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- Posted on Nov 29th 2011 4:43PM by Cameron Matthews
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"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," the singer posted on his site in a blog post titled 'Steal This Album.' "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."
Costello then gives the details of an entirely separate box set of Louis Armstrong LPs that is priced under "one hundred and fifty American dollars" and, as the singer contends, includes "vastly superior" music. Costello's camp has hinted that separate components of the 'Spectacular Spinning Songbook' will be for sale after the New Year. Amazon will sell the inflated set for $202.66 beginning on Dec. 6.
In other Elvis Costello news, the artist regrettably announced the passing of his father, Ross MacManus, on Nov. 24. The Telegraph reports that MacManus was known as a trumpeter in his early career but later developed into a great singer, collaborating with Joe Loss and his Orchestra while recording jingles and commercial music. MacManus was 84 years old and is survived by his five sons.