Backed by Costello’s band The Imposters, highlights from the show included: Toussaints brass & horn charts on Costello’s “(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea,” and Costello’s bluesy rendering of Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down.” The thematic “Ascension Day” is Toussaint’s minor key arrangement of Professor Longhair’s “Tipitina” with lyrics penned by Costello. The tune found itself a home both on the album and toward the end of the live set. Oh, and I, along with the rest of the sweating, swaying masses of course loved “Pump It Up.” I mean, who doesn’t?
MP3: Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint – On Your Way Down
Amazon: Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint – The River in Reverse
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