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Elvis Costello:Live in Memphis

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • Release Date: April 19 2005
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0007XBMSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,887 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Elvis Costello and his band pull off a deft bit of alchemy with Club Date - Live in Memphis, a 2004 show that mixes some of his oldest songs with some of his newest. That's quite a range, as Costello has been at it since the mid-'70s (as have drummer Pete Thomas and keyboardist Steve Nieve, who were once Attractions and are now Imposters); performing for a lucky few hundred souls at the Hi Tone Cafe, he dusts off several chestnuts from the early days, including "Mystery Dance," "Pump It Up," "Alison," and "Radio Radio," all of which sound great. In fact, although Costello is decades past the angry young man period that spawned those classics, the guy still knows how to rock, with a raunchy sound dominated by his own elementary but effective guitar playing and Thomas' tireless pounding. The quartet (bass player Davey Faragher is the fourth member) also draws heavily on The Delivery Man, performing no less than ten tunes from the CD that was his most recent at the time of this gig. Meanwhile, Emmylou Harris turns up for three duets (plus one bonus track) with Elvis, among which are Gram Parsons' "Wheels" and Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone;" the pair sound good, albeit a little too quavery for some tastes. A nearly hour-long documentary in which Costello and Thomas visit some Memphis landmarks (as well as Oxford, Mississippi, where The Delivery Man was recorded) rounds out a great-looking (in High Definition), great-sounding disc sure to satisfy the faithful--and many others as well. --Sam Graham

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5.0 out of 5 stars great concert July 7 2011
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a great concert with fantastic energy and sound from Elvis Costello and the Imposters. Though Costello plays all the hits, the concert only runs approx. 1hr. 20 min., and ends way too soon. But for fans the dvd has some good extras, including 4 bonus songs (2 duets with Emmylou Harris), plus a road trip doc (approx. 50min.), and a brief short on fans and ticket sales for the Live in Memphis club event.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was there! March 30 2005
By Michelle Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was actually in Memphis the night this concert was taped and was lucky enough to be in the audience for the first show. He actually played two shows that night. The room was warm. The beer was cold. The crowd, tightly packed into a small space, was lively. But enough about atmosphere, you want to hear about the concert.

You know how it is when you go to a concert of a well known artist and all you really want to hear is the old stuff, mainly because the new stuff is pretentious and lame...that was NOT the case here. Elvis varied it. He played both. But honestly, the best part of the show was when he played the new stuff. The duets with Emmylou Harris were also outstanding. And it might just be a personal preference, but I really dug the purple suit he was wearing.

Check it out for yourself. And look for me while you are at it, I may have been imortalized on the DVD. I am the curly haired girl in the red and white shirt.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but could have been even better April 30 2005
By Alison Munin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
After a long long wait, I was excited to finally see an Elvis Costello DVD. Anyone who has seen this man live over the years (for me its been about five times) knows what a phenomenal live show he puts on. The first thing I can say about this DVD is that the picture and sound quality are unsurpassed--turn it up and it really sounds like you're at the concert. I don't even have my tv hooked up to a stereo system and I was impressed. I imagine it is even better with a really good sound system. On the negative side, (the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5) I think the show is too short. When there is so much room for material on a DVD and we know that Elvis' concerts typically last 2 1/2 hours and more (with 28-30 songs being the norm), why oh why would they cut this performance down to only 20 songs? Even with the four extra bonus tracks (which should have just been included in the concert) the concert is severely cut down. For us fans that have seen him live, it left me wondering what great songs I was missing. The track listing is composed mainly of the Delivery Man songs and all of the most popular (but overplayed) "hits" (Pump It Up, PL&U, Alison, etc.). The best part of seeing Elvis is getting to hear many of the other classic surprises that he pulls out of his reportoire, but sadly, other than Waiting For the End of the World, Blue Chair and High Fidelity (which are great by the way)that is it. I'm sure some of the best songs got cut. I also thought the documentary was a little boring as I had no clue who or what they were talking about most of the time. Its the kind of thing you'll watch just once. But the concert itself really is a terrific slice of live Elvis and I'm glad I have it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice..but serious mixing board hiss on some tracks... June 7 2005
By D. Mccorkle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I thought it was a corrupt disc, but after the production company sent me another copy I realized there were problems in the same area. Tracks 7-9 have some sort of digital audio hiss. Very annoying to say the least. If you can get over the hiss, the rest of the tracks are fine. I keep wondering why they would release compromised audio like that..
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanna PUMP IT UP!!! April 15 2006
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A few reviewers have given this DVD indifferent ratings. I'd like to change this.

The disc is great on many different levels. Elvis rocks his heart out on stage, and his duets with Emmylou Harris are nothing less than sublime. He also takes us on a long tour of the Southern locales that have inspired him throughout his career. His vocal and instrumental chops are first-rate, whether he is performing solo or with the band, acoustic or electric, before stomping, hooting crowds, or alone with a piano in a small studio. He meets performers and fans and really seems to enjoy talking to them.

(I saw Elvis in a one-man show in Seattle in 2005, and he has never been better. At the peak of his form, and with just a guitar and an empty stage, he put on a long, ebullient, and amazingly rich performance, filling a stadium with thousands of his fans who stood in rapt attention when they weren't cheering and singing along, playing hit after hit from the length and breadth of his oeuvre.)

Get this DVD to understand the power of Elvis live!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis Still Rocks Sept. 30 2005
By Liam the Elf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I found the club date DVD a great bargain and a wonderful show. While there are some glitches in the performance, it shows what goes into a live performance and how the artist interacts with the audience.

As for the live performance and quality, this is superb. Elvis still sings in the original key, which is something not many performers his age can still do. (I know this because he still plays the songs in the original key. I played guitar along with the DVD.) There are plenty of closeups since this was a small venue, and it's easy to see the audience reaction. (I haven't seen the PoGo dance for quite some time.)

I suggest you pick this up. If you're a die hard fan or are new to his music, I believe you'll be in for a treat.
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