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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, frustrating reissue,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)The new Costello reissues are proving to be a mixed blessing for me. Of the twelve tracks on the bonus disc here, five were on the earlier Demon reissue and the other seven are interesting but nothing special.
None of the alternate versions of album tracks are particularly successful and only really show how great the final versions are. The live versions of Neat, Neat, Neat and Roadette Song are poorly recorded and hardly essential performances, despite the historical interest.
Added to this, the bonus disc is only 36 minutes long, so the whole thing could have put on one CD!
This is particularly irritating as the album sounds great and the booklet is immaculate, with excellent liner notes and all the lyrics.
If you've never heard this album, I'd strongly recommend it, especially if you're feeling particuarly irritable today. If you're looking to replace your Demon reissue, proceed with caution... but you know you're going to buy it anyway.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As blisteringly powerful now as it was then,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)From a decade of great albums, This Years Model emerged from the 1970's, head and shoulders above the rest. Despite several good attempts, Elvis Costello never created anything else close to this. The anger of a young Costello, the losers hero, is breathtaking as he almost spits out the venemous lyrics, with the main focus of his aggression, the opposite sex.
This Years Model bursts into life with "No Action" and the opening lines, "I don't wanna kiss you, I don't wanna touch, I don't wanna see you, 'cause I don't miss you that much"... well that told her then! Don't expect sweet love songs here. He may look like a wimp, he may even act like a wimp, but this is one guy whose emotions you don't want to play with.
The first seven songs were the original side 1, and they move along at break-neck speed, not letting up for a minute, and include "Pump it Up" which was released as a single, and the rocker "You Belong to Me", which ends very much as the first song began "No, I don't want anybody saying, You belong to me....".
I was delighted with the bonus disk, which carries on the anger of the first. There are excellent, different versions of "You belong to me", "Radio, Radio", "This Years Girl" and "Chelsea", as well as demo versions of songs that were to appear on later albums "Greenshirt" and "Big Boys" (with the classic line "Worrying about you physical fitness, Tell me how you got this sickness"), but the highlight of the bonus disk is the acoustic "Running Out of Angels".
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest tribute,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)I remember getting the vinyl copy back in the late senventies. Seeing Elvis at the Roundhouse in London. I remember being one of the few Elvis fans in my town, when disco dominated. But mostly, I remember playing the vinyl copy to my mum. My mum just couldn't put up with it. Thirty years later, I got my son a copy of ''This years model' and, he is now a great fan of Elvis.
The moral of this story is, don't get your mum a copy of this for Mothering Sunday.
Get it for your kids, they could do a lot worse than cutting their teeth to Elvis
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound that launched a host of imitators,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)On the back of an acclaimed album and a hit with his first single with The Attractions, Elvis Costello pressed home his new-found fame with this album. Bruce and Pete Thomas provide a thumping rhythm section (just listen to the opening to 'Pump It Up'). Steve Nieve adds colour with his keyboard, predominantly the organ, and the rest is up to Costello's writing, especially his wit. Whether this album is better than his debut is debatable, but it defined the sound of a lot of new wave pop to come. Joe Jackson, Any Trouble, The Jags, The Vapors and a shedload of other artists seem to owe something to the sound on 'This Year's Model.'
Most of the tracks are uptempo. As with 'My Aim Is True,' the album kicks off with a frantic, sub two-minute song. There are a few derivative moments, notably the filching of the basis of The Stones' 'The Last Time' for one track, but no serious plagiarism. 'Chelsea,' with its vaguely reggae feel is outstanding, of course, and the drum-fuelled 'Lipstick Vogue' would have perhaps made a better climax than the excellent 'Night Rally.' The album proper is over too soon. Expanded CD reissues vary. Mine features another great hit, 'Radio Radio,' but only one side of the free single that was originally issued with the album.
Costello continued to make fine albums after this, but I still think the first two are his best and, with the exception of 'Get Happy!,' a lot more fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece enhanced,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)This second album by Elvis Costello is far better than My Aim is True, in my opinion. The tunes are more immediate with much more of a pop flavour whilst the music is also more rhythmically varied and compelling. It marks the transition to his wonderfully accessible Armed Forces masterpiece.
There is even a reggae beat in (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea and a ballad with lovely piano - Little Triggers. My favourites on the original disc are the up-tempo Pump It Up and the poignant This Year's Girl, plus of course the pulsating Radio Radio with its subversive lyrics. Night Rally is somewhat dark and disturbing.
The second disc includes a wealth of previously unreleased tracks, demo tracks, live and alternative versions. Not all of these alternate takes are as gripping as the familiar versions but they are certainly interesting and worthwhile, demonstrating various facets of his extraordinary musicianship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sums up 1978,
This review is from: This Years Model (Audio CD)Most definetly in Elvis Costellos top three albums . After the honky tonk feel of My Aim is True Elvis and the Attractions (credited for the first time ) decide to rip it up and make their PUNK record.From subjects of fashion and women to politics and facsism this has everything.Beginning with No Action which drives along finishing with the line 'everytime I hold you I just want to put you down' then straight into This Years Girl. By the end of The Beat there is no relenting with Pump it Up . Elvis should write more songs on stairwells where he wrote this in ten minutes . Classic tune. The masterstroke then is to follow up with Little Triggers great genteel song with great wordplay.Side two begins with Hand in Hand a great song with one of Elvis best coda's which runs into Chelsea. Bruce Thomas has his best moment here in his tribute to Bill Wyman which he later repeats with Tokyo Storm Warning 8 years later.Next two songs are not outstanding but fit the album nicely . Then the it all goes off with Lipstick vogue . Pete Thomas or Keith Moon?? Bruce and Steve playing against each other and Little Hands of Concrete getting his say in amongstthe wall of sound in this stomper . The album finishes with the haunting Night Rally. Warning us of the time ahead.
The extra tracks on CD 2 include Costellos best flipside Big Tears with Mick jones guesting,demos of songs to come on Armed Forces ,Costellos attack on the nations airwaves Radio Radio which would be an apt song for today with Pop Idol and the likes. Some honkytonk and alternative versions thrown in this is the complete package.
After losing one Elvis in 1977 ; 1978 showed us Elvis was still very much alive and we all yearn for Elvis to return to those days of rage and anger . New song Alibi sounds promising .Roll on April and his new album.
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