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Elvis Costello: Don't buy my new album

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Pete Thomas, Elvis Costello, and Davey Faragher of Elvis Costello & The Imposters performs at the Ryman Auditorium on September 25, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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Elvis Costello performs on Sept. 25, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.
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(CBS) Elvis Costello is asking fans not to buy his new box set when it comes out next month.

The British singer-songwriter said in a message on his website that the price tag for "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook" - which retails online for $212 - "appears to be either a misprint or a satire."

He also offered a recommendation for what fans should purchase instead - music by jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

"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 message continued.

"Frankly, the music is vastly superior," Costello said, adding that the collection should cost less than $150.

The 57-year-old noted that the contents of his box set - a CD, DVD, 10-inch vinyl EP and hardcover book - will be available separately after the New Year at a more affordable price.