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Elvis Costello: Don't buy my new album

Elvis Costello performs on Sept. 25, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Getty

(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.

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