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Deluxe CD/DVD Edition. Elvis Costello returned to the stage in 2011 with his celebrated Spinning Wheel tour and now comes the definitive document of this tour: Costello 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 two night stand at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on May 11 and 12, 2011, the CD recording was culled from both nights' performances. The DVD is from Costello's show on May 12, 2011 and includes a special guest appearance by the Bangles. The DVD contains bonus footage including an alternate intro by Napoleon Dynamite (AKA Elvis Costello), and behind-the-scenes moments captured with the Imposters as well as extra performances not included in the main set of the show.

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) featuring Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles
9. Out Of Time
10. I Want You
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Disc: 2
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) featuring Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles
9. Out Of Time
10. I Want You
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B006ISJPXG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Evan Katz on December 8, 2011
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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 By J. Moss on April 4, 2012
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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 By EricM on April 3, 2012
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 By A Music Lover on December 11, 2011
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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 By Philip Smith on April 9, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By horowizard on June 9, 2013
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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 is just plain brain-damaged. As an audio professional with over 40 years in the business, let me assure anyone reading this that THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THE SOUND MIX OF THIS DISC. I found the quality to be nothing less than superb.

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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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