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Album: Alternative.
# Song Title   Time
1)    In the Night
2)    Man Could Get Arrested, A
3)    That's My Impression
4)    Was That What It Was?
5)    Paninaro
6)    Jack the Lad
7)    You Know Where You Went Wrong
8)    New Life, A
9)    I Want a Dog
10)    Do I Have To?
11)    I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
12)    Don Juan
13)    Sound of the Atom Splitting, The
14)    One of the Crowd
15)    Your Funny Uncle
1)    It Must Be Obvious
2)    We All Feel Better in the Dark
3)    Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
4)    Losing My Mind
5)    Music for Boys
6)    Miserablism
7)    Hey, Headmaster
8)    What Keeps Mankind Alive?
9)    Shameless
10)    Too Many People
11)    Violence [Hacienda Version]
12)    Decadence
13)    If Love Were All (Bitter Sweet)
14)    Euroboy
15)    Some Speculation
 
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe.
  • Additional personnel: Richard Niles (conductor); Stephen Lipson, J.J. Belle, Johnny Marr (guitar); Gerard Prescencer (trumpet); Gary Maughan, Richard Coles (keyboards); Blue Weaver (organ, programming); Frank Ricotti (vibraphone, percussion); Adrien Cook, Dominic Clarke, Chris Newman, Scott Davidson, Harold Faltermeyer, Pete Gleadall (programming); Carol Kenyan, Katie Kissoon, Tessa Niles, Helena Springs, Shirley Lewis, Dee Lewis, Juliet Roberts, Bruce Woolley, Sylvia Mason-James, Tony Walthers, Daniel Gaha, Lance Ellington (background vocals).
  • Producers: Pet Shop Boys, Phil Harding (disc 1, track 1); Pet Shop Boys, Bobby "O" (disc 1, track 2); Pet Shop Boys (disc 1, tracks 3-6, 9-12, 14-15, disc 2, tracks 1-5, 7, 9-12, 14-15); Pet Shop Boys, Shep Pettibone (disc 1, track 7); Pet Shop Boys, David Jacob (disc 1, track 8); Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson (disc 1, track 13); Pet Shop Boys, Harold Faltermeyer (disc 2, track 6); Pet Shop Boys, Jonathan Ruffle (disc 2, track 8); Richard Niles, Pet Shop Boys (disc 2, track 13).
  • Engineers: Phil Harding (disc 1, track 1); John Etchells (disc 1, track 3); David Jacob (disc 1, tracks 5-6, 8-9, 12, disc 2, track 2); Dave Meegan (disc 1, track 7); David Jacob, Mike Nielson (disc 1, track 9); Bob Kraushaar (disc 1, track 10, disc 2, tracks 11, 14-15); Mark Stent (disc 1, track 11); Stephen Lipson (disc 1, track 13); Paul Wright, Pete Schwier (disc 1, track 14); Danton Supple (disc 1, track 15); Pete Schwier (disc 2, tracks 1, 12); Pete Schwier, Bob Kraushaar (disc 2, track 3); Roy Spong (disc 2, track 4); Ren Swan (disc 2, track 5); Brian Reeves, Bob Kraushaar (disc 2, track 6); Bob Kraushaar, Pete Gleadall (disc 2, tracks 7, 9-10); Mike Bigwood (disc 2, track 13).
  • Recorded between 1983 and 1994. Includes liner notes by Jon Savage.
  • All songs written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.
  • Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe.
  • The LIMITED EDITION CD version of this collection will be housed in a rigid board slipcase and includes a 32-page perfect bound booklet with annotations and interviews.
  • Personnel: Dee Lewis, Helena Springs, Katie Kissoon, Shirley Lewis, Tessa Niles (vocals, background vocals); Juliet Roberts, Sylvia Mason James, Bruce Woolley (vocals); J.J. Belle , Johnny Marr , Stephen Lipson (guitar); Gerard Presencer (trumpet); Richard Coles, Gary Maughan, Gary Maughn (keyboards); Frank Ricotti (vibraphone, percussion); Chris Newman, Dominic Clarke, Harold Faltermeyer, Adrien Cook, Scott Davidson, Pete Gleadall, Pete Schwier, Blue Weaver (programming); Tony Walthers, Lance Ellington, Carol Kenyon (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Frank Roszak; Shep Pettibone; Spike Drake; Stephen Hague; Bob Kraushaar.
  • Liner Note Author: Jon Savage .
  • Photographers: Richard J. Burbridge; Eric Watson .
  • Arranger: Richard Niles.
  • Alternative is a double-disc set of The Pet Shop Boys' B-sides. Far from being a superfluous collection, the album contains a wealth of prime material, including several tracks that surpass those the duo put on their albums. Consequently, the set is worthwhile not only for hardcore fans, but for listeners with a passing interest in the group. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (9/95, p.129) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...the Pet Shop Boys are, of course, one of the best things British pop has ever given us. At well over two hours, ALTERNATIVE is getting on for the length of an Oliver Stone movie and is much more entertainingly informative about the beast that is pop culture..."

Melody Maker (8/12/95, p.33) - "...The duo have always understood the importance of what, in pre-CD days, we used to call B-sides. And they gather 30 of them here to show the wit and the finesse that they bring to what so many of their peers are content to treat as throwaway....plenty of songs here...could have been hits in their own right..."

NME (Magazine) (8/5/95, p.44) - 6 (out of 10) - "...Be prepared for outbreaks of esoterica that could test the patience of a saint....in the midst of it all there is the odd outbreak of gleaming majesty..."
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