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Christmas [Single, EP, Maxi]

Pet Shop Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, EP, Maxi
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002TIWQNK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas (New Version) 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. My Girl 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All Over The World (New Version) 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. My Girl (Our House Mix) 5:490.99  Buy MP3 


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PET SHOP BOYS Christmas (2009 UK 5-track CD EP - It Doesnt Often Snow At Christmas was originally an exclusive Christmas single issued to members of the Pet Shop Boys fan club in 1997; now alongside the Yes album track All Over The World it has been reworked and produced with Marius de Vries based on the original tracks with additional orchestral and choir arrangements by Matt Robertson and de Vries. The EP also includes a studio recorded [produced by Stuart Price] medleyofColdplays Viva La Vida and Pet Shop Boys classic Domino Dancing which the duo has been performing on their current world tour plus their arrangement of the Madness classic My Girl originally performed with Suggs and Carl at 2008s charity benefit Can You Bear It?. Presented in a double card wallet picture sleeve CDR6784)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new release from PSB! 15 Nov 2009
By L. Green VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Finishing off what has been an amazing year for the Pet Shop Boys, December sees them releasing this brilliant 5-track Christmas EP. First off is a new version of It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas, a track originally released in 1997 as a fan-club exclusive. It's full of festive cheer with bells and all! Upbeat and full of classic PSB humour, it's a charming little track.

My Girl is even better, a cover of the classic Madness track. Beefed up from the original demo appearing on the Boys' site in 2008, the chorus is perfection. We also get the extended `Our House' mix later on the EP which ups the dance vibe and adds some trancey synth hooks in.

Appearing as in many ways the 4th single from the Boys' Yes album we get a new version of the amazing All Over The World. Personally i prefer the original version but this one suits the Christmas feel of the EP with a new, dreamy string section. It feels softer and i think on the whole fans are just glad that this wonderful track is getting the exposure it finally deserves.

And lastly, we have, what was for me anyway, the thing i had been looking forward to most on this EP - the studio version of the awesome Viva La Vida / Domino Dancing mash-up the Boys' had performed live on tour. Now, listening to it here, it's still fantastic, but it lacks the all-out `WOW!' factor of experiencing with a live audience. The track feels a little flat and the 1 minute drum intro could possibly have been cut. The Domino Dancing synth hook is just as infectious as ever though and the Boys' version of Coldplay's hit song is extremely well done indeed.

The only other thing that could have made this EP even better would have been the Boys' version of The Loving Kind - the song they wrote for Girls Aloud. Nevertheless, this is a great release and a must-buy for Pet Shop Boys fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance but an opportunity missed! 26 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's make it short - as has been noted before in these reviews someone made a BIG mistake here, Viva La Vida had Christmas number 1 written all over it - did we forget Always On My Mind... Such a shame, let's hope this is not the last opportunity. OK Boys (and management) redeem yourselves by issuing a load of remixes of this THE standout track of 2009!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting new PSB release! 11 Nov 2009
By Gabby
Format:Audio CD
I just heard the new version of "All Over The World" and it's good remix, an improvement on the album version and is a great start to this new EP which I guess the Pet Shop Boys are hoping might propel them to the top of the charts this Christmas. Likely that wont happen due to the X Factor which is a shame and a total bore. You almost wish they'd discount X Factor entrants to the singles chart.

Anyway, that's off subject...this CD boasts 5 new tracks. The aforementioned remix of "All Over The World" which is a cracker, and the Boy's cover version of Madness' "My Girl" which if you YouTube it you'll be able to see footage of at the "Can You Bear It" concert where they played live with Suggs!

Next off is a new version of "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas" which was formerly only released as a fan club giveaway (and also on a US only Elton John compilation CD) - a new version is most welcome from this long time fan, and should prove popular on the radio during the season.

Then we have a remodelled mix/mashup of "Domino Dancing" with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida". Again you can hear this online at YouTube when the Boy's played this live on tour. This version is new studio version and I think is very exciting and might even get Coldplay die hards to buy a PSB single!

Finally there is an unreleased remix of "My Girl". Maybe a stocking filler, but I don't think you can really go wrong with it.

This is a much much better release than anything the Boys have put together this year - maybe they have finally got their proverbial "poop" together after the poor management and bad decisions that have plagued them since the release of their first single, "Love Etc." this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it ! 14 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
It is Xmas time and PSB is fun. It's wonderful that this pop duo is producing such wonderful songs after so many many years. Just enjoy this trip. Every song is a jewel and IT DOESN'T OFTEN SNOW AT CHRISTMAS is the best Xmas song ever. Thank you boys!
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When the PSB came to Lima and sang Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing, it was definitely a highlight on the show. I hadn't paid much attention to the Coldplay original version, but now mixed with Domino Dancing it had a different flavour. The other tracks on this EP are really good, I specially like My Girl and the new version of It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas, a song which I had only heard on youtube.

Thank you Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe for giving us these songs before the year ends; and thank you very much for having come to Lima, it was a concert I'd been waiting for for almost 10 years, and a concert I WILL NEVER FORGET. Let me tell you, your concert is on the top 5 of "the best concerts of the year" reviews here in my country. I do hope you come again on your next tour, and I'm already looking forward to your upcoming Live CD+DVD, it will surely bring the sweetest memories of 2009.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas EP ever 16 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
The tradition being that Christmas songs must be either depressingly melancholy or merry to the point of dumbness, the Pet Shop Boys manage to mingle partying with a touch of irony that gives the final collection of songs a rare spiciness for extra flavour, while keeping the songs accesible to all audiences, from the mainstream to the club-goers. Genius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very christmassy!
Love this collection of songs. Has a great reworked version of Madness' " My Girl". Well worth the money. Has given me hours of pleasure.
Published 10 months ago by thincontroller
4.0 out of 5 stars XMAS CD
I love Xmas Cd's and I love The Pet shop bys - combine the two and what more could you want?
Published 14 months ago by J. B. Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars A pet shop boys single is for life, not just for Christmas.
This five-track EP is superb value for money. It includes a "mash-up" of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" with PSB "Domino Dancing" which was a highlight of the PSB last tour, a cover of... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by J. Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Shop Boys are not just for Christmas!!
Fresh from seeing their gargantuan Pandomonium tour, this CD/EP is the perfect home companion to the mind-blowing Tennant/Lowe live stage performance as well as being a fitting end... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by DiscJockey
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally released
Their christmas song is over 10 years old, but the original version was only put on a limited fanclub release. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by S. Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars a christmas classic..as only the pet shop can do do!
i only stumbled across it by accident....its had no airplay and so just scrapped into the top 40!

its a true christmas classic, with jingling bells, christmas wishes,... Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2009 by Mr. Nathan Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp as Christmas
Gosh! Why are people taking this so seriously? Confusing messages about what the group are currently producing? Bah, humbug!! Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2009 by E. Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Festive release from veteran synth duo
Sadly I have to agree with the reviewer who claimed that this is a quality release apart from the opening track 'It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas'. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2009 by Captain Pugwash
3.0 out of 5 stars The Coldplay cover should have been the a-side
In fact Coldplay have never sounded better than on the Pet Shop Boys' version of "Viva la Vida" - I can't work out whether it's meant to be a bit of a mickey-take or not, but it... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2009 by Colin Mccartney
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