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Elvis Costello: Detour — Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (TheaterByte Blu-ray Review)

Elvis Costello has always been an acquired taste for me, and I presume for many others. The musical chameleon costello-detour-coverhas charted the musical territories of Bruce Springsteen imitator, torch songs, and even Paul McCartney-esque pop tunes. In his 2015 tour, Costello strips his music down to the core, performing completely solo, either with just guitar or piano, sounding raw, urgent, and like an elder statesman who has finally found a moment to stop and look back on his accomplishments, but still isn’t quite happy with them. On Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Costello reworks some of his most classic works like “Watching the Detectives” or “Alison” into emotionally charged, post-modern mayhem, that can stand up to the more produced sheen of their studio versions. In between songs, he chats to the audience, offering up funny anecdotes from his life and career. Costello is joined on several tracks by Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe.

The track list:

  1. Intro
  2. Red Shoes
  3. Watch Your Step
  4. Accidents Will Happen
  5. Church Underground
  6. ’45
  7. Shipbuilding
  8. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
  9. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
  10. Ghost Train
  11. When I Was Cruel No.2
  12. Watching The Detectives
  13. If I Had A Hammer
  14. Pads, Paws, And Claws
  15. That’s Not The Part Of Him You’re Leaving
  16. Down On The Bottom
  17. Blame It On Cain
  18. Alison
  19. A Good Year For The Roses
  20. Side By Side
  21. Jimmie Standing In The Rain
  22. Peace Love And Understanding
  23. Golden Tom – Silver Judas (Credits)

The Video

A1080i high-definition production in 1.85:1 encoded in AVC on Blu-ray looks pristine, with good contrast even in the sometimes dimly lit stage production.

The Audio

The audio is provided in two solid tracks, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that is very ambient and nicely balanced and punchy in the midrange without being grating in the high frequencies, and a LPCM 2.0 stereo offering that is a little less engaging but still good. Since the show is mostly just Costello and his guitar, there isn’t much panning to speak of, but the reverberation sounds natural and vocals are clear.

The Supplements

The disc comes with four bonus tracks:

  • Love Field
  • Either Side of the Same Town
  • Brilliant Mistake
  • Ascension Day

The Final Assessment

I’ve never fully been a convert to the music of Elvis Costello; I’m more of a casual fan, but there are flashes of brilliance in this raw concert performance that make it a compelling and different look at this veteran singer/songwriter.

Elvis Costello: Detour — Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (TheaterByte Blu-ray Review)
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Eagle RockStudios & Distributors
Joss CrowleyDirector
121 Mins.Run Time
12 February 2016Release Date
1.85:1Aspect Ratio
AVC 1080iVideo
DTS-HD MA 5.1, LPCM 2.0 StereoAudio
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Detour is stripped down yet raw and emotional concert video that will appeal to Costello fans.
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