Good news everybody! Elvis Costello's entire catalog is being re-issued and repackaged by Universal's reissue imprint, Hip-O! This long overdue upgrade of his catalog begins over an entire year after Rhino completed their overhaul of Costello's catalog (the last double disc Rhino reissue, The Juliet Letters was released on March 21, 2006).
The new reissue program gets started with the May 1 release of two compilations, The Best Of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years and Rock and Roll Music. Rock and Roll Music will feature an unreleased version of "Welcome To The Working Week" in anticipation of the 30th anniversary deluxe edition of My Aim Is True, which will be followed by deluxe reissues of the rest of his catalog.
Seriously, can anyone think of another artist who has been so cynical with his (or her) catalog? Between the "deluxe" editions of new albums that get released several months after the original version and the constant reissuing and repackaging of his catalog, the guy seems to be in business merely to bilk his dwindling, but still loyal, fanbase.
I felt borderline stupid for repurchasing Costello's catalog when Rhino reissued it, but this is just insulting. Honestly, this kind of hurts, because Costello's music has meant a lot to me over the years. I forgave the man for calling Ray Charles a "blind ignorant nigger." I forgave the man for thinking he could write classical music. I even forgave the man for dueting with John Hall. But this is just too much.