Blood And Chocolate Elvis Costello & The Attractions
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- 2I Hope You're Happy Now03:07
- 3Tokyo Storm Warning06:25
- 4Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head05:07
- 5I Want You06:42
- 6Honey Are You Straight Or Are You Blind02:09
- 7Blue Chair03:42
- 8Battered Old Bird05:52
- 9Crimes Of Paris04:19
- 10Poor Napoleon03:24
- 11Next Time Round03:35
Info for Blood And Chocolate
Following 1985's „King Of America“, Elvis Costello temporarily reunited with the Attractions and producer Nick Lowe for one last album before their final split. (Though two albums were released with the Attractions in the 1990s, bassist Bruce Thomas--then on the outs with his bandmates due to a dishy tell-all roman à clef novel he'd written in the interim--had a significantly reduced role in those.) It's quite a farewell: „Blood And Chocolate“ may stand as the hardest rocking and most lyrically vituperative album in Costello's oeuvre, even more so than early scorchers like „This Year‘s Model“. Even the ballads, like the stark, ominous 'I Want You' and the dizzying 'Poor Napoleon,' fairly seethe with venomous malice, and rockers like the throbbing opener 'Uncomplicated' and the simply brutal kiss-off 'I Hope You're Happy Now' are Costello at his most savage.
„Elvis Costello returned to the Attractions as quickly as he abandoned them, hiring the band and old producer Nick Lowe to record Blood & Chocolate, his second record in the span of one year. Where King of America was a stripped-down roots rock affair, Blood & Chocolate is a return to the harder rock of This Year's Model. Occasionally, there are hints of country and folk, but the majority of the album is straight-ahead rock & roll: the opener, 'Uncomplicated,' only has two chords. The main difference between the reunion and the Attractions' earlier work is the tone -- This Year's Model was tense and out of control, whereas Blood & Chocolate is controlled viciousness. 'Tokyo Storm Warning,' 'I Hope You're Happy Now,' and 'I Want You' are the nastiest songs he has ever recorded, both lyrically and musically -- Costello snarls the lyrics and the Attractions bash out the chords. Blood & Chocolate doesn't retain that high level of energy throughout the record, however, and loses momentum toward the end of the album. Still, it's a lively and frequently compelling reunion, even if it is a rather mean-spirited one.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)
Elvis Costello, guitars, vocals, harmonium, bass, electric organ, percussion
Steve Nieve, piano, organ, harmonium
Bruce Thomas, bass, electric guitar, saxophone
Pete Thomas, drums, alto saxophone
Nick Lowe, acoustic guitar
Cait O'Riordan, vocals on 'Crimes of Paris' and 'Poor Napoleon'
Jimmy Cliff, vocals on 'Seven Day Weekend'
Mitchell Froom, organ on 'Blue Chair' single version
Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk, electric guitar, bass on 'Blue Chair' single version
Mickey Curry, drums on 'Blue Chair' single version
Recorded March–May 1986 at Olympic Studios, London, England
Produced by Nick Lowe and Colin Fairley
began working as a professional musician 35 years ago, shortly after the release of his first album, “My Aim Is True”. He has made more than 27 studio records, three live albums and numerous guest appearances on stage, studio and screen as well as working as a record producer, bit-part actor and composing music for television drama and dance performance.
He has toured the world with The Attractions, The Imposters and the pianist, Steve Nieve, performing with symphony and jazz orchestras as well as in solo performance. His catalogue of songs includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and Burt Bacharach with whom he won a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from their 1998 collaboration, Painted From Memory. Costello’s songs have been recorded by George Jones, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield and Robert Wyatt.
Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In the same year he was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. His last record was 2010s National Ransom, produced by T-Bone Burnett. Between 2008 and 2010, Costello was the host of twenty episodes of the interview and music show, “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel.
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