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Pet Shop Boys confirm reissues in Graham Norton interview

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The Pet Shop Boys joined Graham Norton on his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday morning and revealed some more information about Parlophone’s reissue plans for this year…

About halfway through the interview Graham Norton said “Amanda in Cambridge wants to know what’s the latest news on the plans to reissue all your earlier albums?”

To which Neil Tennant answered: “Well, they’re all mastered. Ages ago with EMI we did the first six albums with extra CDs, with bonus tracks and things. And we’ve done the following five albums, so all of our EMI albums – we’re not there anymore – are going to be reissued with bonus CDs. But they’re now Warner Brothers. Parlophone is now Warner Brothers and Warners catalogue department is still discussing it, but I think the idea is that three of them are going to come out this autumn, and then the rest of them early next year.”

This is a little confusing. Neil appears to be confirming that the ‘following five albums’ (Nightlife, Release, Fundamental, Yes and Elysium) will be reissued for the first time and the earlier albums will be re-reissued. On the PSB website, in their new year message to fans the band said that they were “looking forward to … celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the first PSB album” in 2016″ and sensible money should still be on Please being a multi-format reissue with a box set as part of that offering.

You can listen to the interview here (27 minutes in). The new album SUPER is out on 1 April 2016.

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1. Happiness
2. The Pop Kids
3. Twenty-something
4. Groovy
5. The Dictator Decides
6. Pazzo!
7. Inner Sanctum
8. Undertow
9. Sad Robot World
10. Say It To Me
11. Burn
12. Into Thin Air

 

 

 

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54 responses to Pet Shop Boys confirm reissues in Graham Norton interview

  1. Rob Wilcock says:

    BBC Radio 2 also broadcast 2 documentaries this Wednesday and Thursday called Chart. Neil and Chris discuss their first 6 EMI albums and choose their favourite tracks from each.

    • Rob Iles says:

      Thanks for the reminder Rob, I believe the full radio series is 4 episodes with 2 this week and 2 next. Will certainly by doing my best to catch these.

      Listening to Norton now, Thanks Paul :-)

  2. elliott buckingham says:

    never understood why the 12″ mix of rent wasn’t on the further listening disc or the far better devices disco mix

    • Glenn says:

      The Further Listening discs only included remixes which the PSB did themselves (as per the packaging notes). The two mixes you mention above were not done by them. Would be great to get comprehensive reissues with all commercial/promo mixes etc especially those that were only released on vinyl.

  3. Kauwgompie says:

    The Further Listening cd’s were very comprehensive. I’m not sure what else they could put on a bonus cd if the first bunch of cd’s are going to be re-issued again other than a long lost track from the vault or live material (that I’m not particularly keen on). Of course there have been various remixes of the 80’s songs (especially from “Actually”) but a lot of those were unofficial remixes. I hope they would add those to future reissues and not live material.

    • Carlton says:

      The original re-issue campaign left off almost all the remixes that were not done by PSB themselves, so there are still a number of 7″ and 12″ mixes that have yet to make it to official CDs.

    • Phil Cohen says:

      As good as the “Further Listening” discs were, the group released humongous amounts of CD singles, with (sometimes) 3 or 4 different CD singles per hit, and some mixes exclusive to 10″ or 12″ vinyl. There is no shortage of released rarities, and then there are demo versions, some previously unheard or previously heard only with poor sound on bootleg vinyl. Unreleased Songs? Perhaps there aren’t that many. Unreleased and/or rare versions or mixes? There’s plenty. They could easily make a 3-CD or 4-CD box for each of their albums. Parlophone owns the group’s first 2 albums, and though they have UK/Europe/Japan licenses on the other albums, the group could eventually take all but the first 2 albums elsewhere if Warner Music doesn’t opt to reissue/expand them.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        What will be interesting is to see whether a reissue of Please is complementary to the first ‘Further Listening’ set or tries to repeat some/all of that while adding other stuff (e.g. 10-inch remix of West End Girls, the Sasha Mix from the 1990s, Haçienda version of Violence etc.). You should be able to get ‘everything’ on three CDs I would have thought?

  4. auteur55 says:

    Was hoping for a box set.

  5. Rob Wilcock says:

    Regarding the radio series, the 2 shiws this week are about their EMI albums, next weeks’ are about the PSBs collaborations and the their new album.

    The Pop Kids CD single was on sake in HMV for £6.99…

  6. Matt says:

    Was hoping for a singles box set with every remix and b-side included on its own cd. The Bananarama box set was perfectly done. Not keen on live material unless it’s a concert dvd/bluray.

  7. Jon says:

    @elliott

    The Rent 12″ mix was not included on Further Listening because it was remixed by someone other than the Pet Shop Boys (in that specific case, Francois Kevorkian.)

    Their methodology was to only include remixes that had their direct involvement in some way. They were excellent bonus discs in their own right but let’s face it – a lot was left on the table with those reissues! We did get a few unreleased gems though – opportunities, go west.

    Thanks for the heads up on this Paul, good to know something is coming this autumn. I had a feeling it would happen late this year so as not to interfere with Super promotion.

    What do sde readers think of Pop Kids?? I liked it but it’s not my fave PSB single of recent years. Hoping for an incredible album – less than two weeks to go!

    • M says:

      Get ready to be disappointed. I work at an independent music store in the States. We received a promo copy of Super last week. I have been a consistent financial supporter of PSB since 1986. This will be the first album of theirs absent from my considerable collection. Always bummed when I learn Stuart Price is involved with a project but here the blame falls resolutely at the feet of Neil and Chris. THERE ARE NO GOOD SONGS. I dislike every track on this album which is something I’ve never experienced before with PSB. Even my least favorite PSB records are far superior to this. How did this happen? “Really?” might have been a more appropriate title. Sorry guys, and I do hope some of you can find something to embrace on “Super”.

  8. Jon T says:

    That old material is sure going to make the recent stuff look bad if “The Pop Kids” is anything to go by. It is, quite simply, of the worst songs by a major recording artist that I’ve ever heard, and I really mean ever.

    It is horrible; this is what happens when artists become their own A&R.

    • Craig hedges says:

      I have to agree Jon T , I’ve given The Pop Kids a few weeks to grow on me and it’s just not happening. The same happen with Before I’ve given that 20 years to grow on me. Note to Neil and Chris Stop working with Stuart Price!

  9. Dom says:

    I think a Please Super Deluxe reissue is now very unlikely. Chris Lowe in the interview seemed dismissive of it being thirty years of Please. He commented along the lines of. ‘its always the thirtieth anniversary of something’.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I got the feeling Neil was being deliberately vague… “still discussing it” etc. Sounds to me like Please will definitely come out in the autumn and if you’re the record label you’d be mad not to do a super deluxe box along with cheaper alternatives.

    • Carlton says:

      From the interviews that I’ve read, Chris seems to pretty much be dismissive of everything. Not sure if it’s just his personality or if it’s his schtick.

  10. HS says:

    I really hope that the Further series will indeed continue with the last 5 albums. As for The Pop Kids, I love it a 1000 times more than anything on the Electric album.

  11. Peter Yarrow says:

    I like Pop Kids … seems I’m alone

    • Carlton says:

      Not alone. I like it too. It’s not one of my all-time favorite songs ever from them, but it’s definitely something I’d consider a contender if I was putting together a mix of “favorites” by them.

  12. probablyrustin says:

    I can’t help feeling that with later albums the bonuses may not be as intriguing considering the number of bonus discs, limited editions and collections that have already covered some of the material, but I’m hopeful they’ll bring out some unreleased gems.

    It was rumored that the “Further Listening” editions of Nightlife and Release were ready years and years ago (sometime after PopArt if I recall correctly) but haven’t heard about them in ages. Out of the next batch, I’m mixed in my anticipation – Release and Yes should be interesting, Nightlife perhaps, but Fundamental and Elysium were such low points (in my view) that I can’t imagine unreleased tracks will be up to much.

    It seems a bit odd to finish off the 2CD series 15 years later without at least putting the comparable editions of the first 6 back in print, but who knows. That seems like overkill, and probably lowers chances of a Please SDE then (which deserves one).

    • Carlton says:

      Fundamental and Elysium are not exactly my favorite albums either, but sometimes, when they start doling out the bonus material that’s locked in the vaults, it turns out there was a BRILLIANT album that just didn’t get released since the best cuts were either relegated to b-sides, over-produced in the final mix, or discarded altogether. If you’ve heard any of the out takes from Madonna’s Rebel Heart session, while I liked the album that came out. there was a much, much better album that could have happened with less second-guessing and maybe a double album approach, instead of trying to blend two moods into a single disc.

  13. Mark J says:

    I love Pop Kids. I think it is a better than anything they have done since the Yes album.

  14. Mike says:

    Think Pop Kids is fine and is better than most of Electric, i agree. I think Stuart Price is awful, i cannot see the fascination, his production grates on me horrifically.

  15. Scott says:

    Great news that there will be further reissues. There are loads of songs that have not been officially released, such as the closer to heaven soundtrack. Some of the material from the reissues was posted on their website years ago. Lets hear it for a comprehensive singles package, and please deluxe set.

  16. JeroenFl says:

    Stuart Price did a great job! He made “the Brits medley” and put all his favorites PSB songs in a great remixes tracklist for their concerts. He knows what the PSB sound should be these days. Can’t wait for 1 april!

  17. Mark says:

    I like ” the pop kids” and can’t wait till super is released! Fantastic news that all the albums will be reissued as remastered 2cd editions. I’ll be buying them all, need to put some cash aside for this. Hope to get a super deluxe edition of Please as well.

  18. eric slangen says:

    I´m still hoping on boxsets

  19. Glenn says:

    Would be nice if PSB solicited fan input for future reissues/comps etc. as Erasure did about a year or so ago via an online poll.

  20. Mark Parsons says:

    I think you may have all missed the point. I think Neil means by releasing the other 5 as further listening then all 11 will have been reissued in this way. I don’t think he meant that they will re reissue the first 6!

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Well we kind of know that Please is going to be re-reissued, so that contradicts what Neil’s saying. I’d like to see Disco reissued too as a standalone.

      • EW99 says:

        Do we? Has anything more definite been said than “celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the first PSB album”? That could just mean having a glass of champagne on Thursday evening.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          It could mean that. But if I was Warners I’d want to reissue a Please box more than an’Release’ 2CD set, wouldn’t you? Deliver some £££ for shareholders!

          • EW99 says:

            I don’t know… I do agree with you and it’s something I’d rather see than a Release Further Listening CD too. It’s just that a Please box doesn’t feel very Pet Shop Boys to me.

  21. Lenny says:

    They should authorize Blank & Jones to do a 3-CD-Box with their 80’s 12″ remixes, dub mixes… There are a lot of promo only and Vinyl only mixes:
    Love Comes Quickly (full Shep Pettibone Mix)
    Suburbia (Arthur Baker Mixes)
    Opportunities (Shep Pettibone Mix)
    It’s A Sin (Phil Harding Mix)
    Always On My Mind (Shep’s Holiday Mix)
    Domino Dancing (Base Mix)
    Left To My Own Devices (Shep Pettibone Mix)
    and so on…

  22. Helen says:

    You`ve got Neil a little bit wrong – the first albums ARE ALREADY issued, so he just confirmed the re-release of the last 3 ones – this is a good news anyway.

  23. Neil says:

    They should go back to the start and remaster these albums properly as those Further Listening reissues were brickwalled to hell. While there at it maybe they could fix the glitch on Behaviour where the track index between Nervously and The End Of The World is screwed up.

    • Carlos Pinto says:

      Totally agree.

    • John Sayers says:

      Are you saying that the “loudness wars” are now over? I can’t imagine any reissues ever having a DR rating any higher than the original cd’s. Those original cd’s sound just fine and don’t need remastering, imho. Let’s face it – remaster = louder. It’s just the way it is.

    • Todd says:

      Hi Neil I have a question for you my name is Todd and I live in the US I have not been hearing anything or saying anything or find anything on PSb re-issues it is really hard to find any pet shop boys CDs not to mention reissues or remasters do you know if they re-issued anything in the UK or the EU because nothing is coming to the US and I want to replace all my old Pet Shop Boys CDs

  24. Rob Wilcock says:

    John Sayers, what do you think of the Talk Talk remasters?

  25. negative1 says:

    here’s my calculations for a hypothetical ‘please’ box set:
    —————-
    please
    ———————————–
    west end girls
    —————
    Album version (4:45)
    7″ Mix (3:59)
    10″ Mix (7:02)
    Disco Mix (9:03)
    Shep Pettibone Mastermix (8:12)
    Shep’s Dub Mix (9:23)
    Dub Mix (aka West End Dub) (9:31)
    Dance Mix (aka Extended Dance Version) (6:39)
    West End Sunglasses (7:32)
    Remix ’86 (5:07)
    Remix ’86 Edit (3:26)
    Bobby O Original UK 7″ Mix (4:12)
    Bobby O Original Extended 12″ Mix (7:57)
    Bobby O Remix ’86 Single Version (3:28)
    Bobby O Extended Mix (5:06)
    Bobby O Edited Version (3:23)

    West End Megamix (aka ZYX Megamix, aka Part 1 Megamix) (8:04)
    Ultimate Mix (5:40)
    =================================
    18 tracks
    110min – 1hr50min

    opportunties
    ————
    Album version (3:44)
    Second 7″ version (3:36)
    “Opportunities (reprise)” (0:32)
    Version Latina (5:34)
    Dub for Money (4:49)
    Original 7″ version (aka Short Version) (3:47)
    Matrix Mix (aka Different Mix) (3:21)
    Whistle Test Mix (3:34)
    Demo – 1984 (5:08)
    Now That’s What I Call Music 7 (U.K.) edit (3:19)
    Full Length Original 7″ Mix (4:36)
    Original 12″ Mix (7:00)
    Dance Mix (aka Original Dance Mix, aka Double Your Money Mix) (6:48)
    Shep Pettibone Mastermix (7:21)
    Reprise (4:27)
    ==============================
    15 tracks
    65min – 1hr5min

    love comes quickly
    ——————
    Album version (4:19)
    Dance Mix (6:50)
    Shep Pettibone Mastermix (7:38)
    Shep Pettibone Mastermix – Early Fade (6:08)
    Dub Mix (7:03)
    =================================
    5 tracks
    30min

    suburbia
    ——–
    Album version (5:07)
    7″ Edit Version (aka New Version) (4:04)
    Video Mix (5:11)
    Suburbia Part Two (2:25)
    The Full Horror (8:58)
    The Full Horror Video Edit (5:07)
    Arthur Baker Club Vocal Mix (7:20)
    Arthur Baker Dub Version (7:50)
    ================================
    8 tracks
    50min

    other tracks
    ————
    violence Mixes
    —————
    Album Version (4:29)
    Hacienda Version (4:58)
    Extended Haçienda Version (aka “12-inch Master”) (7:02)
    ===============================
    3 tracks
    20min

    why don’t we live together Mixes
    ———————————
    Album version (4:49)
    Original New York Mix (5:14)
    =================================
    2 tracks
    10min

    a man could get arrested
    ————————
    7″ b-side mix (4:51)
    Extended Mix (5:37)
    12″ Alternative Mix (aka Alternative Version) (4:19)
    12″ b-side mix (4:11)
    ===================================================
    4 tracks
    20min

    thats my impression
    ——————-
    7″ Version (4:45)
    Disco Mix (5:18)
    Demo (4:16)
    ====================
    3 tracks
    15min

    was that what it was
    ——————–
    album 5:14

    jack the lad
    ————
    album 4:31
    =========================
    2 tracks
    10min

    =====================================================
    sub totals
    18 15 5 8 3 2 4 3 2 = 60 tracks

    110 65 30 50 20 10 20 15 10 = 330min = 5hr30min

    left off some of the more recent mixes.

    later
    -1

  26. Deano says:

    I’d throw in the Italian mix and the Ian Levine remixes of Paninaro.

    Would be good to hear some properly mastered mixes of the original Bobby Orlando tracks (2 divided by 0; opportunities; it’s a sin; I want a lover; rent; I get excited; later tonight; etc). You can listen to them on you tube but the quality isn’t great.

    Happy 30th birthday today, Please!

    • negative1 says:

      I wouldn’t include ‘Paninaro’, those would be for disco expanded, along with:
      ====================

      disco
      ———————————–
      paninaro
      ———
      7″ version (4:40)
      Italian Remix (aka 12″ mix) (8:38)
      Ian Levine Mix (9:54)
      Ian Levine Instrumental (6:28)
      ==================================
      4 tracks
      30min

      in the night
      ————
      7″ version (4:51)
      Arthur Baker Remix (4:26)
      Arthur Baker Remix Edit (aka Promo Edit, aka 7″ Edit) (3:39)
      Extended Mix (6:28)
      “1995 Version” (4:18)
      Arthur Baker Dub 1 (6:05)
      Arthur Baker Dub 2 (5:55)
      ===========================
      7 tracks
      35min
      ====================================
      4 7 = 11 tracks
      30 35 = 65min = 1hr5min

      later
      -1

  27. Mark Reed says:

    There’s plenty of material not on the current Further Listening set.

    I would wager each album would be a multidisc set of

    CD 1 : Studio record remaster
    CD 2+3 : remixes, b-sides, alternate versions
    DVD : TV appearances (Please), It Couldn’t Happen Here (Actually), Associated Live Shows (the other albums were all ‘toured’ and filmed)

  28. Rob Iles says:

    I know everyone is commenting about the first 5 already done (further listening) but I am so hoping ‘something’ happens with them having only recently rediscovered PSB I have missed out on the further listening series (without paying silly money)

    I’m liking pop kids (cd and digital remix ep) and pre ordered SUPER…. Can’t wait to hear what happens with PLEASE esp if it matches negative1’s listing!

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  30. Don says:

    I’d love to see 2CD “Further Listening” versions of Nightlife, Release, Fundamental and Yes, so long as they follow the pattern of the earlier sets by including all the b-sides and all of the remixes done by PSB themselves.

    The tricky thing, though, is that all four of those albums were released in 2CD special editions already. It might be tough to create new Further Listening sets without repeating tons of tracks from those original bonus discs.

  31. Stephen K. says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a re-release of Please along the route of Duran Duran’s Rio: A plain reissue of the Further Listening version, but this time without the extensive photo booklet that came with reissue. Probably the same track listing.

    But if something more extensive comes out, I’ll get it!

  32. Todd says:

    Does anyone know when psb is going to release the reissues they talked about i live in the US and still not seeing any of the 5 cds albums they talked about releasing in the fall well fall is almost over?

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