It’s OK To Steal Elvis Costello’s New Live Release

"Steal This Record"

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:
http://www.elviscostello.com/news/steal-this-record/254#/news/steal-this-record/254

Here’s a link to a story about it:
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2011/11/25/elvis-costello-steal-my-new-260-box-set-%E2%80%94-or-buy-louis-armstrong-collection-instead/

Here’s a link to the ins and outs of the boxed set:
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2011/10/26/elvis-costello-return-of-the-spectacular-spinning-songbook-box-set/

ALL HAIL ELVIS COSTELLO!

–Murdock

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