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on 7 February 2012
A second collection of 'extras' from the Pets and there are some real gems. Not quite up to the standard of Alternative, but nonetheless an excellent collection of songs that many other groups would kill for.
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on 24 February 2012
The Magic Shoemaker (Live Recording)The guitar riffs on "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today" were written by Dave Lambert, the lead guitarist (and a vocalist and songwriter) with Strawbs, who are still touring the UK, Europe, Canada, US these days as both an electric band and as Acoustic Strawbs.

Dave had a band called Fire before joining Strawbs in the early 1970s and Fire released a classic single called "Father's Name is Dad", which is where the riffs come from. (A copy of the original single sold for £515 on eBay last week incidentally!) Dave Lambert was properly credited on The Pet Shop Boys' release, to his delight.

Anyone who wants to hear the original song with the riffs might be interested to know that the original members of Fire reformed to play in 2007 and released a live album called "The Magic Shoemaker Live" which has a terrific live version of "Father's Name is Dad" on it (available here on Amazon). [...]/davelambert07 [...] and comprehensive details of Dave's shows with Strawbs plus more information is at [...] - also a nice Youtube clip of the song being played live in 2007 is at this link:
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on 21 March 2015
Perfect!!!!!
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on 16 July 2014
Good album
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on 1 May 2015
Great cd
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on 6 June 2012
Both Cds are an expectacular review of the best years of the pet shop boys. if you are a fanatic, you will recognize the scence of every album (Very, Behaviour) in this B sides songs.
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on 12 May 2015
great
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on 11 February 2012
Finally some Pet Shop Boys album where's NO West End Girls. I would argue about tracklisting on this album. Instead of Discoteca (New Version, In The Night 1995 and No Time For Tears (7 - Inch Mix) I would prefer 'Sail away' and 'Together' B-Sides but knowing showbusiness there's no chance for such luxury.
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on 2 May 2013
I must say that I have experienced better songs from The Pet shop boys -and B-sides as well as this album. But it's not bad at all!!! It's just that I am a fan and maybe a bit spoiled for that matter...
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on 9 February 2012
Like their previous b-side collection this is amazing value for money boasting 38 tracks. Demonstrating once again how prolific Neil and Chris are.

The album rewards multiple listens as there is so much to take in. The tracks range from unashamed dance tracks to slow and mid paced songs. Each play-through throws up another gem. Even if you discard your 18 least favourite tracks you're left with a superb 20 track album.

This album doesn't match the brilliance of the 'Alternative' collection for me but there's no shame in that.
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