Coming on October 12th is Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ latest album, Look Now. The album, which was in the can before Costello announced his successful cancer treatment, which forced him to scrap a string of spring dates, will be released to coincide with his fall North American tour throughout November and December.
Details on then album appeared on MusicTap.com before being pulled down, with the SteveHoffman.tv site posting the album will be issued in both a standard and deluxe edition with four additional songs — including the solo Costello track “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way,” which was featured in the 2017 movie Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. In addition to that, according to the Costello Wiki, one of the songs was composed with Carole King and three others with Burt Bacharach.
Over the years, Elvis Costello has reissued most of his albums several times, including demos, alternate versions, live renditions, acoustic readings, and more. Costello told us that those bonus tracks are meant to augment the listening experience — not replace or change the intent of the original versions: “I mean, the demos and the outtakes and these that’ve been released, it’s not a question of milking the audience to buy inferior versions. Presumably there’s something illuminating. A couple of my records I feel there are viable alternate versions of the records that are in the demo form; two or three of the albums that kind of have that relationship as the nature of the production. On the other hand, recordings that were sketches for the writers that may have somehow slipped out and become available, I don’t think there’s any obligation on out part to release them because somebody did steal ’em and make them available.”
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