Musicians : . Elvis Costello – Vocals, Ampeg Baby Bass, Guitars, Melodica, Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano . ?uestlove – Drums . The Roots – . Frank “Knuckles” Walker – Bells, Chimes, Percussion, Tambourine . Kirk Douglas – Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals . Mark Kelley – Bass . Damon Bryson – Sousaphone . James Poyser – Keyboards, Piano . Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez – Vocals on (9) . Drew Dembowski – Bass . Pino Palladino – Bass . Ken Wild – Bass . Bob Carr – Bassoon, Contrabassoon . Ray Angry – Bells, Clavinet, Farfisa Organ, Keyboards, Organ, Piano . Alex Budman – Clarinet (Bass) . Brent Fischer – Conductor, Orchestration . Bill Reichenbach – Contrabass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba . Steve Hughes – Euphonium . The Brent Fischer Orchestra – Orchestra . Matt Cappy – Flugelhorn, Horn Arrangements, Trumpet . Chris Farr – Flute, Saxophone . Korey Riker – Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Saxophone . Miguel Martinez – Cello . Kevan Torfeh – Cello . Cecilia Tsan – Cello . Robert Berg – Viola . Roland Kato – Viola . Kazi Pitelka – Viola . Sally Berman – Violin . Mark Cargill – Violin . Mike Ferrill – Violin . Sam Fischer – Violin . Alex Gorlovsky – Violin . Anna Kostyuchek – Violin . Elizabeth Wilson – Violin . Diane Birch – Vocals (Background) .
Production . Produced by Elvis Costello, Questlove, Steven Mandel . Steve Mandel – Engineer, Mixing . Mike Cashin – Assistant Engineer . Sebastián Krys – Vocal Engineer . Richard Stolz – Vocal Engineer . Brendan Steele – Assistant Engineer . Dave Kutch – Mastering .
Package : . Nicole Frantz – Creative Director . Coco Shinomiya – Art Direction . Ben Greenman – Liner Notes . Danny Clinch – Photography .
PopMatters And what’s to be expected through those next 11 songs is a surprisingly exciting record. For all the collaborations both Elvis Costello and the Roots have found themselves in, Wise Up Ghost has got to be among the most substantial, among the most revered. […]
Philly.com It starts with anything. It could be a computer or a melodica. Including the Apple Computer volume “quacks” that are all too familiar, the first seven seconds of Wise Up Ghost sum up the record. It speeds up, slows down and moves backwards. These seven seconds are what this record actually is: a marriage of new and old. […]
Drowned in Sound All in all it’s a lot of fun. The hip hop influence on the veteran rock star isn’t anything like the disaster you might fear, and in fact helps him sound fresher than he has in years. It’s a very politicised, angry record too, and the ramshackle production gives it a Tom Waits kind of sound on more than one track. […]