Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! [Deluxe Edition] (2011)

Posted by Green on September 26, 2018as

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The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! gained some notoriety in the week prior to its release when Elvis Costello claimed its “price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.” True, the $262 price tag is steep — particularly for an album that offers 16 songs on its CD and 19 on its DVD, some overlapped, some not — but some die-hard fans with deep wallets will surely find the replica of the Spectacular Spinning Songwheel appealing and the musical contents, which are penciled in for a separate affordable release sometime in 2012, are strong. Costello & the Imposters are in high spirits, jumping out of the gate with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” — a tune whose 1986 vintage dates from the original Spinning Songwheel tour, legendary among Costello fanatics for its loose, unpredictable nature — then tearing into Nick Lowe’s “Heart of the City,” one of two unexpected covers here (the other being the Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time”). Other pleasant surprises rear their heads — notably Susanna Hoffs taking lead on “Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s a Doll Revolution),” a song the Bangles recorded after Elvis — but he still finds time for such staples as “Everyday I Write the Book,” “Watching the Detectives,” “I Want You,” “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” and “Radio, Radio,” so it’s not entirely a stroll through the darkest corners of Costello’s past, something that undoubtedly makes that high price tag sting just a little bit more. But disregard the cost of The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!! for a moment and focus on the music: it’s an enjoyable set that is absolutely worth the price when it’s available at a lower suggested retail, and for those wealthy Costello fanatics, this big box is a handsome collectable.

Tracklist:

01. I Hope You’re Happy Now (3:14)
02. Heart of the City (2:22)
03. Mystery Dance (2:05)
04. Radio Radio (2:35)
05. Everyday I Write the Book (5:00)
06. God Give Me Strength (6:33)
07. Watching the Detectives (6:51)
08. Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s a Doll Revolution) (with Susanna Hoffs) (3:43)
09. Out of Time (5:00)
10. I Want You (8:39)
11. Stella Hurt (6:43)
12. All Grown Up (4:43)
13. Lipstick Vogue (4:25)
14. Man Out of Time (4:54)
15. National Ransom (4:04)
16. (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (5:19)

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