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Yes, etc [Limited Edition]

Pet Shop Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B001RTYKSQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love etc.
2. All over the world
3. Beautiful people
4. Did you see me coming?
5. Vulnerable
6. More than a dream
7. Building a wall
8. King of Rome
9. Pandemonium
10. The way it used to be
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. This used to be the future
2. More than a dream (Magical dub)
3. Pandemonium (The stars and the sun dub)
4. The way it used to be (Left of love dub)
5. All over the world (This is a dub)
6. Vulnerable (Public eye dub)
7. Love etc. (Beautiful dub)

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It’s testament to the evergreen appeal of the Pet Shop Boys that they can enlist all manner of skilful and popular collaborators and come out sounding more like the Pet Shop Boys than ever. Yes the duo’s tenth album, finds them working with Xenomania, the production team behind Girls Aloud, with former Smith Johnny Marr guesting on guitar and Owen Pallett, string arranger behind the Last Shadow Puppets, providing orchestral flourishes. The result, though, might be the duo’s best record since 1999’s Nightlife, and perhaps longer still. There’s an epic opening salvo in the shape of "Love, etc", a sardonic skewering of the rich and famous, and the Tchaikovsky-sampling "All Over the World"--a tender eulogy to the love song born up on magnificent orchestral synthesisers. Pet Shop Boys still excel at mixing intelligence and wit: "Building A Wall" is a deft mix of politics and play, Tennant announcing "There’s nowhere to defect to anymore!" But the record’s most ambitious moment comes with the closing track, "Legacy". Heavy on the ennui and and genuinely affecting, it’s about a politician--Tony Blair?--relinquishing power and returning to normal life: "Public opinion may not be on your side/There re those who think they’ve been taken for a ride/You’ll get over it". --Louis Pattison

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PET SHOP BOYS Yes (2009 UK Spectial Edition double CD. Comprising the 11-track CD album including the Love etc and features a guest appearance from Johnny Marr plus the Bonus 7-track etc CD containing the a Tennant / Lowe song entitled This Used To Be The Future with vocals by Neil Chris and guest vocalist Philip Oakey [The Human League] and 6 instrumental dub mixes by Xenomania & Pet ShopBoys of tracks from Yes. Stickered fold-out card sleeve complete with 8-page picture booklet)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop. 5 April 2009
By MAX25
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Some reviews have suggested that while this is indeed PSB back on form, musically Yes doesn't break new ground. I disagree. After 10 studio albums and much more besides, there is an awesome back catalogue of material with which to compare these 11 new tracks, and some here are truly unlike anything we've heard before - which could only be described as innovation.

The Xenomania influence in Love etc, More than a Dream and The Way it Used to Be has resulted in lush new soundscapes, song structures and sentiments that you would just not hear from a purely Tennant/Lowe written/produced track - indisputably new musical territory that's a joy to get your head around.

Xenomania songwriting influence aside, take the epic All Over the World - yes, while they've mined chord changes from the classics before (Red Letter Day, Delusions of Grandeur), and sampled them too (I'm not Scared) - this still sounds completely fresh. Or Legacy, which musically suggests a Battleship Potemkin influence - again, not something we've heard on a studio album until now.

And for the rest - they've taken the essence of previous albums and distilled them here in irresistible shiny pop perfection - King of Rome (the wistful elegance of Behaviour), Did you see me coming and Pandemonium (the upbeat love-fest of Very), Beautiful People (the guitar influence of Release), Building a Wall (Fundamental's political agenda) and Vulnerable (Nightlife's brooding reflection).

What you get from Yes is the best of the Pet Shop Boys - everything that's good about their last 25 years of music, and something subtly new that you probably wouldn't have expected 25 years on. It's classic, it's innovative, it's perfect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited edition disc 2 5 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
As a life long PSB fan I can compare this with all their others and confirm this is up there with the best. A couple of immediately catchy tunes namely Love Etc and All over the World which is always good but the rest of the album is full of quality pop 'growers'. That gives it logevity. The main reason for writing this review is to confirm that the additional disc of dub remixes dare i say it is better than the originals on almost every count. As you would expect with dub mixes they are more minimal but never straying too far from the original. Superbly classy and slightly more of a late night feel to them (with the occasional stomper). 'This used to be the future' and 'Pandemonium' being two of the best.'More than a dream' however is outstanding and has to be one of the best ever remixes they have ever done (well done to the guys who mixed it) a real spine tingling feel good song. Absolutely fantatstic. These boys have not only stood the test of time they have matured with it. Like Dub? Like PSB's? Buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any good? Affirmative. 31 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Well I have to say I stand firmly in the positive camp on this one. Like the majority of reviewers here I am a Pet Head of long standing and therefore will buy anything they release automatically. As a British institution the lads are now free to record what they want how they want, without worrying about having to develop or be radical. Ultimately, that sums this album up beautifully; the balance of tracks lies in favour of Hi Energy pop nuggets, as opposed to Fundamental's mellower feel. This is no bad thing as that is what Neil and Chris do best; I enjoyed this album more than any since 'Behaviour'; whilst it is lyrically weaker than either 'Nightlife' or 'Fundamental' it is more fun and less spiky than either of those two. Wisely opening the album with the bouncy and energetic Love Etc. they keep up the tempo with the sweeping Beautiful People - reminiscent of Divine Comedy I thought - then the barnstorming 'Did You See me Coming' and the sublime pop of 'Vulnerable' which had the feel of early 90s effort 'Behaviour' to it. 'More than a Dream' is a perfectly pleasant 'PSB by numbers' effort whilst Neil deadpans comparisons between Jesus and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on 'Building a Wall'. 'Pandemonium' is as near to the previous album's material as this CD gets and 'King of Rome' is a lilting synth-driven track that also reminded me of 'Behaviour'.
The second disc in this Limited Edition set contains energetic dub mixes of several tracks from the album, plus a new collaboration with Human League's Phil Oakey, that whilst fairly ordinary in itself is dead exciting for those of us who watched PSB steal the League's crown in the mid 1980s as kings of electronic pop.
Basically the band have delivered a solid if unspectacular package that will please faithful fans; job done.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finest moment since "Very" 23 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
While "Fundamental" from 2006 saw Neil and Chris back to their best it also suffered from the mature production of Trevor Horn who made the Boys sound their age. "Yes" is the complete opposite of this, it has a youthful exuberance that makes most bands under 30 sound out of touch. 2009 is the year of electro-pop and rather than relinquish their position as electro pioneers, Pet Shop Boys seem ready to lead the charge.

"Yes" contains consistent, euphoric, daring, poptastic songs that highlight just why the duo are so special. "King of Rome", "Legacy" and "Vulnerable" could be lifted from 1990 masterpiece "Behaviour" while "Did you see me Coming", "All over the World" and "Pandemonium" are pop gems that could have been recorded during the "Very" era. "Building a Wall" sees the return of Lowe behind the microphone and the playful vocal interchange with Tennant could be the most synthpop moment on the album. "The Way it used to Be" is another highlight, Tennant wistfully singing of the sorrows of lost love over an icy euro-pop backdrop.

The glossy production of Xenomania does go a step too far on a couple of occasions; "More than a Dream" is lyrically more Girls Aloud than PSB while "Beautiful People" with its shimmering '60s orchestration is too retro and sounds a bit like Duffy. The fact that these are the low points of the album highlights just how good "Yes" is as they are more than adequate. Neil and Chris haven't sounded this buoyant in quite a while and this album serves as a perfect example that there is no finer music than pop done properly.

"Etc" the bonus disc on this edition sees PSB reinterpret the songs in a more stripped down minimal electro style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the hype
I hunted down the 2 disc version as I wasn't sure about the very smooth, poppy, production on the vocal album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance Bliss
Fantastic. Always thought the Pet Shop Boys turned out a well-crafted tune, but put them together with a dance mix and OMG. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by K. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars YES, IT'S AN EXCELLENT ALBUM...
Brilliant album, PSB in their best moment for many years.
This album, from the beginning to the end it's an unforgetable experience. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by Jo„o Coelho
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but mastered improperly during first pressing.
I am a big fan of the Boys. It is with sadness that I rate it three stars. Not because of the orchestration or the lyrics, for they are wonderfully done. Read more
Published on 1 July 2009 by Audiophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited etc.
I have already written a nice 5 star review about the "white album", so it's time to write a short review about the bonus cd on the "black album". Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by Zazou
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this edition, not the normal one!
Someone else wrote: 'The only dissapointment was that I bought the Limited Edition CD instead of the normal release. Read more
Published on 24 May 2009 by Alan Smithee
4.0 out of 5 stars PSB Yes
Another great album from the Petties. I cannot understand why they put the Phil Oakey track - This Used To Be The Future - on the second disc as it is outstanding. Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by Mr. K. J. Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault it...
I had heard 'Love etc' on the Graham Norton Show and wanted to heard more of the songs on the CD. I liked them, so I bought it. Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by Blue Dragon
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Limited Edition CD
I love this album, better than their last album.

The only dissapointment was that I bought the Limited Edition CD instead of the normal release. Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by M. DIAS
4.0 out of 5 stars A proper return to form
Every since 1993's Very, critics have always been looking for, or touting, a "return to form" for Pet Shop Boys. Read more
Published on 2 May 2009 by IWFIcon
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