Composer and musician Chris Mercer joins me to talk about the music of Elvis Costello.

Chris recalls buying his first Costello album and how it completely changed his musical standards. We explore the “intricate, dense” lyrics of the EC songbook and why Chris considers Elvis to be one of the great melodists of our time.

The host of the brilliant Take It Away: The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast, Chris tells me about his favourite McCartney/MacManus compositions and we discuss the tracks that got away.

Make sure you check out Chris’s own music and the Take It Away back catalogue.

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