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The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook [Super Deluxe Edition] [1 CD + 1 DVD + 10" Vinyl EP] Box set

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The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! is a 3-disc (CD, DVD, 10" vinyl EP) live box set, recorded over a 2-night stand at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on May 11 and 12, 2011. Limited to 1500 copies worldwide, each set is individually numbered with a special commemoration card autographed by Elvis Costello. This super deluxe package includes a 40-page hardcover book packed with candid photos, a tour diary of Costello's musings from each tour stop, a 20" x 30" concert tour poster and a limited edition postcard.


The CD was recorded from both nights' performances at the Wiltern, shows which The Los Angeles Times called "the kind of uniquely invigorating experience that warrants a buzzword all its own: inspiring." The DVD is from Costello's show on May 12, 2011, and includes a special guest appearance by the Bangles, plus bonus footage including behind-the-scenes moments captured with the Imposters as well as extra performances not included in the main set of the show. The 10-inch vinyl record features four songs only available in this set.


All this is housed in a lavish box with a working spinning replica of "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" on the front cover! Only 1500 copies were printed and autographed so don't miss out.


Since the super deluxe Elvis Costello & the Imposters: The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! is a limited edition set, a single CD, DVD, and double-disc version (CD/DVD) will be available next year.

Track Listings

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
  11. Stella Hurt
  12. All Grown Up
  13. Lipstick Vogue
  14. Man Out Of Time
  15. National Ransom
  16. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

Disc: 2

  1. I Hope You're Happy Now
  2. Heart Of The City
  3. Mystery Dance
  4. Radio Radio
  5. Clubland
  6. God Give Me Strength
  7. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) featuring Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles
  8. Out Of Time
  9. I Want You
  10. Everyday I Write The Book
  11. Stella Hurt
  12. A Slow Drag With Josephine
  13. Jimmie Standing In The Rain
  14. Alison
  15. Earthbound
  16. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
  17. Uncomplicated (Bonus Track)
  18. Watching The Detectives (Bonus Track)
  19. Monkey To Man (Bonus Track)

Disc: 3

  1. Pump It Up (6/8)
  2. Busted
  3. Brilliant Mistake
  4. Strict Time


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 6, 2011)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: HIP-O
  • ASIN: B005O607UI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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