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Elvis Costello - This Year's Model   

This Year's Model was Elvis Costello's second album and his first with The Attractions, released in 1978. It was recorded mainly at Eden Studios in West London. It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at number 82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967-1987. In 2003, the album was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It received a rare 10.0 from Pitchfork Media.

Early issues of the album have 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), as was pressing "Special pressing No. 003. Ring 434 32 32. Ask for Moira for your prize" between the holding spirals on Side A. Early issues of the LP came with a free 7": Side A 'Stranger In The House', Side B 'Neat Neat Neat', housed in a Radar house sleeve. This promotion also included a black and white sticker stuck on the LP shrinkwrap that said 'Free Album With This Single'. The US version was a different photo from the same session and didn't feature the deliberate mis-cropping. The original American pressing on Columbia also says "Costello" instead of "Columbia" on the inner label.


  • A1)   No Action
  • A2)   This Year's Girl
  • A3)   The Beat
  • A4)   Pump It Up
  • A5)   Little Triggers
  • A6)   You Belong To Me
  • B1)   Hand In Hand
  • B2)   (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
  • B3)   Lip Service
  • B4)   Living In Paradise
  • B5)   Lipstick Vouge
  • B6)   Night Rally

Track listing above is from 1978-Jan-01 | UK | Radar Records (5) - RAD 3 LP

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