THE BigO PLAIN-SPEAKING, STRAIGHT-TALKING, NO B.S. CONTEST No. 9

November 30, 2011 – 12:07 pm

ELVIS COSTELLO ORDERS FANS TO ‘STEAL’ HIS NEW BOX SET OVER JACKED-UP PRICE

Nov 29, 2011: Elvis Costello has been a staunch critic of Wall Street money grubbers since the beginning of the recession, and he’s not about to flip-flop when it comes to his own personal wealth. As NBC New York reports, Costello recently wrote on his blog that his new box set costs just too much money. With a retail price of US$225, ‘Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ features three CDs, one vinyl record, a concert DVD and a 40-page coffee table book. Costello says that even though the whole ensemble is very lovely, the price far exceeds its actual value.

“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.

Full report here.

Elvis Costello, bless his heart, is properly outraged by how rapacious music companies are gunning for their last big buck, even as the clock ticks on the countdown to their announced end of CDs. Costello needs to just compare his box set with that of The Smiths.

The Smiths Complete Box Set has eight 12-inch vinyls, 25 seven-inch vinyls plus all the albums on CDs as well and, yes, it weighs a ton. Jack LaLanne mercifully expired this year. Even he wouldn’t be able to figure out the kind of work-outs needed to lug this box set home. In $ingapore, this retails at US$450. Yep, we are also waiting for Morrissey to urge his fans to find another reasonable way to spend their money.

With all the grab-them-now temptations, how are you planning to spend your hard-earned cash on music this Christmas?

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  1. 73 Responses to “THE BigO PLAIN-SPEAKING, STRAIGHT-TALKING, NO B.S. CONTEST No. 9”

  2. At best, this set should retail at about $150.
    Elvis seems to actually want to get this thing into the hands of those who want it, but at a reasonable price. This sorta reminds me of something that Tom Petty did back in the late seventies, when the list price of an album went up by a buck or two.
    The labels are in a rush to market physical media to collectors and traders, and they want their piece of the action right now, being the greedy fuckers that they are.

    By Tom L. on Nov 30, 2011

  3. So I have bought every record that Elvis has ever released …multiple times …. in a wide variety of formats. This new set has finally pushed me over the edge and I applaud him for taking an aggressive stance against this ridiculous pricing. Let me know how it sounds - I’ll wait for the individual releases and skip the book.

    By stewrat on Nov 30, 2011

  4. Box set prices are incredible today. The Smiths is one of the most expensive boxes yet. As a collector, I find it more and more difficult to keep up with these prices in this economy.

    By Dennis on Nov 30, 2011

  5. i am a bit like dennis i find the number being released and the price for them is to high, as you would most likely be interested in the artist and have most of the songs anyway

    By barrie on Nov 30, 2011

  6. Thank you for taking a stand Mr Costello. I have also purchased everything many, many times in all formats over the years.
    I enjoy the “physical” feel of all LPs and CDs but the $225 will stay in my wallet on this one.

    By RondelRio on Nov 30, 2011

  7. ‘Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ is a limited edition item - and way too much. As with many other EC fans, I have purchased albums, 45’s (with songs that had not appeared on LP’s) and his CD’s. I was looking forward to buying this item when I found out the price. I still purchase lots of music - both physical items as well as mp3’s, but I have not purchased the overly expensive sets - it’s too much of an expenditure. I’ll be happy with my Jimi Hendrix Wonderland set and the new Tom Waits - both on CD, with a booklet.

    By Bremble on Nov 30, 2011

  8. The real question is, “what took costello so long to notice?” It’s been touted, at the absurd price, for weeks. The “Collector’s Market” is over, anyway, for readymades. How many people will buy the “Some Girls Wig” edition in a hatbox? 3000? The only way to truly serve the market and make money (and customers) is to do something up right, like the new Beach Boys box, which has sold 18,000 copies - indicating people are buying it for the music, not the backstage passes, sandals, Freddy Mercury’s old foreskin, etc.

    By ter-jack on Nov 30, 2011

  9. As much as I want the material, I will respect Mr. Costello’s request. And I’m guilty of buying his catalog–gladly–multiple times. The Armstrong box is sold out on Amazon, by the way. Go Elvis!

    By Peter Fey on Nov 30, 2011

  10. I’m not a collector, so I’m not ready at all to spend that kind of money for no-one, not even for my number one Bruce Springsteen, for instance. I think Elvis has been great and corageous, and that labels do what they want, unfortunately for the artist, when they own the rights to do it.
    For Christmas: I’m looking forward to buying music, still like cds, I’m going to visit all the second-hand shops I can find!! Gonna try and grab a ton before they disappear.
    Long live rock’n'roll!

    By frank capra on Nov 30, 2011

  11. I like seeing the release of box sets more an more. It brings back the times when buying a record was an event.

    By Ken on Nov 30, 2011

  12. Improvement means deterioration. Each successive re-release offers half the improvement of the one before but costs at least as much and sometimes much more. A second-hand Smiths CD is good enough for me. In the car, it might as well be a cassette. These silly baubles depreciate faster than a Zimbabwe dollar and serve only to encourage obsessive-compulsive personality disorders.

    By Adamsez on Nov 30, 2011

  13. Gosh, even Elvis realized he was jumping the shark with this box set. Maybe record companies are abandoning cd’s , but don’t see how they can give up the box set cash cow….or is it golden goose?

    By dogtears on Nov 30, 2011

  14. How many copies of the White Album do the record companies expect us to buy? Draw a line.

    By mbozz on Nov 30, 2011

  15. Music-wise, there are a few record company live discs out there that I would like to have, for example, Lotus by Santana. Otherwise, cautiously, yet with room for whimsy and impulse. There are still one or two Wishbone Ash Live albums I would love to have.

    By James on Dec 1, 2011

  16. I have one item on my Christmas want list , the new Yardbirds set and that`s it.
    Frankly I almost hesitate to buy cds now as I really think they are going to go the way of the 8 track very soon and will be remembered as basically worthless.
    Many cds I have purchased are already showing signs of cd rot.
    I still buy vinyl lps and will continue to do so forever.LONG LIVE VINYL!

    By sluggo on Dec 1, 2011

  17. at the end of the day, EC bears some responsibility for the cost. What is his royalty rate for a start and he must have given his permission for his material to be used as a box set, he must surely have had a chance to determine the price, or was he just too lazy to find out before it was too late

    By Liam NSW on Dec 1, 2011

  18. Its nice to see that artists are in the business for the right reasons and not just to cash in on any release that the companies put out. Elvis obviously cares more about the music and the fans than the money - well done Elvis, you are an example to artists everywhere

    By Daij on Dec 1, 2011

  19. Three CDs, one vinyl record, a concert DVD and a 40-page coffee table book.

    $225/6 items=$37.50 per item.

    I never saw a disc I would pay $37.50 for. Elvis is right. It is too expensive. Glad to see that Elvis Costello, like Tom Petty, does not want his fans to have to pay too much for his music.

    By aking on Dec 1, 2011

  20. I’ll be spending my cash on micro-release CDrs by fringe artists, and the occasional physical CD on indie labels. Major label artists don’t appeal to me so I admittedly don’t represent the mainstream.

    Kudos to Costello. It recalls Tom Petty’s threat to title his album “$8.98″ when his label wanted to make it the first to retail at $9.98. Yes, it was a long time ago…

    By kingpossum on Dec 1, 2011

  21. The Elvis Box price is double what it should be. Saw Elvis Costello on his first USA tour , front row , very good show ! I’ll spend my money the usual way in pawn shops and thrift stores on used cd’s, LP’s and sometimes cassette tapes.
    Thank’s Big O for the graet music !

    By Bruce on Dec 1, 2011

  22. Let’s keep the cost up so we don’t attract new fans and have to supply them with product. It’s too expensive to cater to the music loving public. By keeping the price artificially inflated we can keep it all for ourselves and not have to share with anyone…Who do the record companies think they are, Gail Zappa?

    How will I be spending my cash this Christmas? Not at the Grateful Dead online merchandise store. I can’t afford to be their fan anymore either. I guess the 1% will have all the music & the money.

    Thanks for standing up Elvis.

    By Sking on Dec 1, 2011

  23. As far as my wants go… I’ve got enough stuff that keeps me occupied (Books, Music,My Guitar) I’l spend a some $ on family and a few close friends and try to get things from locally owned businesses, I love my local Record Store (Yes I can once again refer to it as a RECORD Store, since they brought back vinyl a few years ago) and a few other eclectic stores, No WallMarts, Targets etc. They just freak me out even when it’s not the holidays !

    By Revolutionarybum on Dec 1, 2011

  24. Today’s box sets have too many accessories. Just give us the original albums and ALL of the rarities, bsides, etc. It seems like the vaults never get fully emptied. If it is worth the money, we will buy it.

    By Phil Brickey on Dec 1, 2011

  25. It won’t be on anyone’s repackaged box set, have most of my favorites on single cd’s the kind of money they want for a box set is ridiculous. The packaging is nice and would to have it, but not worth the money.

    By BigJohnnyM on Dec 1, 2011

  26. Admore Costello for being forthright not only about the value of his music but that of Louis Armstrong, the rare artist any music lover should own a box set on and can do so affordably. We’re now seeing the CD and major labels’ final stand: no longer marketable as a novelty (the better sound in 1984) but placed into larger “collector” and “immersion” packages failing at what a box set should do best: put an artist’s career and scope in context. Will miss reading the liner notes though.

    By Tony on Dec 1, 2011

  27. much too much. maybe $100 bucks. but never $225.

    By derby on Dec 1, 2011

  28. $225 is way too much. We will all stop buying Cds at this rate. I remember buying the Led Zeppelin remaster 4 cds for $34. As I recall it had a book too, but eventually all that matters is the music. I like Elvis, but not $225 like him. All thesw sets seem like the record companies last cash grab.

    By john on Dec 1, 2011

  29. when i started downloading i stopped buying. i have given more than enough money to the industry and i feel i have been taken advantage of enough. i think the suits are profiting more than the artists and i think they are taking far too much advantage of the people who actually create and produce the music and the money isnt going into the right hands. it costs less to produce a cd for public consumption than an lp yet cds cost much more than lps ever did. now there are lps and theyre two or three times as much as cds are. now i hear cds will be discontinued. soon as we all have 1000s of them in our collections they stop making them? whats up with that?? i had 1000s of vhs tapes and cassettes and they stopped. 1000s and 1000s of lps and its not that easy to find turntables anymore or needles etc. remember 8 tracks? remember dat’s? every few years its something else. lps sure lasted a long time. 78s 45s. now theyre pushing people to download. what if ppl dont have computers? what if ppl dont want to own a cell phone?
    i wont ever buy any music again. no. i havent in years and years. i wont ever be able to listen to all the music i have now. clearly theres no reason to buy anything anymore. prices are too high for everything. something happened in the early 80s and now everything changed. concerts are no longer $3 or 5 or 7 or 10. now theyre $100 or 200 or 400. thats just crazy. cds are rarely $10 and if the previous contest like this one is any indicator and cds are no longer made eventually cept in box sets etc. then affording them will be impossible too. ill stick to downloading and getting shit for free. theres trading vining weeding and sharing and thats not going anywhere. war on drugs? war on pirating? war on bootlegging? gimme a break.

    By darth on Dec 1, 2011

  30. Like many others, I’ve done my best to keep up with Elvis’s career/releases. It’s been worth it; he does not dissapoint. Since I first heard him in the 1970’s in San Francisco, I’ve seen him several times and purchased a lot of his music as I’ve traveled the world. As I get older, I just can’t afford to “have it all.” I can’t afford it physically and fiscally. Like Tom Petty of long ago (on the price increase of his vinyl release), you would expect EC to speak up. The world will not end if I do not buy, or not hear this “new” release.

    By Arizona on Dec 1, 2011

  31. Oh pish! Come on, people! It is a Limited Edition of 1500 sets worldwide, with each set signed by Elvis Costello. It’s a recording of a Live concert that is not otherwise available. Surely it is worth ever cent being charged? (Which happens to be 26,189
    cents according to Amazon, not the 20,266 cents mentioned above.)
    Worth it, that is, to the handful of people both rich and stupid enough to pay that much for a set of three CDs.
    Me? I’ll pass on the opportunity to enrich Costello and his label. Instead, I’ll spend a tenth as much on the boxed set of three DVDs of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary. Now THAT is a bargain!

    By tony on Dec 1, 2011

  32. bought the recent smile box,but this is way too much,

    By paul on Dec 1, 2011

  33. Either a misprint or a satire is right!! The ticket to the show I saw recently was well worth the $95 I paid, but the box is a little ‘thin’ (albeit also pretty ’special’) and I would expect discounts on the $100 item it should be. Just saw the Stones’ ‘Some Girls’ box, it was a slightly more reasonable $127 at a bookstore chain, plus 10 percent off. So $115. I’m also old enough to remember when Tom Petty wanted to call ‘Hard Promises’ “8.98″ to make a point about MCA’s retail prices for LPs going up…

    By Danelectro67 on Dec 2, 2011

  34. can you say ebay in about 6 months?

    By D.G. on Dec 2, 2011

  35. it’s a little expensive, ridiculous. i won’t be buying it.

    this braxton mosaic box set is a better deal. it’s not really cheap, but it’s also eight cd’s.

    http://www.mosaicrecords.com/prodinfo.asp?number=242-MD-CD

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Dec 2, 2011

  36. Seems to be lots of artists / labels doing it these days. Dylan’s last bootleg album had an additional disc that was ridiculously priced.

    By Andy on Dec 2, 2011

  37. Complete rip off. Good on Elvis for telling people not tobuy it.

    By AC on Dec 2, 2011

  38. Hello Andy/AC

    Your email address bounced. Any other email address to use?

    Thanks.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 2, 2011

  39. Right on Elvis! 20 years ago box sets were affordable, and these days w/things the way they are w/jobs, money, etc, it doesn’t make sense for companies to sell boxes that are not affordable. And then there are multiple versions of the same release, that’s another story for another time.

    By Nick on Dec 2, 2011

  40. Record company relevance is passing rapidly. Steady price increases and questionable business practices over the years, enlightened many musicians and consumers to eschew these Goliaths and essentially “DYI”. This is yet another sad and (last gasp) example of record company elitism and consumer gouging…

    By Mr Dude on Dec 2, 2011

  41. I think it’s all a publicity stunt. Costello hasn’t been getting much attention in recent years and this whole thing has gone viral. When the normal priced version of this comes out soon, expect it to be his largest selling album in years.

    By Spike on Dec 2, 2011

  42. I don’t know…Elvis seems a bit disingenuous here… and I’m a fan! Did he really expect his record label to offer this package, including a DVD, an LP, and a “coffee table book”, for a discount? C’mon, it’s always been about cash for the labels and he knows that. I think bands like Radiohead with their last free download offer are the real deal.

    By steve22 on Dec 2, 2011

  43. @Frank Capra - check out Springsteen’s “The Promise” box set - well worth the $100 I paid for it a year ago.

    As much as I love Elvis and applaud his stance, I too will pass on this set. That’s just too much to pay, and buying it will only encourage MORE shameless money-grubbing by the labels. Elvis - post the music on BigO! That would REALLY hit the record company where it hurts!

    By TDC on Dec 2, 2011

  44. In all fairness, Elvis Costello doesn’t really want people to “steal” the “Spinning Songbook” collection.

    As a later post says: “If you should still want the component items in the above mentioned elaborate hoax, they will be available separately at a more affordable price in the New Year, unless you are one of those pirates who imagines they are evangelists or that other people’s rights absolve their own thievery, in which case this is between you and your dim conscience.”

    By Kevin on Dec 3, 2011

  45. Record companies and managers have been taking advantage of the artists forever. The only difference is that at one time there were record guys like Sam Phillips and Ahmet Ertegun who actually cared about the music. Now the record companies are a bunch of Wall Street guys with MBA’s looking for “maximum returns.” There is no reason reissues and box sets should be so expensive. The initial costs like studio time has already been paid. I download some, mostly from this site and I buy the odd CD from bands I like a lot and want to support. I also look for used CD’s now. I used to collect the Rolling Stones things but I have drawn the line at paying $143 at Amazon for the Some Girls box. That album has been remastered at least twice before and they throw in some tired photos, some bootlegged tracks and other stuff and want that kind of money for it? Whats next, the remastered Rubber Soul box set and the remastered Sticky Fingers Set? You can bet they are on the way. The record companies don’t care about their own music and I have yet to see any evidence that the mega bands like U2 et al care about their own music anymore either. I support Occupy Wall Street and for this Christmas I don’t plan on purchasing any high priced music.

    By Mackster on Dec 3, 2011

  46. These box sets are very interesting for collectors but very expensive in market.

    By Rochacrimson on Dec 3, 2011

  47. Way to go Elvis!! I say we OCCUPY ‘Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’

    By Dick T. Cole on Dec 3, 2011

  48. Someone compared Elvis’ opposition to the record company’s pricing of his product to Tom Petty’s objection to the pricing of one of his long-ago albums (Hard Promises? which wasn’t that great?).

    I like both artists, but “taking a stand” on obscene record co. pricing — be it publicly objecting or encouraging theft — is a lot like minority-party members of Congress voting against unpopular legislation that is sure to pass anyway. It’s a win-win for them. They get to look good to their fans while still benefiting from the outcome.

    Much as I like Elvis Costello, the only real protest against obscene pricing practices is to go on strike against your record company.
    Maybe he needs to retire his name and change it to a symbol! Say what you will about Prince doing that, it seemed to be effective.

    By wylie prybar on Dec 3, 2011

  49. A few words in defence of…….(to paraphrase Randy Newman).
    There have been quite a few boxsets recently and most of them are too much given what they contain. Okay the Pink Floyd efforts had some live material - but note, not all of the Empire Pool concert, whilst Quadrophenia only did a few tracks in 5.1. Achtung Baby had disc after disc of b-side remixes but no 5.1 mix - why not? Whitesnake was a disgraceful rip-off and Aqualung wasn’t exciting. Some Girls was okay, proving that they picked the right tracks first time round. The best is probably Smile, not least for the gorgeous packaging. And Thin Lizzy at the BBC is excellent, although not complete (since they released, now deleted, the last concert at Reading a few years ago but didn’t include it). So at least the Costello is all new stuff.

    By wildbill on Dec 3, 2011

  50. Saw Elvis live this year,and he is one artist i really love to spend some money on…but when i saw the price of this set i really tought it was a misprint…good for elvis telling us how he feels

    By Rien on Dec 4, 2011

  51. meybe its just a game between record companys to see who can fleece the most fans.

    By tony on Dec 4, 2011

  52. I was lucky enough to see the original Spinning Songbook on Broadway. Also the show with his country band. Declan never disappoints, so his pricing rant is not a surprise. The music industry has gotten to the point where the true fan has either got to shell out or become a pirate. Roger Waters asking fans of ‘The Wall’ to shell out nearly $300 a ticket for shows presented in arenas with crappy acoustics reveals his true motivation. I’ll keep going to intimate clubs like the epic ‘Rhythm Room’ here in PHX to see truly great artists like Marshall Crenshaw for about $20 instead. Support your local independant record shop before it’s too late!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Dec 5, 2011

  53. good for Elvis. Declan Patrick MacManus has a great point there.

    By Brian Weir on Dec 5, 2011

  54. Too much money, Elvis C is correct. There are not many Santa collections worth that kind money. When will it stop? It seems the record companies have tapped out making $$$ on concert tickets…this is the next “milk cow”

    By Bubbles on Dec 6, 2011

  55. Bravo for Mr. Costello! Not many artists would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up against the money grubbing record labels! Maybe he can say something about the concert ticket prices next!

    By Hobart on Dec 6, 2011

  56. If Elvis was true to his word, he’d be torrenting this from his own personal PC or Mac. In high quality for the aficionados. And then dump his current label for a more reasonable managerial team. And then Fukushima would turn into a rose garden. Not knocking tha man’s stance, but I think the world needs more “superstars” sticking it to the “business” and not the other way around.

    By golgo hakase on Dec 6, 2011

  57. Sure it’s commendable to tell your fans to avoid paying $225 for a box set. But as they say “any publicity is good publicity.” Had Elvis not said anything, this box set would’ve slipped through the cracks of most consumers.

    If Elvis Costello really wanted to show his fans how much they mean to him, he shouldn’t be charging them $100+ to see him.

    By Maurice on Dec 7, 2011

  58. I still buy all my music but Elvis is right - this is too much for what they’re offering. I like a deluxe package as much as the next guy but it’s got to have a reasonable value. For example, the Quadrophenia set should NOT be $120. I was going to buy it for my brother-in-law but not at that price! He’s getting the Fania El Barrio set ($44/4 CD’s) and Soul Jazz’s Riddim Box ($25/2 CD’s - Import). He’ll have a ton of music that he’s never heard before and I’ll have spent what I can afford. AND he can listen to all the Pete Townshend demos on Spotify anyway. It’s understandable that the record labels are ramping up this stuff as the sales of conventional CD’s are so moribund. Give good value for money and people will buy.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Dec 7, 2011

  59. Do we dare buy more CD’s when the music industry is making them obsolete (hence CD player makers will cease production as well)? I love collecting,but if I can’t play them, what’s the use? It’s sure going to be hard to read booklets on i-tunes ;-)

    By Tom Billings on Dec 8, 2011

  60. I download here, but I’m always happy to buy. The artist should be paid. Elvis is quite correct though. He and the companies he has been associated with have made good money. This set should be paid for, but the price is too high. I think Elvis is saying that illegal downloading is also a market response.

    By Peter Nixon on Dec 8, 2011

  61. I’ll be curious to see how it actually does sell. Ultimately, the market will decide - not what any of us say here. At the very least Elvis may have nudged one or two into checking out Louis Armstrong - and at a better price.

    By tajackson on Dec 8, 2011

  62. That’s no problem, Because i didn’t like this Elvis!

    By Rioo on Dec 9, 2011

  63. Elvis is addressing a big problem, one that explains downloading (legal or not) instead of buying. And he’s right, just as Pearl Jam was when they were upset about the outrageous ticket prices for their shows.

    I’m not a huge Elvis fan, and not Pearl Jam at all, but I sure respect what they tried to do.

    By O.B. Dan on Dec 9, 2011

  64. who could have guessed that elvis would turn out to be a defender of the consumer!right on elvis!what’s so funny about peace love and understanding? indeed!

    By tim martin on Dec 9, 2011

  65. “With all the grab-them-now temptations, how are you planning to spend your hard-earned cash on music this Christmas?”

    I don’t know.

    By The Incredible Falling Owl on Dec 9, 2011

  66. sounds like a great set if you’re rich enough to afford it - me, i’ll wait till next year when the separates versions arrive

    By tinyhandsofconcrete on Dec 11, 2011

  67. Bought the Smile Beach boys Box. Excellent value for money and the holy grail for me!

    By Walter O on Dec 13, 2011

  68. “‘Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook’ is a limited edition item - and way too much. As with many other EC fans, I have purchased albums, 45’s (with songs that had not appeared on LP’s) and his CD’s.”

    This is so much the truth… I have more ELVIS C. recordings than you can shake a stick at, have seen him many times, met him and
    can find no way to justify this OBSCENE AMOUNT OF MONEY spent on that which I already own at least 85% of!!! The book could be offered separately and there’s no way to justify the excessive cost of the DVD and CD’s
    If you steal the package you only hurt the small retailer as there’s no way to rip large corporations.
    DON’T RIP OFF INDIE RECORD STORES!!!! They are our lifeblood.

    By John McNea on Dec 14, 2011

  69. right on, Elv! $225? Crazy talk!

    By Fremsley on Dec 25, 2011

  70. I bought some reasonably discounted Beatles CDs to complete my “official” collection.

    There’s no way that I’m paying for these new limited-edition box sets of classic material. There is no reason, except for greed, that these are so elaborate and expensive - the audio could fit on a few CDs, with a simple package, and the vast majority of the music fans would be satisfied. Costello has the right idea: the only thing these box sets are doing is encouraging more piracy.

    By Mike Hansen on Jan 7, 2012

  71. elvis is good,very good-but he’s no Presley

    By matt_the_cat on May 16, 2012

  72. I would expect this kind of no-nonsense from an Artist that’s been a staple of my collection for the last three decades. He’s right in that the cost is over-priced but the market will bear it and they will sell. NOT to me though- I already have too vast an Elvis Catalog to drop this large of coin on what will eventually be available for a much more reasonable price.
    I sincerely wish that he and Macca would have actually have released something tasty; other than the outtakes!

    By John PMcNea III on Jan 29, 2016

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