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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002U9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

1. Two Divided By Zero
2. West End Girls
3. Oppurtunities (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?

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This duo worked hard before this debut album broke through in the mid-1980s. Formed in 1981 after a chance meeting in a record shop, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (the former an ex-Smash Hits journalist) made endless demos before their first version of "West End Girls" flopped in 1984. It wasn't till November 1985 that the song hit No.1, and only then after an early release of "Opportunities" fell flat too. Which explains the maturity and sly, camp ennui that infuses this record, from the title to Chris Lowe's occasional sardonic voiceovers. Tennant possesses a voice that is affecting because of its imperfections, which, heard at the start of their career, sound even more touching in his faltering falsetto. The music underlying Tennant's sad words is fantastic--hard, sleek synthesisers that revel in their lack of human input. --Charlie Porter

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Format: Audio CD
I am a HUGE Pet Shop Boys fan and anyone familiar with my reviews may know that I've given 5's to the reissued 2 CD sets "Very" and "Bilingual" as well as the criminally underrated "Alternative" and their comprehensive 2003 career-to-date compilation titled "PopArt." "Please" was the very first release that introduced a duo named PSB to the masses via the unforgettable "West End Girls," which to me captures PSB at their best and is one of the greatest songs of all time. I can't think of another group that has based its song on cold vocals, synthesized music, and dry wit to create something that sounds and makes me feel so alive. The first single was followed by the tongue in cheek yet powerful "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," the soothing (or is it?) "Suburbia," and "Love Comes Quickly" just to name my favorites.
While I like other songs on this release, with the exception of "Later Tonight" and "Why Don't We Live Together," I am not giving this release a 5 as the remastered 2 CD set released in 2001 is pricey, and unlike the reissues "Very" or "Bilingual," the "Further Listening" CD does not make this a must have set. Maybe because it only covers songs from their early years and a very limited period (1984-1986), the CD does not really have as many gems as can be found on other 2001 rereleases by PSB. Also, while there are a few winners, my favorites the moody "Jack The Lad," "the catchy "Paninaro," the punchy "In The Night," "A Man Can Get Arrested," That's My Impression" can already be found in good form in "Alternative" or "Disco.
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first, and considered by many fans and non-fans, to be the quint-essential Pet Shop Boys album. Anyone familiar with the popular music of the 1980s will know the dominant track on the CD, West End Girls. Still considered their greatest hit, the Pet Shop Boys capitalised on the synthesizer and sample-heavy sound conjured up for this song by producing a slick London-based video that catapulted the PSB into the limelight around the world for the next several years.
The music of the Pet Shop Boys defies easy explanation. The lyrics are witty and urbane, very much a product of the disco and consumer-big-money culture of the 1980s. Songs like Opportunities/Let's Make Lots of Money became a sort of capitalist anthem, spawning two different video versions and countless remixes for the disco environments.
Taking a cue from the popular television of the time, the song Suburbia has a piano overlay that sounds similar to the then massively-popular Eastenders, and the lyrics recount a East End-esque storyline which sparks familiarity with those immersed in the pop culture.
The song Love Comes Quickly highlights both synthesizer effects and masking as well as simple and elegant poetic lyric. No base or screaming lines in this disco, no banal or forced words simply to serve as fronting for a drum-machine-produced rhythm, this song perhaps shows the Pet Shop Boys at their early height in development of words to music (that was finally fully developed in the album Behaviour).
Two other songs of note on this introductory album include the first track, Two Divided By Zero, which has a simple introduction and simplistic development that ends up gradually increasing in sound complexity while the sense of 'what does this song mean?
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I think the reason I like this album so much is because the first time I ever had cable with MTV, I turned it on and saw the video for "West End Girls" playing, and the scene there has never left my head. Strange, I thought because there were no girls in the video! But there was something about the music that hooked me, and I read someone once called the music "haunting," and in many ways it is.
The music is very electronic and the lead singer Neil Tennant is probably not what you would think of as being a great singer. However, his voice works with the lyrics, and those lyrics really make you think. They stay with you.
My favorite songs on this album in addition to "West End Girls" would be "Love Comes Quickly" and "Suburbia". I also like the very simple "Later Tonight", which I learned to play on the piano (but I am not a good musician by any stretch). The Pet Shop Boys never really made it big in America past the mid-80s and it seems after their follow-up album ACTUALLY they practically disappeared from MTV and the radio waves. But fans like me still buy their albums.
But their musical story starts here, and it is a worthwhile album to have.
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Format: Audio CD
"Please" is the debut album from Pet Shop Boys. When "West End Girls" was released in 1985, it quickly became an international hit with its memorable bassline and spoken-rap by Neil Tennant. Like most debut acts that come out with a novelty single, it seeemed that Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were going the way of the One Hit Wonder. However, the hits kept coming and coming off this fine debut. "Opportunities" has the punch and verve of "West End Girls," while the goregous "Love Comes Quickly" is a fine, seductive ballad. It's a shame that PSB's American following dwindled after the release of this million-selling debut, because their work only got better from here. "Please" is remastered and repackaged with a second disc of bonus material. My cuts of choice are the re-edit of the album track "Why Don't We Live Together?," an extended mix of "West End Girls," and the infectious b-side "Was That What it Was?" Their debut is far from their best, but it would only set the tone for a bright future, several top 10 hits, and a rich body of work many of their peers would envy.
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