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The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook [CD]

Elvis Costello Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B006CVOK8O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Hope You're Happy NowThe Imposters 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Heart Of The CityThe Imposters 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mystery DanceThe Imposters 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Radio RadioThe Imposters 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Everyday I Write The BookThe Imposters 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. God Give Me StrengthThe Imposters 6:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Watching The DetectivesThe Imposters 6:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)The Imposters 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Out Of TimeThe Imposters 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Want YouThe Imposters 8:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stella HurtThe Imposters 6:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. All Grown UpThe Imposters 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lipstick VogueThe Imposters 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Man Out Of TimeThe Imposters 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. National RansomThe Imposters 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And UnderstandingThe Imposters 5:190.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

STANDARD EDITION : 2012 album recorded live in LA in 2011.16 tracks including 'Radio Radio','Watching The Detectives','I Want You','God Give Me Strength' & a cover of The Rolling Stones 'Out Of Time'.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 8 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
The foremost songwriter of his generation has always - well, nearly always - been able to be relied upon to come up with the goods and this is not only an absolute belter of a live album but fantastic value at 13 for a CD and a DVD. I doubt whether it will convert many people but then whenever did a live album do that? It is, however, a superb show, great fun to watch and whilst I'm sure there are those who will complain that the songs aren't as good as their originals, of course they're not! it's a live album! Unpredictable and brilliant!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best of his live albums 26 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Elvis doesn't release all that many live albums, but when he does he pulls out a cracker of an album.

More often than not, Elvis's live tracks appear as bonuses on reissues, i.e the live recordings on the 2cd sets of Almost Blue, Punch the Clock, Goodbye Cruel World, and King of America. I know these are now long-since deleted. Likewise, I think the collaboration with Bill Frisell from 1995 at the Meltdown Festival is also deleted. Archive recordings from El Mocambo and Hollywood High have been issued, but we tend not to have anything contemporaneous. This, however, redresses the balance.

Now the contentious issue: who's better, the Attractions or Impostors ? By far The Impostors, as Bruce Thomas' tenure was becoming impossible. The Impostors backed Elvis on, quite possibly, his greatest album, The Delivery Man, and on the amazing River In Reverse with Allen Toussaint. They also show, as evinced from this album, that they can be brilliantly subtle on God Give Me Strength and All Grown Up, unlike the Attractions.

I would also add that the opening salvo, from I Hope You're Happy Now through to Radio Radio, are improvements on their previous recordings. Steve Nieve's organ work has certainly improved from his time, way back when, as an Attraction. It is also a nice tip of the hat to the Nick Lowe basher productions. I would also add that Every day I Write The Book is a great improvement upon the over-produced Clanger Winstanly version on Punch The Clock.

Years' back, in 1995, Elvis supported Bob Dylan at Brixton Academy. I had the pleasure of hearing God Give Me Strength for the first time. Herein, it retains its greatness, and is on a par with the My Flame Burns Blue live album version.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Mr Showbiz' aspects cannot obscure true quality 11 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought the Deluxe Edition of CD and DVD and consider it good value. I'm not wild about Costello playing 'Mr Showbiz', with the cheesy game show idea of the audience selecting songs from a spinning wheel, and the Go-Go Cage (in which even one of the Bangles makes an appearance!). However, this does not obscure the fact that Costello and the band really deliver, with Elvis himself on lacerating and supremely self-confident form. Not many people have a back catalogue to match his, and he knows it.

And when I tire of the showbiz aspects, I can always stick to the CD (from which you've little idea of the Songbook shenanigans).

I've deducted one star for the cheesy aspects of the DVD, and one star for the fact that the accompanying booklet is impossible to read because of the dark colours and small, unfriendly typeface. However, I've put one star back for Steve Nieve's performance on keyboards and theremin. This guy now gels so well with Elvis that it's hard to conceive of a Costello performance without him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope your happy now 29 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Surely Elvis Costello is one of the most underated artists of our time , with a unique instantly recognisable voice, you cant help but be drawn in by his fabulous lyrics.
Yes there are much better singers than Elvis , but his voice just seems to capture the mood of every song he performs perfectly , but then listen to "God give me strength" and try and tell me he hasnt got a fabulous voice.
With an array of classics being performed such as - Man out of time , Watching the detectives , I hope your happy now , lipstick vogue , you will not be dissapointed when purchasing this album , the only dissapointment is that it doesnt go on for another couple of hours more. 5 Stars from me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This certainly whets the appetite for seeing Costello live again in the near future - lots of energy in the performances. However, it's fairly raw live material and the songs lack the subtlety of the originals - so not a good choice if you'd be buying it in lieu of a Greatest Hits package, or to listen reflectively...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Record 8 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
I caught Elvis on his recent tour of the UK, and the great man was in barn-storming form - as good live now as he was thirty years ago. This CD and DVD makes a perfect reminder. Excellent setlist and the band is on cracking form. True, mainly for hardcore fans - but it you are one you should get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT 12 May 2012
By S
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You have to buy this, Watching The Detective's and Tear Off Your Own Head sang by the Bangles are worth the price of the cd alone and the dvd is amazing also.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans only... 10 April 2012
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I love this for the live songs and the way the artistry and interpretation of Elvis comes through. I last saw the wheel in Liverpool and will see Elvis again in Liverpool in May. Theremin is cool. My only gripe is that I have bootleg recordings that are better than this in terms of sound quality...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift for my girlfriend who is a big Costello fan and she went to the concert where the wheel was used so she is well pleased!
Published 5 months ago by Evil
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like being at the concert
Just like a concert this has new and old classics. We saw elvis and the importers a day after getting this and it thus acts like a great souvenir.
Published 13 months ago by J
4.0 out of 5 stars If you only go to one concert......
As previous reviewers have said, this is probably not for the casual fan. I saw Elvis perform the 'songbook' at Newcastle last year, so had to get this. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Imposter
1.0 out of 5 stars The Saint
I made a bad choice with this one. I'm no expert but this live recording was poor and I like my music to be melodious. No, not for me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by thesaint
2.0 out of 5 stars God Give me strength!!!!!!!!
Well, Mr Goodman got a battering for writing a bad review of whiney Mr Costello well I'm afraid I have to agree with him! These old singers have had their day!! Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Alan D. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man At His Best
I saw Elvis do this show at the Royal Albert Hall recently and it was amazing. This isn't that show but it is from the same tour - and it is a must for all music fans.
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by Dan Mollett
4.0 out of 5 stars ignore andrew goodman's review
Mr Goodman, self-styled rock god, is a tone-deaf idiot who wouldn't recognise talent if it was written in grease on the back of a tour bus. Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by sighrob
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