"The price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."

Elvis Costello's official website is currently recommending that fans do not buy his upcoming box set.

Elvis Costello has always been a contrary figure. At the height of punk the songwriter wore Buddy Holly specs, with his deeply intelligent songwriting standing apart from the '1-2-3-4' cliques.

Now, though, the singer has broken new ground. Elvis Costello's new box set ‘The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!’ is set to be released on December 6th, containing a raft of special material.

Yet due to the price - currently at over £200 on Amazon - Elvis Costello's website carries a message advising fans not to buy the release.

"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" it states, in a posting headed 'Steal This Album'.

Continuing, the message implores fans to spend their money elsewhere. "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."

"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."

Read the full message HERE.

‘The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook!!!’ is set to be released on December 6th. Elvis Costello has confirmed the following shows:

9 Dublin Grand Canal Theatre
11 Glasgow Clyde Theatre
12 Manchester Apollo Theatre
13 Liverpool Empire Theatre
15 Birmingham Symphony Hall
16 Brighton Centre
18 Newcastle City Hall
19 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
20 Bournemouth BIC Centre
22 Bristol Colston Hall
23 London Royal Albert Hall
26 Cambridge Corn Exchange
27 Basingstoke The Anvil

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