Pet Shop Boys Please – PW 17193 – (Condition 85-90%) – Cover Reprinted – LP Record

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Pet Shop Boys Please – PW 17193 – (Condition 85-90%) – Cover Reprinted – LP Record
Please is the debut album by English electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 24 March 1986 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. According to the duo, the album’s title was chosen so that people had to go into a record shop and say “Can I have the Pet Shop Boys album, ‘Please’?”. Please spawned four singles: “West End Girls”, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”, “Suburbia”, and “Love Comes Quickly”; “West End Girls” reached number one in both the UK and the US.

Please is musically simpler than but lyrically just as rich as Pet Shop Boys’ later work. The instrumentals are comparable to other techno pop of this period. As with many early PSB albums, the lyrics were considered androgynous, the stories they contain being equally applicable to gay and heterosexual relationships. Tennant, in particular, enjoyed this ambiguity and refused to comment on his own sexuality until he came out shortly prior to the 1993 release of Very.

The tiny cover photograph enclosed by a sea of white has been seen by some design observers as a reaction to the traditional album cover. With the new CD cases of the time being necessarily smaller than designs seen on 12″ albums, the passport-sized photograph is far removed from standard cover artwork. The actual size of the image is the same size as a 35mm photographic negative.

Although some commentators have remarked that “Two Divided by Zero” samples a Texas Instruments Speak & Spell toy from the 1980s, this is a myth. Neil Tennant stated in an interview in the BBC Radio documentary About Pet Shop Boys that the sample used on “Two Divided by Zero” was in fact a talking calculator he had bought for his father.

Please was re-released on 4 June 2001 (as were most of the group’s albums up to that point) as Please/Further Listening 1984–1986. The re-released version was not only digitally remastered but came with a second disc of B-sides and previously unreleased material from around the time of the album’s original release. Yet another re-release followed on 9 February 2009, under the title of Please: Remastered. This version contains only the 11 tracks on the original. With the 2009 re-release, the 2001 2CD re-release was discontinued.

“Suburbia” was dramatically remixed for the single release.

“Violence” was later re-recorded by the Pet Shop Boys for a charity concert at The Haçienda nightclub in the early 1990s. This version, known as the ‘Haçienda version’, was released as one of the B-sides to “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing” and was then made available on the B-sides album Alternative and the 2001 2-disc re-release of the Very album.

The Pet Shop Boys later sampled the Please version of “Love Comes Quickly” for their song “Somebody Else’s Business”, which appeared on the Disco 3 album.

“Tonight Is Forever” was later covered by Liza Minnelli on the Pet Shop Boys-produced album Results.

Record Details
Title Pet Shop Boys Please – PW 17193
Artist Neil Tennant, Chris & Bobby Orlando
Producer Stephen Hague
Releasing Year 1986
Genre Private Songs
Language English
Label EMI
Made In USA
Manufacture EMI Records Ltd.
Serial No. PW 17193
Side One
  • Two Divided By Zero
  • West End Girls
  • Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)
  • Love Comes Quickly
  • Suburbia
Side Two
  • Tonight Is Forever           
  • Violence      
  • I Want A Lover
  • Later Tonight
  • Why Don’t We Live Together
Specification
Size 12 Inches
Speed 33 RPM
Record Condition 85-90%
Cover Condition Excellent (Reprinted)

Additional information

Weight 0.35 g
Dimensions 33 × 33 × 2.54 cm
Producer

Stephen Hague

Artists

Neil Tennant, Chris & Bobby Orlando

Releasing year

1986

Language

English

Label

EMI

Genre

Private Songs

Size

12 Inches

Speed

33 RPM

Records condition

Excellent – 85-90%

Cover condition

Cover Reprinted

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