Friday, September 30, 2011

Live Release From Elvis Costello in November

Other than a release date, details are sketchy, but Hip-O will put out a live Elvis Costello and the Imposters CD/DVD/vinyl "super deluxe edition" set called 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook' on Nov. 21. Older fans like me may remember his spinning wheel tour in support of the 'Blood and Chocolate' album back in 1986. Well, during his 2011 Revolver Tour, Costello brought back that idea on a larger scale, complete with a 16-foot wheel and 40 song titles. The shows have included go-go dancers and Costello depicting various characters, including a game-show host and stand-up comic. All of this should make for an interesting release, especially on DVD.

What I'm curious about is whether the CD and vinyl versions will be one complete show or highlights from the entire tour. There was a rumor the May 12, 2011 show from the Wiltern in Los Angeles was recorded for a future release. Is this 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook?' We'll have to wait a bit to find out. If you're curious about that show, here is the setlist. Highlights included appearances by the Bangles (Susanna Hoffs took the lead on "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)") and a ton of covers including "Purple Rain," "And Your Bird Can Sing" and "Heart of the City." Check out some video from that show.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters
May 12, 2011
Los Angeles

1. I Hope You're Happy Now
2. Heart Of The City
3. Mystery Dance
4. Uncomplicated - including Shotgun
5. Radio, Radio
6. I Want You - including I Say A Little Prayer - spin 1
7. Monkey To Man - spin 2
8. God Give Me Strength - spin 3
Detectives vs. Hoover Factory - spin 4
9. Watching The Detectives
10. And Your Bird Can Sing - dedicated to wheel spinner Bird
11. Clubland - spin 5
12. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) - sung by The Bangles
Girl Jackpot - spin 6
13. Girl - with The Bangles on backing vocals
14. Next Time 'Round - with The Bangles on backing vocals
15. Out Of Time
16. Everyday I Write The Book - spin 7
17. Stella Hurt - spin 8
Encore 1
18. A Slow Drag With Josephine - EC solo
19. Jimmie Standing In The Rain - EC solo, including Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
20. Pump It Up in 6/8 / Busted - Elvis on piano, Steve on Hammond organ and Vox Continental
Encore 2
21. Wheels - spin 9
22. Earthbound - spin 10
23. So Like Candy / Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - spin 11
24. Alison - including Tracks Of My Tears, Tears Of A Clown and No More Tearstained Make-Up
Encore 3
I Can Sing A Rainbow Jackpot - spin 12
25. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
26. Purple Rain
27. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? - including The Kids Are Alright

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