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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#16 Post by stussyboy » Fri 03 Aug 2018, 10:47 pm

Not necessarily my favourite songs, but makes a decent album:

West End girls
It’s a sin
Left to my own devices (12” mix)
Being boring
Requiem in denim and leopardskin
Your funny uncle

Can you forgive her
Integral (album mix)
Dj culture
Love is a catastrophe
Go West
Vocal
NewYork London Tokyo LosAngeles

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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#17 Post by sterlinglush » Sat 04 Aug 2018, 5:24 am

Too many favorites for just one album, but these hang together in a way that I like:

How I learned to hate rock & roll
Two divided by zero
Being boring
After the event
The way it used to be
My October symphony

Here
Bright young things
It’s a sin
Integral
The theatre
Requiem in denim and leopardskin

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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#18 Post by SynthMan Wales » Sat 04 Aug 2018, 9:40 am

Luke Colorado wrote:
Fri 03 Aug 2018, 8:44 pm
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Well, it is 12 tracks long... :wink:

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#19 Post by jhank73 » Sat 04 Aug 2018, 1:46 pm

SIDE ONE
1. Discoteca (LP Version)
2. Single
3. West End Girls
4. One More Chance (Single Mix on the "Further Listening" CD)
5. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore
6. The Resurrectionist

SIDE TWO
1. Being Boring (7" Version)
2. My October Symphony
3. The Theatre
4. Two Divided By Zero
5. Always On My Mind
6. King's Cross

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#20 Post by Drico One » Sat 04 Aug 2018, 3:01 pm

PSB exist in a strange place now with regards to "greatest hits". Any one disc album reduces them to their biggest hits - which is perfectly logical - but simultaneously eliminates the vast bulk of their career from consideration. In that sense, it doesn't really serve as an aperitif for further exploration of their catalogue. It condemns them to the past and a specific time and place when they've always been about being new and of the present. Conversely, shoehorning in some of their fantastic later records means leaving out some of their greatest hits. Rent, So Hard, Drunk, and Can You Forgive Her? were among the casualties that failed to make the waste of space that was Ultimate. In that sense, only a double album could ever suffice. Any decent PSB "best of" would need to include many of their greatest hits as, in my view, their singles were very often hugely representative of their greatest works.

I created a thread on what I considered my ideal "best of" a few years ago - and that was a double album of over 30 tracks. However, in the spirit of this thread, I could see a double album of 24 tracks working well right now. The main album would be called Imperiously - and would do exactly as its title suggests, collecting the hits of their imperial era from West End Girls to It's Alright. A bonus album would be added to the special edition, and would be called Downthedumper. Actually, I'd probably call it Inclined, as it describes the gentle slope of their commercial fortunes. On further reflection, I'd make every version of the release a special edition to continue the tradition of fleecing the fans.

Pet Shop Boys, Imperiously

1. West End girls
2. Love comes quickly
3. Opportunities (Let's make lots of money)
4. Suburbia
5. It's a sin
6. What have I done to deserve this?
7.Rent
8. Always on my mind
9. Heart
10. Domino dancing
11. Left to my own devices
12. It's alright

Bonus album on special edition: Pet Shop Boys, Inclined

1. So hard
2. Being boring
3. Where the streets have no name (Can't take my eyes off you)
4. Can you forgive her?
5. Go West
6. A red letter day
7. You only tell me you love me when you're drunk
8. I'm with Stupid
9. Love etc.
10. Leaving
11. Vocal
12. The pop kids

The beauty of such an approach would be that you get a much better spread of songs from across their entire career, and the Dumper phase tracklisting still contains a lot of top 20 hits - only the last three, in fact, could be described as commercial flops (and even that would be harsh given that nobody expects a band or act of their generation to trouble the charts any more). Of course, it also breaks the rules of this thread, so that works for me as well. In terms of quality, the second disc more than holds its own against the first as it contains some absolute classics and the fabulous late period singles that only us fans really know. All in all, I'd be happy to see this tracklisting on such a release, but as "best ofs" are now effectively redundant because of iTunes cherry picking, I suspect these rambling ruminations are utterly pointless.

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#21 Post by PopKid78 » Sat 04 Aug 2018, 6:06 pm

For my perfect album, i'm going to forget about the hits. This would be my answer to anyone who tells me that PSB lost it years ago, and haven't brought out anything worth listening to since the 90s.

Side A
1. Fugitive (Richard X Extended Mix)
2. Burn
3. The Way It Used To Be
4. Minimal (Album Version)
5. Always
6. Integral

Side B
1. The Pop Kid
2. Did You See Me Coming? (PSB Possibly More Mix)
3. Fluorescent
4. Inside A Dream
5. Leaving (Side By Side Remix)
6. Vocal (Album Version)

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#22 Post by Xakrij » Sat 04 Aug 2018, 8:23 pm

Hello...

The following are songs that I might play for a non-fan.
Not a Best Of or Greatest Hits.
Just songs that I like.

Pet Shop Boys, Persuasion
Side 1

I didn’t get where I am today
A different point of view
She pops
The resurrectionist
If looks could kill
We came from outer space

Side 2

Miracles
Bright young things
Nervously
Before
Decadence
Brick England

*Bonus Mini CD
Miserablism
Bet she’s not your girlfriend
This must be the place I waited years to leave (Extended Mix)
...shot in the fatal cause of frock-and-droll

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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#23 Post by scousepsbfan » Sun 05 Aug 2018, 3:02 pm

Easy one this:
Side A
1. Left to my own devices
2. The Pop Kids (the full story)
3. All over the world (new version)
4. Hold on
5. Se a vida e
6. Love is a bourgeois construct

Side B
1. Can you forgive her?
2. Pandemonium
3. Memory of the future (album version)
4. For all of us
5. Vocal (radio edit)
6. Being boring
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#24 Post by Old Soak » Tue 07 Aug 2018, 6:42 pm

SIDE A

1. Can you forgive her?
2. After the event
3. King of Rome
4. Fugitive (Richard X Extended)
5. Domino Dancing (Extended)
6. Some Speculation

SIDE B

1. Two divided by zero
2. Decadence
3. The way it used to be
4. Being Boring
5. Breathing space
6. Into thin air
And at the end/ Your funny Uncle staring / At all your friends / With military bearing

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#25 Post by britboy » Thu 09 Aug 2018, 10:50 am

I have picked one track from every studio album which meant sneaking in a bonus track. These are all firm favorites of mine.

Side 1

01 - Left To My Own Devices (Album Version)
02 - Being Boring
03 - Liberation
04 - Leaving
05 - Love Comes Quickly
06 - London

Side 2

07 - It Always Comes As A Surprise
08 - Vampires
09 - Kings Cross
10 - The Way It Used To Be
11 - Inside A Dream
12 - Burn

13 - Fugitive (Richard X Extended Remix) (Bonus Track)

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#26 Post by miserabalism » Sat 11 Aug 2018, 4:04 pm

Here we go, my definitive* list:

SIDE A
Left to my own devices (Introspective version)
It's a sin
Miserabalism
So hard
I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing (single version)
Being boring (single version)


SIDE B
Can you forgive her?
Leaving
One night
Love comes quickly (Disco version)
Vocal
You choose

*Subject to change every day.

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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#27 Post by miserabalism » Sat 11 Aug 2018, 4:05 pm

Now, who's going to adopt the job of logging all the nominated songs and coming up with the 12 most popular choices? :-)

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#28 Post by luca857 » Sat 11 Aug 2018, 6:56 pm

Not counting bonus tracks/discs, not making any distinction between versions and remixes (I'm not sure I even know all of them...) here are the most voted tracks, in decreasing number of votes. Now we need a few more votes to determine the last 3 tracks of the perfect PSB album :)

Cheers


12. Being Boring
10. Left to my own devices
8. Always On My Mind
7. West End Girls
7. It's a sin
6. Two Divided By Zero
6. The Way It Used To Be
6. Integral
6. Can you forgive her?

5. Vocal
5. So Hard
5. Leaving
5. King's Cross
5. King Of Rome

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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#29 Post by Alex76 » Sat 11 Aug 2018, 7:01 pm

Side A

1. This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave (Extended Mix Edited) [7:27]
2. I'm Not Scared [7:25]
3. West End Girls (Live from Montage - Nightlife Tour) [4:52]
4. It's Alright (7'' Version) [4:21]
5. So Hard [3:59]
6. Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) (Extended Mix) [6:47]

Side B

1. Left to My Own Devices (7'' Mix) [4:48]
2. Can You Forgive Her? [3:54]
3. I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore [5:09]
4. Sexy Northerner (Demo) [3:41]
5. Flamboyant (7'' Mix) [3:38]
6. Burn [3:54]

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Re: *YOUR* Perfect PSB 'Best of' Album

#30 Post by SynthMan Wales » Sat 11 Aug 2018, 7:05 pm

miserabalism wrote:
Sat 11 Aug 2018, 4:05 pm
Now, who's going to adopt the job of logging all the nominated songs and coming up with the 12 most popular choices? :-)
Not just the songs themselves, but the specific mixes/ versions too...

(PS I am not putting myself forward for this unenviable task, by the way...)

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