Record Collector, August 2013

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Sheffield City Hall / 8th June, 2013

Ian Roberts

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Elvis was in his element as The Beloved Entertainer, complete with three-piece suit, titfer and a big-wheel for audience members to spin for song requests, some of whom end up dancing on-stage with his go-go girls. During the 40 minutes of encores, he circulated among the stalls, crooning to one lady, dancing with another, snapped with another by her old man. It was a terrific show covering all the crowd-pleasing bases, while also veering off down roads less travelled.

The sound, a little murky to begin with, improved as the night went on, and on. After two hours, he closed with "Tramp The Dirt Down," to massive approval. As well as the stalwart singing, sometimes without a mike, there was Elvis' underrated guitar-playing and sophisticated, witty patter, not to mention his top-notch accompaniment. Value for money all round.

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Record Collector, No. 417, August 2013

Ian Roberts reviews Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Saturday, June 8, 2013, City Hall, Sheffield, England.

Ashley Jones reviews Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Monday, June 10, 2013, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England.


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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall / 10th June, 2013

Ashley Jones

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You want to get happy, try Elvis. "Lipstick Vogue," "Heart Of The City," "I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down," "Radio Radio," and that was just the first four songs in a blistering set. The one-time new wave grudge-bearer hit his one-time home with song-choice spins of chance rather than a structured set-list, and Elvis kept up an astonishing pace for two hours, demonstrating what a fantastic sound he and The Imposters can generate from four basic components.

Most of the classics were present and correct, including a poignant rendition of "Tramp The Dirt Down," in the city where its subject matter meant the most. Other highlights included "Man Out Of Time" and "Almost Blue," before an extra-time hat-trick of "Every Day I Write The Book," "Pump It Up" and "Peace Love And Understanding."


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