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The Costello Show: Live at the El Mocambo

Elvis CostelloAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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 (September 29, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B002JCMZ78
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Editorial Reviews

This long-desired collectible finally became widely available in the 1993 boxed set 2 1/2 Years . This reissue preserves Costello's priceless patter, though, along with appealingly reckless versions of Radio, Radio; Watching the Detectives; Less Than Zero; Little Triggers; Pump It Up; The Beat , and more circa '78!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Be There Now October 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Longtime Costello fans may already have this disc from when it first appeared--legally--in the 2-1/2 Years box set. This incendiary performance documents Elvis and the Attractions quite early in their career (the Deluxe Edition My Aim Is True contains an even earlier, rougher live performance). The pace is frantic, the energy palpable. The band blazes through Elvis's already concise songs, and the set is relatively short. But this is all about quality, not quantity. Not to mention a little rock and roll history.

Given its origin as a concert broadcast on the radio, it's only natural that there are audience sounds. Sure, they can be a little annoying but, hearing this now, all these years later, it's as if you are there and you happen to be standing next to the idiot making all the noise. The important part is You Are There.

I would've liked to have seen some additional material with this reissue but the lack of this is offset by the great price point. The hardcore fans may not need this; but if you are new to Elvis, or weren't around when all this happened, you can't afford not to have it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis concert series - and sounds better than ever! September 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, this one of the best shows, which really hasn't been available before commercially, and now sounds better than ever. Can you really go wrong with Elvis & The Attractions performing in 1978 and doing a set of MY AIM IS TRUE and THIS YEARS MODEL material?? I forgotten gem in the live canon of Declan! And sounds like we have more to look forward to in the coming months? I can't wait for Hollywood High!
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2.0 out of 5 stars great performance but obnoxious screamer October 13, 2013
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These are great performances by Elvis and that Attractions but one of the audience screams in the most obnoxious way through every song. Really ruins the recording I am sorry to say. Avoid this recording and move the Live at Hollywood High.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, good recording. October 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Every Elvis fan should have this one, to know what those early shows were like. My only complaint: why is this listed under "The Costello Show"--a moniker that didn't appear for a decade or more after this recording?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you are more than a casual Elvis Costello fan you will not be dissappointed with Live at the El Mocambo. Oh.....but it has been released before. It was included in a Rykodisk early nineties CD boxset along with EC's first three albums. I do not, however, recall being particularly annoyed by any hecklers in the audience. I haven't listened to this one in a while, though, since the latest deluxe re-re-re-reissues of My Aim Is True and This Year's Model each have bonus discs of wonderful live recordings from the same period. Ridiculously, I'm certain to purchase this version as well simply for what should be obvious sound improvements from the early 90's issue. Current new music, of similar genres, recently released cannot touch anything Elvis Costello (and EC & the Attractions) released through 1980's Get Happy! ......or Trust.....or Imperial Bedroom....or Blood and Chocolate.....or King of America.....etc. etc. Just buy them all as I have.....though maybe just once.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the rest? January 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Hello E.C. Fans,
Just want to let fans know that this is NOT the full set. It's still missing the encores played that evening with Nick Lowe! If they are going to re-release this yet again,it would have been nice to finally have the whole gig. Just wanted to let people know,for an "archive " release that is a pretty shabby thing to do.
Besides the fact, that the encores are really fun and feature some rare tunes. Hey maybe for the super deluxe release next time . :)
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Saw this show - Didn't realize ot was recorded
I have this in both the old Canadian 12" CBS and Rykodisc CD forms, and I believe the tracklist is consistent throughout, and identical to that above. I also have an old bootleg cassette (somewhere), and that has these 14 by EC & A plus 4 or 5 in an encore set by Nick Lowe with EC & A... Read More
Sep 8, 2009 by A. Flint |  See all 7 posts
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