~ Release group by Pet Shop Boys


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Please CD 11 Parlophone CDP7462712, CDP 7 46271 2 077774627122
Please 12" Vinyl 11 EMI America PW-17193 077771719318
Please CD 10 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) CP32-5131 4988006603189
Please 12" Vinyl 10 Parlophone 064 24 0520 1 5099924052016
Please / Further Listening 1984–1986 2×CD 11 + 13 Gala Records (Russian label, for releases issued by S.B.A./GALA Records, Inc.), Parlophone 0946357150 2 6 094635715026
Please / Further Listening 1984–1986 2×CD 11 + 13 Parlophone 7243 5 30504 2 9 724353050429
Please (2001 digital remaster) CD 11 Parlophone PSBCD1 5099926828923
Please CD 11 Parlophone 0777 7 46271 2 2 077774627122


associated singles/EPs: Love Comes Quickly
Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) (Second release)
West End Girls (1985 re-recording)
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Pet Shop Boys: for over 25 years, they've been a very brilliant pop thing. From the artwork, to their outlook, image and, handily, literally quite good ability with tunes, they created an intelligence and panache that has seen them become one of the most successful duos of all time. Not for nothing did they once describe themselves as ''The Smiths you can dance to''. And it was only right they picked up an Outstanding Services To Music gong at the 2009 Brits.

Originally released in 1986, Please was the first great British pop album of the post-Live Aid era when everything else had turned a bit ugly, bloated and Bono. Having met in an electronics shop off the Kings Road, Chris Lowe and one-time Smash Hits writer Neil Tennant took their inspiration from the early 80s dance music emanating from New York, combining a very English sensibility with hi-NRG dimensions, and having seen his fair share of casualties on Planet Pop, Tennant took all the best bits to make sure they wouldn't be veering too near the dumper any time soon.

Alongside the peerless worldwide chart-topping West End Girls, there were delights galore to be found: Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) is the ultimate Thatcherism statement made danceable; Love Comes Quickly shimmers magnificently and is possibly one of the more overlooked singles in their catalogue. Surburbia may sound a little weedier than the later single version but is still a top pop moment. Even the non-singles such as the opening Two Divided By Zero (recently beefed-up live with a touch of the Shannon about it) still sounds of the moment; Tonight Is Forever is almost Broadway-esque; the ballad Later Tonight has the calm of a post-evening cab ride home and closer Why Don't We Live Together is a celebratory arms aloft marvel. All tremendous.

Within 18 months Tennant & Lowe would be tossing out number ones, resurrecting Dusty Springfield and releasing Actually, a more refined version of what this debut offered, but aside from one or two cultural references and the odd dated synth, Please really hasn't dated at all and should be the textbook example of how brilliant a pop debut could be. Amazing.