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Alternative [Limited]

  • 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
    16. It Must Be Obvious
    17. We All Feel Better in the Dark
    18. Bet She's Not Your Girlfriend
    19. Losing My Mind
    20. Music for Boys
    21. Miserablism
    22. Hey, Headmaster
    23. What Keeps Mankind Alive?
    24. Shameless
    25. Too Many People
    26. Violence - (hacienda version)
    27. Decadence
    28. If Love Were All
    29. Euroboy
    30. Some Speculation
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34353

  • Credits

    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.
    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

  • Critic 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 the midst of it all there is the odd outbreak of gleaming majesty..."
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