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1. The Killers: Read My Mind (PSB Stars Are Blazing mix)
2. David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys: Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Extended mix)
3. Pet Shop Boys: Integral (PSB Perfect Immaculate mix)
4. Yoko Ono: Walking On Thin Ice (PSB Electro mix)
5. Madonna: Sorry (PSB Maxi-mix)
6. Atomizer: Hooked On Radiation (PSB Orange Alert mix)
7. Rammstein: Mein Teil (PSB There Are No Guitars On This mix)
8. Pet Shop Boys: I'm with Stupid (PSB Maxi-mix)
Strangely enough, the Boys had granted us with one "Disco" album per decade: number 1 was released in 1986, 2 in 1994 and 3 in 2003.
Disco 4 was released in 2007 and the idea was brilliant: use remixes designed by the Pet Shop Boys for other artists (6 tracks out of 8) and for themselves.
Looking at the choice of songs in the back cover, one is impressed by the quality and the diversity. The beautiful "reinvention" of David Bowie's "Hallo Spaceboy" is the oldest track here (1996). The rest was released/remixed between 2003 and 2007.
What is really good here is the combination of choices: all these mixes fit very well with each other and, in most cases, are excellent mixes in the first place: "Hallo Spaceboy" and Madonna's "Sorry", which were both considered better than the album version by the songs' respective authors; the PSB's Maxi Mix of "I'm with stupid" and the "Perfect Immaculate" mix of Integral; and the beautiful "stars are blazing" mix of The Killers' "Read my mind".
To be sure, in the Boys's very long career I would have loved if Parlophone could have unearthed other gems such as the Disco mix of Patsy Kensit's "I'm not scared"; or Cicero's "Love is everywhere" or "That loving fveeling"'s extended mixes. Closer to us, Peter Burns' "Jack and Jill party" is a great track.Read more ›
Can't wait for the next studio album, Fundamental was one of there best !!
5 Stars from me.
One really has to question the validity of the Disco series. The Pet Shop Boys produce occasional remix albums of little real purpose except to keep the racks stocked. In the past eighteen months the band have been fiercely prolific - releasing four albums (including this one), two full length DVD's, umpteen singles, remixing almost everyone around, and touring the world without a break. Frankly, they're everywhere - and making Bono look like an underachieveing recluse. At 50-ish singles, and 26 (ish) albums, "Disco 4" is just another Pet Shop Boys album. And that's no bad thing.
Not bad for a duo of fifty something disco Gods. But is "Disco 4" any good? Well, it's by no means a 'proper' record. Think of it as an extended EP of PSB remixes and you'll do nicely. The very concept of an album is elastic in their hands : whereas an album is an artistic statement, "Disco 4" is just a collection of songs. But what a collection. Somehow , despite featuring only two original PSB tracks (and six remixes of other artists,), "Disco 4" comes across as as much a Pet Shop Boys album as anything else they've done - albeit one stuffed with guest vocalists.. In some ways the album is an exercise in showing how little the actual song matters : it's all in the production, and shows that the Pet Shop Boys are the most under-rated production duo in decades.
Featuring guest turns by The Killers, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, the incomparable Rammstein, and um... Madonna, "Disco 4" is proof of the diversity - and homogeneity - of the Boys work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In a departure from the three previous Disco remix albums, Disco 4 largely showcases other peoples' songs as mixed by Pet Shop Boys. Read morePublished on 21 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash
The Pet Shop Boys are amazing. It's a fact. Not only have they mainted their success throughout 20 years but they have continued producing top... Read more
But it works well......the PSB mix of the Killers track kicks off the album handsomely and continues as it means to go on.... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2007 by Daz
I can't believe how well this works and is actually really good. I, like a lot of people were a bit sceptical about another addition to the Disco series but the idea of using... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2007 by R. Thomas
to "wonderland pop pop music":
i can only guess that your review was tongue-in-cheek, because it actually reads like the rantings of an imbecile. Read more
Pet Shop Boys do remixes that are decent, but not fantastic, and which just don't reach the heights of quality that you get from (most of) their original material. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2007 by S Bruce
It's not very often that I would call something the Pet Shop Boys released "perfunctory"; sadly this is one of those rare occasions. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2007 by IWFIcon