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The most incredible thing

14 Mar 2011 | Format: MP3

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30
1
1:47
30
2
7:10
30
3
3:55
30
4
2:09
30
5
5:30
30
6
3:41
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7
6:46
30
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2:52
30
9
5:47
30
10
4:00
30
11
6:24
30
12
6:29
30
13
2:15
30
14
4:10
Disc 2
30
1
5:18
30
2
1:48
30
3
2:45
30
4
2:16
30
5
2:59
30
6
2:00
30
7
3:22


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Mar 2011
  • Release Date: 9 Mar 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2011 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) 2011 Parlophone Recor
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  • Total Length: 1:23:23
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  • ASIN: B004PEJM6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,560 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 17 Mar 2011
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Never knowingly understated, The Pet Shop Boys have added to their broad resume with this score to a ballet based on a Hans Christian Andersen story. Truly epic, this double album deftly interweaves their trademark Electro-Pop with orchestral music, creating a vast soundscape that it is still instantly recognisable as the work of Tennant and Lowe; despite Neil's vocals only making fleeting appearances. More stylistically diverse than their previous score Battleship Potemkin, this is a joy to listen to, and once again demonstrates the Boys' flexibility, flair and musical acumen.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mme DLR on 28 Mar 2011
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I used to like the Pet Shop Boys in the 80s but after that they sort of went off my radar. In fact it wasn't till they won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits a couple of years back that I realised they were still around. Anyway, at the weekend a friend dragged me to see this at Sadler's Wells. I didn't quite know what to expect but - dare I say it - it was the most incredible thing!

The music is an amazing mix of orchestral with thumping basses and the type of synthesiser wizardry I always associate with PSB. There are no vocals as such (apart from a few lines of a song in Act 1) and some of the sounds are pretty intense. In places it's very lush and 'Sleeping Beauty' like, in others hard percussion moving into atonality.

Of course I have the advantage of having actually seen it on stage. Quite how it plays without doing so I'm not sure. Act 2 in particular was very dependent on the visuals and listening to the CD in the car earlier with nothing but the music it was a bit difficult (which is why I'm giving it 4 stars not 5). But I'm just quibbling. This is wonderful stuff and I'm so glad I've come across this; might have to look at their back catalogue. Bravo!

PS - in my programme it said that the ballet will be touring across the UK this year. If you get a chance I'd really recommend you see it...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Guy A Johnson on 26 Mar 2011
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This is a superb composition. It does sound like a ballet score - despite the synths, disco and pop bits - but unlike any ballet score you'd imagine. There's a real sense of musical juxtaposition about the piece. It works as a PSB album too - you could imagine Neil singing along. Don't quite get the 1 star reviews here - if you like their other stuff, there's nothing not to enjoy here. A real musical exploration that shows they really know their stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on 5 July 2011
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Never been a great PSB fan and have bever been that impressed by what I've heard on their CD's. However, that's purely a matter of personal taste. This BBC4 showing was terrific and certainly brightened up yet another dull Saturday night's viewing on the box (with the exception of Wallander of course!). This has simply got to be transferred to DVD. Please don't tell me it will go the way of so many other superb televised recordings and never see the light of day. It may not be a masterpiece, but I could watch it again and again. I don't give a stuff about it not being the best ballet or the best adaptation in terms of music etc. It was simply good to watch and good to listen to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ove Noerhave on 10 Jun 2011
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Yeah, right, so these guys from Pet Shop Boys have promised a friend to write and perform just one theme for a ballet at a friend's theatre -- and what have they come up with?
About 90 minutes of great music, a little ballet, a little classic, a little techno, a little pop, and just when you think you are able to "look throgh" what is going is, the whole thing changes.
Actually, "The Most Incredible Thing" is quite a ball of change, a musical metamorphosis.
Stay tuned, go all the way -- and remember to TURN UP THE VOLUME.
You will be rewarded with a hugh amount of great, great tunes.
Still not convinced?
Well, go ahead and listen to the second theme, "The Grind", that sort of condenses what it is all about.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 31 Mar 2011
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I was lucky enough to see this at Sadlers Wells a few weeks back: an entertaining multi-media evening all round, heavy on the visual identity (as one might expect from PSBs) but a bit lacking in dance I thought at times for something that purports to be a 3 act narrative ballet in the classical mould (Neil said they wanted to do a "Tschaikovsky" ballet). A taped electronic score accompanied by a live orchestra underpins a Hans Christian Anderson short tale of a king who sets a competition to find the man who can create the most incredible thing. The prize - his daughter's hand in marriage and half his kingdom. The winner invents a fabulous clock that portrays the four seasons, the five senses, the seven deadly sins etc at the appropriate hours, only to see it destroyed ultimately by his rival for the princess' hand. Woe for the inventor, but in an allegory of how it is impossible to destroy an artistic idea, the creations of his clock return to life, punish the bad guy, and he is able to marry his princess after all.

My initial thoughts on the music were good, though too often the rhythms were over-strident (bog-standard PSB b-side disco), and apart from two or three particular themes, it is rather lacking in strong tunes. This was surprising, as one PSB strength has always been how well their songs can be orchestrated. So reviewing this as a piece of music, it must be said that great parts of it will be bound to perplex those who haven't seen the visuals (particularly Act 2 where the clock comes to life and displays the 12 hours), and bits sound merely like standard PSB disco-filler or random orchestral film music. There is no building on a great theme or developing it as there is in many of the great clasical ballets.
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