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The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook [Super Deluxe Edition] [1 CD + 1 DVD + 10" Vinyl EP] [Box set]

Elvis CostelloAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook


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 (December 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: HIP-O
  • ASIN: B005O607UI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Hope You're Happy Now
2. Heart Of The City
3. Mystery Dance
4. Radio Radio
5. Clubland
6. God Give Me Strength
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Pump It Up (6/8)
2. Busted
3. Brilliant Mistake
4. Strict Time

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disaster. Horrible Sound on a terribly expensive item December 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Okay, I sprung for this, even thought it's crazy expensive for what you get. Putting the issue of cost aside, the real problem here is the sound. The CD sounds terrible. Elvis' voice is way back in the mix, and the whole thing is way too bass heavy. I wonder if they spent all their time mixing for 5.1 on the DVD, then just combined channels for the CD. Because the information is there -- it's just mixed terribly. I tried listening to the 2-channel stereo on the DVD, and it sounds like the same bad mix. Please bear in mind -- this isn't a complaint from a fussy audiophile -- I've played this on several different systems at different price points, and it just stinks. It's really too bad. The band sounds like they were in fine form, and the arrangements are good. In short, a disaster.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly entertaining April 4, 2012
By J. Moss
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When you're Elvis Costello and you've written as many great songs as he has, how do you create a unique theatrical experience? Why, you put a bunch of those songs on a giant spinning wheel, and have audience members spin the wheel to determine the next song that the band plays.

That's what Elvis first did in the late 80's, and does again here with terrific results. His band, The Imposters, plays spectacularly and right on cue, as if you could drop a quarter in the jukebox and they could launch into any song you name.

The CD and DVD have some different performances of the songs in this set, which span Elvis' career, but the DVD is especially enjoyable as you get to view the show from a front-row seat. The CD omits the "spinning" parts of the show and smoothly segues from song to song in what is one of the most enjoyable Elvis live setlists I've ever heard. Along the way we get treated to a guest appearance by The Bangles, a great cover of the Rolling Stones' "Out of Time", and some of the most ferocious guitar playing I've ever heard coming from Elvis' guitar. The CD has a very "live" feel to it, giving you the feel that you are sitting in the audience. And the band sounds like it could be a performance from 1979 - engergetic, loud, and rocking.

I'll be returning to this album and DVD frequently - 5 stars!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great LIVE performances captured April 3, 2012
By EricM
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Elvis Costello since 1977 when I was 10 and given his first album 'My Aim is True' as a party gift for attending a friend's Bar Mitzvah. Since that time I've seen Elvis perform over 40 times. Aside from being an amazing songwriter, he's a great performer and artist. There are not many that could make an interactive show with a song wheel move along at such a great pace night after night. I was able to see Elvis w/the Imposters on the Revolver tour at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ and also at the Paramount Theatre in Dix Hills, NY (they were the inaugural act for the grand re-opening). This live album is a great way to experience the power and passion of one of this centuries greatest recording artists. If you have only owned an Elvis Costello Greatest Hit's album you'll definitely want to get this to 'add to your collection' as hearing Elvis and the Imposters perform live is truly a moving experience. It's a great mix of old classics and new gems! Besides, how many of his contemporaries are still creating high-quality new music rather than rehashing the same songs they wrote over 30 years ago? Not many!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Package not "lavish" December 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would not be disappointed with this item had it not been described as being much nicer than it really is. "Lavish box"? It's in a cheap paperstock box (which Amazon managed to crush by shipping mine in the same box with several hardcover books). The 40 page book has the sleeves for the CD, DVD, 10" record and poster bound in (along with the Spinning Songbook on the cover), making it difficult to read. This would have been OK to pay <$100.00 for, but at over $200.00, I feel taken advantage of.

The good news is that the CD and DVD are excellent. (I haven't listened to the 10" EP yet.) And the tour diary is an interesting read.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Sound, Frustrating Set List April 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
For as many albums as EC has released in his long career, his oeuvre is surprisingly short on live albums. This release might explain that - the sound quality is mediocre, the backing vocals are hit and miss, and most frustratingly, the choice of material is fairly uninspiring, with many of the songs sounding very similar. There are updated versions of "Watching the Detectives" and "Everyday I Write the Book," and a guest appearance by Susannah Hoffs, but I would not recommend this album to any but the most die-hard EC fan.

Judging by the Spinning Wheel on the cover, there could be a very interesting live album in the vaults: And Your Bird Can Sing; Pump It Up in 6/8; God's Comic; The Element Within Her; Beyond Belief; The Other Side of Summer; Brilliant Mistake; So Like Candy; The River in Reverse - there are at least 15 songs shown I would rather hear played by the amazing quartet of Thomas, Nieve, Faragher and Costello. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a Volume 2!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest? April 17, 2012
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I saw my first Elvis show on the "Imperial Bedroom" tour. I've been a fan every since. I was fortunate to see two shows on this last tour (Chicago and Indianapolis). Both were fantastic. The man is better live now than he was 30 years ago. I was pumped to find out he'd be releasing a live disc of this tour, especially after "The Costello Show" series of live recordings crashed and burned. What we do get on this disc is quite dynamic. The versions of "I Want You" and "Watching the Detectives" are the standouts for me. I even like Susanna Hoff's singing of "Tear Off Your Own Head." Unlike other reviewers I have no problem with the sound. But where's the rest??? Shows on this tour ranged from two to three hours, and in some cities Elvis belted out over 30 songs. Why aren't we getting a complete show? Fine, he wants to keep it to a one cd set. Whatever. But if he's going to include a dvd, why not a whole show, which fits easily onto one disc? A lot of bands out there offer live recordings of all their shows. Even Genesis did this with their last European tour, despite the fact that every show had an identical setlist. The two Elvis shows I saw last summer were very, very different from one another. Not only were the setlists very different, the tones were different. Having some kind of souvenir would've been nice. Two-thirds of one show doesn't cut it. More, please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible sound
Packaging is awesome. The CD plays, but the sound is atrocious. I can't get the DVD to play and if it sounds anything like the CD, it makes no difference to me, as I have plenty of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Paul T
5.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon is awsome
I went to the first night's show - awesome!
Published 11 days ago by D. Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis is King!
I have always been a big fan of Elvis Costello but this goes to prove that Elvis is still KING! I have been trying to get to a concert of the Songbook tour and this gives me a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Presentation of a Great Performance
I received this item today and gave it a good listening. After reading Evan Katz's review I'm convinced that either his sound system is out of phase, broken entirely or the writer... Read more
Published 16 months ago by horowizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis can do no wrong
This is a great cd. But I could listen to Elvis Costello sing the phonebook. On the other hand, my husband does not make me take it out of the CD player. That's saying a lot.
Published 21 months ago by E.K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoying it
I love EC most above all others. The CD is a nice compilation from the live show. An awesome Soundboard recording from such a great tour with a focus on the songs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Richard A. Bailen
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I can't support his politics.
I was a big Elvis fan for many years, going back to the '70's
However, when he came out against Israel, and voiced strong support to the PLO folks - I had to say goodbye. Read more
Published 23 months ago by James R. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The DVD is very entertaining, and the music on both is predictably excellent. I love Elvis, but this is an outstanding display of live music no matter the artist.
Published on September 19, 2012 by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Elvis is still the best
This is Elvis' best album in 10 years! Good, catchy songs that will go to the head of the playlist!
Published on September 6, 2012 by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live the King!
The king is dead! Long live the king! His royal highness Elvis Costello has established himself as music royalty with a lengthy career as a prolific, genius songwriter, a gifted... Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Gregory
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The price is a mistake, surely?
Apparently it has been done without his consent or control. Check out his commentary on his website:
Nov 18, 2011 by Evan Ross |  See all 37 posts
Even Elvis himself recommends you don't buy it for this crazy price!
I just finished reading the post on Costello's page. Are the artists that far detached from the selling process that they have no idea what their items sell for?? Just seems difficult to believe.
Nov 29, 2011 by Steven L. Wolf |  See all 4 posts
Elvis Costello gives this a "thumbs down"
Did no one ever tell him what the price would be? It contained a hardcover book and several discs, so wouldn't a reasonable question have been "What is this heavy enormous thing going to cost my fans?". Did they not tell him, or state a more reasonable price, then renege? It's a tad... Read More
Dec 2, 2011 by W. David English |  See all 5 posts
Online sale technique-price ultra high at first,so high that you think...
Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's a rip-off product - I do want the DVD/CD and will at the very least buy them separately when they come out for a reasonable price.

or wait until this is going cheap in the sales... as it inevitably will.
Nov 30, 2011 by craigiestar |  See all 2 posts
Elvis says the price is satire, a hoax and says DON"T BUY IT
It's a sales technique. I've seen this happen to a few other products...
Nov 30, 2011 by 俳号(はいご) |  See all 2 posts
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