Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... Season Two
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The inimitable genius Elvis Costello, a walking musical encyclopedia, hosts the show. It's a relaxed mixture of conversation and song with some of the finest musicians and songwriters working today: Bono and The Edge on the first program; Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith, and Jesse Winchester on the second; Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, and Allen Toussaint on the third; Elvis himself on the fourth (interviewed by actress Mary-Louise Parker); Ray LaMontagne, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine on the fifth; and Bruce Springsteen as the sole guest on the final two programs.
There are four extras on the DVDs: a behind-the-scenes documentary called "Inside Notes" hosted by co-executive producer David Furnish, and three bonus performances including a cover of U2's song "Dirty Day" by Elvis and the Imposters, a cover of Elvis' song "Alison" by Bono and the Edge, and Costello and the Imposters playing his own song "I Want You."
These seven shows plus extras run 315 minutes in total, less than half the length of the five-disc first-season set, which dates from 2008. The latter costs slightly less than this new release, so if you want value for money, start with Season One. But both sets are certainly worthwhile.
The centerpiece is the two-part interview with Springsteen. I don't ever remember Springsteen doing an interview that long. He is very open and relaxed (almost to the point where he stumbles when trying to get words out (lots of "uh"'s) but that makes it real. And he plays great! So ALL Springsteen fans - if you haven't seen these shows, grab this.
The other episodes are interesting too. EC mixes John Prine, Lyle Lovett and the newer discovery Ray LaMontagne in one show and have then sing together at the end. There is Levon Helm (who couldn't talk - only play - because of his throat surgery) along with Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson. How often are you going to see that?
I have one gripe with this set though - and I'm not sure if it happened on Season One. The 50-minute episodes are "indexed" into chapters (usually five). But they are not indexed by the songs performed! You if you want to go back and hear a song, you need to "scan" through to find it. That was really annoying and forced me to drop my rating, from what would be an obvious five stars, to four.
It is kind of similar to Storytellers but offers more unique performances (duets etc.), or if you want to the Conan O'Brian U2 special from 2005. Makes for a great entertaining no matter if you like the artist or not.
For me the highlights are:
Alison - this is by far one of Bono's greatest vocal performances EVER - they should make a "jazz-club" style record one day
Pump It Up / Get on your boots medley - absolutely stunning mash-up!
Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding by J.Winchester - no wonder other performers cracked in to tears this is so simple song yet so touching.
The Rising by mighty Bruce.
The quality of this release is also great - packed in a slip-case, with small but informative booklet.
Just WHY WHY WHY the authoring of both disk is dreadful, there are about 4-5 indexes per each episode, but they're nowhere near the songs! You have to manually search the performance! This is ridiculous.
The running time according to box is 350 min
The picture is crisp sharp MPEG-4 AVC 1080i in 1.78:1 aspect
The audio is in great DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0
Subtitles: English (incl. songs lyrics, excl. bonus tracks)
EPISODE 201 BONO & THE EDGE
Mysterious Ways - E.Costello and The Imposters
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - E.Costello, The Imposters, Bono, The Edge
Stay (Faraway So Close) - Bono, The Edge, Steve Nieve
Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad - Bono and The Imposters
Pump It Up / Get On Your Boots - E.Costello, The Imposters, Bono, The Edge
EPISODE 202 SHERYL CROW, NEKO CASE, RON SEXSMITH, JESSE WINCHESTER
Payday - E.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the show -- I happened to see it while channel surfing back when I subscribed to cable TV, and made a point of tuning in from then on. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Chapline
Saw the original series ( in standard def) on Sundance a few years back, so we just could not pass up the opportunity to have the second season on Blu. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ElderGeek
This was SUCH a great series. We loved it when it was actually on and wish Elvis would do more of it!Published 16 months ago by grizgirl
Costello, who is so brilliant as a musician, is really boring in person. I can't recommend this series.Published 17 months ago by Theresa Twain
Elvis - Springsteen - both of their songs, lots of questions not ordinarily asked from a musician's perspective. Fun and entertaining!Published 18 months ago by Douglas Currens
Great show - especially the guitar pull with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp and Chris KristoffersonPublished 22 months ago by Ole Skov Jensen
Elvis reintroduced us to Jesse Winchester that season. He hosted some very interesting guests. Too bad network TV wouldn't carry himPublished on March 6, 2014 by wdjaskow
Great video, especially interaction between Elvis and Springsteen. Love seeing each performing the others songs. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Carol Musich