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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002U9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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EMI 746271 2 CDP; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;

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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 28 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first, and considered by many fans and non-fans, to be the quint-essential Pet Shop Boys album. Anyone familiar with the popular music of the 1980s will know the dominant track on the CD, West End Girls. Still considered their greatest hit, the Pet Shop Boys capitalised on the synthesizer and sample-heavy sound conjured up for this song by producing a slick London-based video that catapulted the PSB into the limelight around the world for the next several years.
The music of the Pet Shop Boys defies easy explanation. The lyrics are witty and urbane, very much a product of the disco and consumer-big-money culture of the 1980s. Songs like Opportunities/Let's Make Lots of Money became a sort of capitalist anthem, spawning two different video versions and countless remixes for the disco environments.
Taking a cue from the popular television of the time, the song Suburbia has a piano overlay that sounds similar to the then massively-popular Eastenders, and the lyrics recount a East End-esque storyline which sparks familiarity with those immersed in the pop culture.
The song Love Comes Quickly highlights both synthesizer effects and masking as well as simple and elegant poetic lyric. No base or screaming lines in this disco, no banal or forced words simply to serve as fronting for a drum-machine-produced rhythm, this song perhaps shows the Pet Shop Boys at their early height in development of words to music (that was finally fully developed in the album Behaviour).
Two other songs of note on this introductory album include the first track, Two Divided By Zero, which has a simple introduction and simplistic development that ends up gradually increasing in sound complexity while the sense of 'what does this song mean?
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This is the Debut album of PSBs but the two artists were by no means debutantes when they recorded it. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe started making music together in 1981 and were "educated" in the tricks of the trade by legendary producer Bobby Orlando in New York City in 1984. After having released their first version of "West End Girls", the band broke up with Bobby O, Neil went on to take singing lessons to give his voice (and his remarkable, very original tone) new depth and the "reborn" band released a new version of "West End Girls" in October 1985, their single "Love comes quickly" in February 1986, both being included in this Debut LP, "Please" (released in March 1986).
Because the two artists were not really beginners (having done the job for almost five years by then), the album sounds amazingly mature and well thought-of. Out of the 10 songs there, one can be critical of one, maybe two tracks but that's about it. The rest is simply exceptional. What makes PSB very special is first, an amazing sense of melody (move on Schubert, Mozart and The Beatles) making the tunes memorable and eternal ("Opportunities", "Later Tonight", "Love comes quickly" and "West End Girls" of course), great arrangements and the overall polish of the production (and here it is clear that the band had not the resource nor the money to be as sophisticated as they would later be). The contagious dance rhythm in "Two divided by zero", "Suburbia" and "Why don't we live together" is also great and one will listen with interest to "Tonight is forever" and compare this draft with the diamond that Neil and Chris will manufacture for Liza Minnelli just three years later - with the same song.
In any case a wonderful, memorable first effort.
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Yep, Please was & still is everything that the Pet Shop Boys started out with to fufil their promise of International Stardom. an excellent album with some high energy beats, mixed with a few ballads. I am a big Pet Shop Boys fan, and still I continue to listen to this album with great enjoyment & the sound that still isn't out of place with today's styles.
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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
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Classic album, now remastered with beautiful packaging and excellent sleeve notes. A great bonus CD with several re-mixes and unreleased tracks. Even if you are just a small fan of the PSB, this is an essential purchase !!
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"Please" was the first PSB album, and in itself is a rare gem of classy, moody tracks far removed from the "Go West" anthems of recent years. However, this re-release (along with their next 5 studio albums) comes with a new 2nd CD with B-sides, unreleased or until now never released on CD tracks and remixes. This makes it one of the most worthwhile times to buy PSB albums as you can not only sample their old material if you are unfamiliar with it, but also hear their much rarer output over the last 15 years some of which is superior to their better known singles. "Please" is much more raw than their later albums, but doesn't carry too much of that embarrassingly 80's sound. These are songs that are still strong today, and as relevent as ever. This is a classic album not only of the 80's but of the 20th century.
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By K. Tune VINE VOICE on 16 April 2012
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A more polished, assured and potent debut you couldn't hope to find.

On this, their first album, Tennanat and Lowe lay down a blueprint for their career. Played with variations and shades admittedly but it's all here and what wonderful listening it is too.

What we used to call "Side One" is nigh on perfect, featuring as it does four fine singles with two and arguably three of them iconic.

The album bursts out of the traps with the enigmatic and cinematic "Two Divided By Zero" - rhythm to the fore modulated with those rarefied Tennant tones. The trick the Boys pulled time after time was to never make synths sound cold but melodic and organic.

What can you say about "West End Girls". The track that put them on the map and as Tennant said, when he dies, his tombstone will probably read "Here Lies ... the composer of 'West End Girls'". Again the PSBs create that sense of space, with the moody traffic noises, the snatches of dialogue and that simple but infectious bassline. The words are wonderful - we come in with "Sometimes you're better off dead / There's a gun in your hand and it's pointing at your head" -it's literary really - Chandler couldn't have done any better. And the world took them to its bosom - the man with the voice of a dyspeptic tax inspector and the one who specialized in never smiling.

Opportunities, their first single is I believe iconic in the way it represents the 80s - with indescernible irony. "I've got the brains, you've got the looks, let's make lots of money" - I'm not sure anyone ever put it quite that simply before. At another level, it's a statement of intent, and one they lived up to.
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