The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, NTSC
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The Spectacular Spinning Songbook made its first appearance in 1986 in Los Angeles during the "Costello Sings Again Tour." In 2011, Elvis Costello and the Imposters set out on The Revolver Tour and, for the first time in 25 years, once again allowed his set-list to be chosen by "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," a monumental game-show type wheel spun by select fans and featuring songs from his latest critically acclaimed release National Ransom, plus new renditions of hits, rarities and very unexpected covers.
Recorded over a 2-night stand at The Wiltern, Los Angeles on May 11 and 12, 2011 the CD features the highlights from across the two nights, while the DVD (Region 0) is the complete concert from the 12th May with behind the scenes footage plus other extras. This show also features a guest appearance from The Bangles.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on 12 Feb. 2014 by Evil
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 on 2 July 2013 by J
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 morePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by The Imposter
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 morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by thesaint
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 morePublished on 12 Jun. 2012 by Alan D. Evans
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
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 morePublished on 23 May 2012 by sighrob