The old saying goes, "You can never go home again." Elvis Costello has made a career of doing what "can't" or "never should" be done, and Club Date: Live In Memphis is no exception. Costello returns to his musical roots, l... more »eaving the cozy comfort of theater-sized venues and stages for a tiny, sweaty club in Memphis, Tennessee for a set that rolls through his best songs from his 27-year career. Club Date: Live In Memphis, recorded in late 2004, was shot in High-Definition and features Stereo, 5.1 Surround and DTS audio to give the viewer that intimate setting from their own home. Tracklisting:
Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop, Rock & Roll, DTS Studio:Eagle Rock Ent Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 04/19/2005 Release Year: 2005 Run Time: 2hr 45min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 1 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English See Also:
Michelle Friedman | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Nice..but serious mixing board hiss on some tracks...
D. Mccorkle | USA | 06/07/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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.."
Gary Bowden | Fort Smith, Arkansas United States | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love Elvis Costello,then this is the dvd for you...a very playful and energetic Elvis and a very tight band...The doc is very entertaining and educational as well...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Now,how about releasing A CASE FOR SONG and THE VERY BEST OF ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS on dvd next???"
Great, but could have been even better
Alison Munin | Pittsburgh, PA United States | 05/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
I wanna PUMP IT UP!!!
T. Davis | Seattle, WA | 04/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"