Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Exclusive Pet Shop Boys tracks!

Streaming now (but not, unfortunately available to download) are various bits and bobs from over the years. Go to the PSB site (skip to homepage bottom right) and go to PRODUCTS; EXCLUSIVE TRACKS via the Navigation menu. It's like an unreleased bonus CD! And with everything PSB, there's some anorak-type notes to accompany each track.

These images are part of the current HMV ad campaign. It's nice to see such familiar faces down the Tube in the morning on the way to work. And look who's come out of the cold at the bottom of this post.

Stand out tracks include It's a Sin (The Miami Mix) recorded at Stock, Aitken and Waterman's PWL Studio in 1987 which turned up six years later on The Pet Shop Boys Compiled, a Radio 1 competition prize. Sounding like a Hit Factory product frozen in time, this version has the studio's receptionist speaking in Spanish. The guitar-laden A Powerful Friend, was written in 1982 with this version recorded 20 years later during the Disco 3 sessions.

Also worth a listen is the rough mix of God Willing, originally intended as the opener to Fundamental. In typical PSB stylee, they explain how "Neil, Chris and Trevor Horn read out junk emails which are then played backwards, fascinatingly enough".

Well! Undisco me and smother me in glitter, it's Billie Ray Martin!


*UPDATE - try streaming the tracks in Firefox if the other browsers are letting you down!

3 comments:

J'ason D'luv said...

Thanks for the reminder! I saw this on their site the other day, but didn't have time to play them and completely forgot about it.... Love the HMV 'inspiration' ads!

Anonymous said...

When you play a track, it's stored in your temp internet files/cache which you can then just r-click and copy/paste the MP3 file for keeps.

Phil said...

Thanks to anon (thanks!) I'll have a go at ripping! I'll be in touch Mr D'Luv ;)