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This Year's Model (With Bonus Disc) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Next batch of Rhino Records expanded reissues, each beautifully remastered and presented with a bonus disc of rarities. Bonus disc material Running Out Of Angels (Demo) 'Greenshirt' (Demo), 'Big Boys' (Demo), 'You Belong to Me' (Demo), 'Radio, Radio' (Dem

Only months after his initial conquest with My Aim Is True, Elvis Costello delivered an even fiercer diatribe. His first record with the long-running Attractions, 1978's This Year's Model remains one of that blistering rock year's most indelible albums. Orwellian even when not directly alluding to the great man (a sly nod to 1984 on "Living in Paradise"), the 22-year-old and band crashed through the raging anti-party of "Pump It Up" ("When you don't really need it"), the perverted Spectorisms of "Hand in Hand," the punk manifesto "Radio, Radio," and the stylishly anti-fashion "This Year's Girl" (in the season of Suzanne Somers, no less) with no less force than the Clash. Probably his greatest, most elegantly imagined and rendered long-player. The bonus tracks on Rhino's 2002 edition include an "Alison"-style take on Costello's country ballad "Stranger in the House" and a cover of the Damned's "Neat Neat Neat," both early proof of the new king's adeptness at outfitting his sets with conceptually brilliant surprises. --Rickey Wright

Disc: 1
1. No Action
2. This Year's Girl
3. The Beat
4. Pump It Up
5. Little Triggers
6. You Belong To Me
7. Hand In Hand
8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
9. Lip Service
10. Living In Paradise
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Disc: 2
1. Big Tears
2. Crawling To The USA
3. Running Out Of Angels (Demo)
4. Greenshirt (Demo)
5. Big Boys (Demo)
6. You Belong to Me (Demo)
7. Radio, Radio (Demo)
8. Neat Neat Neat (Live)
9. Roadette Song (Live)
10. The Price Of Love
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005Y1XZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is,quite simply,one of the best rock and roll records ever made.
Candyguns Jerry
Costello's biting lyrics and stinging vocals and guitars are perfectly matched by the Attractions.
This Year's Model gave further proof that Elvis Costello may well be the king.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If "My Aim Is True" landed on the music scene like a stick of dynamite with the fuse lit, "This Year's Model" was the explosion that came after. Elvis' first album with the Attractions more than lived up to its predecessor, in that having a working band behind him matched the music to the blunt force of the songs.
Once again, it is the stark voice of EC that opened the album as he ominously intones "I don't wannna kiss you, I don't wanna touch." When the players kick in, it's a whole 'nother world from "My Aim Is True," and for the first time, "new wave" had a front man. Before this album had been released, one of the central songs had made headlines. Elvis' broadside at narrow-format broadcasting, "Radio Radio," was performed in such a bizarre fashion on Saturday Night Live that he was effectively banned from the show for almost a decade and made this (then) seventeen year-old a fan for life. That performance sealed a decision for me to get into radio and make artists like Elvis accessible to listeners. When I was fortunate enough to tell him this many years later, Elvis kindly autographed a ragged poster of "Armed Forces" "Don't blame me."
Personal nostalgia aside, this double disc version "This Year's Model" contains all the songs that comprised the original US and UK versions and the original UK artwork. These are some of the songs by which EC is measured, like "Radio Radio," "Pump it Up" and "The Beat." The Attractions' playing was melody driven in addition to frenetic, a perfect compliment to Elvis' brilliant lyrics.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Brown on February 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first three albums by Elvis Costello are not only his three best albums ever---they are three of the finest albums released by any artist of that era. While "My Aim Is True" stands as one of the greatest debut albums ever, I feel that his next two releases, "Armed Forces" and "This Year's Model," were even better than his first excellent work.

"This Year's Model" is the peak of Elvis Costello's angry and cynical lyrical database, with fast, raucous music that ups the intensity like only Elvis could. When I think of the numerous punk groups of that era that I enjoyed like Black Flag, Sex Pistols and The Dead Kennedys, I take the odd step of lumping "This Year's Model" in with the same sarcastic emotion backing the music. While the abovementioned Punk groups may have marketed themselves to the kids who fancied themselves raw, gritty, and streetwise, Elvis seemed geared toward the everyday middle-class Joe who, despite no torn jeans or Mohawks, still possessed that bitterness toward commercialism and the rat race.

This album has classic Costello rants that range from relationships gone sour to the greedy corporate world, with some songs like "Living in Paradise" seemingly combining both. The tunes grow increasingly intense with each track, with "Hand in Hand" and "Lipstick Vogue" grabbing most of the glory in the second half of the album. No resting, no misleading Guajardian twists, just sharp music and seething lyrics.

"Radio, Radio" is the appropriate finale of "This Year's Model," which is a loud, fast, break-free tune that totally bashes the formula based model of commercial radio.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By John D. Ross on March 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Rhino two disc reissue has everything contained on the first disc and then some. The re-mastering is fine on the Rhino release and this does not improve on it. The packaging and liner notes are much better in the Rhino release. The live concert on the second disc would be the only reason to purchase this release if you already have the Rhino release. The concert was originally a radio broadcast from the Warner Theater in Washington DC a week or so before the officially released El Mocambo concert. It contains an early solo version of "Chemistry Class" that was previously released on a different Rhino re-release (Armed Forces?). The rest of the concert is presented here for the first time in its entirety. So what are the differences between the Warner Theater concert and the El Mocambo concert? The set lists are close though I've always thought that "Live at the El Mocambo" was edited to fit on one vinyl disc. Here are a few differences: Lip Service is only on El Mocambo and No Action, Red Shoes, Hand in Hand, Blame it on Cain and Chemistry Class are only on the Warner Concert. Both have the Dallas version of Less than Zero and the Wipeout drum roll version of mystery dance. The Warner concert appears to be the whole show and I suspect that "Live at the El Mocambo" has the song order altered in addition to having a few songs cut. Both concerts are about equal in the quality of the performance. The band sounds deranged and hungry for success on both. It is "pull out the stops" rock and roll in its purest form. Both have mistakes in playing and sound quality-wise the Warner concert has more stage buzzes. There's no doubt that Elvis Costello and the Attractions are at their aggressive cocky best on both shows (The Warner show features Elvis stating, "Are some of you unimpressed?...Read more ›
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An open letter to Elvis Costello (not that he'll ever see it or read it).
Good for you Wayne I'm totally with you on this. As a fan of Elvis going back as far as the 78 winterland show with nick lowe and having seen him play probably close to 50 times i've noticed a certain attitude among some fans that reminds me of watching letterman (who i also dig but lately i've... Read More
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