PopArt [Limited Edition Bonus Disc]

PopArt [Limited Edition Bonus Disc]

by Pet Shop Boys


Looking back at the 20 years since Neil Tennant left England's Smash Hits magazine to form the Pet Shop Boys with Chris Lowe, the two-CD Popart opens itself up for arguments while surpassing 1991's Discography as the ready-to-wear selection. All the growing up and becoming more emotionally focused the duo did post-Discography could have yielded a dour hits collection, but putting new tracks like the plaintive "I Get Along" between the slick chestnuts "West End Girls" and "So Hard" works to the listener's advantage. The tropical and wistful "Single-Bilingual" and the clever and melancholy "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" add more latter-day treasures that Discography couldn't include, and the only thing left to do besides submit is argue about the details. One disc is full of "Pop" moments and the other "Art," but just try and figure out the criteria. The two new songs (the austere electro of "Miracles" and the fair "Flamboyant") are nice enough but they're not as fully formed as their surroundings, making them obvious late additions. A little bit of text and history in the liner notes would have helped, and fans should be aware most of the tracks here appear in album versions rather than single mixes. Of course, compilers need to make decisions and bookending the collection with the ultracamp and semiflippant covers of "Go West" and "Somewhere" could be seen as a comment on how listeners shouldn't worry so much and just enjoy. Regardless of omissions and decisions, Popart is an excellent, hang-together listen and a better representation of the duo's career than Discography. [Upon Popart's release, a limited edition was available with an extra disc of remixes from Moby, Sasha, Danny Tenaglia, and others.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2003
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724359509327
catalogNumber: 595093

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Dusty Springfield   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Danny Madden   Conductor
Audrey Wheeler   Vocals
Anne Dudley   Conductor
Carlos Goméz   Percussion
Barbara Tucker   Vocals
Craig Armstrong   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Bakst   Keyboards
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
J.J. Belle   Guitar
Karen Bernod   Vocals
Greg Bone   Guitar
Sally Bradshaw   Vocals
Ed Calle   Brass
Billy Cliff   Background Vocals
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet,Brass,Soloist
Peter Daou   Keyboards
Pete Gleadall   Keyboards
Nestor Gomez   Guitar
Carol Kenyon   Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Vocals
Noel Langley   Brass
Jody Linscott   Percussion
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Andy Mackay   Saxophone
Johnny Marr   Guitar
Ronald Dean Miller   Overdubs
Richard Niles   Conductor
Tessa Niles   Vocals
Andy Richards   fairlight
Fro Sosa   Keyboards
Helena Springs   Vocals
Carole Sylvan   Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Liliana Chachian   Percussion
Gary Maughan   fairlight
Richard Sidwell   Brass
Stuart Crichton   Keyboards
Sheboom   Percussion,Drums
Steve Walters   Bass Guitar
Vince Montana   Conductor
Victor Sergeivitch Popov   Conductor
Oli Savill   Percussion
Jon Smellz   Horn Engineer
Mike Innes   Brass
Gene Perez   Bass Guitar
Voice in Fashion   Background Vocals
Ali MacLeod   Guitar
Andy Hamilton   Brass
Keith Fluitt   Background Vocals
Stephen Hilton   Keyboards
Steve Abram   Background Vocals
Dana Tebor   Brass
Kenneth William Faulk   Brass
Scott Fraser   Bass Guitar
Moscow Choral Academy   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Pet Shop Boys   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Danny Madden   Vocal Arrangements
Anne Dudley   Orchestral Arrangements
Mark James   Composer
David Morales   Composer,Producer
Brothers in Rhythm   Producer
Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Mike Bakst   Score
Steven Barkan   Engineer
Henri Belolo   Composer
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Andy Bradfield   Engineer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Scott Davidson   Programming
Harold Faltermeyer   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Pete Gleadall   Programming,Engineer
Louie Guzman   drum programming
Stephen Hague   Composer,Producer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Jonathon J. Jeczalik   Producer
Marshall Jefferson   Composer
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Drum Engineering,Percussion Engineer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Lewis A. Martineé   Producer,Engineer,Brass Arrangment
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Jacques Morali   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Richard Niles   keyboard arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Brian Reeves   Engineer
Andy Richards   Producer
Pete Schwier   Engineer
Dan Stein   Producer,Engineer
Ren Swan   Engineer
Danny Tenaglia   Producer,drum programming
Neil Tennant   Composer
Dana Vicek   Engineer
Allee Willis   Composer
Victor Willis   Composer
David Jacob   Engineer
Nicholas Froame   Producer
Steve Rodway   Producer
Love to Infinity   Remixing
Dominic Clarke   Programming
Paul Hewson   Composer
Adam F   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Paul Wright   Engineer
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   String Arrangements
Phil Pagano   Programming
Stuart Crichton   Producer
Trouser Enthusiasts   Producer
Felix J. Gauder   Producer,Remixing
Mikey Jarret   Engineer
Vince Montana   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Alyosha Zolotukhin   Choir Arrangement
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Nego Do Barbalho   Composer
Stephen Hilton   Programming
Tomcraft   Producer,Remixing
Tatiana Vinnitskaya   Engineer
Stephen Lipson   Producer,Engineer
Bob Crew   Composer
Chris Porter   Producer,Engineer

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