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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2011
The Pet Shop Boys' Discography is now a little dated as its 1991 publication has been succeeded by other more up-to-date compilations with hits up to a few years ago. However, this compilation never fails to put one in a good mood as it's joyous amalgamation of songs such as West End Girls, Always On My Mind and perhaps one of the greatest pop songs of all time, Being Boring, still dazzles and delights despite years of constant play. The compilation serves as a great entrance into the voluminous back-catalogue of the iconoclastic band that is the Pet Shop Boys. In conclusion, this Discography edition may be outdated by almost two decades, but it's selection of great pop music is no more redundant in contrast to its original year of release. Five stars from me!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2001
'Discography' merely scratches the surface of the genius of PSB, but gives ample evidence into why PSB are rightly regarded as one of the best British groups of the last twenty years. Every song is a pop classic from the debut 'West End Girls', the Christmas No. 1 'Always On My Mind' to the Latin influenced 'Domino Dancing'. The strength of PSB are not only the storming electronic music but the thoughtful lyrics ('Being Boring' and 'So Hard') - something usually absent from dance music. A stunning collection of 6 years work and every song reaching the UK Top Twenty (four No. 1's as well!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2012
As I only have one Pet Shop boys single - It's a Sin (on vinyl) Buying their music on CD has been a long time coming, but this is excellent and have played it constantly since buying. Having seen the boys support TAKE THAT at Wembley in 2011 it bought the atmosphere all back to me. Pet shop boys songs thundering across Wembley Stadium was a truly moving experience, and 50,000 people singing along was magnificent. Only gripe about this collection is GO WEST is missing, but appears on other collections with a lot of the same songs on this album. Kerry Foster
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2010
I will not write an elaborate essay on PSB music. don't worry. It's just one of the groups I grew up with as a teenager and simply like it. It's a very decent CD with all the mainstream tunes, one of the few compilations I can actually listen without fast forwarding/skipping the tunes like I often do with my other favourite artists' compilations from the 80's/90's.
Interesting inlay with a short story for each song, a must if you have always liked the group but never fancied buying and going through any of their original albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 1999
This is definitely an outstanding collection of an outstanding band's best works. If you like the Pet Shop Boys' sound, you have to own this compact disc. "West End Girls" is nothing short of brilliant. The synthesised sounds are totally engrossing and you can't help but get wrapped up in the words. This is true of almost all of the songs on the album, with only one falling short of the high standard - "DJ Culture". Other than that, there really isn't anything wrong with this collection. Excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
It was hardly much of a surprise re the considerable input Neil Tennant had with the Noel Coward tribute Twentieth Century Blues as vocally he was sometimes compared to Coward's laidback voice.On this album the Pet Shop Boys cover the song Sail Away.
Thus the duo were like an 80s equivalent of Noel Coward who often added social comment to his songs.
In the 80s came a whole raft of synth/vocal duos-the Communards,Erasure,Soft Cell,Bros and the biggest of all the Pet Shop Boys
Here are 18 reasons why
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2005
A nostalgic listen to 'Actually' from 1987 (one of the first cassette tapes I ever owned), led me to purchase 'Discography', the shorter 'best of' of the Pet Shop Boys, and more importantly, the one without 'Go West'.
Most of the material here is from the 80's, which is great, that's when, in my opinion, the Pet Shop Boys really shone. They are one of the few bands with a distinct 80's sound that manage to send me straight back to my childhood, and feel happy and nostalgic about it without thinking what a dreadful synthesizer sound.
The biggest surprise here for me is 'It's A Sin', which as a child just sounded catchy, but now paying attention to the lyrics, really moves me. I can't help but wonder how come it doesn't have a huge gay status ­- being such a heart felt, honest, and powerful gay person's account of guilty feelings in the face of society's expectations, that also rides on a classic over the top Euro Dance riff -­ can you really ask for more for the ultimate gay anthem? Well, maybe I'm just wrong, and maybe it's the Pet Shop Boys fault for being too self-conscious.
It doesn't matter though, in many ways that's exactly why The Pet Shop Boys are responsible for some of the best 80's hits, and probably some of the best lyrics in dance music.
The ideal collection for someone who isn't a big PSB fan but wants one album with all their biggest hits (not including 'Go West').
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2014
As someone who grew up with the Pet Shop Boys' music but long ago lost the cassettes (boxed up somewhere in mother's house), it has been great to come across this disc (and at an absolutely brilliant price, too!), that has all the hits I have missed having all these recent years.
The only song that might be missing in there is Go West, but, even so, five stars well deserved!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2006
In 1984, a new group burst on the scene with a new sound in pop/dance music - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, The Pet Shop Boys! Bringing out such tunes as West End Girls, It's A Sin and Jealousy, they were a hit. Now, they might be off of the Top 40 charts, but they are still around.

However, if you remember their glory days, and want to recapture that great Pet Shop Boys Sound, then this is the album to get. It has 18 of the groups greatest hits, including my personal favorites, It's A Sin, Rent, Always On My Mind and Jealousy. I love this CD, and am very glad that I was given it as a gift. This is a great CD that I highly recommend to all fans of good pop/club music!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a very strong collection as it has all four UK number one hits and some of the bigger hits in the Pet Shop Boys catalogue. HOWEVER it is a little know fact that Pet Shop Boys actually had more hits in the 90's than the 80's and this collection only has 18 singles. PopArt is a much more complete compilation of their hits with 35 top 20 singles, including all 4 UK number ones. Its over 2 discs and is almost the same price (in fact as I edit this Discography is more expensive than Popart, which has double the number of tracks). So in my view it makes more sense to get more tracks for almost the same price, its just better value. Please note that the last five hit singles are not on either collection.
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