Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year's Model Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 98/500!
TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 3/5 Sonics in the December 2010 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Audio Beat Rated 5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sound!
Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
Costello's hardest-rocking effort sounds livelier and punchier than ever!
Ranked #98 on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time!
The first record he made with his legendary backing band the Attractions, "This
Year’s Model" is Elvis Costello’s most explosive and urgent album. Picking up
where his debut "My Aim Is True" left off, the British singer/guitarist blasts
through 13 excellent tracks with the fervent purpose and head-long pace of
someone who has a cab waiting for him outside.
Stylistically versatile, deeply varied, and melodically catchy, this is where
Costello came into his own - and where the chemistry between virtuosic
keyboardist Steve Nieve, bassist Bruce Thomas, and drummer Pete Thomas produced
one of rock’s best groups. A dynamic maelstrom of emotional spite, bitter
frustration, sexual angst, and caustic political commentary, the 1978 set
boosted Costello’s star and yielded innumerable standards: the undying MOR
protest "Radio Radio," the fervent "Pump It Up," the smart "(I Don’t Want to Go
to) Chelsea," and the spunky "No Action" are all here.
While often cited as Costello’s "angry" record, "This Year’s Model" has more to
do with disappointments and denials. The album bursts forth with a savage energy
not possible without the Attractions, which are responsible for the songs being
built from the ground up. Where Costello’s voice and twangy guitar dominate "My
Aim Is True", here, sizzling rhythms and Nieve’s colorful organ runs anchor the
foundations. This is a group effort, with Costello’s biting lyrics taking
chances and forcing the listener to mull double meanings all the while the music
zooms by at a fast clip.
More than 30 years after its original release, "This Year’s Model" will still
leave you breathless. Railing against unachievable desires, Costello and company
delight in the anguish, and spit such torment back out in the form of
hook-ridden music that functions as a brilliant form of situational confirmation
and emotional catharsis.
Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered
limited-edition 180-gram LP brings This Year’s Model’s vicious songs to the
forefront like never before. Punchier, gutsier, and livelier than any of the
myriad CD remasters, this analog edition offers a transparent window onto the
Attractions' loose interplay, Nieve's carnivalesque organ work, and rabid pounce
of the Thomas-Thomas rhythm section. Here, for the first time, are previously
buried tones, textures, and details. It took years to happen, but this is how
"This Year’s Model" was always supposed to sound.
Features the Original Cover Design by the English Graphic Designer Barney Bubbles which has a mis-cropping so the entire design was off-register. The Cover looks like an apparently misprinted sleeve, which cuts off the left side of the front cover (including the letters 'E' from 'Elvis' and 'T' from 'This') and shows a printers' color bar along the right side (see cover right). This was a deliberate mistake (a favourite technique of cover designer Barney Bubbles).
Also available are Costello’s equally essential debut
My Aim Is True (MFSL 1-329) and 1979's
Armed Forces (MFSL 1-331)!
"...expect to hear "This Year's Model" with a clarity, energy, and musical integrity as never before." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, December 2010, Issue 208, pg 158, 4/5 Music, 3/5 Sonics
“Amidst the renaissance that vinyl continues to enjoy, these reissues [MFSL 1-330 Elvis Costello This Year's Model & MFSL 1-331 Elvis Costello Armed Forces] along with My Aim is True, shine brightly.” – Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, Music
5/5, Sound 3.5/5 Sound!
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"His second album and first with his crack backing band the Attractions, This Year's Model is the most "punk" of Costello's records — not in any I-hate-the-cops sense but in his emotionally explosive writing ("No Action," "Lipstick Vogue," "Pump It Up") and the Attractions' vicious gallop (particularly the psycho-circus organ playing of Steve Nieve). Many of the songs rattle with sexual paranoia, but the broadside against vanilla-pop broadcasting, "Radio, Radio" (a U.K. single added to the original U.S. vinyl LP), better reflects the general, righteous indignation of the album: Costello vs. the world. And Costello wins." - www.rollingstone.com
"There’s a strong case for regarding this as EC’s best album... The magic ingredient was the arrival of the band that would accompany him through his strongest period, his most sympathetic backing of all: the butt-kicking Attractions... It’s ignoble to suggest that Costello was maturing: he arrived fully formed and in no need of assistance. It was like giving a great F1 driver a faster car." - Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, Sound Quality Rating: 87%
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab from the Original Master Tapes
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Gatefold jacket
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. Lip Service
9. Living in Paradise
10. Lipstick Vogue
11. Radio, Radio