THE RIVER IN REVERSE
part of the hypothetical reissues series

ORIGINAL ALBUM (53:03)
  1. On Your Way Down (4:51)
  2. Nearer To You (3:30)
  3. Tears, Tears And More Tears (3:26)
  4. The Sharpest Thorn (4:14)
  5. Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further? (5:03)
  6. The River In Reverse (4:28)
  7. Freedom For The Stallion (2:54)
  8. Broken Promise Land (4:32)
  9. Ascension Day (2:57)
  10. International Echo (4:55)
  11. All These Things (4:04)
  12. Wonder Woman (3:07)
  13. Six-Fingered Man (4:29)
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint's The River In Reverse was recorded over two weeks in Los Angeles and New Orleans in November and December 2005. The Japanese CD and the iTunes release each featured an outtake from the album sessions, and two more are known to remain in the vault.

Because of the collaborative nature of the album, it seems unlikely that the songs in the "Additional Extras" section would be seriously considered as bonus material for a reissue of The River In Reverse, but this is where they fit chronologically.

RELATED EXTRAS

THE GREATEST LOVE
    [The River In Reverse Japanese CD bonus track]
A remake of an older Allen Toussaint song (recorded by Willie West in 1965 and Lee Dorsey in 1966), this has yet to be released outside of Japan.

WHERE IS THE LOVE
    [The River In Reverse iTunes bonus track]
This Costello/Toussaint original is available as a standalone download in some markets (including the UK), while others (such as the US) require purchase of the full album. It has not been released in any physical format.

PEACE LIKE A RIVER (LIVE, MONTREAL, JUL. 4, 2006)
    [Tribute To Paul Simon album by various artists]
AMERICAN TUNE (LIVE, MONTREAL, JUL. 4, 2006)
    [Tribute To Paul Simon album by various artists]
In truth, only "American Tune" belongs in the "Related Extras" section, but they are listed together for simplicity's sake. A day after their appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival (filmed for the Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade DVD), Elvis and Allen were among the acts at a Paul Simon tribute concert. Elvis performed "Peace Like A River" without Allen, and they shared the stage for "American Tune," sung largely by Allen, with Elvis briefly taking the lead late in the song. The backing on both songs is provided by a house band led by Daniel Thouin. The Tribute To Paul Simon CD seems to have only been issued in Canada.

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS 2005-2007

BEAUTIFUL
    [House M.D.: Original Television Soundtrack album by various artists]
Elvis covered Christina Aguilera's 2002 hit especially for an episode of the TV series House first aired September 20, 2005. The song was recorded July 13, 2005 at New York's Avatar Studios. The soundtrack album was released in 2007.

ARE YOU HAVIN' ANY FUN? with Tony Bennett
    [Duets: An American Classic album by Tony Bennett]
Elvis and Tony's version of the Sammy Fain/Jack Yellen-penned standard was recorded in February 2006 at Bennett Studios in Englewood, New Jersey.

LITTLE BOXES
    [Weeds: Music From The Showtime Original Series, Volume 2 album by various artists]
For the second season of the TV series Weeds, the theme song "Little Boxes" was performed by a different artist each week. Elvis' version appeared in the season premiere, broadcast August 14, 2006, and on the soundtrack CD issued two months later. The song was written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962.

WHEN I STOP DREAMING with Charlie Louvin
    [Charlie Louvin album by Charlie Louvin]
Elvis remakes the Louvin Brothers song with the surviving brother. This was recorded in June 2006 at the Beech House in Nashville.

RING OF FIRE
    [Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash album by various artists]
The Johnny Cash hit (but first recorded by Anita Carter and written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore) was part of the Coward Brothers' live repertoire in 1985 and 1986. The studio version was recorded in 2006 at the Cash family property in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

TROUBLEMAKER
    [Welcome To The Voice album by various artists]
DESPAIR
    [Welcome To The Voice album by various artists]
Elvis played the lead role in the first performance of Steve Nieve and Muriel Téodori's opera Welcome To The Voice in 2000. In the 2007 CD version, he sings the smaller role of the Chief of Police. He does most of the singing on "Troublemaker" (Robert Wyatt sings the slower interlude) and is one of several singers (including Sting) on "Despair." Because of the shared spotlights and the songs' role in the album's larger storyline, these don't really work as standalone "Elvis Costello songs," and they seem unlikely candidates for an Elvis Costello album.

UNRELEASED & UNRECORDED

WHAT DO YOU WANT THE GIRL TO DO?
The bonus DVD included with initial copies of The River In Reverse includes 90 seconds of studio footage of this outtake from the album sessions, but it is otherwise unreleased. Elvis and Allen share the vocals on this song first recorded by Toussaint on his 1975 album Southern Nights.

WITH YOU IN MIND
The other known outtake from The River In Reverse sessions was written by Toussaint and first recorded by Frankie Miller in 1974. In a radio interview prior to the release of The River In Reverse, Allen Toussaint said the outtake would appear "on the next release of whatever we would put out, whether it be an extra single or something like that," but that has yet to occur.

WHO'S GONNA HELP BROTHER GET FURTHER? (ALTERNATE VOCAL)
A December 22, 2005 report on ABC News' Nightline about the making of The River In Reverse included footage of the "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?" recording session. While the album version is sung largely by Allen, with Elvis not taking the lead until the fourth verse, the Nightline footage has Elvis singing from the start. Since only one verse is shown, it is unclear whether Elvis sang the entire song or if any of the later verses were handled by Allen. The performance is largely obscured by dialogue in the Nightline broadcast.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Initial copies of The River In Reverse CD included a DVD of Putting The River In Reverse, a 32-minute documentary on the making of the album.


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