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The Exotic Sounds of the Alter Boys

Pet Shop Boys, The Alter BoysAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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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 (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the best and then some... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pop" Raised to the Level of "Art." 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Fashion Disco Meets Unified Culture March 14, 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have CD set If You LIKE Them December 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
PopArt is an excellent CD set primarily of the Pet Shop Boys' singles. I really like them and their sound. "West End Girls"and "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" are my favorites. Speaking of "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" it seems you cannot copy these CDs onto other digital medium. You can however copy these onto an audiocassette, which is analogue. If you use a Type II High Bias Chrome Oxide audiocassette and record these CDs onto this type of audiocassette using a tape deck that has Dolby HX Pro, you should get a fairly decent copy. From there you can then make a copy of your audiocassette onto a CD using a CD recording deck. I think SONY makes one. Because the audiocassette is analogue it should record onto the CD. Anyway, I like the cover of PopArt!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eclectic, Delightfully Mad Masterpiece
This album is a must-have for any avid Todd Smith follower, or just any person who loves avant-garde metal.
Published 15 days ago by Jacob Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great project with Todd Smith
Another great project with Todd Smith. This album only has a very few songs I didn't care for. all in all greatness.
Published 1 month ago by Lady Weird
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy! PopArt best of P.S.B.'s
I would recommend this to everyone!
All the top hits all pulled together.
If you get the specail box set which you really should it comes with a third disc 10 great full... Read more
Published 21 months ago by kennelkeeper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Mushroom Head fans
Bought this for the husband. He loves it....Big fan of Mushroom Head. Apparently it's a must have.
Published on February 28, 2010 by Nurse
3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you like Ska and Scream-o
ok so i got this cd because J Mann from Mushroomhead is one of the singers. BUT, it sounds like a mixture of the beach boys and a scream-o band. Read more
Published on June 27, 2008 by John Ralph Rickel
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
You have to have a very open ear to music if you plan to buy this album. The first song I heard from this album was "Famine Ghost" a good rock/pop rock song. Read more
Published on April 12, 2008 by David Daniels
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Bungle
This album is pretty much a blatent rip off of Mr Bungle's California, it just adds a little dash from a terrible band named Mushroomhead. Read more
Published on November 16, 2006 by D. Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound!!!!!
I Enjoy all types of rock, nu-metal, as well as heavy and progressive metal music, so I am not looking for one particular type of music but rather talented musicians. Read more
Published on February 4, 2006 by W. Hassey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential PSB Collection!
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. Read more
Published on January 14, 2006 by G. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and Quirky
Great "driving in your car, or cleaning the house" album

Eclectic mix of jazz,metal, and comedy skits

A must have for DFD,Tub Ring fans

If you... Read more
Published on October 28, 2005 by Qaturn
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