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The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook [CD/DVD Combo] [Deluxe Edition] CD+DVD
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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!
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.
OK, I've listened to both the DVD and CD on two systems in my home and also both through two computer systems and they all sound fine. I've seen Elvis Costello live about 30 times since 1977 in many different venues, auditoriums, outdoor parks, festivals, theaters and concert halls. This is exactly the way The Impostors sound in a theater. However, when I ripped the CD into iTunes and loaded it into my my iPod and listened through a pair of air-tight ear buds it was a very different story and I know exactly what Evan is talking about. The low end is almost overbearing. I used the Treble Boost and this problem goes away. I guess this also it true on any 'closed' listening environment because in my car it also sounds bass-heavy which makes the vocal appear to be pushed way back in the mix, but only when the band is pouring it on full tilt. Again, the Treble Boost setting helps. In short I take back my comment about Evan Katz being brain-damaged but I still disagree with some other comments that put sound quality of this release on the level of a bootleg recording.
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I just listened to this again after about a year. Issues of sound quality never occurred to me as I listened, and it was only when I revisited this site that I was reminded that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dunstan Skinner
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Paul T
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 morePublished on June 26, 2013 by frank
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 on January 26, 2013 by E.K.
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 morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Richard A. Bailen