Artist....: Pet shop boys
Rel. Date.: 1986
1. "In the Night" (Arthur Baker's Extended mix)
2. "Suburbia" (Julian Mendelssohn's Full Horror mix)
3. "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" (Ron Dean Miller and Latin Rascals's Version Latina)
4. "Paninaro" (Pet Shop Boys and David Jacob's Italian mix)
5. "Love comes quickly" (Shep Pettibone's Mastermix)
6. "West End girls" (Shep Pettibone's Disco mix)
Done back at a time when the Pet Shop Boys were just starting out, this may have been an idea to make disco music more mainstream - it was big in the urban areas, and disco from the 70s had not really died, but was being transformed into pop, electro and other kinds of music that the Pet Shop Boys would come to typify for a while.
The first album, 'Please', had a string of world-wide chart toppers; these became sought after not only on the radio but also in the dance clubs - if there was one place that Pet Shop Boys music was welcome at, it was the dance clubs. This mini-album satisfied the more general demand for extended versions of songs at a time when the extended single was still a rare commodity (and mostly it was done on vinyl).
This CD has six tracks, four of which are remixes of charting songs from the album 'Please'. The songs 'Love Comes Quickly' and 'Suburbia' are lesser known in North America, but the songs 'Opportunities' and 'West End Girls' are perhaps two of the best known PSB songs ever. 'Suburbia' sounds very much like it encorporates the keyboard-heavy introductory music to the British series 'Eastenders' (at least, the music of the time), which is not a mistake.
The other songs included here are b-sides or extra tracks; the song 'Paninaro' became a hit in its own right, being revisited a number of times later in the PSB history.
This is a remix album as they should be done - the songs are clearly extended versions of the ones from which they come, not so overlaid with DJ accretions that one can barely make out the base tune.