Pet Shops Boys will release the third set of albums in their definitive CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series that reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. To that end, 1986’s Please, 1987’s Actually, and 1988’s Introspective will all be reissued on March 2, 2018. The albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be accompanied by “further listening” albums of master quality bonus tracks including demos, extended mixes, and remixes of tracks from the albums and others created in the same period as each record.
The three albums will be packaged with an extensive booklet in which the PSB creative team of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe discuss each song, as illustrated with many archive photographs. The entire project is designed by Farrow.
Please was the debut album by Pet Shop Boys and produced by Stephen Hague. Released in March 1986, Please hit Billboard’s Top 10, was certified Platinum, and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Comprising 10 tracks in its original release, the album includes the duo’s debut single “West End Girls,” PSB’s first No. 1 single in the USA (and a longtime personal favorite of your HRAC CCO). Other Please hit singles include “Love Comes Quickly,” “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money),” and “Suburbia.” The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissue of this album features a remastered and repackaged vinyl and double CD, featuring 7″ and 12″ mixes and remixes of tracks from Please and the album’s period.
In 1987, Pet Shop Boys released their second album, Actually, produced by Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Hague, Shep Pettibone, Andy Richards, and Pet Shop Boys. This period saw Pet Shop Boys reach new critical and commercial heights and included the singles “It’s A Sin,” “Always On My Mind And Heart,” and “What Have I Done To Deserve This,” the latter of which featured Dusty Springfield on vocals and climbed to No. 2 on the U.S. singles chart. The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissue of Actually includes the remastered original album, with the 2-CD version featuring bonus material including the Shep Pettibone mix of “Heart” and demo versions and alternative mixes of tracks including “One More Chance” and “Always On My Mind.”
The final inclusion in this round of the CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series is 1988’s Introspective. This album has sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide to date, and was the first to feature production by Trevor Horn, whose lavish orchestrations marked a new sonic direction for PSB. House music legend Frankie Knuckles created the mix of “I Want A Dog,” while “Domino Dancing” was recorded in Miami with hit producer Lewis Martinée.
Introspective also saw Pet Shop Boys introduce a new approach to the format of an album and its respective singles: each of the six tracks on the album is over 6 minutes in length, and they were later edited to fit the more traditional format of a 7-inch single. The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissue features, along with the newly remastered original album, bonus material such as demo versions of “Don Juan” and “Domino Dancing,” plus 7-inch and disco mixes of “Losing My Mind” and “Left To My Own Devices.”
The CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissue series began earlier this year on July 28, 2017 with the release of Nightlife, Release, and Fundamental, followed by reissues of Yes and Elysium on October 20. The series will continue until all PSB Parlophone albums have been released with “further listening” albums. Up next (official release date TBD) are Behaviour/Further Listening: 1990-1991, Very/Further Listening: 1992-1994, and Bilingual/Further Listening: 1995-1997. The reissues of Please, Actually, Introspective, Behaviour, Very, and Bilingual were originally released with bonus “further listening” albums in 2001, and have all been newly remastered for the CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 reissue series.
PET SHOP BOYS
1. Two Divided By Zero
2. West End Girls
3. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
4. Love Comes Quickly
6. Opportunities (Reprise)
7. Tonight Is Forever
9. I Want A Lover
10. Later Tonight
11. Why Don’t We Live Together?
1. A Man Could Get Arrested (Twelve-Inch B-Side)
2. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money) (Full Length Original Seven-Inch Mix)
3. In The Night
4. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money) (Twelve-Inch Mix)
5. Why Don’t We Live Together? (Original New York Mix)
6. West End Girls (Dance Mix)
7. A Man Could Get Arrested (Seven-Inch B-Side)
8. Love Comes Quickly (Dance Mix)
9. That’s My Impression (Disco Mix)
10. Was That What It Was?
11. Suburbia (The Full Horror)
12. Jack The Lad
13. Paninaro (Italian Remix)
1. One More Chance
2. What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield)
5. Hit Music
6. It Couldn’t Happen Here
7. It’s A Sin
8. I Want To Wake Up
10. King’s Cross
1. I Want To Wake Up (Breakdown Mix)
2. Heart (Shep Pettibone Version)
3. You Know Where You Went Wrong
4. One More Chance (Seven-Inch Mix)
5. It’s A Sin (Disco Mix)
6. What Have I Done To Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield) [extended mix]
7. Heart (Disco Mix)
8. A New Life
9. Always On My Mind (Demo Version)
10. Rent (Seven-Inch Mix)
11. I Want A Dog
12. Always On My Mind (Extended Dance Mix)
13. Do I Have To?
14. Always On My Mind (Dub Mix)
1. Left To My Own Devices
2. I Want A Dog
3. Domino Dancing
4. I’m Not Scared
5. Always On My Mind/In My House
6. It’s Alright
1. I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
2. Don Juan (Demo Version)
3. Domino Dancing (Demo Version)
4. Domino Dancing (Alternative Version)
5. The Sound Of The Atom Splitting
6. What Keeps Mankind Alive?
7. Don Juan (Disco Mix)
8. Losing My Mind (Disco Mix)
9. Nothing Has Been Proved (Demo For Dusty)
10. So Sorry, I Said (Demo For Liza)
11. Left To My Own Devices (Seven-Inch Mix)
12. It’s Alright (Ten-Inch Version)
13. One Of The Crowd
14. It’s Alright (Seven-Inch Version)
15. Your Funny Uncle