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Live at Hollywood High: The Costello Show 2 [Live]

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Declan MacManus is known as one of the most idiosyncratic new wave performers, under his alias Elvis Costello. The UK-born singer-songwriter had a string of Top 30 chart hits in the UK in the late 70s and early 80s, though his work throughout his career has always gathered critical respect.

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  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B002ZTQW56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Elvis Costello was 23 years old when he performed a sold-out concert at the auditorium of Hollywood High School. It was June 4, 1978 and he had been introduced to America with a controversial appearance on "Saturday Night Live" and two albums Rolling Stone would eventually rank among the 200 greatest of all time. Twenty-five years later, in 2003, Costello would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the following year would be ranked by Rolling Stone among its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Now that historic 20-song concert will be issued for the first time in its entirety, including 11 previously unreleased recordings, on Live At Hollywood High (Hip-O/UMe), released January 12, 2010. This second installment in The Costello Show live performance series of complete concerts follows Live At The El Mocambo, released September 2009.

Just three months prior to the Hollywood High concert, This Year's Model had become his second album but first as Elvis Costello And The Attractions, with singer-songwriter-guitarist Costello joined by keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas. Producing the concert would be Nick Lowe, who would helm Costello's first five albums.

From Costello's 1977 debut album My Aim Is True, the show included "Alison," "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," "Mystery Dance," "Waiting For The End Of The World," "Miracle Man" and "Watching The Detectives." From This Year's Model, the band cranked out "Pump It Up," "The Beat," "Lip Service," "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" (only on the U.K. album), "Radio Radio" (only on the U.S. edition), "Lipstick Vogue," "No Action," "This Year's Girl," "Living In Paradise" and "You Belong To Me" plus the bonus single "Stranger In The House."

The band also previewed "Accidents Will Happen," "Party Girl" and "Goon Squad" from Armed Forces, which they would begin to record three months later. That album released in early 1979 would become Costello's highest charter (#10) and his third straight to earn gold or platinum. Included as a promotional giveaway with initial copies was a 7" single with the Hollywood High performances of "Accidents Will Happen," "Alison" and "Watching The Detectives." A 2002 reissue of Armed Forces would add a disc with those tracks and six others from Hollywood High.

Unreleased, however, would be the concert's "Lip Service," "The Beat," "Living In Paradise," "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," "(I Don't Wanna Go To) Chelsea," "This Year's Girl," "No Action," "Radio, Radio," "Pump It Up," "Waiting For The End Of The World" and "Miracle Man"--all of which make their debuts on Live At Hollywood High.

Upcoming releases of The Costello Show will include, among others, concerts performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Royalty Theater in London.

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First time on CD for this historic 1978 performance, the second installment in The Costello Show live performance series. Features 20 tracks, 11 of them previously unreleased. Elvis Costello was 23 years old when he performed a sold-out concert at the epicenter of the entertainment universe: the auditorium at Hollywood High School. It was June 4, 1978 and he had been introduced to America with a controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live. Just three months prior to this Hollywood High concert, This Year's Model had become his second album but first as Elvis Costello And The Attractions, with the singer/songwriter joined by keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas. Producing the concert would be Nick Lowe, who would helm Costello's first five albums.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Elvis Costello could be tempermental during the early days. There was one concert where he did the entire set, the audience wanted more. Costello took his guitar, put it against the amp and turned it up all the way creating an ear piercing feedback to make the crowd leave. Ah the salad days of youth.

Elvis Costello and the Attractions also put on some brilliant performances in their early years and some of them were recorded well. This is one of them. Elvis and the Attractions were on fire at their Hollywood High shows. We finally get all of the songs from the set nicely mastered by Dan Hersch (who also mastered the nine songs from this set that appeared on the expanded two disc "Armed Forces" that Rhino released a couple of years back).

The sound is extremely good. My only complaint is the bare bones booklet which only has the credits (in incredibly small type) for this release on it. No notes from EC telling us about the show (although he HAS done that before)and, for a change, it would have been nice to hear from the Attractions about the show, their memories (if any) of the performances.

Hip-O needs to spruce these sets up a bit with liner notes for their future sets but, aside from that, this sounds fine and it's nice to finally get this released offically with good sound and the entire set list.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely suberb January 17, 2010
By Fenwick
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Most fans of Elvis Costello are very well aware that almost half of these songs were available on the now out of print 2 disc Armed Forces reissue. This concert has always been among my favorites, and to hear the complete set list in this quality is just too much to ask.

While live versions of the majority of these songs are already available from different performances, (released on the deluxe editions of My Aim is True and This Year's Model), there's just something about the energy of this concert that makes it more enjoyable to this listener.

The mix is great. All four band members sound fantastic, (and the drums sound so crystal clear). Any fan of Elvis will already own this, anyone on the fence should make the leap. This is early Elvis and the Attractions at their finest.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams do come true, even if it takes 25+ years January 17, 2010
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Ever since the live E.P. fell out of the gate-fold sleeve of the Armed Forces L.P., I've wanted this entire show. Now its here, and I can still hear[sorta], so.. This C.D. sounds great and I wish everyone who bought Armed Forces would go out and buy this disk. Looking forward to the rest of the live series very much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ferocious! March 7, 2010
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A great snapshot of an incredible band early in their career. This live album was recorded during the time between "This Year's Model" and "Armed Forces". The performances are great.

It is a decent recording. The mix could be a little better - i.e. I wish the bass guitar was louder, but the original source tape might not have been a multi-track.

I really prefer this live album over "Live at the El Macombo" simply because there isn't some drunk guy yelling "Woo-hoo!!!" throughout the entire show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By daveguy
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I remember, when the original 'Armed Forces' vinyl LP was released, being amazed by not just the LP tracks that I heard on my local 'progressive' radio station, but just as much by the live cuts from the 'limited edition' 'Live at Hollywood High' EP included with the album. I rushed out and got the album, not wanting to miss the 'limited edition' EP, and for the next several years both LP and EP were regular features on my turntable. I never even imagined that the entire Hollywood High concert would ever be available; then, when a few more tracks from the show were put out on a re-release of the 'Armed Forces' CD a couple of years back, I began to hope. And now, here's the whole show, released at last! I can't say I'm happy to have waited 30+ years for it, but I can put any frustrations aside long enough to say that it is as great as I ever imagined it might be! In short, just amazing! Even among the several 'live' EC + Attractions recordings from that period that have come out in recent years, this one stands out - undoubtedly the best, most exciting, most 'on fire' live Elvis you could imagine. Timeless music, timeless excitement - if you're an Elvis Costello fan, I suggest that you shouldn't be without this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of the Young Artist in His Prime March 10, 2010
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What started as an EP insert in original pressings of "Armed Forces" LP's finally gets a full release, and it's a corker. The young Elvis Costello had finished up his third album in two and a half years, and he was coming into an early peak with The Attractions. At this 1978 concert in Los Angeles, he and the band rip through cuts from the first two albums plus a preview of the new one via "Accidents Will Happen" and "Goon Squad."

It's easy to forget just how vibrant the seventies version of Elvis Costello was. Only on "Alison" and "Party Girl" (and a pumped up version of "Stranger In The House") does he and the band slow down over the concert's 70 minutes. He was also still heavily into his 'revenge and guilt' phase, which means that driving numbers like "Lipstick Vogue" or "Pump It Up" dominate the setlist. Even so, signs were already showing that he wasn't going to get pigeon-holed into the angry young man thing for long, starting the show with a piano-only version of the brand new "Accidents Will Happen."

Elvis is already planning an array of re-releases and vault titles under the moniker of "The Costello Show," with this one and Live at the El Mocambo already out. I can already tell you that Hollywood High kicks the El Mocambo CD out of the pool without contest (more songs, better performance and better sound), and I can add that I am really curious what tapes he will be uncovering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adcicents Will Happen (check the blue bubble)
This is 'ElvisCostello&TheAttractions' at their very 'live' best.....I had the 'elMocambo' bootleg from March 6 1978 on vinyl and really enjoyed it..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Franklin5ive
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back to that night
I was at that show; still have the ticket stub and some indelible memories.

It was a major event. Read more
Published 17 months ago by L. J. Brownell
5.0 out of 5 stars At their PEAK!
Sure Bruce and Elvis didn't get along and Bruce's harmonies can't compare to sweet Davey's, but his pumping bass still thrills after all these years. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Johnny Komatsu
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and energetic, just you would expect in 1978
This takes you back when Costello and The Attractions were just starting to hit the big time. The band is raw and filled with energy, particularly Costello, who often snarls his... Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by J. Carroll
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty awful
Pretty awful music, not much else to say. Do not buy this album by any means; many of the songs are distorted and sound terrible.
Published on May 24, 2010 by amazon
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring ! Boring ! Boring !
Skip it. Don't waste your time and money over this boring CD.
There is only one Elvis and it's definitely not this bloke.
Published on May 18, 2010 by A. Gilboa
2.0 out of 5 stars only for the hardcore fan
I am a fan of Elvis Costello, and saw the band several times around
this period and several shows were memorable (joined on stage by Lowe &
Edmunds at Rhode Island... Read more
Published on May 1, 2010 by J. KERR
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best!
Wow, this cd is a blast. If you're metabolism needs a kickstart this is the classic live early Elvis cd to have. Read more
Published on February 11, 2010 by S. sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Costello- old school!
This is Elvis at his finest, angriest time. Good sound quality (considering it was 1978!). Great set list, all classics. Well worth buying!!

ONE WORD OF CAUTION.... Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by R. Curtis Cutting III
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Are these 2 different shows are same one just released twice?
They now both have track listings and appear identical. I think they just keyed the album in twice with slightly different titles. So, buy the cheaper one.
Jan 9, 2010 by A. Busch |  See all 3 posts
What are the title tracks contained on this CD ??
just type elvis costello and go to that encylpeida site on google search engine and there you'll find the track list...also type in the title of the cd with his name and you'll get there.
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