Pet Shop Boys reissues, second wave

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Well...that took a while. But it's happening -- a new series of 'Further Listening' editions coming out picking up where the original set left off:

Pet Shop Boys are pleased to announce CATALOGUE: 1985-2012, a very special series of reissues that will include of all their studio albums released on Parlophone. This definitive edition will feature each album from the duo's discography on the label, remastered and accompanied by "further listening" albums of master quality bonus tracks, and demos created in the same period of time as each album, as well as Pet Shop Boys' own remixes of their tracks. Many tracks are being released for the first time. Each album will be packaged with an extensive booklet in which Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss each song, illustrated with many archive photographs. The entire project is designed by Farrow Design.

The reissue series begins on July 28, with the release of three very different-sounding PSB albums: Nightlife, Release, and Fundamental. Each album is available on 180-gram vinyl, as well as on CD and digitally. The pre-order starts today with the track "For All Of Us" from Nightlife / Further Listening available for immediate download.

Nightlife, their darkly orchestrated collaboration with producers Rollo, Craig Armstrong and David Morales, originally released in 1999, is reissued with two "Further Listening" discs, including exclusive, unreleased tracks such as "Tall Thin Men," and "For All Of Us," as well as demo versions of "Vampires," "Call Me Old-Fashioned," and "Radiophonic."

Also seeing a remastered reissue will be the album Release, featuring Johnny Marr on guitar. It also comes with two "further listening" albums of additional tracks, including unreleased songs "Motoring," "The Night Is A Time To Explore Who You Are," "Run, Girl, Run," and "Reunion," as well as previously-unreleased John Peel versions of "A Powerful Friend," and "If Looks Could Kill," as well as previously-unreleased cover version of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally" featuring Elton John.

The third PSB album to feature in this first batch of reissues is Fundamental, their magnificent Trevor Horn-produced album. As well as the remastered original album, there's a 22-track "further listening" album of additional material including demos of unreleased songs such as "Ring Road," "One-way Street," and "Dancing In The Dusk," alongside previously-unreleased mixes and remixes.

The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissues will continue over the next year until all PSB Parlophone albums have been released with "further listening" albums:

Yes / Further Listening: 2008-2010
Elysium / Further Listening: 2011-2012
Please / Further Listening: 1984-1986
Actually / Further Listening: 1987-1988
Introspective / Further Listening: 1988-1989
Behaviour / Further Listening: 1990-1991
Very / Further Listening: 1992-1994
Bilingual / Further Listening: 1995-1997

The reissues of Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very, and Bilingual were originally released with bonus "further listening" albums in 2001 and are being newly remastered with their original track-listings for these projects.

For more information about PET SHOP BOYS, please contact Jessica Giordano in the Rhino Media Relations Department at jess✧✧✧.giord✧✧✧@rh✧✧✧.c✧✧ or 818-238-6403.

Nightlife / Further Listening: 1996-2000
Track Listing:

CD1
1. For Your Own Good
2. Closer To Heaven
3. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More
4. Happiness Is An Option
5. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
6. Vampires
7. Radiophonic
8. The Only One
9. Boy Strange
10. In Denial
11. New York City Boy
12. Footsteps

CD2
1. Vampires (Demo)*
2. For All Of Us (Demo)*
3. Call Me Old-Fashioned (Demo)*
4. Friendly Fire
5. Believe/Song For Guy (Featuring Elton John)*
6. Sail Away
7. It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas (Fan Club Mix)
8. Nightlife
9. Playing In The Streets*
10. Tall Thin Men*
11. Radiophonic (Demo)*

CD3
1. Somebody Else's Business
2. Silver Age
3. Screaming
4. For All Of Us**
5. The Ghost Of Myself
6. Casting A Shadow
7. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Any More (The PSB Extension)
8. Was It Worth It? (Live)**
9. Lies
10. Paris City Boy (Full French)*
11. Positive Role Model
12. Somebody Else's Business (Extended Mix)**

* Previously unreleased
**Previously unreleased on CD

Release / Further Listening: 2001-2004
Track Listing:

CD1
1. Home And Dry
2. I Get Along
3. Birthday Boy
4. London
5. E-mail
6. The Samurai In Autumn
7. Love Is A Catastrophe
8. Here
9. The Night I Fell In Love
10. You Choose

CD2
1. Between Two Islands
2. Searching For The Face Of Jesus
3. Time On My Hands
4. Motoring (Demo)*
5. Love Life**
6. Transparent
7. Sexy Northerner
8. The Night Is A Time To Explore Who You Are (Demo)*
9. Closer To Heaven (Slow Version)
10. Run, Girl, Run (Demo)*
11. I Didn't Get Where I Am Today
12. Always
13. Home And Dry (Ambient Mix)
14. Bright Young Things (Demo)*
15. Kazak*
16. A Powerful Friend (John Peel Version)*
17. If Looks Could Kill (John Peel Version)*

CD3
1. Try It (I'm In Love With A Married Man)
2. Here (PSB New Extended Mix)
3. If Looks Could Kill
4. A Powerful Friend**
5. Party Song
6. No Excuse (Demo)*
7. Blue On Blue
8. Jack And Jill Party (Demo)*
9. Baby (Demo)
10. Flamboyant (Original Demo)
11. Miracles
12. Flamboyant (7" Mix)
13. Numb (Demo)
14. In Private (Featuring Elton John)
15. Alone Again, Naturally (Featuring Elton John)*
16. Reunion (Electro Mix)*
17. Bright Young Things
18. We're The Pet Shop Boys
19. It's A Sin (Barfly Version)

* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on CD

Fundamental / Further Listening: 2005-2007
Track Listing:

CD1
1. Psychological
2. The Sodom And Gomorrah Show
3. I Made My Excuses And Left
4. Minimal
5. Numb
6. God Willing
7. Luna Park
8. I'm With Stupid
9. Casanova In Hell
10. Twentieth Century
11. Indefinite Leave To Remain
12. Integral

CD2
1. Fugitive (Richard X Extended Mix)
2. Ring Road (Demo)*
3. The Performance Of My Life (Demo)*
4. One-way Street (Demo)*
5. Girls Don't Cry
6. The Resurrectionist
7. The Sodom And Gomorrah Show (Original Demo)**
8. Dancing In The Dusk (Demo)*
9. After The Event
10. The Former Enfant Terrible
11. No Time For Tears (Orchestral Mix)*
12. God Willing (Original Full-Length Mix)*
13. I'm With Stupid (PSB Maxi-Mix)
14. Answer The Phone! (Ringtone)**
15. Where Are You? (Ringtone)**
16. Water (Ringtone)**
17. Numb (Single Edit)
18. One Night
19. A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi"
20. Transfer (Visionaire Mix)*
21. Integral (PSB Perfect Immaculate 7" Mix)**
22. Integral (PSB Perfect Immaculate Mix)

* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased on CD

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:51 (one week ago) Permalink

So they are re-re-releasing and re-remastering their catalog?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:57 (one week ago) Permalink

They're continuing where they left off a decade ago.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Those early '00s reissues still sound great, and those liner notes and extra tracks are models of their kind.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:04 (one week ago) Permalink

I agree. But it sounds like they are re-reissuing the first few as well:

The reissues of Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very, and Bilingual were originally released with bonus "further listening" albums in 2001 and are being newly remastered with their original track-listings for these projects.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:05 (one week ago) Permalink

TS: Pet Shop Boys reissue notes vs. Elvis Costello reissue notes.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh. Well, I'm not repurchasing them!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Re-reissued! Re-remastered! Re-repurchased!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:08 (one week ago) Permalink

i recall hearing there was a box coming of earlier stuff.

piscesx, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Repurchase

Eazy, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:38 (one week ago) Permalink

I never did get the Bilingual one at the time so I won't mind getting it this time around. Be nice to have a full run like this of their EMI years. (And I trust the general design will remain the same.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm very excited for these reissues, particularly Behaviour on LP. Does this mean the first 4 albums, including the Further Listening bonus tracks, will be available on vinyl?

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:46 (one week ago) Permalink

I wonder if the run-time of the bonus discs would be prohibitive?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:55 (one week ago) Permalink

I'd be satisfied if just the b-sides were included and no remixes, if time was a restricting factor.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:59 (one week ago) Permalink

The re-remastering thing is weird. They had better be good.

skip, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:10 (one week ago) Permalink

that's telling'em!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:15 (one week ago) Permalink

The tracklistings on these are pretty weird, given how strict the one-disc versions were on the first six – no longer including every PSB mix of songs, but having two versions of the same Integral mix back-to back on the Fundamental disc? When so many demos were left out previously, suddenly going wild with a disc’s-worth on each of Nightlife and Release (as opposed to, say, a couple of three-disc demo sets covering the career). Demos of new songs or b-sides appearing a disc before their “proper” versions?* Some, but not all, of the Disco 3 originals?

I’m super-pleased to see these being picked up again (fingers crossed for a Wish remastered by someone other than Robert Smith to wrap up the Cure’s abandoned reissues too), but it’s strange that the approach has changed for the first two, at least.

(And I trust the general design will remain the same.)

One would hope, but Format wasn’t in the same, er, format as Alternative (light cardboard box vs hefty slipcase), so they’ve precedent for changing, especially with a third disc added here.

These’ll be my first versions of both Nightlife and Elysium!


*I ripped all the previous Further Listenings and made my own iPod “albums” of Twelves / Sevens / Besides / etc last time, so won’t end up listening to these in the disc order either, but it’s curious.

Doubtless they are toss. (sic), Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:25 (one week ago) Permalink


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