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  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000B66ONK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Comrades!"
2. Men And Maggots
3. Our Daily Bread
4. Drama In The Harbour
5. Nyet
6. To The Shore
7. Odessa
8. No Time For Tears
9. To The Battleship
10. After All (The Odessa Staircase)
11. Stormy Meetings
12. Night Falls
13. Full Steam Ahead
14. The Squadron
15. For Freedom

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
A year ago, twenty-thousand people crowded into Trafalgar Square in London in the rain to watch a black-and-white silent Soviet-era propaganda film. The majority, probably, went to see the Pet Shop Boys.
This is not the first time the duo have strayed out of traditional pop music. They've already written and staged a musical in the West End, done a three-week residency at the Savoy Theatre, and worked with a range of artists including Derek Jarman and Sam Taylor-Wood.
This time, they've brought in orchestrator Torsten Rasch and the Dresdner Sinfoniker, to create a new soundtrack for Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.
The music is easily recognisable as the Pet Shop Boys, a mixture of electronics and orchestral sounds, and it's highly accomplished.
But, without the movie, it's not necessarily the easiest listen - the music was written to the movie, and so there are long, fairly repetitive instrumental passages which work much better alongside Eisenstein's visuals. A DVD release of the movie with the new soundtrack would have been a better idea than the music alone.
This is not a follow up to the group's last studio album. There are only really two songs, as such, "No time for tears" and "After all". Both would easily sit on a regular Pet Shop Boys studio album, "After all" in particular works as a very angry response to the war in Iraq.
It's twenty years since West End Girls was released, and the Pet Shop Boys have evolved from a pop group to a kind of arts project.
Battleship Potemkin is not a classical album. Neither is it a pop album. To be prepared, twenty years into your career, to repeatedly head in a new direction shows exactly why the Pet Shop Boys are still around, and still relevant.
And, as usual, the sleeve is impeccably designed....
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Humphreys on 23 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
It is almost impossible to write a successful soundtrack album - how can music designed to accompany a film work without the visual imagery? However, Tennant and Lowe have managed, because this album was designed from the start to make sense by itself (or so I would speculate). If you don't feel any sympathy for the Pet Shop Boys, then you will hate this. However, if you do like PSB, or you're prepared to keep an open mind, then I think you will like this combination of string orchestra and synthesiser music. There are lots of good tunes, and the sound is spectacular. This is, in its way, pretty unbeatable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Cole on 22 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a soundtrack! This is PSB personified in their familiar but never tiresome electro/orchestral music.
This album is a treat for any PSB fan or anyone with a passion for the Russian sound, a sound of hardship and exhaustive conditions, so well portrayed in this masterpiece.
In Neil's own words; "Foreground music" and deservedly so. A courageous album for any artist except Tennant/Lowe, for they are now at a stage where they can undertake any project and produce a winner.
I urge you to buy and listen to this album. You will not regret it.
Best track (in my humble opinion): 'Night Falls'. Try listening to it without getting clear images in your mind, it cannot be done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mr d j t bull on 23 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate to be able to "see" this record in sync with the film a year ago in Trafalgar Square. The atmosphere was electric, particularly during the "Men and Maggots" sequence, as well as "Drama" and After All". It is a bit of a shame the DVD wasn't released as well, but perhaps this enhances the effect that the cd has on its own. This is a bold and impressive soundtrack and the deliberately "small pallette" of sounds does indeed bind the work together effectively. At times it does sound a little dated - although nothing like Genesis prog-rock as a couple of newspaper reviews said at the time - and reminds me a little of the 1984 soundtrack to Fritz Lang's (also silent) "Metropolis". Maybe it's just the black and white film(!) It is hard to single out the best moment of the piece as it has so many, and the more one listens the more they stick in the memory. It is therefore better seen as one continuous track in itself. But my best moment? "Men and Maggots" and its reprise "Stormy Meetings" or else "Drama in the Harbour", all these tunes conveying real apprehension and approaching menace. The up tempo tracks also work surprisingly well. Incidentally, the decision to abandon the "Tears" single was disappointing but probably a good thing as it may not have charted that well as a stand alone cut. I love this record and consider it to be one of the very best things the Pets have ever done (I'll listen to this over any post-Very album anytime).If their music were to head in the general direction of scores and incidental music I believe it would be no bad thing. Natural evolution for a duo for whom the narrow constrains of the pop world are no longer sufficient?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daz on 11 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The masters of all things techno and disco have tried to diversify before by venturing, without much success into musical theatre with Closer to Heaven.
Their latest project, writing a score what some say is one of the greatest movies ever made and others say is over hyped tedious nonsense, is a brave move.
The Boys are used to writing four minute disco numbers, so when they sat down to pen over an hour of non-stop film score, there must have been a few moments of self doubt.
However, Chris and Neil have dug deep into their store of musical influences and produced a likeable piece reminding me of John Barry, Vangelis, Jean Michelle Jarre, Kraftwerk, Orbital, Jeff Wayne and Leftfield all rolled into one.
'No Time for Tears' is an accomplished ballad as is 'For Freedom' and the infamous staircase sequence is a toe tapping sequence.
For me the only downfall is 'Our Daily Bread', which out of context from the movie is unlistenable too.
No doubt Pet Shop fans will be divided over this project. There are many who desperately want them to produce an epic disco album that has reminders of their chart topping past and this does nothing to satisfy that desire. Others will be pleased to add an interesting hour or so of Pet Shop Boys melodies to their collection, content with waiting until 2006 for the arrival of their next cd.
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