November 21, 2010 – 4:05 am

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San Francisco 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA; October 1, 2010 (early show). Very good audience recording.

Billed as Costello Sings Lowe/Nick Sings Elvis, it’s not often that two artistes end up covering each other’s songs on the same stage but it was all for a good cause. The event was a benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project, for children who suffer from Prader-Willi syndrome, a disorder that leaves its victims perpetually hungry.

In a review, Joel Selvin (joelselvin.com) wrote:
Nick Lowe shook his head. “Fabulous reading,” he said, blown away like every other fan in the house, only with a better seat. Lowe stood on stage Friday at the Great American Music Hall and watched his old mate Elvis Costello sit at the piano and transform Lowe’s “I’m a Mess,” from his 2001 album “The Convincer,” into a heart-scraping, wrenching cry of despair. “Fabulous reading,” he repeated, as amazed as everyone else at the sold out benefit.

Perhaps not surprisingly, both Costello and Lowe suited the other’s material to their own style. Lowe took more genial, low-key turns through Costello songs such as “Mystery Dance” or “Poison Rose” than the more urgent versions by Costello. His lovely, lithe version of “Alison” followed some recollections of serving as producer on the first three Elvis Costello albums. [Lowe produced Costello’s first five albums - 1977’s My Aim is True through 1981’s Trust - plus 1986’s Blood and Chocolate. Costello also scored a hit with his cover of Lowe’s 1974 song “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.” - wikipedia]

The two plumbed the far reaches of each other’s catalog, not just the obvious, easy choices. There were music stands everywhere on stage and the occasional bobbled lyric, but the crowd of hard core fans hung on every line and cheered at every opportunity.

Thanks to mbodayle for sharing the tracks on Dime and to DavePas63 for the artwork. As mbodayle noted: “Finally a copy of this much sought-after show where Elvis & Nick sing each other’s songs. Excellent audience recording. Got this from a friend so I don’t know the lineage but I’ve listened and it sounds amazing.”

These tracks are no longer available for download.

Disc 1
Track 01. (intro)
Track 02. Here Comes the Weekend
Track 03. When I Write the Book
Track 04. Home is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
Track 05. Don’t Lose Your Grip on Love
Track 06. Mystery Dance
Track 07. I Trained Her to Love Me
Track 08. Poisoned Rose
Track 09. (I Love the Sound of) Breaking Glass
Track 10. Oliver’s Army
Track 11. I’m A Mess

Disc 2
Track 12. (Nick talks)
Track 13. Alison
Track 14. Cruel to Be Kind
Track 15. Accidents Will Happen
Track 16. Lover Don’t Go
Track 17. Indoor Fireworks
Track 18. What’s Shakin’ on the Hill
Track 19. My Last Dime
Track 20. Monkey to Man
Track 21. Heart of the City
Track 22. Peace Love And Understanding

The band:
Paul Revelli
Ruth Davies
Bill Kirchen
Bob Andrews
Derek Huston
Austin de Lone

Click on the link to order Elvis Costello albums.

Click on the link to order Nick Lowe albums.


  2. wow. just as i was recording the feed from wfuv from national public radio’s site since they wont allow downloading of elvis costello’s 6 song set from avatar studios in nyc the other day… u show up with this. wow. thanks. can never get enough costello. and just 3 weeks ago nick lowe did 4 songs in npr’s studios (which i think are in wash dc) and those were downloadable thankfully. i love when all these things come together. thanks again bigo. wheeee!!!

    By darth on Nov 21, 2010

  3. Great show, thanks for posting it!

    By Anony Moose on Nov 21, 2010

  4. Awesome setlist, sound just O.K. I hope the decide to go for the cash grab live album. This one would be a big winner. Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on Nov 22, 2010


    By bigtexashonk on Nov 22, 2010

  6. Please remove this recording before it’s too late. This is the 2nd time we’ve heard this - sounds like the same bad audience recording. It’s unfortunate that whoever did this chose to ignore explicit requests from the club and our non-profit to not record. The concert was, in fact, recorded professionally on a fully equipped mobile studio, at considerable expense, with the express intent of releasing it to garner some much needed publicity and cash for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project. Now that it has been leaked that may just squash the whole deal. It’s always best to consider the consequences before you leap.
    Austin de Lone - Richard de Lone Special Housing Project

    By austin de Lone on Nov 22, 2010

  7. Austin, if its such a crap recording then it won’t effect any official release. Aside from the fact that it isn’t, the cats out of the bag.

    If you let that get in the way of an offical release that would be beneficial to your charity then thats just born from spite (which would be a good Costello song title)

    By David C on Nov 23, 2010

  8. David, I think you need English lessons. Read this again:
    “It’s unfortunate that whoever did this chose to ignore explicit requests from the club and our non-profit to not record.”
    Let me break this down in terms you can comprehend. When they said “Don’t record this show”, they probably meant “DON’T RECORD THIS SHOW.” 
    If you’re such a fan of Elvis or Nick, why would you thumb your nose at this request? Why would you disrespect the artist & the charity he chooses to support?
    If you were such a fan, why not wait for the licensed recording & help Elvis & the charity? And who are you to question Austin de Lone? Why not just agree and abide by his request?
    Sorry, dude, but you made a bad choice in defending that recording. And don’t gimme any of this crap about how the bootleg will help sales, blah blah blah. You’re the kind of guy who touches the plate after the waiter specifically tells you not to because it’s hot.
    It’s not spite when these folks are trying to help the less fortunate.

    By Julian on Nov 23, 2010

  9. Sadly there is always a douche in every dispute. I believe David is proudly wearing that crown.

    By Christian on Nov 23, 2010

  10. Shame on this site, and David C, for your blatent disregard for the explicit wishes of the artist, venue, and charity. Does the free music make you feel all better about stealing from a very worthy charity? You will likely rationalize it another way to help your conscience, but know that is precisely what you’ve done. Shame on you.

    By Scott Bruman on Nov 24, 2010

  11. EC’s lawyers don’t let much get out that is not authorized. I tried to get a show with Allen Tousaint about a year or two ago, but by the time I went to get it, it had been removed. I did not get this one either as I was not on my computer when it was posted…I would love to have a copy of it, and since I collect both artists’ songs, I would definitely buy an authorized legitimate version of it with soundboard quality. PLease tell them to release this for charity and to publicize its release so fans can purchase it.

    By Rick on Nov 24, 2010

  12. As this performance is intended for official release it has been removed from Dime.

    By jupiter2101 on Nov 24, 2010

  13. I missed this one so i’m hoping this does get an official release. I will byt it for sure.

    By Matt on Dec 12, 2010

  14. I know that this is maybe not possible, but is there anyway to obtain this show?



    By Jonjayharris on Dec 21, 2010

  15. austin o austin, lone de de lone,
    where o where is the official release..
    we are hungry to hear it we moan.

    By Denny on Jan 13, 2011

  16. wohh just what I was looking for, thanks for putting up.

    By Willette Vizena on Feb 8, 2011

  17. Despite all the controversy here, I can’t find this show available anywhere, legal or not. Hey Austin de Lone, I’ve got my checkbook out — where’s the damn show?

    By Ric on Sep 13, 2011

  18. Hi, How’s it going? How would I get a copy of this show of Nick Lowe & Elvis Costello. Thanks a lot Troy

    By Troy on Feb 10, 2012

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