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How to make a little go a very long way....
on 15 October 2012
My recommendation is... BUY THE 12" FOR THE SLEEVE
BUY THE 'SIDE BY SIDE' REMIX AS A DOWNLOAD
BUY 'IN HIS IMAGINATION' AS A DOWNLOAD
One stand out song on this collection and that is 'In his imagination'(with beautiful backing vocals by Berlin-based Canadian artist and singer-songwriter Joel Gibb), as for the rest, two OK tracks (the bizarre 'Hell' both lyrically and subject matter, and 'Baby 2003 Demo' not much to write about this... nice tune with little content) the remixes are truly AWFUL! (especially the PSB lauded Dusty Kid 'Lost her love' remix... 8 minutes 30 seconds into it before you get anything remotely resembling a 'tune' and The Andrew Dawson remixes are DULLBORING (adding some BBC Sound Effects does not a remix make!) ...they don't bear any further listening although spread over 2 formats.
The self remixed 'Side by Side' mix is great but to collect all the different tracks the PSB's have released you would have to buy SEVEN formats (1 x 12" (Worth buying for the artwork alone (a beautiful black & white portrait of Neil with a polaroid style inner sleeve) . 1 x 7"(Again, beautiful artwork and inner sleeve on very heavy vinyl, both vinyl releases as far as ARTWORK quality are superior and on a par with 1980/90's PSB releases). 2 x CD Single (miserly cheap card sleeved cd singles). 3 x Digital Download EP's) and that would set you back a staggering £25.00+ (plus postage if you buy from the official site).
Whether through pure GREED on behalf of the boys themselves / record company, or alternatively and more likely a desperate attempt to force this release into the charts through multi formatting. Either way it's a disgrace, the ONLY people who buy PSB songs these days are the hardcore fans who will buy everything, but some of us are not 'grateful you have given' us this and want something DECENT in return for our 'small fee', You might have 'lowe expectations' Chris but the fans do not! Another chart flop!
***** UPDATE 'Leaving' has entered the Official BBC UK Top 100 chart at Number 44! ***** (21/09/12).
I read that the PSB's approved of the recent trend where songs chart over a long period of time, and build up a following, it will be interesting to see how long 'Leaving' lasts in the BBC Chart.
***** FURTHER UPDATE 'Leaving' has LEFT the Official BBC UK TOP 100 Chart after one week at No. 44 ***** (28/10/12).
To get all the PHYSICAL content you need to buy the 12" the 7" and two CD's costing £19 minimum without postage.
To get the 'Leaving again' download with it's exclusive tracks is a further £1.99. The Digital download 'Leaving Remixed' contains the Pet Shop Boys 'Believe in PSB remix' which in NOT on the CD version, so that's a further £1.99. Cost to DIEHARD fans... £23.00 plus postage. That someone (Record company / Management / PSB's ?) should deliberately plan to rip off fans (ie putting the 'Believe in PSB' remix on the 'Leaving Remixed' download but not on the CD of the same name), and other such manoeuvres and therefore make it impossible to collect these tracks without spending a large amount of money, is truly shameful!
All of these tracks could have been released over two CD's, with two download packages containing the same material, therefore giving fans a choice of whether to buy physical or download.
To charge £4.00 for each CD's single (plus postage on the official site... or buy with the 12" as a bundle and save a POUND!) WITHOUT all the tracks, and to release 2 digital EP's and then an EXTRA Download EP (Leaving Again) is beyond a joke.
No no-one is forcing me to buy anything, but nearly £25.00 for 3 new tracks (one of which is a Demo) plus 8 versions (including the already released album version of 'Leaving' spread over THREE FORMATS) and the Demo of 'Leaving' (again spread over THREE formats), plus the PSB 'Freedom' mix, PSB 'Side by Side' mix (over just two formats this time) & Dusty Kid mix (again released over 3 formats) which are basically DUB versions) all released over 7 different formats is BAD value. I doubt anyone would listen to ANY of the remixes except the 'Side by Side' mix more than once or twice.
I understand artists can release below par 'product' but to spread it over so MANY formats each with a morsel (something exclusive a FAN would want), is hitting a bit below the belt, Fans should be rewarded not EXPLOITED. By buying these multi-formats it's the fans who will rocket this up the mid-week charts (like previous releases) and the general music public realisation that they too are being ripped off, and that at the end of the day that most of the songs aren't very good that will see it PLUMMET right back out the charts at the end of this week or next!
The majority of diehard fans WILL want all formats so my statement is not preposterous, the fact that their releases enter the chart then fall sharply the next week illustrates that as a fact! If they were winning new fans of a song that song would stay in the charts longer. Fans have a right to have an opinion, some say that 'all the content is very good' but I wouldn't rubbish their view with statements like 'I don't care what you consider 'decent''? or calling me an imbecile.
Why are PSB fans SO aggressive?
Music rating - 3 Stars for the music minus 1 star for the formatting minus 1 star for the bullying fans :)