Movie Review: The Right Spectacle by Elvis Costello

Album Name: The Right Spectacle: The Very Best of Elvis Costello
Artist: Elvis Costello
Year/Label: 2005 / Rhino / Wea

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Being a fan of VH1’s “Behind the Music” I love that you can choose to watch these with commentary by Mr. Costello himself. You can choose audio where it sounds like he’s sitting right next to you, watching along with you. Or you can choose subtitles if you want to play “Pop Up Video”. However I would suggest using both because the captions do not match exactly, and 9 times out of 10, what he is speaking is much more funny, and clever than what appears on screen. Plus, the inflections just aren’t there in print only.

I didn’t realized just how funny this man is, but there were many times when I was laughing out loud (and I don’t laugh easily). It was just so fun to watch the videos and listen to him telling you how drunk he was in this one particular one, or giving a little background story on the song or the video. It’s very charming.

What was nice for me is to hear/see some of these songs I had not heard before. I didn’t know he did a cover of “Sweet Dreams”. It’s the one Patsy Cline made famous (as opposed to the Eurythmics one) and it’s a very nice version. Now I want to go out and get all these records. Which I guess is kind of the idea, huh?

Just an aside: I have to say that Elvis Costello is one of those people that gets better looking with age. He was a funky lookin’ kid, what with those ginormous glasses and spacey teeth. But I think he’s quite handsome now.

Even if you’re a casual fan like me, I think you will enjoy this. I’ve always liked his music, I own a coupe of records (albums, yes!) but was not a fanatic. But this was very entertaining. This DVD is a must for any Elvis Costello fan.

Special features: there is a section of television appearances included. He says he particularly likes the ones where his lip-synching is off.

Posted on December 4, 2005

Track Listing
1. (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea
2. Pump It Up
3. Radio Radio
4. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
5. Oliver’s Army
6. Accidents Will Happen
7. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
8. High Fidelity
9. Love For Tender
10. Possession
11. New Amsterdam
12. Clubland
13. New Lace Sleeves
14. Good Year For The Roses
15. Sweet Dreams
16. You Little Fool
17. Everyday I Write The Book
18. Let Them All Talk
19. The Only Flame In Town
20. I Wanna Be Loved
21. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
22. Veronica
23. This Town
24. The Other Side Of Summer
25. So Like Candy
26. Sulky Girl
27. 13 Steps Lead Down

Special Features TV Archive Selections 1977 – 1983:
1. So It Goes (Uk) 1977
2. Revolver (Uk) 1978
3. Countdown (Netherlands) 1979
4. Pink Pop Festival (Netherlands) 1979
5. What’s In (Uk) 1981
6. The Tube (Uk) 1983
7. Mandagsboren (Sweden) 1983

[Elvis Costello Official Site]

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