Fender signature artist Elvis Costello has released a four-track 7” vinyl EP, National Ransack, exclusively at indie record stores.
“The first record for which I ever slapped down my own pocket money was a vinyl E.P,” explains Costello. “It was Twist And Shout by The Beatles. For more than 45 years, record shops have been my reference library, my college and occasionally something like a church. I’ve left a small fortune in the collection plate.
“We should defend those still open for business with our last breath. My first record label released three 45rpm singles to very little fanfare before it ever became clear that this music lark might become my livelihood and it has been quite lively, now and then. So, if this Extended Play release should be my last as we presently know them, it’s a fine way to go out.
“At least until someone comes up with a pill that allows us to hear new music. I believe scientists are working on this as I write.”
The EP features songs that were recorded during the sessions for November’s T-Bone Burnett produced album National Ransom.
Listen to its track “A Condemned Man” below.