Elvis Costello: Spectacle - Season One
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All 13 episodes from the first series of the music and chat show hosted by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. Recorded at Harlem's famous Apollo Theatre and 30 Rock's 8H studio in New York, the show features Costello interviewing some of the biggest names in music and joining them in some unique musical collaborations. Guests in this series include: Elton John, Lou Reed, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, The Police, Herbie Hancock and Smokey Robinson, among others.
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I won't go into the details of the show, that has been reviewed before. I just wanted to clarify something regarding the extras. When I read there were bonus interviews included, I was extremely excited. Last year when Elvis discussed the making of the show and some of the unfortunate edits that went into the process of cutting a show down to an hour long, he specifically referenced having to snip FOUR OR FIVE MINUTES from Smokey Robinson's response to the writing process for "Just My Soul Responding". I thought for sure this release would take advantage of not having this time restraint and add that footage (as well as for other artists) back in. And when I read there were bonus interviews, I figured that was what was going on.
But the additional interviews are actually just that. Additional interviews that weren't conducted by Elvis as part of the show. Not that there's anything wrong with including these either, they are a welcome addition. But if the time restraints have been lifted, why not put additional material back into the extras as well? Isn't that supposed to be one of the biggest perks for nerds like me who want to hear it all?
That being said, this is a wonderful series. I believe Elvis stated that Season 2 would be his last, and that's really unfortunate. There are so many other great artists I would love to see interviewed in this format.
There are also four complete bonus songs as well, including the full version of Elton's Ballad of a Well Known Gun with James burton playing lead. The stuff of dreams.....
Alas, we must be happy with what we have here.
Well rounded discussions with musicians on more than music.
Their likes/dislikes, views on different subjects including music and more.
Elvis is always engaging and as a practicing musician manages to get a different slant from his subjects.
HIs guests appear to be comfortable with him and relaxed in his presence, and this brings about a camaraderie
between the interviewer and interviewee.
A very enjoyable experience.
Whom else could you ever want to see and hear? Other great guests include Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, John Mellencamp, The Police, and Tony Bennett.
P.S. Don't forget to order Season 2. It includes Sheryl Crow, Bruce Springsteen, and Bono.