Elvis Costello tells fans not to buy his new boxset

He says 'The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook' is overpriced

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Elvis Costello has told his fans not to buy his new boxset – ‘The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ – because of its £212.99 price tag.

The iconic musician has suggested that the price of the boxset, which includes a CD, DVD, vinyl EP and book and is a limited edition of 1,500 copies, is “either a misprint or a satire”.

Writing on elviscostello.com – via The Telegraph – he has suggested that fans buy a 10CD Louis Armstrong boxset instead, which is retailing for the same price.


He wrote: “If you should really want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we can wholeheartedly recommend ‘Ambassadors Of Jazz’ – Louis Armstrong… Frankly, the music is vastly superior.”

Costello has admitted that his own release is a “beautifully designed compendium”, but “unfortunately, we at 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”.

Costello will bring his ‘Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ to his ‘Revolver’ jaunt of the UK and Ireland in 2012, kicking off in Dublin on May 9 before wrapping up in Basingstoke on May 27.


The 13 dates will start off with five tracks from Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters before members of the audience are invited to spin a huge wheel and select the next song.

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