Elvis Costello Tells Fans to Buy Louis Armstrong Over His Box Set

Posted by at 11:31 am on November 30, 2011

57-year-old Elvis Costello has told fans not to buy a pricey limited edition box set of his music on sale next month, recommending they purchase some Louis Armstrong instead.

Costello, real name Declan MacManus, said in an official blog post that the online retail price for “The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook” of $202.66, or 212.99 pounds in Britain, “appears to be either a misprint or a satire.

“If you want to buy something special for your loved one at this time of seasonal giving, we suggest, ‘Ambassador Of Jazz’ — a cute little imitation suitcase containing 10 re-mastered albums by one of the most beautiful and loving revolutionaries who ever lived — Louis Armstrong.”

The music, he added, was “vastly superior,” and cost less than $150.

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