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Concrete: in Concert at the Mermaid Theatre for Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra Live


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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000IHYTIO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Left To My Own Devices (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 8:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rent (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Sodom And Gomorrah Show (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Casanova In Hell (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. After All (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 7:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Friendly Fire (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Integral (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Numb (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. It's Alright (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Luna Park (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nothing Has Been Proved (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jealousy (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dreaming Of The Queen (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It's A Sin (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Indefinite Leave To Remain (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. West End Girls (Live At The Mermaid Theatre) 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Few bands can bridge the high art/low art divide quite so artfully as the Pet Shop Boys, and few albums document such a skill quite as neatly as Concrete. A performance recorded at the Mermaid Theatre in London for broadcast on Radio 2, Concrete lines up some impressive special guests (Robbie Williams, Rufus Wainwright and star producer Trevor Horn, here playing the role of 'musical director' and more humbly, bassist) for a run through a greatest hits set with a couple of surprises along the way. Affairs commence with operatic vocals and a flourish of strings, but it's mere seconds before "Left To My Own Devices" matches sweeping violins to nightclub pulse, Neil Tennant restating the Pet Shop manifesto of "Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat". The between-song introductions might be annoying to the casual listener, but the mix of orchestral and digital works well throughout and the guest spots are exemplary set-pieces spiked with wry humour and genuine pathos. Hear the strings wilt as Rufus Wainwright sings "couldn't get an erection" on the epic "Casanova In Hell", or Robbie Williams sweeping on from side-stage for an earnest run through the first song the Pet Shop Boys ever wrote, "Jealousy". –-Louis Pattison

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M.D. Smart VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Pet Shop Boys may no longer be the chart-conquerors they were in the 'Eighties, but they have continued to produce high-quality electro-pop (with a couple of minor bumps, most notably the ill-advised 'Release') and in my opinion remain the best lyricists in the business.

This concert, performed with the BBC Orchestra and a smattering of special guests, perfectly illustrates their unique talent for straddling the divide between mainstream populism (is that a word?) and high art. The songs have been selected from across their whole career, including side projects such as the Dusty and Liza collaborations and 'Battleship Potemkin', but with an understandable focus on current album 'Fundamental'. Neil is in fine voice, and the orchestral arrangements perfectly compliment the material; in fact, it works so well, I wish they'd do a whole new studio album with a full orchestra. Guests Rufus Wainwright, Francis Barber and Robbie Williams all do admirable jobs with their respective tracks, but never overshadow the music. Personally I found the brief spoken introductions by Neil added to the atmosphere rather than detracting from it.

So, another quality release which won't sell in the quantities it deserves to, but as long as the Pet Shop Boys keep on making music, we shouldn't complain.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daz on 19 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Start with the princes of pop, add a sprinkling of their biggest hits, don't forget to add a 72 piece orchestra, garnish with some big stars including Robbie Williams and Rufus Wainwright and you have the Pet Shop Boys finest hour (or so!)

I was lucky enough to be in the audience for this one off BBC concert and without question, it's one the greatest live concerts I have seen and heard.

I left the auditorium, like everyone else that evening, realising that I had experienced something very special and hoped that I would have the pleasure of listening to it again, on my hi-fi, in full, glorious CD quality. My hopes have been realised with Concrete!

PSB's music rises beautifully to the treatment of the BBC Concert Orchestra, the arrangements are very special indeed and Trevor Horn's production, as always, is impeccable.

I rarely like 'live' albums - this one, however is different and worth investing for your library.

On the press copy of the album that arrived today, there is not a dud track on this double album - from the moment the strings rise for the opening number, to the inevitable encore of 'West End Girls', Concrete proves that PSB are our finest purveyors of pop and should be cherised forever.

It's an often muted cliche that the BBC is a national treasure. Well, thanks to them, we have a unforgettable night of music on record for eternity, and I for once, don't begrudge paying my licence fee! It was worth every penny for this one night only!

Now experience Pet Shop Boys and a 72 piece orchestra for yourself. You won't believe your ears!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
You might find yourself asking the question "is there any need for a Pet Shop Boys live cd" and you wouldn't be alone. I mean I'm a huge PSB fan and I've got a CD of the Performance tour but is there any real need for an official release? You might find yourself thinking there isn't and you may well be right but that would disguise the fact that whilst a PSB live CD may never be a "must have" this two disc set is actually well worth investing in.

Of course being PSB it could never be a straight Live album; this one sees them backed by the BBC concert orchestra and helped by some special guests (Robbie Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Frances Barber) to bring you songs that stretch right across their varied back catalouge.

The special guests for the most part add a lot to the proceedings. Ok, Frances Barber isn't a singer and that is proved as she sings Friendly Fire (taken from the Closer to Heaven musical), but Robbie Williams is suprisingly effective taking the lead on Jealousy. It's Rufus Wainwright who steals the show in terms of guest spots though, transforming the Fundamental misfire Casanova In Hell into something quite special indeed, not least because he can bring the overwrought passion missing from the original to bear.

But even without the guests there would be much to admire. The version of Rent may only be a re-working of the Liza Minelli version, but it's no less satisfying for that. The Sodom And Gommorah Show leaves us in no doubt as to why it's become such a huge live favourite, whilst old Trevor Horn collaborations It's Alright and Left To My Own Devices sound as fresh as ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
Coming an unfeasably short time after May's "Fundamental", the oddly titled "Concrete" is that most unusual of Pet Shop Boys concepts - the live album. For a band that famously never toured for the first five years of their career, and for whom live shows after that date were both infrequent and spectacular, this is a strange move : a live album complete with the BBC Orchestra, guest stars, and none of the theatrics one might expect from them. No costume changes - though since there is no DVD it's hard to tell if there was one.

Oddly enough, this is their very own "S&M", the symphonic pop album - a genre sadly only really seen in erratic live releases : a greatest hits carved from the granite of possiblity.

With a dramatic flair, the album leans towards the more grandoise of their ouevre, and omits some obvious crowd pleasers - no sign here of "Go West", "Always On My Mind", "Being Boring", "So Hard", et al. if you want those, go for 2003's "PopArt" collection. Highlights from the new album, the strangely affecting "Numb", and the pointedly political "Integral" sit perfectly within the work as a whole.

What you do get is the epic, grand drama of pop opera. Or, if you were inventing the language - Popera. The set offers mostly the tried and relatively test hits-and-stuff-off-the-new-album formula most ands play. Perversely, neither of the two lead singles from "Fundamental" are present - jettisoned in favour of, for example, material from their lesser known extremities, such as material from the albums they wrote for Dusty Springfield and Liza Minelli, and the soundtracks to "Closer To Heaven" and "Battleship Potemkin".
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