Elvis Costello to fans: 'Don't buy my new box set'
Elvis Costello is urging his fans not to buy his new box set, "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook," on account of its steep price tag.
The limited edition set, which includes a CD, DVD, a 10-inch vinyl EP and a book, retails at $202.63 and comes out next week. However, the "Alison" singer feels your money would be better spent on other things, according to an update on his website that derides the price as an "elaborate hoax."
"We at www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook' as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire," reads the post. "All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless so we are taking the following unusual step."
So what should fans buy instead? "If you want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we suggest, 'Ambassador Of Jazz' -- a cute little imitation suitcase containing ten re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived – Louis Armstrong," the statement continues. "Frankly the music is vastly superior."
All the components in the box set will be available in the New Year. "If you should still want the component items in the above mentioned elaborate hoax, they will be available separately at a more affordable price in the New Year," the post sums up, "unless you are one of those pirates who imagines they are evangelists or that other people’s rights absolve their own thievery, in which case this is between you and your dim conscience."