- Audio CD (Nov 24 2003)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Limited Edition, Import
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B0000EWNMY
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
|1. Go West|
|2. Suburbia (video edit)|
|3. Se a vida e|
|4. What have I done to deserve this?|
|5. Always on my mind|
|6. I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing|
See all 17 tracks on this disc
|1. Left to my own devices|
|2. I don't know what you want but I can't give it any more|
|4. Being boring|
|5. Can you forgive her?|
|6. West End girls|
See all 18 tracks on this disc
|1. Can you forgive her? (Rollo mix)|
|2. So Hard (David Morales Red Zone mix)|
|3. What have I done to deserve this? (Shep Pettibone mix)|
|4. West End girls (Sasha mix)|
|5. Miserablism (Moby Electro mix)|
|6. Before (Danny Tenaglia Classic Paradise mix)|
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Philosophical debates aside, this is an absolutely essential collection for anyone who enjoys the Pet Shop Boys' unique mix of bittersweet poignancy, archness and occasional high camp--or indeed for any discerning pop (or art) fan. Encompassing almost all their single releases (only "Was It Worth It?" and "How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?" are missing), this is a glorious retrospective of one of Britain's finest pop institutions. Let's hope there are another 35 singles half this good for a quadruple box set in another 18 years' time.
This limited edition three-disc box set includes 10 of the Pet Shop Boys' favourite remixes, from the likes of Shep Pettibone, Moby, Jam & Spoon, Sasha, Rollo, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, and Blank & Jones. --Rikki Price
Well, apparently American Record Companies don't wanna do that yet because American record companies think they won't sell records if they used Copy Control CD technology. In some instances they're right. Only time can really share the real answer there but in the meantime (for the Pet Shop Boys), you'll just have to take a plane to Europe, Asia or Australia and buy the CD yourself. What a great trip that would be AND you would help and support two really great artists who aren't in this for the money, they're in it for the art! Well worth the money I think-heheheh.
So what do you get for your hard earned dollar here? Well, let's do the math. First, Pet Shop Boys are NOT an "eighties group" as one earlier uneducated reviewer wrote here. No, these fellas are the creme dela creme of pop. The crown jewel (Neal being the queen of course and Chris being your royal heiness) of modern music as we know it. In fact, no artist today can even come close to their artistic creativity with such a witty sense of self in both lyrics and music.
So much of pop today is disposable. You've heard one song, you've heard them all and unfortunately it's sad to say that the real good music today that has been made already doesn't seem to evolve. Well, the Pet Shop Boys have evolved, sort of. In their 20+ year careers they have managed to move past eighties pop new wave to become real techno and house stylisms. No easy task as they are LITERALLY the only originated eighties "new wave" group that has made it out of the eighties and nineties continuing to sell over one million copies of every album they've released worldwide. So, what you get here is a barrage of really great music. Not Britney, not Christie Agga Gagga, not Madonna, not Erasure (although I love them too), NO, you get the Pet Shop Boys slam bam thank you maam with all the trimmings to go with it!
My favorite in this lovely collection is the "Mix" CD which you can only get in the first print box edition. You get 10 glorious singles remixed by some of the best in the business. I highly recommend spending the extra dough for the three disc set since it displays a great montage of some of their best works. You can't have ALL of their best works here because that's what the original albums are for, use your money, go out and BUY them. Artists today can learn a lot from these guys. Which is why Justin Timberlake is an artist I can respect because HE respects these guys a great deal based on what he said in his interview with Spin magazine. Now you know why Justin is as succesful as he is. It's all about respect baby! Respect copywritten music and respect artists like the Pet Shop Boys! Peace!
The other thing was that the CDs seemed to be mixed up. The Art CD had the Pop songs and vice versa. Now, of course, this could very well be messers Lowe and Tenant commenting on the over-lap of the two genres. But I was just wondering if anybody else's CDs are the same? I didn't get the limited edition 3 CD set. I got the 2 CD edition. Anybody? Anybody?
Most avid PSB fans will already have 95% of the tracks on cd singles, 12" and albums, the only notable exceptions being the Love Comes Quickly remix, Miracles and Flamboyant.
The thing is, I would have bought it in November 2003 when it was released in the UK, but at the ridiculously high import rates, why spend over $40 on 3 songs? The music is and always has been brilliant. Unfortunately for us US fans, the wait has been too long and $40 for 3 or 4 songs on an imported CD is crazy.
I recommend the DVD of Popart. It has an insightful commentary track from Neil and Chris and even though it doesn't include the latest singles, Miracles or Flamboyant, it's much better value than this CD.
By the way, the cd's copy protected, so no chance of backing it up for those fans who tend to over use their cds, throw them about or drop them under the passenger seat in their car.