Popart: The Hits 1985-2003

Popart: The Hits 1985-2003

by Pet Shop BoysPet Shop Boys

CD(Italian Import)

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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 that 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. There is one disc full of "Pop" moments and the other "Art," but just try to 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 that 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 ultra-camp and semi-flippant covers of "Go West" and "Somewhere" could be seen as a comment on how listeners shouldn't worry so much and should 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0724359388427
catalogNumber: 593884
Rank: 2884

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist,Track Performer
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
Haydn Bendall   Performing Ensemble
Karen Bernód   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
Noel Langley   Brass
Jody Linscott   Percussion
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Andy Mackay   Saxophone
Johnny Marr   Guitar
Gary Maughn   fairlight
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
Stuart Crichton   Keyboards
Sheboom   Percussion,Drums
Trouser Enthusiasts   Percussion,Drums
Steve Walters   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vince Montana   Conductor
Victor Sergeivitch Popov   Choir Conductor
Oli Savill   Percussion
Jon Smellz   Horn Engineer
Mike Innes   Brass
Gene Perez   Bass,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
Bob Langley   Brass
Richard Sidell   Brass
Andy (Stewart) Hamilton   Brass
Scott Fraser   Bass
Moscow Choral Academy   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Pet Shop Boys   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Danny Madden   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Conductor
Anne Dudley   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Mark James   Composer
David Morales   Composer,Producer
Brothers in Rhythm   Producer
Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Mike Bakst   Brass Arrangment,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
Hugo Dwyer   Engineer
Harold Faltermeyer   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Pete Gleadall   Programming,Engineer
Louie Guzman   drum programming
Stephen Hague   Composer,Producer
Trevor Horn   Producer
J.J. Jeczalik   Producer
Marshall Jefferson   Composer
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Lewis A. Martineé   Producer,Engineer,Brass Arrangment
Gary Maughn   Programming
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Jacques Morali   Composer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Richard Niles   Arranger,keyboard arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Brian Reeves   Engineer
Andy Richards   Programming,Producer
Pete Schwier   Engineer
Helena Springs   Vocal Treatments
Ren Swan   Engineer
Danny Tenaglia   Producer,drum programming
Neil Tennant   Composer
Dana Vicek   Engineer
Allee Willis   Composer
Victor Willis   Composer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Geoff Foster   Engineer
David Jacob   Engineer
Nicholas Froame   Producer
Steve Rodway   Producer
Motiv 8   Producer
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,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Alyosha Zolotukhin   Choir Arrangement
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Nego Do Barbalho   Composer
Stephen Hilton   Programming
Tomcraft   Producer,Remixing
Paul Wright   Engineer
Howard Greenhalgh   Still Pictures,Video Stills
Yuji Muraoka   Liner Notes
Zhig Brezinski   Still Pictures,Video Stills
Bob Gleadall   Programming
Felix J.   Producer
Pete Schier   Engineer
Dan Fresh Stein   Producer,Engineer
Tatiana Vinnitskaya   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer
Stephen Lipson   Producer,Engineer
Bob Crew   Composer
Chris Porter   Producer,Engineer

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