Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys

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Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys
Compilation album by
Pet Shop Boys
Released25 April 2005
GenreSynthpop, disco house (Disc 1)
Classical, ambient, IDM (Disc 2)
LabelDance Music Collective (BACKCD20)
CompilerChris Lowe (Disc 1)
Neil Tennant (Disc 2)
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Back to Mine: Pet Shop Boys, compiled by synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, is the twentieth compilation album in the Back to Mine series published by Disco Mix Club.[2][3]


The band's only condition for undertaking the project was that each member would be allotted his own disc — a first for the series. Each disc, consequently, reflects the most opposite extremes of members Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant's musical preferences. Tennant has suggested that the two discs, in combination, comprise the "Pet Shop Boys sound".

While most other installments of the series focused on various aspects of downtempo and chillout, Lowe's disc is oriented around upbeat disco music. Tennant's disc, meanwhile, with classical and ambient music included, is more aligned with the series' overall style (though the inclusion of classical compositions is also relatively novel for the series).

The album cover is by the band's traditional designer Mark Farrow, differentiating it from the series' usual appearance.


Both discs include a song by Dusty Springfield, in tribute to the singer's considerable link to the band's history; as fans of Springfield's work, Tennant and Lowe went on to collaborate with her in several projects in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"Passion", produced by the band's first producer Bobby Orlando, is cited by Lowe as one of the key reasons for the existence of the band, as the duo's appreciation for that and other Orlando productions led to Tennant's meeting with Orlando in New York.

Lobe and Dettinger would later produce remixes for the limited edition of the band's 2006 album, Fundamental.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one (Chris Lowe)[edit]

  1. "Don't Cry Tonight" – Savage
  2. "Take a Chance" – Mr. Flagio
  3. "Dirty Talk" – Klein + M.B.O.
  4. "Passion" – The Flirts
  5. "Ti Sento" – Matia Bazar
  6. "Never Be Alone" – Justice vs. Simian
  7. "The Show Must Go On" – Queen
  8. "Stand on the Word" – Celestial Choir
  9. "I Was Born This Way" – Carl Bean
  10. "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love" – Dusty Springfield

Disc two (Neil Tennant)[edit]

  1. "Traum" – Fairmont
  2. "Pulse Pause Repeat" – Harold Budd, Ruben Garcia and Daniel Lentz
  3. "Microgravity" – Biosphere
  4. "Come In!" (II Movement) (Composed by Vladimir Martynov) – Ensemble Opus Posth
  5. "Promenade Sentimentale" (Sentimental Walk) – Vladimir Cosma
  6. "La Baie" – Étienne Daho
  7. "Tiny" – Vessel
  8. "Laura's Theme" – Craig Armstrong
  9. "One Two Three No Gravity" (Dettinger Mix) – Closer Musik
  10. "Goin' Back" – Dusty Springfield
  11. "Lunz" – Lunz
  12. "Sospiri" Op. 70 (Composed by Edward Elgar) – Sir John Barbirolli Conducts The New Philharmonic Orchestra
  13. "DD Rhodes" –
  14. "Video Kid" – The Video Kid
  15. "Movement" – Lobe
  16. "At Dusk" – John Surman
  17. "Melodie" Opus 47 No. 3 (Composed by Edvard Grieg) – Emil Gilels


Allmusic reviewer John Bush rated the compilation album four and a half out of five stars.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Pet Shop Boys: Back to Mine [Anniversary Edition] > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ Skrufff, Jonty (30 April 2005). "Pet Shop Boys Chris - Gangsta Rap, DJing & Saturday Night Fever". Retrieved 3 June 2006.
  3. ^ Skrufff, Jonty (1 June 2006). "Pet Shop Boys interview". News. Trust the DJ. Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2006.

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