Elvis Costello ‘Spinning Songbook’ CD-DVD box set coming Dec. 6

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A limited-edition CD/DVD and vinyl box set capturing Elvis Costello’s performances in Los Angeles earlier this year on his Revolver tour -- built around the contraption known as “the Spectacular Spinning Songbook” -- will be released Dec. 6.

The live set, recorded as Costello and his band the Imposters played at the Wiltern Theatre on May 11 and 12, will include one CD with 16 tracks, a DVD with 19 songs and a 10” vinyl single with four songs.

The Revolver Tour revived the spinning songbook idea Costello first used in 1986, allowing members of the audience to spin a giant wheel containing the titles of some three dozen songs, plus several wild-card keywords. He and the band would then play the title the wheel stopped on -- for the most part.

At the Wiltern shows, he occasionally digressed from the dictates of the spinning wheel. The “Elvis Costello & the Imposters — The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook” three-disc box set will be limited to 1,500 copies, but a regular-edition CD and DVD from the shows will be issued next year.



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-- Randy Lewis

in May on his Revolver tour. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.