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Please: Further Listening 1984-1986

Please: Further Listening 1984-1986

by Pet Shop Boys Pet Shop Boys

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Overview

A collection of immaculately crafted and seamlessly produced synthesized dance-pop, the Pet Shop Boys' debut album, Please, sketches out the basic elements of the duo's sound. At first listen, most of the songs come off as mere excuses for the dancefloor, driven by cold, melodic keyboard riffs and pulsing drum machines. However, the songcraft that the beats support is surprisingly strong, featuring catchy melodies that appear slight because of Neil Tennant's thin voice. Tennant's lyrics were still in their formative stages, with half of the record failing to transcend the formulaic constraints of dance-pop. The songs that do break free -- the intentionally crass "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," the lulling "Suburbia," and the hypnotic "West End Girls" -- are not only classic dance singles, they're classic pop singles. [In 2018, Rhino continued their series of PSB reissues with a remastering of Please that adds a second disc of songs plus a booklet with rare photos, lyrics, and insightful interviews with the Boys. Made up of single tracks, extended mixes and a couple of unreleased mixes including the original 7" mix of "Opportunies (Let's Make Lots of Money,)" the second disc is a worthwhile addition to their already brilliant debut.]


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Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2018
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295831745
catalogNumber: 566336
Rank: 44010

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Two Divided By Zero
  2. West End Girls
  3. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
  4. Love Comes Quickly
  5. Suburbia
  6. Opportunities (Reprise)
  7. Tonight Is Forever
  8. Violence
  9. I Want a Lover
  10. Later Tonight
  11. Why Don't We Live Together?

Disc 2

  1. A Man Could Get Arrested
  2. Opportunities (Lets Make Lots of Money)
  3. In the Night
  4. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
  5. Why Don't We Live Together?
  6. West End Girls
  7. A Man Could Get Arrested
  8. Love Comes Quickly
  9. That's My Impression
  10. Was That What It Was?
  11. Suburbia (The Full Horror)
  12. Jack the Lad
  13. Paninaro

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Andy Mackay   Saxophone
Helena Springs   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ron Miller   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Producer,Remixing
Bobby "O"   Producer
John Etchells   Engineer
Stephen Hague   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Phil Harding   Producer
J.J. Jeczalik   Producer,Remixing
Chris Lowe   Composer
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Bobby Orlando   Composer
Andy Richards   Programming
Frank Roszak   Remixing
Neil Tennant   Composer
Blue Weaver   Programming,Producer
David Jacob   Engineer
Ron Miller   Producer
Adrien Cook   Programming
Chris Heath   Introduction,Interviewer
Eric Watson   Cover Art,Cover Photo
Nicholas Froome   Producer,Remixing
Steven Spiro   Producer

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