Introspective: Further Listening 1988-1989

Introspective: Further Listening 1988-1989

by Pet Shop BoysPet Shop Boys


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Featuring a mere six tracks, most of them well over six minutes in length, Introspective was a move back to the clubs for the Pet Shop Boys. Over the course of the album, they incorporated various dance techniques that were currently in vogue, including Latin rhythms and house textures. The title isn't entirely an arch joke, however. Like Actually, Introspective was an exploration of distant, disaffected yuppies, which naturally resulted in a good deal of self-analyzation. Melodically, the essential song structures were as strong and multi-layered as the previous album, yet that was hard to hear beneath the varying rhythmic textures that composed the bulk of each track. Nevertheless, the mixes are more compelling than the remixes on Disco, and the songs include several of their best numbers, including "Left to My Own Devices" and "Domino Dancing," as well as the reconstruction of "Always on My Mind" and a cover of Blaze's club classic, "It's Alright." [In 2018, Rhino continued their series of PSB reissues with a remastering of Introspective that adds a second disc of songs plus a booklet with rare photos, lyrics, and insightful interviews with the Boys. Made up of single tracks, extended mixes, a couple of demos meant for Dusty Springfield ("Nothing Has Been Proved") and Liza Minelli ("So Sorry, I Said"), and demos for "Domino Dancing" and "Don Juan," the second disc is a worthwhile addition to one of the duo's early classics.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2018
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295826178
catalogNumber: 566340
Rank: 20069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist
Shirley Lewis   Vocals
Sharon Blackwell   Background Vocals
Sally Bradshaw   Vocals
Ed Calle   Brass
Tony Concepcion   Brass,Soloist
Nestor Gomez   Guitar
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Paul Lee   Background Vocals
Dee Lewis   Vocals
Josh Milan   Soloist
Richard Niles   Conductor
Tessa Niles   Vocals
Iris Sutherland   Background Vocals
Blue Weaver   Hammond Organ
Yvonne White   Background Vocals
Bruce Woolley   Vocals
Judy Bennett   Background Vocals
Mario Friendo   Background Vocals
Herbie Joseph   Background Vocals
Gee Morris   Background Vocals
Dee Ricketts   Background Vocals
Robert Carr   Background Vocals
Richard Coles   Keyboards
Voice in Fashion   Background Vocals
Dana Tebor   Brass
Kenneth William Faulk   Brass
Stephen Lipson   Guitar
Fro Sossa   Keyboards
Michael Hoyte   Background Vocals
Mike Bast   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Pet Shop Boys   Producer
Frankie Knuckles   Additional Production
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Robert DeLaGarza   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Composer,Producer
Marshall Jefferson   Composer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Lewis A. Martineé   Producer,Engineer,Brass Arrangment
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer,Engineer
Chris Newman   Programming
Richard Niles   Arranger
Andy Richards   Programming
Pete Schwier   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Danton Supple   Engineer
Neil Tennant   Composer
Blue Weaver   Programming
David Jacob   Producer,Engineer
Roy Spong   Engineer
Gary Maughan   Programming
Sterling Void   Composer
Cindy Palmano   Cover Photo
Mike Nielson   Engineer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Chris Heath   Introduction,Interviewer
Paris Brightledge   Composer
Stephen Lipson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jonathon Ruffle   Producer
Mike Bast   Score

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