Hear Elvis Costello's Moving Song With Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson

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"April 5th" appears on songwriter's 'Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink' companion album
By Daniel Kreps 

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."
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