with a song by Costello (The River In Reverse), seven by Toussaint (many previously written) and, as I mentioned, the five geniune co-written songs, all of which are superb, by them both.

Backed by Elvis' band, The Imposters, (who are The Attractions minus the one Elvis doesn't get on with any more) and a really kicking horn section (The Crescent City Horns), this whole album has a feel of a quality swing/jazz collection which could have been recorded up to fifty years ago, but retains a contemporary, vibrant, vital sound, so you're never left thinking that you're listening to anything other than original music from two artists still at the top of their game.
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By Vic Taylor on 23 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got it because of seeing one of the numbers in a Blues programme on TV, so a new addition to our collection.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Warden on 19 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Elvis is clearly out of his depth singing Blues influenced songs. Some of this is cringe worthy. While the cause for recording this CD is very worthwhile I find the pairing a bit offbeat to say the least. Mr Toussaint is a master of this genre, unfortunately Elvis ain't.

Stick to crafted pop tunes Elvis.
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