ELVIS COSTELLO & STEVE NIEVE Costello & Nieve (1996) – 5CD Live Box Set

Costello & Nieve (1996)
Elvis & Steve’s 5CD Live Box Set

The extremely cool, limited edition (and now out of print) 5EP live box set from Elvis Costello and his piano player extraordinaire, Attraction Steve Nieve. The material, recorded in five different cities on five different nights, provides a suitable showcase for Costello’s songwriting skills (including some of his work with Paul McCartney) and Nieve’s impressive keyboard chops. It’s mostly just Elvis & Steve, though a few others (like Pete Thomas) show up on a couple of tracks to round out the proceedings. Re-upped and now with artwork. A great box that you can still find at Amazon, HERE.

LOS ANGELES – Live At The Troubadour, May 14, 1996
Poor Fractured Atlas
I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
It’s Time
Man Out Of Time
Shallow Grave

SAN FRANCISCO – Live At The Fillmore, May 15, 1996
Just About Glad
Why Can’t A Man Stand Alone?
My Dark Life
All This Useless Beauty
Ship Of Fools

CHICAGO – Live At The Park West, May 18, 1996
Long Honeymoon
Starting To Come To Me
Other End (Of The Telescope)
All The Rage
Watching The Detectives

BOSTON – Live At The Paradise, May 20, 1996
You Bowed Down
Long Honeymoon
Distorted Angel
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Little Atoms
My Funny Valentine

NEW YORK – Live At The Supper Club, May 22, 1996
Black Sails In The Sunset
You’ll Never Be A Man
Just A Memory
I Want To Vanish
Alison/Living A Little, Laughing A Little/Tracks Of My Tears/Tears Of A Clown/No More Tear Stained Make-Up/Clowntime Is Over


  • Art Ducko
    January 4, 2010 - 07:06 | Permalink

    We must be twins separated at birth. I own this same set & what a cool set it is. I admire your good taste & obvious good looks.

  • yotte
    January 4, 2010 - 12:21 | Permalink

    This looks great. I'm looking forward to checking out this AND the Latin Playboys stuff. Thanks Willard!

  • paul
    January 4, 2010 - 15:27 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this set and all of the other wonderful music you bring to my ears.

  • Mona
    January 4, 2010 - 18:58 | Permalink

    Thanx as ever Capt W/
    I caught this duo tour here in Melbourne, Australia. SPEC TAC ULAR!

  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2010 - 22:25 | Permalink

    I've seen EC countless times in the 70s/80s. but felt he lost his way after imperial bedroom. then my nephew dragged me to see the Elvis/Steve show and YES he was great. I;ve been searching for this for some time and it doesnt disapoint. shame EC doesnt dedicate time to handling his back catalogue more user friendly. but he is on his third marriage :)

    Gawd bless ya Uncle Brian


  • Capt. Willard
    January 5, 2010 - 03:41 | Permalink

    …and twice as many labels. Many thanks for the comments.

  • TJS
    January 5, 2010 - 04:26 | Permalink

    Great post!
    The thing about Elvis – and I've seen him live about 10 times, including this past August on the "Sacred Profane & Sugarcane" tour – you never catch him dogging it. He gives every show (that I've seen) his all. We can argue about the quality of the material, but you cannot doubt his commitment level. It is as high as any performer I've ever seen.

  • Art Ducko
    January 5, 2010 - 05:34 | Permalink

    Man, that's right. I've seen EC live 5 times & every show was smoking. Elvis doesn't leave the building, he takes it with him.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 5, 2010 - 05:39 | Permalink

    Ditto. I caught him twice, myself. The first US tour with Nick Lowe (playing with an unbilled Dave Edmunds, which almost made me wet myself) and Mink DeVille. And later @ The Fox Theatre on The Trust tour. Both stunning shows. Thanks for commenting.

  • ElementaryPenguin
    January 5, 2010 - 17:47 | Permalink

    Just wondering which tracks are associated with Paul McCartney? I don't have the room to get the whole thing, and I'm a bit of a Pmac collector.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 5, 2010 - 21:28 | Permalink

    Hi Penguin,
    I forget all of what Elvis and Paulie wrote together (so there might be others), but EC mentions on disc one about writing "Shallow Grave" with "the great Mersey Delta bluesman… T-Bone McCartney."

  • Capt. Willard
    January 5, 2010 - 21:23 | Permalink

    Find it all HERE

    • Rich
      December 23, 2011 - 15:20 | Permalink

      Willard, you are a diamond my friend. Many, many thanks for this, a wonderful unexpected christmas present. Peace.

  • Gabriel
    January 6, 2010 - 11:01 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this! I've wanted it for a long time…much appreciated!

  • Tulloch
    January 6, 2010 - 16:41 | Permalink

    Mnay thanks for this excellent set. For some reason it passed me by when it came out and by the time I was aware of it, it was going for silly prices. Lovely to hear it at last and thans again!

  • Stymie
    January 7, 2010 - 02:05 | Permalink

    Sorry, Costello is one of those guys who shoulda dun give it up bout 20 years ago…better to burn out than to fade away, sumone once sed.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 7, 2010 - 02:14 | Permalink

    I was a stone cold fanatic when he first arrived. Hadn't been that obsessed in years. But, kind of warmed on him by the time Punch The Clock came out. I appreciate his work now, but don't really listen to much of his stuff from the last 15 years. He's still got quality, is an encyclopedia and has a distinctive style worth listening to, but… I catch your drift.

  • Contact
    January 7, 2010 - 03:31 | Permalink

    Thanks as always, I was lucky enough to be at the LA show.

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2010 - 14:32 | Permalink

    Took my wife at the time to see this tour at the Paramount in Oakland and was quite impressed despite not being a fan. I purchased this as a gift for her and ended up enjoying it as well. During our amicable divorce, she kept it as she should've, and I've missed it since, but not enough to pay the rate it goes for these days. Thanx for the unique post, Willard.

    P.S. my favorite non-trad. EC recording is King Of America. It came to me at a critical period in my life.

  • Ken K.
    January 8, 2010 - 02:17 | Permalink

    Penguin, the only song on this collection that's a McManus/McCartney composition is "Shallow Grave".

    The others were "Veronica" and "Pad Claws And Paws" from Costello's album "Spike"

    "So Like Candy" from Elvis Costello's "Mighty Like A Rose."

    "Mistress And Maid" from the Rhino edition of Costello's "All This Useless Beauty".

    On McCartney's "Flowers In The Dirt", the co-compositions are:
    "My Brave Face"
    "You Want Her Too"
    "Don't Be Careless Love"
    "That Day Is Done"
    "Back On My Feet" (Bonus edition)

    There's a song called "The Lovers That Never Were" that's only been on bootlegs.

  • Loren
    January 10, 2010 - 20:15 | Permalink

    While I agree with one commenter that I haven't really listened to much of his stuff over the past decade or so (still have bought it), this collection is one of those collections that is a must have if you like EC. Hearing him with this different arrangements and in this settings is a wonder and brings his songwriting talent to the fore. Great reminder of what a talent Elvis Costello was and is. Thanks

  • ElementaryPenguin
    January 11, 2010 - 03:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for the helpful replies Ken and Capt. For some reason I totally overlooked their work together (except Flowers in the Dirt).

    Captain, your boat is my favorite part of the blogosphere's seven thousand seas. Friendly people here

  • Anonymous
    January 13, 2010 - 03:34 | Permalink

    not only friendly , but knowledgable. there are very few places where a posted piece gets like 25-30 bits of feedback like you do.
    makes for fun reading for music geeks like me.
    the godley-creme consequences thread for a prime example! hilarious!
    it IS a credit to you mister willard!

    keep up the good work, as well as time allows.

    and my thanks for THIS one!


  • Capt. Willard
    January 13, 2010 - 13:41 | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words… and to all who participate.

  • Doomcan
    January 4, 2011 - 04:40 | Permalink

    Since yer much welcomed return(Jesus, never came back as many times as you have, man.) I Have been trawling yer archives for things I've missed over time (you truly have one of the best blogs in the blog-o-sphere, Oh My Captain.)

    I attended the Chicago show featured here. It was fab, baby. No, really.

    I've tended to drift to his very later period stuff as of late, and have had a bit of renaissance with yer fine Rhino bonus discs.

    I feel a bit guilty as I don't always leave enough thank you's, but I feel like it would be a bit gushing. Please know you always bring the shiz, Willard.

    Thank you. You are a gentlemen and a scholar.


    – DC

    P.S. Thanks also for linking our Voodoo Wagon joint. We love you there and you are quite respected.

  • W
    January 4, 2011 - 06:30 | Permalink

    That's mighty kind of you, DC. Many thanks.

  • jivethumb
    December 19, 2011 - 01:23 | Permalink

    so glad to finally be hearing this music..thanks willard

  • David
    April 20, 2012 - 11:14 | Permalink

    This is superb. Thanks! David, UK

  • July 27, 2012 - 16:50 | Permalink

    I caught this tour at Guild Hall in East Hampton…a real nice intimate setting for what they were playing…brilliant and enduring

  • KDNYfm
    July 31, 2012 - 12:39 | Permalink

    Thanx Willard…Been trying to fin this for my brother! He’ll be happy to hear it is re-upped!

  • Mags
    April 22, 2013 - 04:46 | Permalink

    Thx Willard. Been looking for this set for a long time. Cheers.

  • mark
    April 29, 2014 - 21:06 | Permalink

    Thank you so much, I love these versions!

  • anonnon
    June 27, 2015 - 01:45 | Permalink

    thanks for the box

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