PET SHOP BOYS ANNOUNCE THE THIRD SET OF RELEASES IN ‘CATALOGUE: 1985-2012’
PET SHOP BOYS ANNOUNCE THE THIRD SET OF RELEASES IN ‘CATALOGUE: 1985-2012’,
THE LANDMARK SERIES OF REISSUES OF THEIR PARLOPHONE STUDIO ALBUMS
THE ALBUMS ‘PLEASE’, ‘ACTUALLY’ AND ‘INTROSPECTIVE’ WILL BE REMASTERED AND REISSUED WITH ‘FURTHER LISTENING’ ALBUMS OF ADDITIONAL BONUS MATERIAL
‘PLEASE’, ‘ACTUALLY’ AND ‘INTROSPECTIVE’ REISSUES OUT MARCH 2ND 2018
Pet Shop Boys will release the third set of albums in their definitive ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. The PSB albums ‘Please’ from 1986, ‘Actually’ from 1987 and 1988’s ‘Introspective’ will be reissued on March 2nd 2018. The albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be accompanied by ‘Further listening’ albums of master quality bonus tracks - including demos, extended mixes and remixes of tracks from the albums and others created in the same period as each record.
The three albums 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.
‘Please’ was the debut album by Pet Shop Boys and produced by Stephen Hague. Released in March 1986, the record hit number 3 and spent 82 weeks in the UK Official Album Charts, went into the Top Ten in the USA where it was certified platinum, and to date has sold over three million copies worldwide. Comprising ten tracks in its original release, the album’s track-listing includes the duo’s debut single ‘West End girls’ – PSB’s first number one, certified Gold single. In 1987 it was awarded Best Single at the BRIT Awards, Best International Hit at the Ivor Novello Awards and later was awarded the Song Of The Decade Ivor Novello Award in 2005, chosen by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. It also reached number one in the USA. Singles ‘Love comes quickly’, Opportunities (Let's make lots of money)’ and ‘Suburbia’ also feature on ‘Please’, all of which went on to earn Top 20 status in the UK Singles Chart. This ‘Catalogue’ re-issue of the album features a remastered and repackaged vinyl and double CD, featuring 7” and 12” mixes and remixes of tracks from ‘Please’ and the album’s period.
Please/Further listening: 1984-1986
In 1987, Pet Shop Boys released their second album ‘Actually’, which became another huge hit album for the duo, debuting at the number 2 spot on the UK Albums Chart upon its release. The album was produced by Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Hague, Shep Pettibone, Andy Richards and Pet Shop Boys. This period saw Pet Shop Boys reach new critical and commercial heights with three number one singles, “It’s a sin”, “Always on my mind” and Heart”, and ‘What have I done to deserve this’, their number two single featuring Dusty Springfield. As Neil Tennant puts it: “I felt at this time that we had the secret of contemporary pop music, that we knew what was required.” The ‘Catalogue’ re-issue of ‘Actually’ includes the remastered original album with the 2-CD album features bonus material including the Shep Pettibone mix of ‘Heart’, and demo versions and alternative mixes of tracks including ‘One more chance’ and ‘Always on my mind’.
Actually/Further listening: 1987-1988:
Also remastered, repackaged and re-issued as part of the ‘Catalogue’ series is Pet Shop Boys’ 1988 release ‘Introspective’. This album has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide to date and was the first to feature production by Trevor Horn, whose lavish orchestrations marked a new sonic direction for PSB. House Music legend, Frankie Knuckles created the mix of “I want a dog” while “Domino dancing” was recorded in Miami with hit producer Lewis Martinée. ‘Introspective’ also saw Pet Shop Boys introduce a new approach to the format of an album and its respective singles: each of the 6 tracks on the album’s original track-listing is over six minutes in length, and they were later edited to fit the more traditional format of a seven-inch single. “The idea was to have an album where every track was a single. And in fact five out of the six of them were, because ‘I’m not scared’ was a single for Patsy Kensit, or rather for her group Eighth Wonder”, says Neil Tennant. This ‘Catalogue’ re-issue features, along with the newly-remastered original album, bonus material such as demo versions of ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Domino dancing’, seven-inch and disco mixes of ‘Losing my mind’ and Left to my own devices’.
Introspective/Further listening: 1988-1989
The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissues of ‘Please’, ‘Actually’ and ‘Introspective’ will go on sale 2nd March 2018.
The ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ reissue series began earlier this year on July 28th with the release of ‘Nightlife’, ‘Release’ and ‘Fundamental’ which all entered the Top 40 album charts, followed by re-issues of ‘Yes’ and ‘Elysium’, which were released on October 20th. The series will continue until all PSB Parlophone albums have been released with ‘Further listening’ albums:
Behaviour/Further listening: 1990-1991
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 this project.
December 6, 2017 8:59am ET by Murray Chalmers PR