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3 Mar 2003

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  Song Title
Left To My Own Devices (2001 - Remaster)
I Want A Dog (2001 Digital Remaster)
Domino Dancing (2001 Digital Remaster)
I'm Not Scared (2001 Digital Remaster)
Always On My Mind/In My House (2001 Digital Remaster)
It's Alright (2001 Digital Remaster)
Disc 2
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too) (2001 Digital Remaster)
Don Juan (Demo Version; 2001 Digital Remaster)
Domino Dancing (Demo Version; 2001 Digital Remaster)
Domino Dancing (Alternative Version; 2001 Digital Remaster)
The Sound Of The Atom Splitting (2001 Digital Remaster)
What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2001 Digital Remaster)
Don Juan (Disco Mix; 2001 Digital Remaster)
Losing My Mind (Disco Mix; 2001 Digital Remaster)
Nothing Has Been Proved (Demo; 2001 Digital Remaster)
So Sorry I Said (Demo For Liza; 2001 Digital Remaster)
Left To My Own Devices (7'' Mix; 2001 Digital Remaster)
It's Alright (10'' Version; 2001 Digital Remaster)
One Of The Crowd (2001 Digital Remaster)
It's Alright (7'' Version; 2001 Digital Remaster)
Your Funny Uncle (2001 Digital Remaster)

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Oct 1988
  • Release Date: 10 Oct 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2001 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) 2001 Parlophone Recor
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  • Total Length: 1:58:30
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  • ASIN: B001J4XX5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,069 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 9 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The extended plays on this album transform a clutch of excellent songs into something far richer. The patient instrumental craftwork builds so much more emotional power into "I'm not scared" and "Domino Dancing" in particular. I am listening to it as I write this and....well there is no point in trying to put into words the feeling it fills you with, over and over again. If you have found this, you have found an album which will inject you with calm energy and suffuse you with the rich contentment that results from a heart beating slightly faster than normal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Few tunes are enough. Great versions. The cover is also fab! It is a must for Pet Shop Boys fans. I love this compact disc.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thunder clap to last a lifetime 7 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Introspective hit my ears in November 1988 as I drove alone all the way from Frankfurt to Berkshire in my boss's very fast car. Belgium flew past at about 120mph. Yes, that was the 80's. He had left "Introspective" in the CD player and instantly I fell in love with the whole theatricality of it.

Driving in the bleak of Stonehenge a few months later "Left to my own Devices" threw a surprise. Skies were grey and brooding, all was quiet around and then.... the heavens launched a massive thunderclap synchronised with the music, at exactly 54.5 seconds into the track. I thought the Hand of God was going to descend and pluck me from the road. Eerie to say the least ...Imagine the desolateness and a khaki coloured light in the air and listen from the start.

The fugual "It's Alright " ranks in my personal top 10 tracks of all time. Addictive to this day. perhaps best enjoyed on your own driving or with some Sennheiser wireless headphones, volume no limit.

21 years later I still foist it on others when they come Norah Jones sweet easy listening. Maybe I am still an 80s girl at heart...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introspective CD 21 April 2012
By Jane
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A nostalgic trip back to the late 80s and early 90s. The album is a true classic and will be played for years to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can disco be introspective? 15 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Pet Shop Boys have a habit of releasing 'minor' albums between their major releases. Between their first and second albums, Please and Actually, they released Disco, a six-track piece which featured no real new material, but rather remixes of previously released tracks (some primary, some B-side works).
Between Actually and Behaviour, the Pet Shop Boys released this album, Introspective, another minor album, with six tracks. However, this time there was new material--remixes of two previously released pieces, and four new works. This was done in an interesting format--each of the tracks on the album were in the form of 'extended dance versions', usually the kind of thing one gets when purchasing the single apart from the album. However, to get the tradition 'album' version of songs such as Domino dancing, Left to my own devices, or It's alright, one had to purchase the singles. This was an interesting marketing ploy, and extended the sales and life of this small album far beyond what it otherwise would have had.
Domino dancing was released first, and a classic Pet Shop Boys sound took over dance floors worldwide, combined with a Latin rhythm which was also in vogue during the fall of 1988. This had also perhaps the last MTV-hit video for the Pet Shop Boys; after this time, the videos released by the Pet Shop Boys no longer fit the game-show-and-rap-video dominated MTV schedule, although their videos continued to be played extensively on Euro-MTV.
Left to my own devices features more of the signature obscure-intellectual lyrics that Neil Tennant has been noted for:
I was faced by a choice at a difficult age,
would I write a book, or should I take to the stage,
but in the back of my head, I heard distant feet
Che Guevara and Debussy to a disco beat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best PSB record 26 Sep 2009
Introspective is the best PSB record by far.
Left to my own devices and Always on my mind are fantastic songs.
I listen to this record day after day and in every audience it is getting better and better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pet Shop Boys, Imperial 23 Feb 2013
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This is basically where I start wondering whether PSBs are from another planet or not. To quote Neil Tennant it seems that, with "Introspective" (released in October 1988), the Boys did find "the essence of pop". Where to start? instead of ten songs of 5 minutes each, "Introspective" is made of 6 extended mixes of songs/singles that had never been on an LP before. "I am not scared" was written for Patsy Kensit and Eigth Wonder in 1987. It was a very good song but here Neil's voice and the PSB's production of the song give it a real sense of danger. "Always on my mind", one of the best covers EVER, with its very sophisticated orchestration and production values, finds in "Introspective" its "ultimate" incarnation and mix: I was gobsmacked. "Left to my own devices" is a luscious Trevor Horn-produced affair, but also a marvelous melody, and the combination of both is a riot.
"It's alright" is a great cover of a Sterling Void song but the version here is not ideal and the Boys would perfect it for the single release in June 1989.
"I want a dog" is an extremely funny track (you always want one in every PSB album). Lastly, "Domino Dancing" is a beautiful dance track with a formidable "latino twist" thanks to producer Lewis Martineé. Overall, an essential LP, a place in time where all the stars are aligned...and the best was yet to come (the next PSB review by this author appears for Liza Minnelli's "Results" album).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still love it
I have been going through my old vinyl records and came across this one. I don't have a "record player" anymore so had to buy it on cd. It didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sholto
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 80's music
The first audio cassette I ever bought with my pocket money finally bought it on CD and its still brilliant!
Published 6 months ago by C J Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ONE TO DATE
I love this 'Pet Shop Boys' album it is my favorite one from them, loving 'Left To My Own Devices' the arrangment on it is just brilliant, I had this on tape back in 1988 when it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by mitchy59
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality not Quantity
At the time Introspective was a difficult album to place. At six tracks, scarcely an album proper it seemed to be easier to slot it into the category of 'Remix' album - something... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Tune
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Arrived as it should have, good packaging and the C.D is just as good as I remembered it to be
Published 12 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I Had this album on tape years ago and i'm really pleased to have it in my music collection again.
Published 13 months ago by Steve Sadler
3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok but NO 'DISCO'!
PSB - Introspective

most of you PSB fans and/or pop fans will be aware of the existence of 'Disco' from the Pet Shop Boys. Read more
Published 15 months ago by KD
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance!!
Introspective was just so Pet Shop Boys. The mixes of Left to my own devices, Domino dancing and Always on my mind/In my house are still my favourate, while It's alright is a cover... Read more
Published 15 months ago by dwa
1.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE & UTTER RUBBISH...
Not quite sure what this album was about.. Only six tracks (hardly an E.P.!) and so can hardly be called an album and terribly repetitive and b-o-o-o-ring over-long tunes... Read more
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