Disco (Pet Shop Boys album)

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Disco
PetShopBoysDisco.jpg
Remix album by Pet Shop Boys
Released 17 November 1986 (1986-11-17)
Recorded 1985–1986
Genre
Length 46:19
Label
Producer
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Julian Mendelsohn
  • Stephen Hague
  • Phil Harding
  • J.J. Jeczalik
  • Nicholas Froome
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Please
(1986)
Disco
(1986)
Actually
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Disco is the first remix album by English electronic duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 17 November 1986 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. Disco consists of remixes of tracks from the band's debut album Please and its respective B-sides. The album includes remixes by Arthur Baker, Shep Pettibone and the Pet Shop Boys themselves.

Background[edit]

According to interviews, the album was released to showcase music they deemed non-radio friendly. In actual fact, with the exception of Suburbia, all the mixes on Disco were either rare import remixes or previously unreleased.

In The Night - possibly originally intended for the b-side of the original 12" 1985 release of Opportunities (the sleeve of which lists 'In The Night (Extended)' but in fact played the 7" version; previously unreleased

Suburbia - aka The Full Horror (standard 12" version)

Opportunities - aka 'Version Latina' from the remix 12" of the original 1985 release of Opportunities which at the time of the release of Disco was changing hands for up to £100

Paninaro - aka The Italian Remix aka The Pet Shop Boys Mix, previously available only on a very limited edition 12" in Italy

Love Comes Quickly - aka the Shep Pettibone Mastermix, previously available only on 12" in the USA; an edit of which also appeared on the 7" double-pack of Suburbia

West End Girls - different from the version released on the remix 12"; previously unreleased

In addition, Pet Shop Boys would later release the remix albums Disco 2, Disco 3 and Disco 4, although the concepts of these compilations differ greatly from the original Disco album: Disco 2 is a continuous mega-mix of dance remixes, Disco 3 is a mixture of remixes and new songs and Disco 4 consists exclusively of tracks remixed by the Pet Shop Boys, mainly by other artists.

The sleeve cover is a still of Chris Lowe from the promo video of "Paninaro", which was directed by Pet Shop Boys themselves.

The Disco mix of "Suburbia" can also be found on the "Suburbia" 12" and the 2001 two-disc re-release of Please.

The original version of "In the Night" was the B-side to the original release of "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)". Arthur Baker's Extended Mix of "In the Night" was used as the theme for the BBC's The Clothes Show.

Stuart Price, producer of the Pet Shop Boys albums Electric and Super, cites Disco as a major influence on his musical taste as a teenager.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In the Night" (Arthur Baker's Extended mix) – 6:28
  2. "Suburbia" (Julian Mendelssohn's Full Horror mix) – 8:56
  3. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (Ron Dean Miller and Latin Rascals' Version Latina) – 5:34
  4. "Paninaro" (Pet Shop Boys and David Jacob's Italian mix) – 8:35
  5. "Love Comes Quickly" (Shep Pettibone's Mastermix) – 7:38
  6. "West End Girls" (Shep Pettibone's Disco mix) – 9:03

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Pet Shop Boys: Disco" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Pet Shop Boys". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011.