Elvis Costello to Fans: "Don't Buy My Overpriced Record"

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In a recession, particularly one as deep and annoyingly persistent as the one we currently find ourselves in, it is tough to justify larger purchases, particularly for things that aren't necessities. As much as we love music here at Rocks Off, we too are often shocked at the price of boxed sets and special limited releases that come out around the holidays. While some of them are worth it, many are just garbage wrapped up to look like a Christmas present.

Well, we aren't alone. Apparently, Elvis Costello also thinks some of these are too expensive, namely, his own limited edition release of The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook. No, seriously. The release, which includes the CD, the DVD and a limited vinyl pressing (only 1500 of the entire set are available, but each piece will sell separately after the first of the year) sells for over $200 on Amazon, but you're eligible for free shipping, so that's something.

Costello couldn't take it, so he went to his website to express frustration:

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.

All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless so we are taking the following unusual step.

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 box should be available for under one hundred and fifty American dollars and includes a number of other tricks and treats.

Frankly the music is vastly superior.


But, he goes on to rip pirates as well:

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, 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.

It's important to note that, as he mentions, the CD, DVD and vinyl will be available in 2012 at what we assume will be relatively normal prices. Basically, this is just a grouping of the items together and instead of a bulk discount, you get a bulk increase.

Bravo to Costello for continuing to be the angry punk he always wanted to be. Here's a little "Radio Radio" in his honor.

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