NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ Hip-O/ UMe) - Elvis Costellos sophomore release, his first album with the Attractions, This Years Model was voted Album of the Year in 1978 in The Village Voice Jazz & Pop critics poll, was ranked No 11 on Rolling Stones
list of the best albums of 1967-1987, and in 2003 was in the Top 100 of Rolling Stones
500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Led by the anthemic Pump It Up, This Years Model, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, remains one of the most important albums of the punk/new wave era.
The two-CD This Years Model – Deluxe Edition, released March 4, 2008 (Hip-O/UMe), adds 11 b-sides, demos, live tracks, and alternate takes to the original album plus a second disc comprised of a previously unreleased concert recorded at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC, on February 28, 1978. Taped on the Starfleet mobile studio, this show was originally broadcast on WHFS in Maryland and only Chemistry Class has ever been issued before. Along with performances of several songs from This Years Model, including Pump It Up, Radio, Radio, The Beat and No Action, this concert also features such Costello favorites as Watching The Detectives, (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes, Less Than Zero and Waiting For The End Of The World.
This Years Model, produced by Nick Lowe, was harder and rawer than Costellos debut album, 1977s My Aim Is True, partly thanks to the singer-songwriter-guitarists newly recruited band of keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer Pete Thomas (no relation). The album outcharted its predecessor by reaching No 30 in the U.S. and No 4 U.K. This Years Model – Deluxe Edition includes the U.K. album-only album tracks (I Dont Want To Go To) Chelsea and Night Rally plus the U.S. album-only Radio, Radio.
The added selections, subsequently issued in a 2001 two-CD package, include the b-sides Big Tears and Tiny Steps; Americathon soundtrack contribution Crawling To The USA; demos for Running Out Of Angels, Greenshirt and Big Boys; live Neat Neat Neat and Roadette Song; and alternate takes of This Years Girl and (I Dont Want To Go To) Chelsea.
Following This Years Model, Costello would crack the Top 10 in America and become a major pop culture figure. He would go on to spread his musical wings by delving into everything from country to sophisticated pop, classical to jazz, and collaborating with everyone from Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Diana Krall to, most recently, R&B great Allen Toussaint. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him among its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Elvis Costello has proved that he was not just this years model.
ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS:
THIS YEARS MODEL
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
11 Lipstick Vogue
12 Night Rally
13 Radio, Radio
Bonus material: b-sides,demos, live tracks, alternates, etc.
14 Big Tears
15 Crawling To The USA
16 Tiny Steps
17 Running Out Of Angels (demo version)
18 Greenshirt (demo version)
19 Big Boys (demo version)
20 Neat Neat Neat (live)
21 Roadette Song (live)
22 This Years Girl (alternate Eden Studios version)
23 (I Dont Want To Go To) Chelsea (alternate
Basing Street Studios version)
ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
Live At The Warner Theater, Washington, DC, February 28, 1978
1 Pump It Up*
2 Waiting For The End Of The World*
3 No Action*
4 Less Than Zero*
5 The Beat*
6 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes*
7 (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea*
8 Hand In Hand*
9 Little Triggers*
10 Radio, Radio*
11 You Belong To Me*
12 Lipstick Vogue*
13 Watching The Detectives*
14 Mystery Dance*
15 Miracle Man*
16 Blame It On Cain*
17 Chemistry Class
* Previously Unreleased