Last year, Elvis Costello received a letter from former bandmate Allan Mayes. Their friendship dates back to the early 1970s when they were teenagers performing in tiny halls across England, but they broke up long before Costello found any success on his own – and only the most devoted Elvis fans know of their work together.
“He wanted to remind me that it would soon be 50 years since I joined his band Rusty, shortly after we first met at a party on New Year’s Eve 1971,” Costello said in a statement. “He asked me if I would like to celebrate this anniversary by getting together to play some songs we used to know. I said, “Absolutely not! Let’s make the record we would have made when we were 18 if someone had let us.”
The result is Rusty: The Resurrection of Rust, which will be released on streaming platforms on June 10th and on CD on July 1st. The album was cut with Costello’s longtime backing band, The Imposters, and produced by Costello and Sebastian Krys. It includes two original songs from their Rusty days (“Warm House”, “Maureen and Sam”), two covers by Nick Lowe (“Surrender To The Rhythm”, “Don’t Lose Your Grip On Love”) and the by Kentucky songwriter Jim Ford’s “I’m Ahead If I Can Quit While I’m Behind” and a unique amalgamation of Neil Young’s songs “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” and “Dance, Dance, Dance”.
“Allan and I quickly rediscovered the vocal blend that convinced us we could take on the world (or at least Widnes) as teenagers,” Costello said, “but to bring Rusty into the 21st century I have the talents of.” enlisted The Imposters, and we were delighted to invite our old pal Bob Andrews to reprise his signature Hammond organ and piano parts on the Brinsley Schwarz showstopper ‘Surrender To The Rhythm’.”
“Warm House” was written by Costello when he was 17, while “Maureen and Sam” was a collaborative effort. “Avid listeners may recognize the theme of this song as one I rewrote as ‘Ghost Train’ and recorded in 1980,” said Costello, “changing ‘Sam’ to ‘Stan’ and changing my new lyrics to a completely different tune have set. ”
Costello and Imposters are coming to America in August for a special tour with Nick Lowe. It will be the first time they have toured together since 1989.
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