He wants more of your money. Yep, Elvis Costello is at it again.
I've discovered this neat little audio newletter called a "podcast" and found one with Elvis C. talking about "The First Ten Years." It's pretty interesting but then it turns out that it's promoting yet another series of reissues for his albums. The end of each episode has featured a sneak peak at the reissue of My Aim Is True -- 26 never before released tracks! An entire live show from 1977!
As much as this has me curious, I have to admit that I feel like EC may be an acquired taste and the labels are basically fleecing the same people over and over again. Let's see how this works:
Elvis C. releases music on large pieces of plastic with grooves. Fan buys, enjoys.
Perhaps fan even buys a copy on tape for the car.
Possibly, in the 1980s, the fan buys a copy on compact disc, a format that will never degrade!
But wait, Rykodisk then bought out the rights to the early albums and produced beautiful repackagings with lots of bonus material -- b-sides, unreleased tracks and expanded liner notes.
Oh no! Rhino records then acquired the rights and put out super deluxe versions with even MORE tracks and new notes by Elvis Hisself!
And now Elvis C. is signed to Verve/Universal (the same as his wife, Diana Krall) and here comes the ultra deluxe version!
How many copies of My Aim Is True can you have? Five maybe. But how many copies of Goodbye Cruel World do you need?
To be honest, if there is an extra cds worth of material accompanying King of America I might have to get that one again.
Meanwhile, check out the podcast (I found it on iTunes).