Concert DVD "Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade" set for November 21,
Features Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, The Imposters, Anthony "AB"
Brown and the Crescent City Horns
Recorded live in Montreal in 2006, during his month long tour in
support of "The River in Reverse," a collaboration with New Orleans
musician Allen Toussaint and featuring his regular backing group, The
Imposters, along with Toussaint and his New Orleans Horn Section, The
Crescent City Horns.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Costello and Toussaint began the
collaboration that resulted in "The River in Reverse." The album
includes new and old compositions by Toussaint, several songs
co-written by Toussaint and Costello, plus one new Costello original,
the title track. Musicians featured on the project include The
Imposters, as well as Toussaint's horn section and guitarist.
Presented in 5.1 surround sound, this amazing DVD includes incredible
live performances of Elvis songs spanning the last four decades.
Monkey To Man
A Certain Girl
Tears, Tears And More Tears
Tears Before Bedtime
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Broken Promise Land
Freedom For The Stallion
The River In Reverse
Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
Watching The Detectives
Episode of Blonde
Pump It Up
Yes We Can Can
Big Chief Medley: (Big Chief/Tipitina/The Olde Professor)
The Sharpest Thorn
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 1:53:49
Who's Gonna Help Brother - An excerpt from the film "Putting The
River In Reverse" by Matthew Buzzel
Interview with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint
Tour Journal by Elvis Costello
November 10, 2006 -- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina Elvis Costello
and New Orleans musical great Allen Toussaint collaborated on "The
River In Reverse" and followed it with knockout performances at the
GRAMMY Awards and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a month-long tour. The
DVD "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" (Hip-O/UMe), released December
5, 2006, captures that tour's scintillating concert in Montreal,
Canada, spotlighting songs from the album as well as other Costello
gems spanning four decades, from "Watching The Detectives" and "Pump It
Up" to lesser-known songs, most of them given special arrangements by
"Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" offers video evidence of a rare and
special concert tour. Presented in 5.1 Surround Sound, the nearly
two-hour-long DVD stars the same lineup as that on "The River In
Reverse," combining Costello's band The Imposters with Toussaint's horn
section (Amadee Castenell, Joe Smith, Sam Williams and Brian Cayolle)
and guitarist (Anthony Brown). Bonuses include a performance of
"Alison"; an in-studio performance of "Who's Gonna Help Brother," an
excerpt from the film "Putting The River In Reverse" by Matthew
Buzzell; an interview with Costello and Toussaint; a photo gallery; and
a tour journal by Costello.
Along with performances of eight of that album's tracks, including "The
River In Reverse," "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?" and "Broken
Promise Land," "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" features new
Toussaint arrangements for previous Costello songs: "Clownstrike,"
"Tears Before Bedtime," "Poisoned Rose," "(I Don't Want To Go To)
Chelsea," "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror," "Bedlam" and "Pump It Up."
The Crescent City Horns are also featured playing charts written by
Vince Mendoza, Sy Johnson, Chris Walden and Elvis Costello on the
songs, "Monkey to Man," "Episode of Blonde," "Watching the Detectives,"
"Clubland" and the bonus feature cut, "Alison."
Toussaint takes the microphone for a number of his tunes not recorded
for the album, including "A Certain Girl" and "Play Something Sweet
(Brickyard Blues)." Toussaint's solo piano medley incorporates Earl
King's "Big Chief," Professor Longhair's "Tipitina," his own song about
"The Olde Professor" and the Toussaint-penned classic "Fortune Teller"
with Elvis on vocals.
Costello and Toussaint first met in 1983 when the latter produced a
track for the former. Toussaint also contributed to his 1988 "Spike"
album. Seventeen years later they reconnected in New York, where
Toussaint relocated after Katrina's devastation, for a series of
benefit shows, sparking the collaboration and recording of the
critically acclaimed "The River in Reverse." The deeply soulful "The
River in Reverse" is comprised of seven songs from Toussaint's
matchless catalog; five newly written by the two; and one new song, the
title track, written by Costello. To support "The River In Reverse,"
they then took to the road. The result on stage is a description as
well as a title -- "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade."