Spectacle season 2

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Jack of All Parades » Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:01 pm

Favorite part of the third show from the second season- Levon Helm hands down!!!!! As I wrote in another thread he is a national treasure and his album this year "Electric Dirt" is the best album I have heard this year. I only wish he could have sung "Tennessee Jed" or "the Weight" tonight. "My whole barn went up in smoke"- indeed.
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby jmm » Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:15 am

I really enjoyed "build-a-band" show. My favorite moment of the broadcast was Pete and Davey clapping and singing background on A Certain Girl. For some reason these two fine muscians stepping back and contributing in that small way and obviously enjoying themselves immensely just captured the joy of collaboration that the night was about

Having been there for the taping I hope they use an eventual DVD release to show the full depth and breadth of the full night
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby sweetest punch » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:35 pm

Since you put me down, it seems i've been very gloomy. You may laugh but pretty girls look right through me.

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby charliestumpy » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:23 am

Thankyou for these links to deerfried Spectacles ...

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby wordnat » Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:18 am

GREAT version of Tennessee Jed. Gotta love early-70s-period Dead....

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Mikeh » Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:57 am

Last year this series was broadcast in the UK over the Xmas & New Year period, on C4, albeit around midnight. Any news of it appearing in the UK this year?? Anyone heard?

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby migdd » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:37 am

Really digging this season so far (the U2 episode was just okay compared to the other two). The build-a-band episode is the favorite so far.

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:11 pm



Thanks. What a memorable evening.
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby wordnat » Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:27 pm

BTW, Levon Helm seems like a really nice guy, doesn't he? Looks to me like EC's a real friend of his....

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby johnfoyle » Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:29 pm

http://www.sundancechannel.com/sunfilte ... ite-songs/


SPECTACLE REPORT: Elvis Costello’s Favorite Songs


December 31st, 2009 by Elvis Costello


As reported elsewhere, passengers on NYC’s “F” Train have been fleeing in terror after being confronted by a frightening countenance leering from every poster along subway platforms. Some say he’s akin to Spencer Tracy’s “Mr. Hyde.”

At times like this, I feel as if I may have missed my vocation. Perhaps I should have been an Albanian Politburo Chairman or Millennial Cult Leader. Nothing else could possibly justify the kind of coverage SPECTACLE has enjoyed among the advertising space of the five boroughs.

Perhaps these graphic enticements may have even worked, or you might not be reading this now, except to avert your eyes from other horrors.

This episode of SPECTACLE was to have been hosted by our Executive Producer, Sir Elton John, a chance to mirror his Season One “guest host” appearance with my wife, Diana Krall.

Unfortunately, ill health intervened, and at very short notice we were extremely fortunate and grateful to have Mary-Louise Parker take part in an utterly different, but equally enjoyable, conversation.

This is the column in which I have, up until now, listed a few of my favorite cuts by our SPECTACLE guests. In this instance, however, it seems immodest and absurd to propose my own songs.

Thankfully, television is something less grand and permanent than an inscription on a marble slab, and something slightly in advance of, in the words of Winston Churchill, “a tuppenha’ penny Punch and Judy show.”

Meanwhile, “Favorite Records” change like alibis.

So, here are five records you may enjoy
. I’ll write quickly before they change again.

Sir Douglas Quintet – “Too Many Dociled Minds” – from The Complete Mercury Masters (2005)


For a brief time I was actually a “Mercury Recording Artist,” and was proud to be in the company of Sir Doug, one of the Great Knights of Texas. In fact, I met Doug Sahm at a Flaco Jimenez gig in London during the last century. He was still full of wit and wonder. I wish I’d had a chance to see him play around the time he recorded fantastic records like this one and “Can You Dig My Vibrations.”

The Unthanks – “Here’s The Tender Coming” – from Here’s The Tender Coming (2009)

My favorite county record of 2009. The county of Northumberland, that is. The supernatural singing from Rachel and Becky Unthank and the lovely arrangements are three reasons to hear this wonderful album.

Val Rosing – “Hush Hush Hush…Here Comes The Boogie Man” – from The Best of Val Rosing


Val Rosing was the voice on Henry Hall’s recording of “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic.” If this were not enough recommendation, this record should clinch the deal. Mr. Rosing also had a hit with an early English recording of “Try A Little Tenderness” with the Ray Noble Orchestra.

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys – “Thorn In My Heart” – from Boot-Heel Drag: The MGM Years (2001)

My favorite date of the year was the final show of my tour with the Sugarcanes, at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s a venue made famous by Sir Bob and his Playboys. However, it is a dancehall, and the hubbub of the throng doesn’t invite you to drop the tempo that much, so we played every song of a quick tempo that we knew.

Jim Lauderdale and I had written a song that afternoon on the ride from Dallas. It was called “I Lost You,” and we rehearsed and debuted it at the show, so sadly, there was not enough time to also work up our version of “Thorn,” as I had originally planned.

Joe Henry – “Stars” – from Blood From Stars (2009)


From his station in the producer’s chair, my friend Joe was responsible for several of 2009’s great albums. But he also beamed out an incredible album of his own from the basement of the Widow Garfield’s house. The witty saxophone commentary is by his son, Levon Henry.

Albert Ayler – “Deep River” – from Goin’ Home (1964)

Why we don’t need words.

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Jack of All Parades » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:12 pm

Favorite moment from tonight's show-permission to own up to the "country" in my collection. Also kudos to Ms. Parker and her ability to allow EC to talk, gently moving his conversation along. Loved the soft rendition of "I Threw It All Away"-reinforced the beauty of a well crafted lyric filled with honest emotion for me-nice to see that is something he constantly aspires to in his song craft.
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby wordnat » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:34 am

I was, um, underwhelmed by this episode. As an interviewer, MLP is one hell of an actor. Too much emphasis was given to EC's collaboators, the net result of which was watching EC play Hide and Seek all freaking night, like some sort of bespectacled trout that MLP lacked the equipment to properly land....

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Ypsilanti » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:57 am

Yeah--this is the episode I most wanted to see--Elvis talking about Elvis. I always feel like interviewers are over-matched by his massive brain power and barely scratch his surface. This seemed like an opportunity for something more. I guess I agree that MLP maybe wasn't quite up to the task, but I'm not sure who would have done better. Elton? Probably not. Maybe it was just too brief. There were certainly good moments. I think I'd better watch it again.
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby migdd » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:39 am

I was expecting to be underwhelmed and the show met my expectations. As a 33-year fan, you think you've heard it all before and mostly you have. Still there were some good moments between the commercials and abbreviated songs (most annoying - one verse of Motel Matches????) like Elvis describing My Three Sons as a song tinged with the terror of knowing his own age at the point his sons hit maturity. I've read him telling the story before but I swear he was quickly wiping a tear (maybe he was just scratching his eye but I've never noticed him doing that before) away as he told it to Parker. Also enjoyed the story about how his dad scored Beatles autographs only to find EC cutting them up so they would fit into his autograph book!

The show did seem too brief, the commercials too long - but that's often the case with any great hour of television, if there really is such a thing.

I've really enjoyed the second season so far; however, the one criticism I have is that there hasn't been as much in-depth conversation with the guests as we saw in the past season. The guitar pull and build-a-band episodes were both insightful and fun as I'm sure next week's "Americana Songwriters" episode will be. (Finally, the great John Prine gets some air time!) But last year we got full hours with Elton John, Bill Clinton, Lou Reed, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Renee Fleming, James Taylor and the Police. This year we get one-half of U2 (yawn . . . so flame me) and two episodes of da Boss. (Okay, great . . . but two episodes out of seven?? That doesn't leave much for the rest of the working musicians in the world.) Obviously and gratefully, the guest choices for the first and last two episodes are ratings magnets and that's fine if it means another season of the show. I just wish there was more meat between the high profile buns.

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby TX_Fan » Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:38 pm

...Just finished watching. I very much enjoyed the episode...could have been better I guess. Loved Town Cryer & Brilliant Mistake...those certainly choked up ML Parker. So Like Candy was very good as was Still have that Other Girl. No complaining here...but man...those sideburns need to go!

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Neil. » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:43 am

I pray the song clips at least make it onto YouTube. We're not getting the shows in the UK.

I love Town Cryer - really think it should be a world-famous standard. When's somebody major gonna cover it? I know Wet Wet Wet did, but that was a B-side.

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Neil. » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:24 pm

Thanks TX Fan - great to hear Elvis singing this live - I don't think I've ever seen him sing it - only ever heard the recorded versions. I do love the Psycho strings in the Imperial Bedroom version. It's one of my Elvis faves, but doesn't get much of a mention, generally. The interviewer looks completely blissed out while he's singing!

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby LessThanZero » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:24 pm

That was my favorite version of So Like Candy...reminds me of alternative rock when I was in high school in the mid 90's...pretty straight forward. :)
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby migdd » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:55 pm

Agree with you, LTZ. Candy sounded awesome backed by the Imposters! One of my all-time favorite EC songs.

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Neil. » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:57 am

So were there just four songs? Mistake, Town Cryer, Other Girl, and Candy?

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby Jack of All Parades » Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:27 am

There were other songs- a snippet of "Motel Matches" which was probably done whole when live and a beautifully muted rendition of "I Threw It All Away" at the end of the program.
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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby TX_Fan » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:59 am

Also, he opened the show with a very good "I don't want to go to Chelsea" w/ Imposters.

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Re: Spectacle season 2

Postby migdd » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:07 am

And the Imps played Shabby Doll behind EC's opening "monologue".


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