This one’s for my dear friend Dwight – Elvis Costello is his favorite musical artist of all time. After reading this article, he should be yours, too.
On Dec. 6th, 2011, Universal Music will release a boxed set of Elvis Costello’s The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook for the eye-opening price of $262.39. The deluxe set contains one (1) CD, one (1) DVD and one (1) 10″ vinyl record, along with a bunch of other, inarguably cool things. However, as Mr. Costello himself points out, it’s a ridiculous amount of money when you can buy Louis Armstrong’s TEN-DISC Ambassador Of Jazz collection for a mere $149.99.
Costello says you should just steal his live boxed set or wait until later in the year and pick up the CDs / DVDs separately at much cheaper prices. He seems pretty pissed at the whole idea of the $262.39 price tag, as a matter of fact. Here’s a quote:
Unfortunately, we at http://www.elviscostello.com find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.
All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless but rather than detain you with tedious arguments about morality, panache and book-keeping – when there are really bigger fish to filet these days – we are taking the following unusual step.
If you should really want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we can whole-heartedly recommend, “Ambassador Of Jazz” – a cute little imitation suitcase, covered in travel stickers and embossed with the name “Satchmo” but more importantly 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.
And THAT’S just ONE of the reasons why Elvis Costello is fucking AWESOME.
More after the clicky-jump!
Here’s a link to Elvis’s actual blog about it:
Here’s a link to a story about it:
Here’s a link to the ins and outs of the boxed set:
ALL HAIL ELVIS COSTELLO!