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The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys


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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fractured Trans
  • ASIN: B0007PICUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12. Yesterday Is Here

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best albums I have ever heard.
Lora D. Grimsley
If you get the specail box set which you really should it comes with a third disc 10 great full length remixes.
kennelkeeper
If you like all kinds of music, this is a must have for your collection.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first of the discs of this 'Greatest Hits' for the Pet Shop Boys contains 17 tracks (Pop), and the second 18 tracks (Art). For those who are die-hard fans of the Pet Shop Boys, this is a must have, but, for the most part, those fans will find it is in many ways an already-have. The tracks are remastered, but given the high production qualities of most PSB discs generally, there isn't a great deal to be gained from this. There are two new songs, Miracles and Flamboyant (one on each disc), which are both wonderful (and, interestingly, the addition of two songs to the 'greatest hits' compilation matches their performance with Discography, which also had a 'best of' with two new tracks added).

There are the major songs and single releases from all previous albums, so this serves both as a retrospective but also as a handy all-in-one collection spanning the history of the Pet Shop Boys; from that perspective, if you were to have just one CD from them, this would the one. The songs are not in chronological release order (as Discography was), but rather seem almost randomly arranged; all songs but one from Discography are here, with an additional collection of tracks from the later album releases that reached the UK top 20. The division between 'Pop' and 'Art' is subtle, and any lifelong fan will have his or her own impressions as to which songs should fit into which category. The 'Pop' side is more disco/dance music, whereas the 'Art' side is a little more sombre, and the lyrics a little more complex. On the other hand, some songs, such as 'Love comes quickly' would easily qualify for either designation.

This collection represents more than 20 years work on the part of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jabdigital on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 2CD set is meant to be played from beginning to end without skipping any tracks. The Pet Shop Boys have an amazing sound that has not witherered with time. There are some slightly different versions of tracks in here (I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing, and Yesterday, When I Was Mad), but these versions are still great to hear. The third disc (available in the IMPORT 3cd version) has some great mixes (best being New York City Boy - Lange Remix), but everything you need is in the first 2 discs, although, they should have included (Somewhere - Trouser Enthusiasts' Mix) -> a classic.

If you're a fan, pick it up. And yes, it does work when ripped into mp3s, I'm listening to them as I type.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on December 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Released overseas in 2003, "PopArt" is a comprehensive retrospective of Pet Shop Boys' UK chart hits. Since 1985, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have seen a whooping 35 of their singles hit the Top Twenty; 20 of them have cracked the Top Ten, and 4 have reached Number One. Over the years they have solidified a well-deserved reputation as one of Britain's most respected songwriters and music acts. The first disc, "Pop," features the more straightforward perky hits like the Village People cover "Go West," the tender ballad "Love Comes Quickly," the discocentric "Heart," and the love song "Miracles," which was recorded exclusively for this album. Disc 2 is "Art," where the songs are more complicated in theme and may require some interpretation. While both discs are pitch-perfect in terms of quality, the "Art" disc is my personal favorite. This disc has another newly recorded track called "Flamboyant," which is an on-point critique on the extravagant life of the celebrity. Other great tracks are "So Hard," "Rent," "Liberation," and the autobiographical "Being Boring." As hits collections go, "PopArt" is a unique and timeless survey of one of the finest groups around. If you missed out on the duo's last collection, "Discography," then you owe it to yourself and your record collection by picking this up. Like all great CDs, it will never leave your stereo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herbert West on March 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What can I say? This is a great collaboration. It consists of Todd SMith(vocals, Dog Fashion Disco), Jeff Siegel(keyboards, Dog Fashion Disco), The Martini brothers(Guitar and Bass Guitar, Unified Culture) Matt Rippetoe(Flutes, sax's etc. he did work on DFD's albums over the years) and Jason Popson(Vocals, formerly of Mushroomhead, 216, Unified Culture and others). This album is very eclectic. It is mellower than Dog Fashion Disco and Mushroomhead. Todd Smith takes on most of the melodic singing cause hes good at it. Jason Popson does the awesome screaming, spoken-word stuff. I cant really describe the style of music this is but its got elements of metal, funk, jazz, and other exotic flavors.....right off the bat I can say that if you are a fan of Dog Fashion Disco then get it. If you like Mr. Bungle, Tub Ring, Nuclear Rabbit and the likes then get it! This cd is worth repeated listens....big time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Harrison on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you don't own all of the Pet Shop Boys' albums already, this is the collection for you. It catalogues thirty-five of their hit singles and includes two new songs on two CDs. I have the 'import' version, which includes a third disc called 'Mix', a collection of remixes that will keep you moving on the dance floor. If you're not that big a fan of the PSB, consider picking up 'Discography', their first singles collection that was released in 1991. My fave tracks include 'Suburbia', 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?', 'Heart', 'Rent' and 'Opportunities'.

Pick up the PopArt compilation if you want to have all of the PSB hits in one collection. You won't be disappointed.
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