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V1 Live At The El Mocambo/On Live

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B002JCMZ78
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This long-desired collectible finally became widely available in the 1993 boxed set 2 1/2 Years . This reissue preserves Costello's priceless patter, though, along with appealingly reckless versions of Radio, Radio; Watching the Detectives; Less Than Zero; Little Triggers; Pump It Up; The Beat , and more circa '78!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Francis Sweete on Feb. 22 2010
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I love the music. Unfortunately the sound quality is raw and very very poor. If you want to hear the band and Elvis at their best give this a miss and buy Elvis Live at Hollywood High a very superior live snapshot of the band in their hey day.
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By TDN on Sept. 27 2010
Format: Audio CD
Of course this was the perfect setting to see Elvis Costello and the Attractions, one of the best groups in the eighties. The atmosphere of this enviornment and the shallowness of the El Mocambo was perfect for seeing a live performance. A truly great concert.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Be There Now Oct. 2 2009
By P. B. Fey - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Longtime Costello fans may already have this disc from when it first appeared--legally--in the 2-1/2 Years box set. This incendiary performance documents Elvis and the Attractions quite early in their career (the Deluxe Edition My Aim Is True contains an even earlier, rougher live performance). The pace is frantic, the energy palpable. The band blazes through Elvis's already concise songs, and the set is relatively short. But this is all about quality, not quantity. Not to mention a little rock and roll history.

Given its origin as a concert broadcast on the radio, it's only natural that there are audience sounds. Sure, they can be a little annoying but, hearing this now, all these years later, it's as if you are there and you happen to be standing next to the idiot making all the noise. The important part is You Are There.

I would've liked to have seen some additional material with this reissue but the lack of this is offset by the great price point. The hardcore fans may not need this; but if you are new to Elvis, or weren't around when all this happened, you can't afford not to have it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great performance but obnoxious screamer Oct. 13 2013
By R. Roddewig - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These are great performances by Elvis and that Attractions but one of the audience screams in the most obnoxious way through every song. Really ruins the recording I am sorry to say. Avoid this recording and move the Live at Hollywood High.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Elvis concert series - and sounds better than ever! Sept. 30 2009
By Chauncey Gardner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Honestly, this one of the best shows, which really hasn't been available before commercially, and now sounds better than ever. Can you really go wrong with Elvis & The Attractions performing in 1978 and doing a set of MY AIM IS TRUE and THIS YEARS MODEL material?? I forgotten gem in the live canon of Declan! And sounds like we have more to look forward to in the coming months? I can't wait for Hollywood High!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great show, good recording. Oct. 6 2009
By Glenn Hendler - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Every Elvis fan should have this one, to know what those early shows were like. My only complaint: why is this listed under "The Costello Show"--a moniker that didn't appear for a decade or more after this recording?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Sept. 30 2009
By Keith Grayson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are more than a casual Elvis Costello fan you will not be dissappointed with Live at the El Mocambo. Oh.....but it has been released before. It was included in a Rykodisk early nineties CD boxset along with EC's first three albums. I do not, however, recall being particularly annoyed by any hecklers in the audience. I haven't listened to this one in a while, though, since the latest deluxe re-re-re-reissues of My Aim Is True and This Year's Model each have bonus discs of wonderful live recordings from the same period. Ridiculously, I'm certain to purchase this version as well simply for what should be obvious sound improvements from the early 90's issue. Current new music, of similar genres, recently released cannot touch anything Elvis Costello (and EC & the Attractions) released through 1980's Get Happy! ......or Trust.....or Imperial Bedroom....or Blood and Chocolate.....or King of America.....etc. etc. Just buy them all as I have.....though maybe just once.