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3 Mar 2003 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
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1
4:50
2
4:19
3
5:17
4
5:14
5
4:40
6
4:31
7
5:51
8
4:56
9
4:58
10
5:14
11
4:54
12
3:54
13
5:13
14
3:55
15
2:15
Disc 2
1
4:24
2
4:00
3
4:28
4
4:34
5
3:35
6
4:10
7
3:05
8
3:24
9
5:02
10
4:17
11
4:58
12
3:55
13
2:59
14
4:27
15
6:33

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Aug 1995
  • Release Date: 7 Aug 1995
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 1995 Pet Shop Boys Partnership Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1995 Parlophone Recor
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  • Total Length: 2:13:52
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  • ASIN: B001JLDEIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,607 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 21 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
At one point shortly after the release of Discography, my friend Monty and I were discussing the problem that we had, living in midwestern America, of being able to find the latest offerings of the Pet Shop Boys. While I had never experienced a problem of getting the latest albums, CDs, and videos in London, New York, or on the West Coast, living in middle America put me at a distinct disadvantage. While the albums were always available, the singles most often were not available. This was important because so many good items came only on the singles -- often the b-side and extra tracks contained on the singles were better than additional album tracks. And, of course, these songs were not available on albums. For any avid collector, this was a problem (these were the days before on-line shopping, when Amazon.com and other on-line vendors where not even in the planning stages). I speculated that it would be wonderful if the Pet Shop Boys would put together an album that contained all of these wonderful extra tracks. I was certain it would be popular, at least among the die-hard fans.
Not long after this conversation, it was rumoured that just such an album was in the planning stages. Shortly after the release of Very and the singles from that album, Alternative was released. This was the one that I had been waiting for.
Alternative is a two-CD set, produced originally as a special edition with a holographic front, and later press runs having a more conventional covering. All press runs, however, have contained the special book which includes an extensive interview with the Pet Shop Boys in which they talk about each of the 30 songs on these CDs in turn, discussing meaning as well as production issues around these tracks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By j on 30 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this mainly for the song "we all feel better in the dark" which i had first heard on the performance dvd but when i listened to all the other tracks i realised how good this album was!!
id say disc one is probs the best with classics like:
in the night (my fav psb song)
a man could get arrested (best song on album possibly)
paninaro (the name speaks for itself i think - chris lowes masterpiece)
i want a dog (a random yet brilliant song)
i get excited (gives me goosebumps amazing tune)
once youve listened to the whole album both discs i bet youll feel the same way as i do... PSB 4 B SIDE SONGS TOUR!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
This double CD from Chris and Neil is one of the finest collections around, OK, it's all B sides, but these were the gems in the PSB crown. Tracks like "A Man Can Get Arrested", "Jack The Lad" and "You Know Where You Went Wrong" are just excellent and really should have been A side material. This is when the Pet were creative, and worried less about chart ready material, Chris' programming, keyboards and total design was much more expressive and Neil's vocals and lyrics were more daring.

All the B sides are here from Please right through to Very, which spans around 10 years of the Pet Shop Boys career, also we get a new mix of Paninaro, which didn't make a single but should really have done. Another amazing track is "Do I Have To", which in my opinion is as good as "Love Comes Quickly", which charted for the boys.

Some odd moments too, like "The Sound Of The Atom Splitting", which was really an experiment by Chris as he was well into the club scene at the time, and wanted to go all acid house on us. The best thing is Neil Tenant's work vocally on this is amazing and really fits in, just shows you how multi-talented the boys are.

There's really not a dull moment on here, a few cheesy ones - like "Your Funny Uncle", which I thought sounded really odd.

If you like the Pet Shop Boys, you need this, it's as important as owning Pop Art or Discography, and a MUST for fans who have every single album, but didn't have the luck to have all their singles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug 2000
Format: Audio CD
If your a fan of the Pet Shop Boys and their classic hits from the mid 80's to the present day then you really can't be without this collection of their B-sides it covers all their b-sides from 1985 to 1995 with some remarkable songs that cover all types of electro from hi energy foot stompers to slow ballads and even experimental music in the form of "The Sound Of The atom Splitting". The album comes with an excellent booklet which describes the inspiration behind each song and how it was made. Overall a classic that no self discerning pet shop boy fan should be without
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 16 July 2013
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Between the triumphant "Very Relentless" in 1993 and their next album offering in 1996, Pet Shop Boys treated their fans with two very good products: the underrated "Disco 2" in 1994 - a Dance Suite made of extracts from "Very"'s remixes, and the absolutely obliterating "Alternative" in 1995, i.e. the addition of ALL the B-sides released by PSBs between their beginnings at Parlophone in 1985 and their latest single ("Yesterday when I was mad") in 1994.

To reflect on the importance of this release, Chris and Neil delivered the equivalent of a luxury product: A double CD-set with 2h15mns of music, a great picture of the boys in a fencing mask, very classy and impressive CDs painted in black, a full catalogue of the Boys's LPs and videos, and a glossy, beautifully illustrated booklet featuring an in-depth interview of the Boys with John Savage on each of the 30 tracks - which is very important, because it reveals the philosophy of the B-side for PSBs: to experiment, to progress and to take care of a fan base that will buy a track that they already have on the album just for the sake of hearing a new PSB track, a Pet Shop Boys' B-side - which is an event in itself.

And the proof is in the pudding: among these 30 tracks, there will be probably be one or two that sound like they have been done quickly or in a hurry (and they're easily identifiable since the Boys are the first ones to point the finger at a tune that is not really worth..). But for the remaining 28...one is gobsmacked at the quality and the variety of what is offered here. Just pick and choose:

You want an improvised jam session with Trevor Horn? go for "The Sound of the atom splitting".
You want mad instrumental dance tracks? what about "Euroboy" and "Music for Boys"?
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