Well, it’s the holiday season, and people are out purchasing gifts for themselves and others. It is the perfect time for CD box sets to come out, which is why Universal Music Enterprises has released Costello’s box set, “Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook.” The box set includes three CDs, a vinyl record, a concert DVD and a 40-page coffee table book; but it costs $225. Costello says that this amount of money is a “hoax” and recommends that if fans really want certain parts of the box set they should just wait until after the holidays when they might be able to purchase individual items separately. He also went on to explain that he tried to get the record label to lower the price, but they would not budge. So, he actually ended up recommending another artist’s works for the holiday season, releasing the following statements:
“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…. 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.”
Bravo, Elvis. Well done. However, if fans still wish to purchase the whole Costello box set, Music Sumo would like you all to know that you will be able to find it cheaper on Amazon. Starting December 6th, you should be able to find it for about $202, here. There’s a little gift of savings for you from Music Sumo!