Essential (Pet Shop Boys album)

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Essential
Compilation album by Pet Shop Boys
Released 31 March 1998
Recorded 1981–1998
Genre Technopop
Label EMI/Capitol
Producer Harold Faltermeyer
Nicholas Froome
Stephen Hague
Trevor Horn
David Jacobs
J. J. Jeczalik
Lewis Martineé
Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Bilingual
(1996)
Essential
(1998)
Nightlife
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Essential is a 1998 compilation album by Pet Shop Boys, released as a limited edition in the United States by EMI/Capitol and in Japan by Toshiba/EMI.[2] Produced for only six months, early promotional versions of the album had the title Early, as the tracks featured were part of Pet Shop Boys' early catalog.[3] The album contained remixes as well as album tracks and B-sides. Several of the songs had not been available on compact disc prior to this release.

The Essential CD booklet contained an essay written by music journalist Chris Heath.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Domino Dancing" (Alternative version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Lewis Martineé, Pet Shop Boys 4:42
2. "West End Girls" (Dance Mix) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Stephen Hague 6:29
3. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (1985 7" version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe J. J. Jeczalik, Nicholas Froome 3:48
4. "Paninaro" (1986 7" version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Pet Shop Boys 4:40
5. "That's My Impression" (7" version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Pet Shop Boys 4:48
6. "We All Feel Better in the Dark" (Extended Mix) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Pet Shop Boys 6:47
7. "It Couldn't Happen Here" (LP version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Ennio Morricone Pet Shop Boys, David Jacobs 5:20
8. "It's Alright" (7" version) Sterling Void Trevor Horn 4:20
9. "Left to My Own Devices" (7" version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson 4:46
10. "In the Night" (Remix) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Pet Shop Boys 6:28
11. "Two Divided by Zero" (LP version) Neil Tennant, Bobby Orlando Stephen Hague 3:36
12. "Love Comes Quickly" (Dance Mix) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Stephen Hague Stephen Hague 6:48
13. "Being Boring" (Extended version) Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe Pet Shop Boys, Harold Faltermeyer 10:40

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