PopArt: The Hits

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Looking back at the 20 years since Neil Tennant left England's Smash Hits magazine to form the Pet Shop Boys with Chris Lowe, the two-CD Popart opens itself up for arguments while surpassing 1991's Discography as the ready-to-wear selection. All the growing up and becoming more emotionally focused that the duo did post-Discography could have yielded a dour hits collection, but putting new tracks like the plaintive "I Get Along" between the slick chestnuts "West End Girls" and "So Hard" works to the listener's advantage. The tropical and wistful "Single-Bilingual" and the clever and melancholy "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" add more latter-day treasures ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Looking back at the 20 years since Neil Tennant left England's Smash Hits magazine to form the Pet Shop Boys with Chris Lowe, the two-CD Popart opens itself up for arguments while surpassing 1991's Discography as the ready-to-wear selection. All the growing up and becoming more emotionally focused that the duo did post-Discography could have yielded a dour hits collection, but putting new tracks like the plaintive "I Get Along" between the slick chestnuts "West End Girls" and "So Hard" works to the listener's advantage. The tropical and wistful "Single-Bilingual" and the clever and melancholy "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk" add more latter-day treasures that Discography couldn't include, and the only thing left to do besides submit is argue about the details. There is one disc full of "Pop" moments and the other "Art," but just try to figure out the criteria. The two new songs the austere electro of "Miracles" and the fair "Flamboyant" are nice enough, but they're not as fully formed as their surroundings, making them obvious late additions. A little bit of text and history in the liner notes would have helped, and fans should be aware that most of the tracks here appear in album versions rather than single mixes. Of course, compilers need to make decisions, and bookending the collection with the ultra-camp and semi-flippant covers of "Go West" and "Somewhere" could be seen as a comment on how listeners shouldn't worry so much and should just enjoy. Regardless of omissions and decisions, Popart is an excellent, hang-together listen and a better representation of the duo's career than Discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 094637594520
  • Catalog Number: 759452
  • Sales rank: 302,238

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pet Shop Boys Primary Artist, Track Performer
Dusty Springfield Vocals, Guest Appearance
Danny Madden Conductor
Audrey Wheeler Vocals
Anne Dudley Conductor
Carlos Goméz Percussion
Barbara Tucker Vocals
Craig Armstrong Piano, Keyboards
Mike Bakst Keyboards
Gary Barnacle Saxophone
J.J. Belle Guitar
Haydn Bendall Performing Ensemble
Karen Bernod Vocals
Greg Bone Guitar
Sally Bradshaw Vocals
Ed Calle Brass
Billy Cliff Background Vocals
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Concepcion Trumpet, Brass, Soloist
Peter Daou Keyboards
Pete Gleadall Keyboards
Nestor Gomez Guitar
Noel Langley Brass
Jody Linscott Percussion
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Andy Mackay Saxophone
Johnny Marr Guitar
Gary Maughn fairlight
Ronald Dean Miller Overdubs
Richard Niles Conductor
Tessa Niles Vocals
Andy Richards fairlight
Fro Sosa Keyboards
Helena Springs Vocals
Carole Sylvan Vocals
Gavyn Wright Leader
Liliana Chachian Percussion
Gary Maughan fairlight
Stuart Crichton Keyboards
Sheboom Percussion, Drums
Trouser Enthusiasts Percussion, Drums
Steve Walters Bass, Bass Guitar
Vincent Montana Jr. Conductor
Victor Sergeivitch Popov Choir Conductor
Oli Savill Percussion
Jon Smellz Horn Engineer
Mike Innes Brass
Gene Perez Bass, Bass Guitar
Voice in Fashion Background Vocals
Ali MacLeod Guitar
Andy Hamilton Brass
Keith Fluitt Background Vocals
Stephen Hilton Keyboards
Steve Abram Background Vocals
Dana Tebor Brass
Kenneth William Faulk Brass
Bob Langley Brass
Richard Sidell Brass
Andy (Stewart) Hamilton Brass
Scott Fraser Bass
Moscow Choral Academy Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Pet Shop Boys Arranger, Producer, Remixing
Danny Madden Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Conductor
Anne Dudley Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Mark James Composer
David Morales Composer, Producer
Brothers in Rhythm Producer
Craig Armstrong Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Mike Bakst Brass Arrangment, Score
Steven Barkan Engineer
Henri Belolo Composer
Haydn Bendall Engineer
Andy Bradfield Engineer
Johnny Christopher Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Mike Couzzi Engineer
Scott Davidson Programming
Hugo Dwyer Engineer
Harold Faltermeyer Arranger, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Gaudio Composer
Pete Gleadall Programming, Engineer
Louie Guzman drum programming
Stephen Hague Composer, Producer
Trevor Horn Producer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik Producer
Marshall Jefferson Composer
Bob Kraushaar Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Steve Lipson Producer, Engineer
Chris Lowe Composer
Lewis A. Martineé Producer, Engineer, Brass Arrangment
Gary Maughn Programming
Julian Mendelsohn Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Jacques Morali Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Richard Niles Arranger, keyboard arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Tony Phillips Engineer
Chris Porter Producer, Engineer
Brian Reeves Engineer
Andy Richards Programming, Producer
Pete Schwier Engineer
Helena Springs Vocal Treatments
Ren Swan Engineer
Danny Tenaglia Producer, drum programming
Neil Tennant Composer
Dana Vicek Engineer
Allee Willis Composer
Victor Willis Composer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Geoff Foster Engineer
David Jacob Engineer
Nicholas Froame Producer
Steve Rodway Producer
Motiv 8 Producer
Dominic Clarke Programming, Contributor
Paul Hewson Composer
Adam F Composer, Producer, Engineer
Paul Wright III Engineer
Peter "Ski" Schwartz String Arrangements
Phil Pagano Programming
Stuart Crichton Producer
Trouser Enthusiasts Producer
Felix J. Gauder Producer, Remixing
Mikey Jarret Engineer
Vincent Montana Jr. Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Horn Conductor, String Conductor
Alyosha Zolotukhin Choir Arrangement
Wayne Carson Thompson Composer
Nego Do Barbalho Composer
Stephen Hilton Programming
Tomcraft Producer, Remixing
Paul Wright Engineer
Howard Greenhalgh Still Pictures, Video Stills
Yuji Muraoka Liner Notes
Zhig Brezinski Still Pictures, Video Stills
Bob Gleadall Programming
Felix J. Producer
Pete Schier Engineer
Dan Fresh Stein Producer, Engineer
Tatiana Vinnitskaya Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Steve Price Engineer
Bob Crew Composer
Tim Young Remastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pet Shop Boys do it again!

    Yet another great listening pleasure by the Pet Shop Boys...classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE!

    This is absoluteley one of the best CD's I have ever purchased. I've always liked the Pet Shop Boys music, but honestly never knew they were this talented. The old stuff on the CD is great, but the newer stuff is awesome. Massive talent and well worth the cost. This CD is a must have for everyone's collection.

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