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Pet Shop Boys, raw pleasure
on 10 September 2017
Initially such a publication by Parlophone met with my own degree of cynicism: some sort of quickly patched-up "Greatest Hits" to celebrate the 25 years of West End Girl, plus a new single (the beautiful "Together") and everything holding on one very long (79 minutes) CD.
We were very far from the beautiful catalogues of songs released in Discography (1991) and PopArt (2003).
This is true but having said that this particular product is less curated and almost more immediately pleasurable than its predecessors.
Basically what the compilers did was to take the "Pop" CD of the previous Greatest Hits, remove "I wouldn't normally do...", "It's alright" and "a red letter day" but add "West End Girls" and "Left to my own devices" from the "Art" CD of the previous compliation, and include "I'm with stupid" and "Love etc" from the albums that came after "PopArt" was released - plus the new single.
This CD makes for a very exciting listening exprience, not so much of the greatest hits, but of what are essentially the über-classical PSB songs.
Personally I was ecstatic to find on one CD what are in my view the five pillars of PSB musical genius: Always on my mind (1987), Being Boring (1990), Go West (1993), New York City Boy (1999) and the most recent Love etc. (2009).
Add to this the fact that "Together" is a beautiful track and we end up with a very unnecessary but extremely fun "Best of" album which clearly deserves its name.