‘The River in Reverse’ by Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint is a collaborative album produced by Joe Henry and released on May 29, 2006 by Verve.
Track Listing : 1.On Your Way Down (Allen Toussaint) – 04:54 . 2.Nearer To You (Allen Toussaint) – 03:32 . 3.Tears, Tears And More Tears (Allen Toussaint) – 03:30 . 4.The Sharpest Thorn (Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint) – 04:16 . 5.Who’S Gonna Help Brother Get Further? (Allen Toussaint) – 05:04 . 6.The River In Reverse (Elvis Costello) – 04:32 . 7.Freedom For The Stallion (Allen Toussaint) – 02:58 . 8.Broken Promise Land (Allen Toussaint) – 04:34 . 9.Ascension Day (Roy Byrd, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint) – 02:57 . 10.International Echo (Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint) – 04:58 . 11.All These Things (Allen Toussaint) – 04:07 . 12.Wonder Woman (Allen Toussaint) – 03:08 . 13.Six-Fingered Man (Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint) – 04:31 . 14.Where Is The Love (Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint) – 03:54
Musicians : Elvis Costello – Acoustic And Electric Guitars, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals, Tremolo . Allen Toussaint – Electric Piano, Vocals And Backing Vocals, Horn Arrangements . Sam Williams – Trombone . Carl Blouin – Baritone Saxophone . Amadee Castenell – Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone . Brian Cayolle – Baritone Saxophone . Davey Faragher – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals . Steve Nieve – Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Farfisa Organ . Pete Thomas – Drums, Percussion
Production : Produced By Joe Henry . S. “Husky” Höskulds – Engineer, Mixing . Kevin Dean – Assistant Engineer . Wesley Fontenot – Assistant Engineer . Gavin Lurssen – Mastering
Package : Jimmy Katz – Cover Photo . Hollis King – Art Direction . Coco Shinomiya – Design . Jesse Dylan – Photography
Recorded On November 27 – December 10, 2005 At In Hollywood And New Orleans .
Released On May 29, 2006 By Verve Records.
That kind of stylistic complement is what keeps The River in Reverse in check—even the master has to reel the student back in on occasion. Thematically, both Costello and Toussaint see eye-to-eye, recognizing the extent to which the world sticks to its word. […]
The River in Reverse could have been vastly improved with more collaboration and fewer ostentatious performances, giving the two big names on the marquee more moments to shine than to strain. […]
CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Dusting ‘Em Off: Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint – The River in ReverseAnd thank God that Lomax did, otherwise we wouldn’t have Elvis Costello or, for that matter, Allen Toussaint, who orchestrated 2006’s The River in Reverse so utterly perfectly– re-contextualizing songs, rearranging them, reanimating them– it’s as if a hand transcending time and space guided the creation of the record. It’s that good. […]