Songs You May Have Missed #497

almost blue

Elvis Costello: “Sweet Dreams” (1981)

A song most associate most strongly with Patsy Cline, “Sweet Dreams” had actually been a hit at least twice already before her version was released just after her death in 1963.

In 1956 Don Gibson, the song’s writer, had a top ten country hit with the song. And in 1960 Faron Young’s version did even better. But since Cline’s version has done the most business in the years since, it’s become the “classic”.

Elvis Costello shocked fans in 1981 by releasing Almost Blue, a country album recorded in Nashville. It was his first album not to reach the top 30 in America, his fans not being ready to let him out of his New Wave pigeon-hole. But some of it really does stand up all these years later, including his take of “Sweet Dreams”, which includes some sublime piano work by Steve Nieve.

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