I had hoped to piece together a mix, that collected all of the odd tracks and covers from Elvis Costello's current "Spinning Songbook" tour. With the endless supply of sources for live recordings on the internet, I thought this would be easy, if a bit time consuming. But, as it happens, many of the recordings that have been made available just haven't sounded that good; an oddity in this day and age of such high-tech/unobtrusive recording devices.
If that wasn't enough to put a cramp in my project, the Boston show with special guest Peter Wolf, hasn't turned up at all. I had been looking forward to their duet on the J. Geils classic, "Cry One More Time." Aside from a not-so-good You Tube video, I've had no luck.
BUT...the final night at NYC's Beacon Theatre sounded good enough to my ears to offer up in its entirety, and it had a marathon set list with most of the odd songs and covers from the tour. That said, here is "THE WEEKEND MIX."
This is not a stunning soundboard recording. It is a very nice, completely enjoyable, audience recording, that when turned up loud, should make you feel as if you are right there.
It is also a very long show, so it is broken down into two parts.
As for the show itself, I know that being there was a treat, but in listening back, I'm not sure if all of the covers worked. You can decide. Still, it is one special performance.
HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
May 24th, 2011
Overture - featuring the return of the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, Dixie De La Fontaine
I Hope You’re Happy Now
Heart Of The City
The Spectacular Spinning Songbook
Veronica – SPIN 1
“Joanna” Jackpot – SPIN 3
Pills And Soap
Detectives vs Hoover Factory – SPIN 3 - SPLIT DECISION
Watching The Detectives
“Napoleon Solo” Jackpot – SPIN 4 (DEFERRED)
“Imperial Chocolate” Jackpot – SPIN 5 by Questlove of The Roots
Shabby Doll – from “Imperial Bedroom”
Beyond Belief – from “Imperial Bedroom”
I Want You – from “Blood And Chocolate”
Black And White World – TOTAL IMPROMPTU – with Questlove on drums and Pete Thomas on background vocals
Let Me Roll It – IMPROMPTU
Accidents Will Happen – SPIN 6
Chelsea – Spin 7
Hand In Hand - IMPROMPTU
And Your Bird Can Sing – IMPROMPTU
License To Kill – “Napoleon Solo”
“King’s Ransom” Jackpot – FIX
Indoor Fireworks – with Jim Lauderdale and the Imposters
I Lost You – with Jim Lauderdale and the Imposters
Brilliant Mistake – with Jim Lauderdale and the Imposters
“Girl” Jackpot – SPIN 8
This Year’s Girl
Earthbound – IMPROMPTU
Alison – IMPROMPTU
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind? – IMPROMPTU
Purple Rain - IMPROMPTU
Out Of Time
Pump It Up
Peace, Love And Understanding