Recorded November 2, 2010, at The New York Public Library, New York, NY.
Since Elvis Costello’s debut album, My Aim Is True, was released in 1977, his musical eclecticism and fiercely literate lyrics have earned him recognition as one of the most innovative and influential songwriters since Bob Dylan. While his songs have been recorded by music legends such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Chet Baker, he is best known for his own performances with The Attractions (with whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003) and The Imposters.
On the evening of November 2, Elvis Costello gave a private concert for 500 lucky fans to celebrate the release of his new album, National Ransom, that day. Within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library’s world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Costello – along with the Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums – performed new songs from National Ransom as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career.
“I Lost You”
“Blame It On Cain”
“Dr. Watson, I Presume”
“Poor Borrowed Dress”
“A Slow Drag With Josephine”
“Jimmie Standing In The Rain”
“The Spell That You Cast”
“That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving”
“Stations Of The Cross”
“Sulphur To Sugarcane”
“Leave My Kitten Alone”
Get tickets to see Elvis Costello and The Imposters on June 30, 2011.