Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Others On ‘West 54th’ Collection

Thirteen-track album, due September 4, captures performances from PBS series.

New York’s West 54th Street will soon be right around the corner at your neighborhood record store.

The Best of Sessions at West 54th, a 13-track album due September 4, captures performances from the critically acclaimed PBS television series, including Sheryl Crow’s “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball” and Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach’s “Painted From Memory,” according to a Columbia/Legacy spokesperson. “I Zimbra,” by former “Sessions” host David Byrne, and “Cry Love,” by current host John Hiatt, are also included. The previously unreleased live cuts were recorded during the interview and music series’ first two seasons.

The Best of Sessions at West 54th is the first album to document the four-year-old program taped at Sony Studios. The show’s premiere season boasted an eclectic roster ranging from the emotional pianist Fiona Apple to the all-female a cappella quintet Zap Mama. Two DVDs, The Best of Sessions at West 54th — Volume 1 and Volume 2, were released in 1997 and 2001, respectively.

Track list for The Best of Sessions at West 54th, according to Columbia/Legacy:


  • Sheryl Crow – “Everyday Is a Winding Road”
  • David Byrne – “I Zimbra”
  • John Hiatt – “Cry Love”
  • Ben Folds Five – “Brick”
  • Natalie Merchant – “Wonder”
  • Suzanne Vega – “Caramel”
  • The Mavericks – “(Tonight) The Bottle Let Me Down”
  • Ani DiFranco – “32 Flavors”
  • Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach – “Painted From Memory”
  • Shawn Colvin – “Diamonds in the Rough”
  • Sinéad O’Connor – “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance”
  • Emmylou Harris – “Wrecking Ball”
  • Lou Reed – “Set the Twilight Reeling”