In 1986, Elvis Costello debuted his “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. Fans who might have usually clamored post-show for a souvenir paper set list instead watched eagerly as, throughout the show a wheel containing 40-track titles were spun between songs to determine how the show would progress.
Twenty-five years later, Costello and his band brought the contraption back onstage on his Revolver Tour. Those who weren’t lucky enough to witness this spontaneity in person can relax. On May 11-12, 2011, the group recorded their two-night run at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The recording is set to release as a live album on Tuesday, April 3. The wheel did not disappoint, and the deluxe set includes a number of classic Costello hits. You can listen to three tracks from of them below: “Radio Radio,” “Watching the Detectives,” and “(What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love and Understanding.”
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook will be available in stores tomorrow (via Universal).