The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A weighty box set containing one concert in three different formats -- CD, DVD, and 10" vinyl -- 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A weighty box set containing one concert in three different formats -- CD, DVD, and 10" vinyl -- 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602527835068
  • Catalog Number: 001617600
  • Sales rank: 317,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Hope You're Happy Now (3:14)
  2. 2 Heart of the City (2:21)
  3. 3 Mystery Dance (2:04)
  4. 4 Radio Radio (2:35)
  5. 5 Everyday I Write the Book (5:00)
  6. 6 God Give Me Strength (6:33)
  7. 7 Watching the Detectives (6:50)
  8. 8 Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution) (3:43)
  9. 9 Out of Time (4:59)
  10. 10 I Want You (8:38)
  11. 11 Stella Hurt (6:43)
  12. 12 All Grown Up (4:42)
  13. 13 Lipstick Vogue (4:24)
  14. 14 Man Out of Time (4:54)
  15. 15 National Ransom (4:03)
  16. 16 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (5:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Hope You're Happy Now
  2. 2 Heart of the City
  3. 3 Mystery Dance
  4. 4 Radio Radio/Wheel Spin "Spinning Wheel"
  5. 5 Clubland/Wheel Spin "Charm School"
  6. 6 God Give Me Strength
  7. 7 Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)
  8. 8 Out of Time/Wheel Spin "Spinning Wheel"
  9. 9 I Want You/Wheel Spin "Temptation"
  10. 10 Everyday I Write the Book
  11. 11 Stella Hurt
  12. 12 A Slow Drag with Josephine
  13. 13 Jimmie Standing in the Rain
  14. 14 Alison/Wheel Spin "Temptation"
  15. 15 Earthbound
  16. 16 (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
  17. 17 Uncomplicated
  18. 18 Watching the Detectives
  19. 19 Monkey to Man
Disc 3
  1. 1 Pump It Up (6/8)
  2. 2 Busted
  3. 3 Brilliant Mistake
  4. 4 Strict Time
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Costello & the Imposters Primary Artist
Elvis Costello Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Bangles Guest Appearance
Susanna Hoffs Guest Appearance
Steve Nieve Organ, Piano, Theremin, Vocals, Group Member
Davey Faragher Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Debbi Peterson Guest Appearance
Vicki Peterson Guest Appearance
Pete Thomas Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Xavier Valentine Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer, Liner Notes
Mick Jagger Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Clayton-Thomas Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
Nick Lowe Composer
Tim Mech Guitar Techician
Cait O'Riordan Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Chris Haynes Engineer
Declan MacManus Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Steve Genewick Producer, Engineer
Elizabeth Lutz Publicity
Steve Underwood Merchandising
Ted White Engineer
Daniel Clifford Engineer
Napoleon Dynamite Producer, Liner Notes
Shawn Bann Colorist
Kerry Asmussen Director
Michael Abrams Executive Producer
Marilyn Laverty Publicity
Steve Macklam Management
Sam Feldman Management
Edwin Fotheringham Illustrations
David Levinson Management
Jon Kondrath Camera Operator
Christian Macklam Director, Producer
Stan Crocker Lighting Director
Nathan Payne Monitor Engineer
Rebecca Shapiro Publicity
Marsha Vlasic Booking
Jeff Gaines Lighting Director
Aron Levine Producer
Dee Nichols Camera Operator
Chris Butcher Backline Technician
Albert Luxford Camera Operator
Alan Vitt Camera Operator
Pat Bronner Construction
Mark Satlof Publicity
Katie Valeska Illustrations
Geoff Brown Camera Operator
Robert Kerwath Gaffer
Robbie McLeod Tour Manager
Robbie Knouse Camera Operator
Joel Binger Camera Operator
Sean Lavery Quality Control
Alex Joffe Booking
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