Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Elvis Costello's "This Year's Model" Turns 30...

And to celebrate, Universal Music's releasing another "Deluxe Edition" on March 4, similar to last year's "My Aim Is True." We're talking bonus tracks and a second disc with a live E.C. & the Attractions concert from 1978. Here's the track listing:

ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS:
THIS YEAR'S MODEL

DISC ONE:

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 Year's Girl (alternate Eden Studios version)
23 (I Don't 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

DISC TWO:

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

More details at: http://www.harpmagazine.com/news/detail.cfm?article=12156

Incidentally, there's been some on-line fan griping about this latest release, which is at least the fifth major reissue of the original album since CDs were born. I have five CD versions myself, from the original Columbia release through the Rykodisc reissues, the Rhino reissues, the Japanese "cardboard sleeve" reproductions and last year's "just the album" re-master from Universal. And for all that, I'll definitely pony up for the next wave, and I really don't understand why folks are cranky about the release. If you don't want to part with another $30 for the live show, then... don't! See, unlike the reasoning of the fellow quoted in the Bear McCreary post below, there actually is an alternative between buying the music and stealing it. And that is "going without." I know, I know, that way lies madness, but it IS an option...

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