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The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, NTSC

3.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, NTSC
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B006ISJPXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Hope You're Happy Now
  2. Heart Of The City
  3. Mystery Dance
  4. Radio Radio
  5. Everyday I Write The Book
  6. God Give Me Strength
  7. Watching The Detectives
  8. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)
  9. Out Of Time
  10. I Want You
  11. Stella Hurt
  12. All Grown Up
  13. Lipstick Vogue
  14. Man Out Of Time
  15. National Ransom
  16. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

Disc: 2

  1. I Hope You're Happy Now
  2. Heart Of The City
  3. Mystery Dance
  4. Radio Radio
  5. Wheel Spin - "Spinning Wheel"
  6. Clubland
  7. Wheel Spin - "Charm School"
  8. God Give Me Strength
  9. Tear Off Your Own Head ( It's A Doll Revolution) - Elvis Costello, Susanna Hoffs, The Imposters
  10. Out Of Time
  11. Wheel Spin - "Spinning Wheel"
  12. I Want You
  13. Wheel Spin - "Temptation"
  14. Everyday I Write The Book
  15. Stella Hurt
  16. A Slow Drag With Josephine
  17. Jimmie Standing In The Rain
  18. Alison
  19. Wheel Spin - "Temptation"
  20. Earthbound
  21. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
  22. Special Features - Musical Bed "Mystery Dance"
  23. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
  24. I Hope You're Happy Now
  25. Wheel Spin - Musical Bed "Spinning Wheel"
  26. Alison
  27. Heart Of The City
  28. Wheel Spin - Musical Bed "Spinning Wheel"
  29. Mystery Dance
  30. Clubland
  31. Menu - Musical Bed "Radio Radio"
  32. Uncomplicated
  33. Watching The Detectives
  34. Monkey To Man

Product Description

CD and DVD Deluxe Edition of Elvis Costello live album.

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.

Customer Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As covered on the front of The Times newspaper, Elvis Costello recommended to his fans not to buy this collection at this ridiculous price. There are plenty of other places to start with the brilliant EC, just not here!!
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