...this 'catalogue' is simply a majestic slice of publishing.
It spans the entire career of the Pet Shop Boys up until the end of 2005.
Whether you have just discovered the music of PSB, or are an old fan like me, who owns most of their late 80s/early 90s output (though none of their recent material I have to say) this book is quite simply breathtaking.
Titled Pet Shop Boys Catalogue... it is exactly that.
From it's shiny silver outer cover (artwork from 'Suburbia' in case you wondered) this book is the definitive word on the career of PSB. Browsing through this book spanning 20 Years, I was bombarded with visuals, including all the record and CD sleeve artwork, videos, concerts and more besides. There are almost 2000 images contained inside this book (the majority in colour) making this a pure gem and a must-own item for anyone who enjoys (or used to enjoy) the music of PSB.
Laid out in a simplistic un-cluttered manner (much like their actual album covers), there are notes detailing each and every single/album/video release, going into depth regarding the artwork and the music itself. There are biographies and interviews, but more than anything else, this is all about the 'imagery' of PSB releases.
I dug out my old vinyl and CD singles (none of which had seen the light of day in well over a decade), reading about each release whilst listening to the music itself and a few hours later noticed that it had gone 1:00am (on a week night), I was so engrossed by this book.
If you own the Limited-edition triple-disc 'Introspective' LP, then you simply must own this book, as only a fan back-in-the-day would have purchased the 'Introspective' limited-edition... and if you were a fan back then, then you will appreciate the splendour of this book now.
I must also agree with one of the other reviewers who said more bands should have a book like this published, covering the releases throughout their careers.