ELVIS COSTELLO in JAZZ LIVES? YES, DO READ ON . . .

My friend Bobby Hacksaw (known as “little Bobby Hacksaw” to Louis) put down his Special Cigar long enough to email this to me.  I never cared much for Elvis Costello, but Mr. Costello’s recent blogpost, STEAL THIS RECORD, has caused me to change my thinking.  He’s gone up, up, up in my estimation: skip forward to the boldface if you’re an impatient reader:

A Pastoral Address From The Right Reverend Jimmy Quickly

There was a time when the release of a new title by your favourite record artist was a cause for excitement and rejoicing but sadly no more.

6th December 2011 sees the issue of “The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook” by Elvis Costello and the Imposters.

This beautifully designed compendium contains all manner of whimsical scribblings, photographs and cartoons, together with some rock and roll music and vaudevillian ballads.

Tape and celluloid were rolling at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles in April this year and present a vivid snapshot of the early days of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook show on “The Revolver Tour” of 2011.

The live recording finds the Imposters in rare form, while the accompanying motion picture blueprints the wilder possibilities of the show, as it made its acclaimed progress across the United States throughout the year.

Unfortunately, we at http://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.

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.

If on the other hand you should still want to hear and view the component parts of the above mentioned elaborate hoax, then those items will be available separately at a more affordable price in the New Year, assuming that you have not already obtained them by more unconventional means.

Tickets are currently on-sale for the Spectacular Spinning Songbook appearances in the U.S., U.K. and Europe during April, May and June in the Spring of 2012. More dates will be announced in the very near future.

If I ever meet Elvis Costello in the flesh (unlikely) and I get past the expected security guards (even more unlikely) I will deliver a most embarrassing hug of thanks.  You can depend on me!

8 responses to “ELVIS COSTELLO in JAZZ LIVES? YES, DO READ ON . . .

  1. And–ahem, ahem, plug, plug–the only place to find the Universal box that Costello mentions is at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens! How can I say that? Because we bought up every last copy from the North American distributor. It won’t even be coming back to Amazon, except for private sellers. We’ve actually had executives from Universal in NY come to the Armstrong House to BUY copies because Universal doesn’t even have any more copies to give away! Now, at the Armstrong House, we don’t ship, so you need to make the trip to Queens but this is a good time to do so because we’re rolling out brand new holiday tours with Christmas-themed audio clips from December 1 through December 31. So come to Corona for the holiday gift that’ll keep on giving. Tell ’em Elvis Costello sent ya….

    Ricky Riccardi
    Archivist
    Louis Armstrong House Museum

  2. Ricky knows his Louis, I might point out. And anything that benefits the Louis Armstrong House Museum is good for us all.

  3. That’s what music should be about- spreading the word and supporting the old as well as the new. I think he probably was secretly admiring the founding music so when his beautiful jazzing wife came into his life ( Diane Krall) it burst into a more evident flame, Critics say that the union changed each of the performers into a melding of both musical families.

  4. Ross Firestone

    Yes, the Armstrong set is handsomely produced, but unless I missed something when I browsed through it recently, for all the bells and whistles there was absolutely no essential discographical information– no recording dates, no personnel, etc. Which suggests to me that somebody at the record company was really asleep at the wheel.

  5. Dan Morgenstern

    Nice gesture indeed, but the Louis is long since sold out. LAHM may have a few left…..

  6. Elvis Costello was not “secretly admiring the founding music,” he has always openly admired it. He has collaborated with jazz players including Chet Baker, and his father, who just passed away, was a jazz trumpeter and singer. I was a fan of Declan McManus (his given name) way before he made this admirable statement.

  7. Actually, at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, we bought the rest of the stock from the North American distributor so I believe we have between 30 and 40 left. And Ross, you’re 1000% right. I love this set and helped a lot with its preparation but I was shocked when I saw the lack of discographical information in the finished product. Nevertheless, a 10-CD Louis Armstrong boxed set released in August and sold out around the world by December? I’ll take it….

  8. Elvis can’t be all bad, Diana loves him and she is undoubtedly a jazz person of the highest order.

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