- Get 2 of 2 for £10 Promotion for £10.00 offered by Amazon.co.uk. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)
Other Sellers on Amazon
Please Original recording remastered
Part of our Two CDs for £10 offer
|Price:||£5.96 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details|
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Includes 'West End Girls', 'Opportunities' & 'Violence' The kings of 80's synth pop see there 'please' album reissued, which includes the smashes 'west end girls', 'opportunities' and 'violence'
Pet Shop Boys: for over 25 years, they've been a very brilliant pop thing. From the artwork, to their outlook, image and, handily, literally quite good ability with tunes, they created an intelligence and panache that has seen them become one of the most successful duos of all time. Not for nothing did they once describe themselves as ''The Smiths you can dance to''. And it was only right they picked up an Outstanding Services To Music gong at the 2009 Brits.
Originally released in 1986, Please was the first great British pop album of the post-Live Aid era when everything else had turned a bit ugly, bloated and Bono. Having met in an electronics shop off the Kings Road, Chris Lowe and one-time Smash Hits writer Neil Tennant took their inspiration from the early 80s dance music emanating from New York, combining a very English sensibility with hi-NRG dimensions, and having seen his fair share of casualties on Planet Pop, Tennant took all the best bits to make sure they wouldn't be veering too near the dumper any time soon.
Alongside the peerless worldwide chart-topping West End Girls, there were delights galore to be found: Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) is the ultimate Thatcherism statement made danceable; Love Comes Quickly shimmers magnificently and is possibly one of the more overlooked singles in their catalogue. Surburbia may sound a little weedier than the later single version but is still a top pop moment. Even the non-singles such as the opening Two Divided By Zero (recently beefed-up live with a touch of the Shannon about it) still sounds of the moment; Tonight Is Forever is almost Broadway-esque; the ballad Later Tonight has the calm of a post-evening cab ride home and closer Why Don't We Live Together is a celebratory arms aloft marvel. All tremendous.
Within 18 months Tennant & Lowe would be tossing out number ones, resurrecting Dusty Springfield and releasing Actually, a more refined version of what this debut offered, but aside from one or two cultural references and the odd dated synth, Please really hasn't dated at all and should be the textbook example of how brilliant a pop debut could be. Amazing. --Ian Wade
Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.
It only takes one listen to the likes of West End Girls to know you're onto something special with the Pet Shop Boys' debut album - Please. With it's dreamy, melancholy synths, the single at once perfectly captures the duo's sound as well as the mood of the time. This theme is continued in Opportunities, Tennant's typically witty lyrics offering an amusing take on the capitalism of the 80s.
While the production might sound sparse compared to the sweeping orchestral indulgences of future Pet Shop Boys albums, all the crucial ingredients are here, the fact that all four of the albums' singles placed in the UK top 20 testament to that. The songs are catchy and most importantly, not only the sound of two people enjoying themselves immesnely, but also pushing themselves to acheieve the best possible result.
Love Comes Quickly is a beautiful ballad, Tennant's spoken word intro of 'Sooner or later this happens to everyone' leading into one of his best vocal performances. Please works so well as an album because it flows so masterfully between upbeat tracks and more gentler material like this, showcasing the duo's skill at both. Throughout it all, the sheer poeticism of the lyrics holds true, delivered against beautiful synth backgrounds.
The version of Suburbia on here is interesting, far removed from the version released as a single. This one is more stripped back, synth heavy and ultimately lacks compared to the epic masterpiece that is the single version, but the song is still a joy to listen to, the poignancy of its message reinforced by an instantly memorable melody.
In regards to the album tracks, Please is pleasantly consistent, opening track Two Divided By Zero in particular being a highlight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love the music and some catchy songs.a band that was good in the 80s and still isPublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
30 years old and still sounds fresh, ground breaking synth pop at its best forget the singles great as they are the real gems are two divided by zero, later tonight and tonight is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Carter
"Pet Shop Boys" have been my favourite group from the 1980's, I have all their albums.
I saw them for the first in concert back in 2009, and again for the second... Read more