Prime Music
Qty:1
The Return Of The Spectac... has been added to your Cart
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: The case shows normal wear. The CD shows very minor wear if any at all.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook CD+DVD


Price: $19.88 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.
31 new from $13.88 10 used from $13.87
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, CD+DVD, April 3, 2012
"Please retry"
$19.88
$13.88 $13.87
$19.88 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's Elvis Costello Store

Music

Image of album by Elvis Costello

Photos

Image of Elvis Costello

Videos

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook

Biography

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.

Although he was initially marketed as a punk, his music originally seemed to sound more like ... Read more in Amazon's Elvis Costello Store

Visit Amazon's Elvis Costello Store
for 188 albums, 6 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook + In Motion Pictures + Wise Up Ghost (Deluxe)
Price for all three: $45.06

Some of these items ship sooner than the others.

Buy the selected items together


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B006ISJPXG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,138 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
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
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. 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
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

A great collection for the fan and newcommer alike.
Bob Estes
I wonder if they spent all their time mixing for 5.1 on the DVD, then just combined channels for the CD.
Evan Katz
The packaging is great, but, I agree, the sound is a bit lacking...why just the Wiltern?
D. R. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Evan Katz on 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.
11 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Moss on April 4, 2012
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!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
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!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Music Lover on 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Philip Smith on 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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Lewandowski on April 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
Two Hit Wonders
Redbone: "Maggie" and "Come Get Your Love"
May 10, 2012 by Shemp-Masta-Flash |  See all 2 posts
Great show! Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category