I’ve liked Elvis Costello since he came out with the timeless My Aim Is True album when I was in college. I like him even more after reading an article today about Elvis telling the world that his latest offering has been ridiculously overpriced by his record company.
It’s hard to argue that with conclusion. It’s a 3 CD, concert DVD, vinyl record, coffee table book “boxed set” called Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook that carries an absurd $225 price tag. Costello tried to get the record company to reduce the inflated price. When it wouldn’t, he wrote on his website that he couldn’t recommend the boxed set to anyone because the price was either “a misprint or a satire,” and he recommended a collection from Louis Armstrong instead.
Good for Elvis Costello! He’s showed that he’s not just in it for the cash and that he’s willing to call his record label when their price gouging gets to the point of ludicrousness. If only more artists were willing to stand up to the money-at-all-costs views of their publishers and record companies!