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Live at the El Mocambo [Vinyl] Import

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  • Vinyl (January 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B002N15LEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alan Hutchins on March 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Elvis Costello and "Proper Live Album" were two terms that could not be used smoothly in the same sentence for over a quarter of a century from the beginning of Elvis's recording career. Oh sure, you could find live songs on B-sides, live contributions to collections (such as "Live Stiffs" or "The Concerts for Kampuchea"), live songs on many of the Ryko or Rhino reissues, an import only short CD Deep Dead Blue, Live at Meltdown(a live collaboration during the Meltdown festival from 1995 with Bill Frissell), and even a limited edition collection of 5 CD singles documenting some stops on Elvis's duo tour with Steve Nieve in 1996 called Costello & Nieve (Ltd. Ed. Live 1996 5-disc box set - LA/San Francisco/Chicago/Boston/New York). Still, the first domestic stand-alone "retail available", full length Live CD in Elvis's storied career was a collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra called My Flame Burns Blue released in 2006, which was nearly 30 years after the release of his debut album. Prior to that time, you had to do some digging (or spending) to find "Live at the El Mocombo", the only prior non-bootleg, full length live CD somewhat available domestically, and the only one until the late 2000's to feature the original Attractions lineup.

This disc was the first CD issue (and the only one to date) of a Canadian promo LP on Columbia records from later in 1978 that was not officially commercially available--it was a "radio station only" release.
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Format: Audio CD
Elvis Costello and "Proper Live Album" were two terms that could not be used smoothly in the same sentence for over a quarter of a century from the beginning of Elvis's recording career. Oh sure, you could find live songs on B-sides, live contributions to collections (such as "Live Stiffs" or "The Concerts for Kampuchea"), live songs on many of the Ryko or Rhino reissues, an import only short CD ("Deep Dead Blue")of a live collaboration during the Meltdown festival from 1995 with Bill Frissell, and even a limited edition collection of 5 CD singles documenting some stops on Elvis's duo tour with Steve Nieve in 1996. Still, the first domestic stand-alone "retail available", full length Live CD in Elvis's storied career was a collaboration with the Metropole Orchestra called "My Flame Burns Blue" in 2004, 27 years after the release of his debut album. Prior to that time, you had to do some digging (or spending) to find "Live at the El Mocombo", the only prior "official" full length CD somewhat available domestically, and the only one until the late 2000's to feature the original Attractions lineup.

This disc was the first CD issue (and the only one to date) of a Canadian promo LP on Columbia records from later in 1978 that was not officially commercially available. Even when Ryko issued it on CD in 1993, you couldn't just go down to the neighborhood cool record store and buy it alone. It only came as a bonus in the "2 1/2 years" box set that Ryko issued that year (along with the first of what was to become a series of reissues of the first three discs, My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, and Armed Forces.)

First, a list of the songs, since these are not listed elsewhere:

1. Mystery Dance - 2:19
2. Waiting for the End of the World - 3:52
3.
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Elvis Costello and the then newly-formed Attractions on their first North American tour were perhaps the most energetic live band nobody had yet heard of (at least in the States). Borne of a controversial Stiff Records marketing Declan MacManus as the next King of rock (rather, next "stiff artist named Elvis" which Americans, still mourning the death of Presley, found distasteful beyond words), Elvis' combination of sneering combative vitriol and frustration in his lyrics linked him with the punk/New Wave movement in the late 70s, but it would only be a matter of time before people realized Mr. Costello was unclassifiable.

My Aim Is True was recorded with backing band Clover, a contemporary classic rock outfit that did tame renditions compared to the youthful exuberance of the Attractions, who attacked every song with an intensity surely under the influence of cocaine, guitar feedback, and hormonal rage. This performance captures that brilliantly. The audience simply had no idea that the person who wrote a ballad like "Alison" could be so notoriously aggressive and raw on stage.

Hear early versions of songs from This Year's Model as well as Attractions-reworked renditions of earlier tracks.

It is marvelous.
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Blistering live set from Elvis and the Attractions in their prime. Live radio feed means the sound is pretty good. But who is that coked-out joker yelling "WHOOOOO!!" every ten seconds?
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Elivis when he was younger, angrier, and simpler.
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