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Bside myself with aural pleasure,
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The Pet Shop Boys have long been known as much for the quality of the B-sides to the singles they release as for the A-sides. The magnificent Alternative paid testament to the fact when it was released in the late 90s, whilst sundry other compilations and remix albums have included great songs that were never on albums or released as singles. This double album certainly keeps up the quality levels, with 38 outstanding tracks, some of which will only be familiar to diehard fans, but many of which will stir memories of the past fifteen years or so of PSB sounds.
Standout tracks for me include the pulsating 'The Truck Driver and His Mate', with all Tennant & Lowe's trademark irony wrapped-up in the lyrics, anthemic 'The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On', and updated version of former Clothes Show theme 'In the Night'. Elton John even appears on a version of the hit single 'In Private', originally written for and performed by the late great Dusty Springfield, whilst 'Blue on Blue' is surely the single that never was, and the brilliant cover of a homage written by 'My Robot Friend and recorded by Robbie Williams on his 'Rudebox' album, 'We're the Pet Shop Boys', provides yet more quality.
A great album, packed to the gills with original electronic pop, and a reminder of why the boys continue to endure, thirty years after that fateful meeting on Kings Road...