1998 Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted From Memory

Painted From Memory is a collaboration between Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach. It was released 29 September 1998 on Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music Group.

The collaboration commenced with “God Give Me Strength”, a commission for the 1996 film Grace of My Heart, directed by Allison Anders, starring Illeana Douglas, with lead vocals by Kristen Vigard. Apparently pleased with the result, the pair expanded the project to this full album, the first for Costello after an absence of two years, and for Bacharach after an absence of 21 years. Lyrics and music are co-credited to both Bacharach and Costello. In his 2015 autobiography, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, Costello wrote, “To have written a song like “God Give Me Strength” and simply stopped would have been ridiculous, so about a year later we began a series of writing sessions […].”


1  In The Darkest Place (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:19
Toledo (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:34
3  I Still Have That Other Girl (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 02:46
4  This House Is Empty Now (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 05:08
5  Tears At The Birthday Party (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:38
6  Such Unlikely Lovers (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 03:23
7  My Thief (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:19
8  The Long Division (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:13
9  Painted From Memory (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:12
10  The Sweetest Punch (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:09
11 What’s Her Name Today (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 04:07
12 God Give Me Strength (Burt Bacharach; Elvis Costello) 06:10


BassGreg Cohen
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarGeorge Doering
KeyboardsSteve Nieve
PianoBurt Bacharach
FluteSteve Kujala
French HornRichard Todd
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TubaJohn Van Houten
PercussionRobert Zimmitti
PercussionDaniel Greco
VocalsElvis Costello
VocalsDonna Taylor
VocalsLisa Taylor
VocalsSue Ann Carwell

Other Musicians

1 In The Darkest Place

FluteSteve Kujala

2 Toledo

PianoSteve Nieve
FlugelhornGary Grant
FlugelhornJerry Hey

4 This House Is Empty Now

BassDave Coy
Guitar (solo)Dean Parks
KeyboardsRob Shrock
AccordionFrank Marocco
ViolinBelinda Whitney-Barratt

5 Tears At The Birthday Party

SaxDan Higgins

6 Such Unlikely Lovers

KeyboardsRandy Kerber

7 My Thief

PianoSteve Nieve
VocalsLisa Taylor

8 The Long Division

KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
MoogGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
OboeEarl Dumler

9 Painted From Memory

PianoSteve Nieve

12 God Give Me Strength

BassT-Bone Wolk
DrumsChris Parker
GuitarDavid Spinozza
KeyboardsRob Mounsey
FlugelhornByron Stripling
FlugelhornLew Soloff
SaxLawrence Feldman
VibraphoneDavid Carey


Cello – Anne Karam, Jodi Burnett, Larry Corbett, Robert Adcock, Suzie Katayama
Cello – Mark Shuman, Richard Locker (Track 12)
Harp – Gayle Levant
Viola – Andrew Picken, Carole Mukogawa, Harry Shirinian, John Scanlon, Keith Greene, Marilyn Baker, Rick Gerding, Roland Kato
Viola – Julien Barber, Sue Pray (Track 12)
Violin – Alan Grunfeld, Armen Garabedian, Berj Garabedian, Bette Byers, Brian Leonard, Bruce Dukov, Darius Campo, David Ewart, Gil Romero, Haim Shtrum, Horia Moroaica, Jackie Brand, Karen Jones, Lisa Johnson, Mari Tsumura, Michael Markman, Murray Adler, Norman Hughes, Pat Johnson, Richard Altenbach, Tamara Hatwan
Violin – Barry Finclair, David Nadien, Donna Tecco, Elena Barere, Jan Mullen, John Pintavalle, Laura Seaton, Marti Sweet, Paul Peabody, Richard Sortomme (Track 12)

Liner Notes

Producer – Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello
Arranged By – Burt Bacharach
Concertmaster – Assa Drori
Conductor – Burt Bacharach
Conductor (Strings) – Eddie Karam (Track 12)
Contractor – Patti Zimmitti
Contractor – Jill Dell’Abate (Track 12)
Coordinator – Milo Lewis
Orchestrated By – Rick Giovinazzo (Track 12)
Orchestrated By (Strings) – Johnny Mandel (Track 12)
Engineer – Kevin Killen
Engineer (Assistant) – Alan Sanderson
Mixed By – Kevin Killen
Recorded By – Kevin Killen

Photography – William Claxton, Rankin

Mixed At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Right Track Recording
Phonographic Copyright (p) Mercury Records
Copyright (c) Mercury Records