Reviewed! Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…Season 2

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…Season 2

Although only seven one-hour episodes were filmed for the second season of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… (13 were filmed for Season 1), the fact remains that this show is brilliant, and the DVD release of the complete second season is nothing short of outstanding. Filmed at New York’s Apollo Theatre, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… features interviews with the best in the game today and when mixed with performances by said industry giants, it makes this show one of the best you’ve probably never seen.

The seasons best performance is a definite arguable point, and while it might be easy to assume it’s Bruce Springsteen (season two concludes with two episodes with the Boss), and though the fact that songs like “She’s the One” and “Pretty Woman” are performed make it hard to argue against, other episodes and guest performers take the cake on Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… The first episode features U2’s Bono and the Edge and tunes like “Mysterious Ways” and “Get Your Boots On,” while Neko Case and (gag) Sheryl Crow follow in the next episode. Lyle Lovett and Ray LaMontagne surprise later on in the season with excellent offerings like “Jolene,” and with Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… you never know who you are going to get as far as audience goes. Steve Buscemi can be seen rocking out when Allen Toussaint, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe and Levon Helm take the stage. And speaking of celebrities, one of the seasons best moments takes place the very next episode with Elvis Costello and actress Mary-Louise Parker when Costello takes the stage and fires off “(I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea.”

When it comes to DVD extras, there are some, including a behind-the-scenes documentary entitled Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…Inside Notes , hosted by co-executive producer David Furnish. The three bonus songs are worth your while here - Costello and the Imposters covering U2’s “Dirty Day,” Bono and the Edge performing a rendition of Costello’s “Allison” and Costello and Imposters returning to the stage to lend their take on Costello’s own “I Want You.”

This is clearly one of the better DVD releases of the year so far, one you should everything in your power to experience. If you missed Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… on television, here is your second chance, and as they say, everyone deserves a second chance.

Grade: A