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“April 5th” appears on songwriter’s ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’ companion album

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Hear a track from 'Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album,' a two-disc audio companion to Elvis Costello's upcoming memoir.

James O'Mara

Elvis Costello will release his autobiography, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, on October 13th, and he has assembled a two-disc, 38-song companion album, featuring tracks that relate to the themes and stories of the book. The Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album track list includes Costello hits, collaborations and rarities, including “April 5th,” an unreleased track from the rocker’s supergroup with Kris Kristofferson and Rosanne Cash.

The three legends trade verses on the tender acoustic track, with Costello singing, “You want imagination/But you cannot pretend/You need air/But you won’t even break a window.” Written by the trio along with Cash’s husband, John Leventhal, “April 5th” premiered when Costello, Cash and Kristofferson performed the song together on Costello’s Spectacle series. The trio considered the title “Faith and Free Will” before settling on “April 5th,” the day of the 2008 recording session when this take was laid down, as Cash revealed in a New York Times op-ed.

“A few years ago, Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, and I formed our supergroup, C.C.K. — which sounds like a former Soviet republic — or K.C.C., which might be a knock-off of a fast food chain. We wrote and recorded a couple of songs for a still unfinished album,” Costello told Rolling Stone.

“One of them, ‘April 5th,’ was written with and produced by Rose’s husband, John Leventhal and is as good as any song on which my name is signed. It took the company of two of the greatest lyric writers I know for me to resist the temptation to adopt a disguise and to finally speak out loud.”

While “April 5th” was uploaded onto Cash’s SoundCloud page two years ago, Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album marks the first time the track will officially be released. The companion LP will also feature “I Can’t Turn It Off,” an early recording that Costello — as D.P. Costello — recorded in 1975, two years before his debut, My Aim Is True.

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, which is available to pre-order now, arrives October 9th, four days before Costello’s memoir hits shelves.

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album Track List:

Disc 1

1. Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve — “Accidents Will Happen (Live)”
2. Elvis Costello — “Poison Moon”
3. Elvis Costello — “Watching the Detectives”
4. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Oliver’s Army”
5. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Riot Act”
6. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “New Lace Sleeves”
7. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Man Out of Time”
8. Elvis Costello and the Attractions – “I Want You”
9. Elvis Costello — “When I Was Cruel No.2”
10. George Jones With Elvis Costello — “Stranger in the House”
11. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Beyond Belief”
12. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Home Truth”
13. The Costello Show Featuring His Confederates — “Indoor Fireworks”
14. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Shipbuilding”
15. Elvis Costello and the Roots — “Cinco Minutos Con Vos”
16. Elvis Costello and the Imposters — “Bedlam”
17. Elvis Costello — “Deep Dark Truthful Mirror”
18. Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint — “Ascension Day”
19. Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes — “Red Cotton”

Disc 2

1. Elvis Costello — “Veronica [Demo]”
2. Elvis Costello With Burt Bacharach — “In the Darkest Place”
3. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “I Want to Vanish”
4. Elvis Costello With Brian Eno — “My Dark Life”
5. Elvis Costello — “The Other Side of Summer”
6. Elvis Costello — “London’s Brilliant Parade”
7. Elvis Costello — “Ghost Train”
8. The Costello Show Featuring His Confederates — “Suit of Lights”
9. Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes — “Jimmie Standing in the Rain”
10. Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet — “The Birds Will Still Be Singing”
11. Elvis Costello and the Roots — “Wise Up Ghost”
12. Elvis Costello and the Attractions — “Almost Blue”
13. Elvis Costello — “All The Rage”
14. Elvis Costello — “Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4”
15. Elvis Costello — “Alison”
16. Elvis Costello and the Imposters — “My Three Sons”
17. Elvis Costello — “I’m in the Mood Again”
18. Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello and Kris Kristofferson — “April 5th” (Previously Unreleased)
19. D.P. Costello — “I Can’t Turn It Off” (Previously Unreleased)
20. Elvis Costello — “Sketches From Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink”

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