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PET SHOP BOYS Party (2009 Brazilian exclusive 16-track CD album released to coincide with the Brazilian leg of their 2009 Pandemonium tour includes the classics West End Girls Its A Sin and Minimal housed in the original sealed jewel case with picture sleeve inlay)
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The complete tracklisting is:
1.West End Girls (10" Mix)
2.Love Comes Quickly
3.Paninaro (7" Mix)
4.It's a Sin (Disco Mix)
5.What Have I Done to Deserve This?
6.Always on My Mind (Extended Dance Version)
8.It's Alright (7" Version)
11.Before (Single Edit)
12.New York City Boy
13.Home and Dry (Radio Edit)
14.Minimal (Radio Edit)
16.King of Rome
Upon listening the disappointment ramps up when you realise that someone screwed up and the 10inch mix of West End Girls is missing and replaced with the standard 7inch mix which I reckon just about everyone must have a copy of by now. This is a shame as the 10inch mix is awesome.
Then just when you thought you got over that, you find that the 7" mix of Paninaro is not the original version but in fact the remixed Paninaro '95. Not that I am complaining - I love both versions and this one is welcomed here rather than the somewhat hackneyed 80's version.
The next surprise comes when Go West starts. This isn't the version I heard on the radio, so how is it the 7" mix? It is in fact a previously unreleased 7" mix, a longer version of which was released, but this mix never saw the light of day! Hurray! A screw up it may be, but a mighty good one - this CD finally has an unreleased track on it which makes the whole package well worth the asking price for any collector!
The PSB's acknowleged the mistakes (made by EMI who seem to have a knack for screwing up PSB releases) but despite my initial disappointment, it actually did become worthwhile to buy!
Plus you can't fault the packaging, and Mark Farrow's inspired artwork!
It pretends to be a "Greatest Hits" in one CD only which is going to trigger a lot of criticism as 28 years of uninterrupted career in one CD implies sacrificing a lot of said career.
Moreover, this product is not exactly original. Its "base" (eight tracks) were aready available in the "Mail on Sunday" CD "Pet Shop Boys - 25 years of hits" given away with that newspaper some days before the publication of "Yes".
This base has been boosted with "Love etc", "Domino Dancing", "It's alright", "Love comes quickly", the extended dance version of "Always on my mind", and "Minimal". The three rejected track from the Daily Mail CD were "Jealousy" - probably a bit too "ballady" for the "Party" theme of the Brazilian CD, "Flamboyant" and "Did you see me coming?".
So as one can imagine, the tracks on this CD have been heard countless times before but it serves as a reminder as to how great PSB music is, particularly in its less well-known remix incarnation ("West End Girls", "Always on my mind", "It's a sin" for example). In this respect, this combination between remixes and 7" versions is original and can't be found anywhere else.
What still strikes me (and slightly annoys me) is that half of this collection is dedicated to the eighties - and it would have ben good to have a better representtion of the Boys' career after that - "Se a vida e", "Miracles", "Yesterday when I was mad" would have all fitted the party mood, not to mention the recent "Did you see me coming?" - inexplicably replaced by the exhausted "King of Rome", also from "Yes".
But hey...as it stands, this is a very fun CD to listen to, but was it at all a necessary release?
Absolutely not...even considering its limited distribution scope.
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01) West End Girls (Seven Inch Mix)
02) Love Come Quickly
03) Paninaro 95 (Seven Inch Mix)
04) It's a Sin (Disco Mix)
05) What Have I Don to Deserve This?
06) Always on My Mind (Extended Dance Version)
07) Domino Dancing
08) It's Alright (Seven Inch Version)
09) Being Boring
10) Go West
11) Before (Single Edit)
12) New York City Boy
13) Home and Dry (Radio Edit)
14) Minimal (Radio Edit)
15) Love Etc.
16) King of Rome
A few times during their career, the PSB have released limited edition greatest hits samplers for different regions. The most recent example is "Party," which was released only in Brazil in anticipation of the boy's 2009 concert tour. The CD includes many of their biggest global hits ("West End Girls," "It's a Sin," "Always on My Mind") as well as some songs picked specifically for the Brazilian market. PSB music is often used in Brazilian telenovas, including "Being Boring," "Domino Dancing," "West End Girls" and "King of Rome."
So how does "Party" rate as a greatest hits collection? Not very well, overall, I'd assert. Yes, some of their mega-hits are here, but many fan favorites are missing, especially "Left to My Own Devices," "Can You Forgive Her?," and "So Hard." The balance also is not very good, with over half of the songs taken from the 1980s. True, that era is when PSB had their greatest global success but they have continued to pump out high quality hits continuously. Furthermore, most of the songs are available elsewhere, except perhaps "Go West" (which is included here in the 7-inch mix version), making the compilation significantly less attractive for completists. I do, on the other hand, applaud the inclusion the vastly under-rated "Home and Dry" (the lyrics always get to me!) and the best song off their latest CD, "King of Rome."
Last year (2009) was a busy one for PSB releases, with the 2-CD "Yes Etc." dropping in March followed by four singles (the 2-CD set for "Love Etc." and "Did You See Me Coming?," and 1-CD sets for "Beautiful People" and "Christmas") and this compilation. I've purchased 9 PSB CDs this year, which represents a tidy sum given that several were imports. Thus, I almost skipped buying "Party" - I was simply on PSB overload. However, I relented and am more or less glad I did, despite the hefty price tag. Clearly, this package is not for the casual PSB fan, who would be better advised to purchase "Discography" if in the market for a 1-CD PSB compilation. However, for completists, this CD will probably represent an interesting addition to their collection. I'm not sure how often I'll listen to this CD in the future, but it's a nice spin for now.
The songs are five star, but there isn't really anything here to entice the long term fan unless you are a complete diehard.
What you do get here is a good collection of a lot of their greatest hits.
The one anomaly, single wise, is King Of Rome, which was apparently played on a Brazilian TV show or something. Production wise, it would have been nice to get an exclusive alternate or "single mix", perhaps replacing those "toy" sounding drums in the background.
When this collection was initially released in 2009 there were some errors to the track listing, where West End Girls was not the 10" mix but the 7"mix, Paninaro 7" mix (1986) was Paninaro '95 and Go West was the unreleased 1992 Single Version.
However, at this time, having purchased this disc new in 2013 I can say with assurance the errors have been corrected and the 1992 mix of Go West is no longer on this collection, it is the standard version released in 1993, the WEG 10" mix is now present as well as the 1986 7" mix of Paninaro.
So a bit confusing, collectors get something rare no matter what copy they get, if nothing less, a good collection of songs.
Technical info for collectors:
CD matrix for the new corrected copy: 85842M3100327AVC26 143765/1580-2
from what I have researched the copy with the erred track listing is: 83372M3091016ALC13 143765/1580-2
Now, I would've given this 5-stars based solely on the music. However, I could only give it four based on the maddeningly and frustrating lack of a coherent, ACCURATE tracklisting. I know this is not the PSB fault personally, but still. Not only is the cd itself mislabeled, but their are at least a couple tracklistings posted on their website, both wrong! One is "more correct" than the other, but still not 100% accurate. For instance, before I even listened to the cd, I could tell "Go West" was an alternate version as it clocked in at a mere 4:18. However, the album version is 5:00 long. I believe it is the "elusive" 7" mix, but at this point who knows. Anybody's guess really. If someone anywhere in the world has the actual tracklisting, or if you happen to be the VERY person responsible for compiling this album, could you PLEASE post it on here?
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