The Sweetest Punch

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The Sweetest Punch: The New Songs of Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach Arranged by Bill Frisell
Studio album by Elvis Costello and Bill Frisell
Released September 21, 1999
Genre Pop, jazz
Length 64:09
Label Decca/Universal Classics
Producer Lee Townsend
Elvis Costello chronology
Painted from Memory
(1998)
The Sweetest Punch
(1999)
For the Stars
(2001)
Bill Frisell chronology
Painted from Memory
(1998)
The Sweetest Punch
(1999)
Ghost Town
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

The Sweetest Punch is a 1999 album by Elvis Costello and Bill Frisell, released as a companion album to 1998's Painted from Memory. Many of the earlier album's songs are featured with new arrangements by Frisell, and mostly in instrumental versions.

Vocals for three of the tracks are also featured, with Costello on "Toledo", Cassandra Wilson on "Painted from Memory", and Costello and Wilson in a duet on "I Still Have That Other Girl".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, except "Vamp Dolce", that was written by Frisell.

  1. "The Sweetest Punch" - 4:44
  2. "Toledo" - 5:25
  3. "Such Unlikely Lovers" - 5:43
  4. "This House Is Empty Now" - 5:03
  5. "Painted from Memory" - 4:10
  6. "What's Her Name Today?" - 4:58
  7. "In the Darkest Place" - 5:55
  8. "Vamp Dolce" - 3:25
  9. "My Thief" - 4:31
  10. "I Still Have That Other Girl" - 2:22
  11. "Painted from Memory (Reprise)" - 3:36
  12. "Long Division" - 3:59
  13. "Tears at the Birthday Party" - 3:44
  14. "I Still Have That Other Girl (Reprise)" - 1:52
  15. "God Give Me Strength" - 4:42

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 5
2000 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 23