In the mid 80’s Elvis Costello did a tour with a difference
– The Spectacular Spinning Songbook. On stage he had s big spinning wheel which
contained 40 of his songs, between each song a member of the audience was
invited up on to the stage to spin the wheel – whatever song the wheel stuck
on, Elvis and his band The Impostors performed the track!
This meant two things: every night of the tour the set list
was completely different and also the band had to be well rehearsed to play
whatever song the wheel stuck on. Fast-forward to last year and Mr Costello
brings the Spinning Songbook out of retirement and this live album and DVD is a
recording of one of the concerts from Los Angeles.
Spanning the length of his career, he still sounds like it
was 1977 on these tracks – Radio Radio and Watching the Detectives are
performed with vigour and venom.
Throughout his career he has always been one step ahead of
the game with him trying out various styles such as jazz and classical and
never resting on his laurels. The album captures the live spirit and energy of
an Elvis Costello gig and is an album the die hard fan will want and also the