|This Year's Model|
Original British album cover
|Studio album by Elvis Costello and The Attractions|
|Released||March 17, 1978|
|Recorded||Eden Studios, London, 1977 –1978|
|Genre||Rock, Punk rock, New Wave|
|Elvis Costello and The Attractions chronology|
|Singles from This Year's Model|
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.
All songs written by Elvis Costello.
Note: The Rykodisc version has the original tracks and bonus tracks on one CD. The Rhino version has two CDs with the original tracks on the first CD.
|1978||Billboard Pop Albums (U.S.)||30|
|UK||March 17, 1978||Radar Records||LP||RAD 3|
|U.S.||May 1978||Columbia Records||LP||35331|
|UK||1981||F-Beat Records||LP||XXLP 4|
|UK||January 1986||Demon Records||CD||IMP FIEND CD 18|
|U.S.||January 1986||Columbia Records||CD||CK 35331|
|UK||October 18, 1993||Demon Records||CD||DPAM2|
|U.S.||October 19, 1993||Rykodisc||CD||RCD 10272|
|Worldwide||February 19, 2002||Rhino||2 CD||R2 78354|
|Worldwide||September 10, 2007||Hip-O||CD||B0008638-02|
|Worldwide||March 4, 2008||Hip-O||2 CD 'Deluxe Edition'||B0010681-02|