Over the years The Pet Shop Boys have become one of the most commercially and critically acclaimed British groups ever, this prolific song-writing and recording duo have so far achievedeight platinum, two gold and four silver albums in the UK alone, and being a big fan ever since they released their first single “West End Girls” back in the mid 1980’s. I couldn’t wait to get Their latest CD entitled “Format”.
The album was released on February 6th 2012 and contains a less well-known but equally great collection of b-sides and bonus tracks, which have been remastered and the album follows on from the 1995 release, “Alternative”, which collected the duo’s b-sides from 1985 to 1994. So far an incredible 38 b-sides and bonus tracks have now been collected together from singles released between 1996 and 2009, to create Format.
Disc: 1 1. The Truck Driver and His Mate 2. Hit and Miss 3. In the Night 1995 4. Betrayed 5. How I Learned to Hate Rock & Roll 6. Discoteca (New version) 7. The Calm Before the Storm 8. Confidential (Demo for Tina Turner) 9. The Boy Who Couldn’t Keep His Clothes On 10. Delusions of Grandeur 11. The View from Your Balcony 12. Disco Potential 13. Silver Age 14. Screaming 15. The Ghost of Myself 16. Casting a Shadow 17. Lies 18. Sexy Northerner
Disc: 2 1. Always 2. Nightlife 3. Searching for the Face of Jesus 4. Between Two Islands 5. Friendly Fire 6. We’re the Pet Shop Boys 7. Transparent 8. I Didn’t Get Where I am Today 9. The Resurrectionist 10. Girls Don’t Cry 11. In Private (7 – inch mix) 12. Blue on Blue 13. No Time for Tears (7 – inch mix) 14. Bright Young Things 15. Party Song 16. We’re all Criminals Now 17. Gin and Jag 18. After the Event 19. The Former Enfant Terrible 20. Up and Down