Elvis Costello: Don't Buy My New Boxed Set

Inflated price 'appears to be either a misprint or a satire,' he quips
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2011 2:26 AM CST
Elvis Costello: Don't Buy My New Boxed Set
It's a "beautifully designed compendium," but the price appears to be "an elaborate hoax," Costello says.   (Universal Music Enterprises)

(Newser) – Elvis Costello's new Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook boxed set is pretty good—but no way is it worth the current price Elvis Costello says. The special-edition set, which includes a CD and DVD of a concert from earlier this year, plus a coffee-table book, is selling for at least $225 in the US and more than $300 in the UK, a price which the singer says "appears to be either a misprint or a satire," the Telegraph reports.

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"All our attempts to have this number revised have been fruitless," he writes at elviscostello.com. "But rather than detain you with tedious arguments about morality, panache and book-keeping," he writes, the singer recommends that Christmas shoppers instead seek out Louis Armstrong's Ambassador Of Jazz set, which contains no fewer than ten albums for a price lower than Costello's collection. "Frankly, the music is vastly superior," he quips. (Read more Elvis Costello stories.)

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