Spectacle Season 2 Tapings Begin, Spectacle Season 1 Coming on DVD, and More Elvis Live Reissues

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… – Season 1 on Blu-Ray and DVD
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Intrepid readers may recall that Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… has been renewed for another season, and it just so happens that the Season 2 tapings start next week at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. Check out the information below for the first list of announced guests and details on how to get tickets.

September 21, 2009 (Monday) @ 7:00 PM
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…
Apollo Theatre (New York, NY)
Neko Case
Jesse Winchester
Sheryl Crow
Ron Sexsmith

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September 23, 2009 (Wednesday) @ 7:00 PM
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…
Apollo Theatre (New York, NY)
Ray Lamontagne
Lyle Lovett
John Prine

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September 24, 2009 (Thursday) @ 7:00 PM
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…
Apollo Theatre (New York, NY)
Levon Helm
Allen Toussaint
Nick Lowe
Richard Thompson

and special appearances by Ray LaMontagne and Larry Campbell + The Imposters
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As I also mentioned back in April, a DVD release of Spectacle was being planned and the release date for Season 1 is now set for November 3 (it will also be available on Blu-Ray disc). Each episode has been extended for the DVD release and the 4 disc box set (or is it 5 disc?) contains over 90 minutes of special features.

Live at the El MocamboLast but certainly not least, Elvis’ iconic 1978 performance at the El Mocambo in Toronto, Ontario kicks off a new series of live albums from Elvis Costello. The El Mocambo record was originally only available as a vinyl radio promo and was (and still is) extremely valuable as a collector’s item. Though bootlegs have circulated for many years, the Live at The El Mocambo performance was officially released on CD as part of the 2 1/2 Years Box Set in 1993. This disc marks the first in a series of “Costello Show” live recordings which will be comprised of “classic Costello concerts including a performance at Hollywood High in California and other shows to be announced”. It’s interesting to note that Costello has never released “a proper live album” unless you count the aforementioned El Mocambo promo record, the limited edition Costello & Nieve EP box set, the jazz inspired My Flame Burns Blue, the Deep Dead Blue EP (w/ Bill Frisell) or the various live bonus tracks that have shown up on the re-releases over the years. Live at the El Mocambo comes out on September 29 and it’s a must record to own if you don’t have it already, but as an old school fan, I’m much more interested in those “classic Costello concerts” that haven’t otherwise seen the light of day.

Check out the full press releases for the Season 1 box set of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… and The Costello Show concert series after the jump.

Video Service Corp (VSC) of Canada has announced that November 10th will see the DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc releases for Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… – Season 1. Each format gets a 4-disc set running 650 minutes, at a cost of CA$54.98 SRP for the DVDs, and CA$74.98 SRP for the Blu-ray version. Complete details about the show, and the contents of the home video, can be found in the studio description below. At the bottom are images of the packages for both the DVD and Blu-ray:

Elvis Costello’s aim has never been truer in thirteen up close and personal episodes of chords and conversation with superstar singers and songwriters including Elton John, The Police, James Taylor and John Mellencamp.

Shot last year at storied New York venues, Harlem’s Apollo Theatre and NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios, Costello with his band The Imposters split each hour between colorful creative discussion and putting a new spin on classics like Purple Haze and Ballad of a Well Known Gun.

The show, conceived and produced by Canadians, is coming off terrific ratings and reviews on CTV while raising the roof on audience figures on The Sundance Channel in the U.S. The DVD will be released in both Standard and Blu Ray formats in a 5.1 mix supervised by Costello himself, and will feature over 90 minutes of special features including interviews and bonus jams the likes of which audiences have
never seen.

Sir Elton John – The Police – Kris Kristofferson – Rosanne Cash – Norah Jones – John Mellencamp – James Taylor – Diana Krall – Bill Clinton – Rufus Wainwright – Tony Bennett – Jenny Lewis – She & Him – Jakob Dylan – Herbie Hancock – Lou Reed – Julian Schnabel – Renee Fleming – Smokey Robinson

• All episodes are extended versions with performances not seen on CTV
• Four disc set with over 90 minutes of Special Features including Behind-The-Scenes interviews with Elvis Costello and other performers, Bonus Songs, and more.
• Bonus Songs cut specifically for the DVD include: Purple
Haze, Ballad of a Well Known Gun, You Win Again, Beginning to See the
Light, No More Tear-Stained Make-Up and more
• Season Two is in pre-production and slated for appearances are the likes of Bono, Paul McCartney and others…

This is a historic TV series that is a must for all audiophiles.

The DVD and Blu-ray sets are also available for pre-ordering on amazon.com with a release date of November 3.

1978 Recording Live at the El Mocambo Kicks Off The Costello Show Series of Live Albums From Elvis Costello

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The first edition in The Costello Show live performance series of complete concerts featuring Elvis Costello finds one of the most eclectic and acclaimed artists at the fiery start of his career. Live At The El Mocambo (Hip-O/UMe), to be released September 29, 2009, marks Volume 1 of his Elvis Costello -The Costello Show series of albums. During the next year or so, The Costello Show series will continue with the album releases of significant classic Costello concerts including a performance at Hollywood High in California and other shows to be announced.

Recorded March 6, 1978, at the sold-out El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada, and broadcast live by CHUM-FM, this Elvis Costello and The Attractions concert was released the same year on about 300-500 pressings of a Canadian promotional album that became highly collectible–and heavily bootlegged. In fact, it may have been the most bootlegged of all Costello albums. The album was officially released in 1993 as a bonus disc in the four-CD box set 2 1/2 Years, and was also made available to those who bought the other three CDs separately.

At the time of the concert, the band was touring North America in support of My Aim Is True, Costello’s 1977 debut disc, and just days before the release of This Year’s Model, the first album with The Attractions: keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas. The raw, energetic live performance in the midst of the late ’70s punk/new wave movement captured a band and an artist at their most impassioned. The concert included My Aim Is True’s “Watching The Detectives,” “Less Than Zero” (with new lyrics Costello penned for American listeners), “Mystery Dance,” “Waiting For The End Of The World,” “Welcome To The Working Week” and “Miracle Man,” and This Year’s Model’s anthemic “Pump It Up,” “The Beat,” “Lip Service,” “(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea” (only on the original U.K. album), “Little Triggers,” “Radio Radio” (only on the U.S. edition), “Lipstick Vogue” and “You Belong To Me.”

In 2003, Costello was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the following year was ranked by Rolling Stone among its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Live At The El Mocambo flashes back to a performance when Elvis Costello was just beginning.