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This Year's Model
THIS YEAR'S MODEL
Original album released 1978

Rykodisc version released 1993
Rhino version released 2002
Hip-O version released 2008

(Click on links above for desired tracklist.)

DISC 1 (69:52)
This Year's Model:
  1. No Action (2:01)
  2. This Year's Girl (3:20)
  3. The Beat (3:47)
  4. Pump It Up (3:15)
  5. Little Triggers (2:41)
  6. You Belong To Me (2:22)
  7. Hand In Hand (2:36)
  8. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (3:09)
  9. Lip Service (2:38)
  10. Living In Paradise (3:46)
  11. Lipstick Vogue (3:33)
  12. Night Rally (2:43)
  13. Radio, Radio (3:05)
Bonus material (b-sides, demos, live tracks, alternates, etc.):
  1. Big Tears (3:09)
  2. Crawling To The USA (2:52)
  3. Tiny Steps (2:41)
  4. Running Out Of Angels (demo version) (2:02)
  5. Greenshirt (demo version) (2:20)
  6. Big Boys (demo version) (2:58)
  7. Neat Neat Neat (live) (3:16)
  8. Roadette Song (live) (5:38)
  9. This Year's Girl (alternate Eden Studios version) (2:07)
  10. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Basing Street Studios version) (2:57)
DISC 2 (62:33)
Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, February 28, 1978:
  1. Pump It Up (3:31)
  2. Waiting For The End Of The World (3:59)
  3. No Action (2:28)
  4. Less Than Zero (Dallas Version) (4:28)
  5. The Beat (3:43)
  6. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (2:35)
  7. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (3:57)
  8. Hand In Hand (2:53)
  9. Little Triggers (3:07)
  10. Radio, Radio (2:37)
  11. You Belong To Me (2:54)
  12. Lipstick Vogue (5:02)
  13. Watching The Detectives (6:01)
  14. Mystery Dance (3:57)
  15. Miracle Man (4:24)
  16. Blame It On Cain (4:05)
  17. Chemistry Class (2:43)
Elvis Costello's second album was recorded at Eden Studios over 11 days toward the end of 1977 and the beginning of 1978. It has had three major CD reissues.

Rykodisc's 1993 CD (released by Demon in the UK) added a B-side ("Big Tears"), a soundtrack cut ("Crawling To The USA"), and three unreleased demos ("Running Out Of Angels," "Greenshirt," and "Big Boys").

Rhino's 2002 two-disc version (released by Edsel in the UK) repeated the Ryko bonus tracks, added two unheard studio alternates ("This Year's Girl" and "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea"), and rounded out the CD with high-quality bootleg fare and a B-side previously available only on vinyl ("Neat Neat Neat"). The end result was still comparatively slight, and This Year's Model had the fewest songs of any Rhino bonus disc.

Hip-O followed with a two-disc "deluxe edition" in 2008. Unlike Hip-O's very imaginative My Aim Is True a year earlier, This Year's Model followed the more predictable formula of repackaging familiar material on disc 1 and pairing it with the main draw: the complete live show on disc 2. Three of the Rhino bonus tracks were not repeated on the Hip-O set and remain exclusive to Rhino's CD: the Capital Radio versions of "You Belong To Me" and "Radio, Radio" and the BBC version of "Stranger In The House."

REISSUE BONUS TRACKS

BIG TEARS (3:09) RYKO RHINO HIP-O
Described in Elvis' Rhino liner notes as "the only genuine outtake song from the This Years Model sessions," this first appeared as the B-side of "Pump It Up" in the UK. It was subsequently the B-side of "This Year's Girl" in the US and included on Taking Liberties, Ten Bloody Marys, Girls + Girls = $ & Girls, and The Very Best Of Elvis Costello. Obviously one of Elvis' favorite B-sides, it is also notable for featuring The Clash's Mick Jones on guitar.

CRAWLING TO THE USA (2:52) RYKO RHINO HIP-O
Although Elvis and the Attractions performed this song in concert at some of their earliest shows in July 1977, they did not get around to recording it until a session at Sydney's Waterloo Studios during their first Australian tour in December 1978, which means it was recorded after Armed Forces. It was first released on the soundtrack of the film Americathon in 1979 and included on Taking Liberties and Ten Bloody Marys.

TINY STEPS (2:41) HIP-O
Recorded during the August-September 1978 sessions for Armed Forces, "Tiny Steps" was a bonus track on that album in the Rykodisc and Rhino reissue programs. No official reason was given for moving it to This Year's Model for Hip-O's reissue, but the result is that it now appears on the same CD as "Radio, Radio" ("Tiny Steps" first appeared as its B-side in October 1978), and Elvis had once observed (in the Ryko Armed Forces notes) that the song "sounds like it belongs on This Year's Model."

RUNNING OUT OF ANGELS (Demo) (2:02) RYKO RHINO HIP-O
GREENSHIRT (Demo) (2:20) RYKO RHINO HIP-O
BIG BOYS (Demo) (2:59) RYKO RHINO HIP-O
These acoustic guitar demos, recorded at Eden Studios in January 1978, were first heard on the Ryko CD. This is the only known performance of "Running Out Of Angels," while the other two would be re-recorded for Armed Forces. "Greenshirt" is notable for an extra verse and a slightly different title. (Otherwise spelled as two words, the title change is apparently deliberate, since it also appears that way on the Ryko release and the Hip-O deluxe edition.)

YOU BELONG TO ME (Capital Radio Version) (1:53) RHINO
RADIO, RADIO (Capital Radio Version) (2:58) RHINO
Described as "solo demo recordings" in Elvis' liner notes, these should not be mistaken for primitive renditions that were subsequently rearranged for the band, since Elvis was already performing both songs with the band prior to recording these versions for Capital Radio on September 27, 1977. Both performances have been available on bootlegs for years.

NEAT NEAT NEAT (Live, Leicester, Oct. 22, 1977) (3:16) RHINO HIP-O
This cover of The Damned's second single features Davey Payne (from Ian Dury & The Blockheads) on sax and first appeared as the B-side of "Stranger In The House" on a bonus single included with initial copies of the This Years Model LP in the UK. The Rhino CD was its debut CD appearance. It is also slightly longer here, since the single version faded out just before the song's conclusion, while the Rhino and Hip-O CDs restore the full ending. (Singles, Volume 1 includes the full ending as well.) The original live recording was tweaked before release, with the song sped up and a heavy echo effect added.

ROADETTE SONG (Live, Leicester, Oct. 22, 1977) (5:38) RHINO HIP-O
Coming from the same show as "Neat Neat Neat" and the Live Stiffs version of "Miracle Man" (see the My Aim Is True page for details of the latter), this cover of an early Ian Dury song (again featuring Dury's saxophonist Davey Payne) was included on a partial soundboard recording of the show which circulated among collectors long before its first official release. (The complete soundboard recording surfaced later.)

THIS YEAR'S GIRL (Alternate Eden Studios Version) (2:07) RHINO HIP-O
This outtake from the This Year's Model sessions takes the song at a significantly faster tempo.

(I DON'T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA (Basing Street Studios Version) (2:57) RHINO HIP-O
Recorded August 7, 1977 the same day as the Nashville Rooms concert released on the 2007 My Aim Is True reissue and about three months prior to the This Year's Model sessions this somewhat tentative performance is of historical interest as the earliest available studio recording by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

STRANGER IN THE HOUSE (BBC Version) (4:15) RHINO
Recorded October 23, 1978, this drastic rearrangement of the My Aim Is True outtake no longer bears any sign of the country influence which prevented it from appearing on that album. This was available on bootlegs for years prior to this official release.


Live at the Warner Theatre, Washington, DC, Feb. 28, 1978
PUMP IT UP (3:31) HIP-O
WAITING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (3:59) HIP-O
NO ACTION (2:28) HIP-O
LESS THAN ZERO (4:28) HIP-O
THE BEAT (3:43) HIP-O
(THE ANGELS WANNA WEAR MY) RED SHOES (2:35) HIP-O
(I DON'T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA (3:57) HIP-O
HAND IN HAND (2:53) HIP-O
LITTLE TRIGGERS (3:07) HIP-O
RADIO, RADIO (2:37) HIP-O
YOU BELONG TO ME (2:54) HIP-O
LIPSTICK VOGUE (5:02) HIP-O
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES (6:01) HIP-O
MYSTERY DANCE (3:57) HIP-O
MIRACLE MAN (4:24) HIP-O
BLAME IT ON CAIN (4:05) HIP-O
CHEMISTRY CLASS (2:43) HIP-O
This complete concert is disc 2 of Hip-O's reissue. The show appeared on the popular vinyl bootlegs Elvis Goes To Washington And Dave Edmunds And Rockpile Don't and Elvis & Friends Visit Washington, but this is its first official release, aside from "Chemistry Class," which appeared on Rhino's Armed Forces.

NOT ON THE REISSUES (BUT OFFICIALLY RELEASED)

LESS THAN ZERO/RADIO, RADIO (Live, New York, Dec. 17, 1977)
    [Saturday Night Live The Musical Performances Volume 1 album by various artists]
Elvis' legendary switcheroo performance on Saturday Night Live received an official CD release in 1999. It later appeared along with "Watching The Detectives" on the Saturday Night Live: The Complete Third Season DVD in 2008.

PUMP IT UP (BBC Version)
    [1 And Only 25 Years Of Radio 1 album by various artists]
This performance from March 13, 1978, was undoubtedly included on the Radio 1 collection due to the popularity of the song rather than on the merits of the particular performance, which is fairly ordinary.

YOU GOTTA LOSE (Live, New York, Oct. 18, 1978) with Richard Hell & The Voidoids
    [Time album by Richard Hell]
Elvis sings lead on Richard Hell's song, backed by Hell and his band. The official release of this somewhat lo-fi recording in March 2002 came just after the release of Rhino's This Year's Model.

PUMP IT UP (1984 Monster Mix)
    ["The Only Flame In Town" 12-inch single]
This ill-advised attempt to modernize "Pump It Up" would have been an awkward fit as a bonus track even if Elvis had the slightest interest in including it, which he most likely did not, in light of his 1994 comment in ICE magazine that his mid-'80s 12-inch remixes are "crap." Also known as "Pump It Up (dance mix)," this is most interesting for including what is apparently the unused guitar part that Mick Jones recorded at the same time as his "Big Tears" contribution. As Elvis cryptically remarks in the liner notes, "There is a version lying around somewhere on which he plays." It eventually made its CD debut on Singles, Volume 3.

NOT ON THE REISSUES (UNRELEASED & UNRECORDED)

(I DON'T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA (Alternate Take)
RADIO, RADIO (Alternate Take)
LIPSTICK VOGUE (Alternate Take)
Three alternate takes from the This Year's Model sessions surfaced in 2003 on the bootleg Unloved Songs Vol. 1. "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" has an interesting scatted vocal toward the end. The bootleg also includes a version of "Pump It Up," but to my ears it sounds more like a radio or TV performance than a This Year's Model outtake.

THE PRICE OF LOVE (Live, London, Sep. 4, 1977)
Actually recorded at a soundcheck, this Everly Brothers cover was to have appeared on the Rhino bonus disc (after "Roadette Song") but was dropped at the last minute. Because this change came after some review copies had already been sent out, this is available in excellent quality on bootlegs. (Even the store copies show evidence of this last minute change: The sticker on the cover advertises a 13-track bonus disc, when there are only 12 tracks on the final release.) There are two bootlegged mixes of this performance: The mix intended for the Rhino CD has a backing vocal from an Attraction mixed out and fades immediately after the song ends, while the other mix includes the backing vocal and some brief post-song chatter.

HOOVER FACTORY (Capital Radio Version)
The third song from Elvis' September 27, 1977 Capital Radio session is incomplete on bootlegs. If the source tape used by Rhino is also incomplete, that may explain the exclusion of this excellent performance from the bonus disc.

I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF (BBC Version)
REALLY MYSTIFIED (BBC Version)
In light of his comment in the liner notes that the bonus disc version of "Stranger In The House" "is the only decent item from several sessions recorded for BBC Radio in the first year of my professional career," it would appear that Elvis considers these interesting recordings (long available on bootleg) from the same October 23, 1978 session unworthy of release.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

The original release of This Year's Model in 1978 had different track lineups in the UK and the US, with "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" and "Night Rally" appearing only on the former and "Radio, Radio" appearing only on the latter. The Ryko, Rhino, and Hip-O reissues include all tracks from both versions.


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