Back on June 8, The Second Disc apprised its readers of a new collection being prepped by Elvis Costello for release on the Hip-o label. Entitled Pomp and Pout, it would be the first compilation of Costello’s Universal recordings, drawing on 10 years and 18 tracks.
Originally scheduled for July 13 release, it was postponed to later in July, and then to late in August. Now, with the August 24 release date approaching, it appears that Pomp and Pout has either been postponed, or pulled altogether, as it’s disappeared from retailers’ active order links.
It’s a possibility that this may have to do with the imminent release of Costello’s latest studio offering, National Ransom, which is due from Hear Music/Concord on October 25 internationally and November 2 domestically. Costello may have asked for the compilation to be removed from the release schedule so as not to compete with the new studio album. Ransom is produced by Costello’s fellow Coward Brother and longtime collaborator T-Bone Burnett, and features members of both the Imposters and the Sugarcanes, along with Marc Ribot, Leon Russell, Vince Gill and Buddy Miller.
Watch this space for more information on the fate of Pomp and Pout!