Pet Shop Boys ‎– Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009)

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CD One: 1996‎–2002
Pet Shop Boys The Truck-Driver And His Mate 3:34
Pet Shop Boys Hit And Miss 4:07
Pet Shop Boys In The Night (1995) 4:16
Pet Shop Boys Betrayed 5:19
Pet Shop Boys How I Learned To Hate Rock-And-Roll 4:37
Pet Shop Boys Discoteca (New Version) 3:43
Pet Shop Boys The Calm Before The Storm 2:46
Pet Shop Boys Confidential (Demo For Tina Turner) 4:46
Pet Shop Boys The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On 6:05
Pet Shop Boys Delusions Of Grandeur 5:03
Pet Shop Boys The View From Your Balcony 3:44
Pet Shop Boys Disco Potential 4:06
Pet Shop Boys Silver Age 3:32
Pet Shop Boys Screaming 4:55
Pet Shop Boys The Ghost Of Myself 4:02
Pet Shop Boys Casting A Shadow 4:36
Pet Shop Boys Lies 4:39
Pet Shop Boys Sexy Northerner 3:42
CD Two: 2002‎–2009
Pet Shop Boys Always 5:03
Pet Shop Boys Nightlife 3:53
Pet Shop Boys Searching For The Face Of Jesus 3:26
Pet Shop Boys Between Two Islands 5:06
Pet Shop Boys Friendly Fire 3:22
Pet Shop Boys We're The Pet Shop Boys 4:55
Pet Shop Boys Transparent 3:51
Pet Shop Boys I Didn't Get Where I Am Today 3:37
Pet Shop Boys The Resurrectionist 3:10
Pet Shop Boys Girls Don't Cry 2:34
Pet Shop Boys With Elton John In Private (7-Inch Mix) 4:10
Pet Shop Boys Blue On Blue 3:11
Pet Shop Boys No Time For Tears (7-Inch Mix) 3:35
Pet Shop Boys Bright Young Things 4:55
Pet Shop Boys Party Song 3:39
Pet Shop Boys We're All Criminals Now 3:54
Pet Shop Boys Gin And Jag 4:28
Pet Shop Boys After The Event 5:15
Pet Shop Boys The Former Enfant Terrible 2:51
Pet Shop Boys Up And Down 3:42

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009)(2xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd) Parlophone, Parlophone C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996-2009)(2xCD, Comp, RM, Unofficial) Parlophone (2), Parlophone (2) C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1 China 2012 Sell This Version
8390008394 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996-2009)(38xFile, MP3, Comp, RM, 192) EMI 8390008394 UK & Europe 2012
509999 5571652 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996-2009)(38xFile, MP3, Comp, RM, 320) Parlophone 509999 5571652 UK & Europe 2012
PSBPROMO1, 5099960224927 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009)(2xCD, Comp, Promo, RM) Parlophone, Parlophone PSBPROMO1, 5099960224927 UK 2012 Sell This Version
5099991423627 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009)(2xCD, Comp, RM) Gala Records (5), Parlophone 5099991423627 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
50999 9 55716 2 1, C955 7162 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009)(2xCD, Comp, RM + Box) Parlophone, Parlophone 50999 9 55716 2 1, C955 7162 Thailand 2012 Sell This Version
5099962401524, C6240152 Pet Shop Boys Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996–2009)(2xCD, Comp, RM, RE, Jew) Parlophone, Parlophone 5099962401524, C6240152 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version

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donbalfour

donbalfour

May 15, 2012
referencing Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009), 2xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1
The Version of Pet Shop Boys with Elton John In Private (7-Inch Mix) is the In Private [Stuart Crichton 7” Mix]
Globe199

Globe199

April 27, 2012
referencing Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009), 2xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1

PSB's second B-side compilation is very good, obviously, though not quite as good as Alternative. The biggest difference to me is that the element of discovery is absent here. When I bought Alternative in 1995, nearly every track was new for me. Those B-sides would have been very difficult to find in the pre-commercial internet age, especially in the United States. You would have spent an enormous amount of time and money ordering import singles. So Alternative was just a godsend for PSB fanatics; we were offered two whole discs of songs that many people probably didn't know existed.

But Format covers a different era. I think most PSB fans will already know many if not most of the tracks here. There were only a few that I hadn't heard. With Bilingual in 1996, PSB started a policy of two-disc releases for all new albums that included associated B-sides and remixes on the second disc. Those versions were limited-run, but they were widely available in the US. Certainly not every track on Format was available on a double-CD release, but many were. On the other hand, it's great to have all these tracks in one collection.

Anyway, the music here is mostly great. PSB were quick to point out on Alternative that not every track was good; there were some truly bad songs there, as there are here. But the good-to-bad ratio is high and approximately equal to that album. And like Alternative, the great thing about these tracks is that PSB experimented and stretched out. The best tracks here come from the later years. My favourites in no order:

- How I Learned to Hate Rock & Roll
- The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On
- The View From Your Balcony (one of their all-time best B-sides)
- Silver Age
- Always (a truly great track; seems to be one of NT's favourites too)
- Nightlife (great outtake from that album)
- Between Two Islands
- We're the Pet Shop Boys (ironically a cover)
- Transparent (energetic tech-house)
- The Resurrectionist
- Girls Don't Cry
- Gin and Jag (PSB's ode to aging. Favourite line: "Be careful with the decanter, dear. Do you know how much it's worth?")
- After the Event (the lyrics are so great and so PSB)
- Up and Down

Ultimately, PSB fans are quite blessed. PSB are just a machine that cranks out an endless supply of great new pop songs. There's a lot of music to work through here, and it really allows the listener a good idea the breadth and quality of music that PSB are capable of.
ReadyBeast

ReadyBeast

February 10, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Format (B-Sides And Bonus Tracks 1996‎–2009), 2xCD, Comp, RM + Box, Ltd, C955 7162, 50999 9 55716 2 1

The version of "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On" here is the "International Club Mix" as available on "Bilingual Special Edition" CD2. It's not the original version from the "A Red Letter Day" 4-track CD single.
And "We're The Pet Shop Boys" is 16 seconds longer than the original version from the "Miracles" 2-track CD single. It is the full length version with no fade-out at the end.