Pet Shop Boys ‎– Elysium

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Elysium
A1 Leaving
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Andrew Dawson, Ben Leathers, Joachim HorsleyConductor – Joachim HorsleyContractor – Mark Robertson (3)Engineer [Orchestra], Mixed By [Orchestra] – Robert FernandezEngineer [String, Assistant] – Charlie PaakkariPercussion – Lenny CastroRecorded By [Additional Vocals] – Mike RileyVocals [Additional] – James Fauntleroy*, Julie Waters*, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters
3:50
A2 Invisible
Recorded By [Additional Vocals, Assistant] – Max PlisskinRecorded By [Additional Vocals] – Mike RileyVocals [Additional] – James Fauntleroy*, Julie Waters*, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters
5:05
A3 Winner
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Andrew Dawson, Ben Leathers, Joachim HorsleyConductor – Joachim HorsleyContractor – Mark Robertson (3)Drums, Recorded By [Drums] – Ryan HoyleEngineer [Orchesrta], Mixed By [Orchestra] – Robert FernandezEngineer [String, Assistant] – Charlie PaakkariProgrammed By [Additional], Guitar – Andrew Dawson
3:50
A4 Your Early Stuff
Recorded By [Additional Vocals] – Mike RileyVocals [Additional] – Julie Waters*, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters
2:33
A5 A Face Like That
Programmed By [Additional] – Andrew Dawson
5:07
A6 Breathing Space
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Andrew Dawson, Ben Leathers, Joachim HorsleyConductor – Joachim HorsleyContractor – Mark Robertson (3)Drums – Andrew DawsonEngineer [Orchestra], Mixed By [Orchestra] – Robert FernandezEngineer [String, Assistant] – Charlie PaakkariGuitar – Adam Tressler, Andrew DawsonVocals [Additional] – Sonos
5:10
B1 Ego Music
Vocals [Additional] – Sonos
3:05
B2 Hold On
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Andrew Dawson, Ben Leathers, Joachim HorsleyBass – Vivi RamaConductor – Joachim HorsleyContractor – Mark Robertson (3)Drums, Recorded By [Drums] – Ryan HoyleEngineer – Jim Caruana, Mike RileyEngineer [Assistant] – Anna UgarteEngineer [Orchesrta], Mixed By [Orchestra] – Robert FernandezEngineer [String, Assistant] – Charlie PaakkariVocals [Additional] – Alex Brown, Carmen Carter, Julie Waters*, Luther Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, SonosWritten-By – Frideric Handel*, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe*
3:19
B3 Give It A Go
Arranged By [Orchesrta] – Andrew Dawson, Ben Leathers, Joachim HorsleyConductor – Joachim HorsleyContractor – Mark Robertson (3)Engineer [Orchesrta], Mixed By [Orchesrta] – Robert FernandezEngineer [String, Assistant] – Charlie PaakkariGuitar – Adam TresslerPercussion – Lenny CastroRecorded By [Additional Vocals] – Mike RileyRecorded By [Lead Vocals] – Pete GleadallVocals [Additional] – Julie Waters*, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters
3:53
B4 Memory Of The Future
Engineer – Jim CaruanaEngineer [Assistant] – Anna Ugarte
4:31
B5 Everything Means Something
Engineer – Jim CaruanaEngineer [Assistant] – Anna UgarteProgrammed By [Additional], Keyboards [Additional] – Andrew Dawson
4:50
B6 Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Andrew Dawson, Ben Leathers, Joachim HorsleyArranged By [Original] – Pet Shop BoysBass – Vivi RamaConductor – Joachim HorsleyContractor – Mark Robertson (3)Engineer [Orchesrta], Mixed By [Orchesrta] – Robert FernandezEngineer [String, Assistant] – Charlie PaakkariGuitar – Adam TresslerPercussion – Lenny CastroRecorded By [Additional Vocals] – Mike RileyRecorder [Lead Vocals] – Pete GleadallVocals [Additional] – Julie Waters*, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters
5:49
Elysium Instrumental
C1 Leaving (Instrumental) 3:50
C2 Invisible (Instrumental) 5:05
C3 Winner (Instrumental) 3:50
C4 Your Early Stuff (Instrumental) 2:33
C5 A Face Like That (Instrumental) 5:07
C6 Breathing Space (Instrumental) 5:10
D1 Ego Music (Instrumental) 3:05
D2 Hold On (Instrumental) 3:12
D3 Give It A Go (Instrumental) 3:53
D4 Memory Of The Future (Instrumental) 4:31
D5 Everything Means Something (Instrumental) 4:50
D6 Requiem In Denim And Leopardskin (Instrumental) 5:48

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Release dates:
07 Sep 2012 - Germany etc.
10 Sep 2012 - UK
11 Sep 2012 - USA
12 Sep 2012 - Sweden

Made in the EU

Limited to 1000 copies.

Gatefold sleeve

Text on sticker on the protective plastic:
"Includes 'Winner' and 'Leaving'
plus extra album: Elysium instrumental"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5099930439115
  • Label Code: LC0299
  • Other (Cat#, Record One): 5099940498812
  • Other (Cat#, Record Two): 5099940498911
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): 4049881/A2 BC85026-01A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): 4049881/B2 BC85026-01B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, etched): 4049881/C BC85026-02 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, etched): 4049881/D BC85026-02 D1
  • Rights Society: SDRM/BIEM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
P304 3912, 5099930439122 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone P304 3912, 5099930439122 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
5099968286323 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Gala Records (5), Parlophone 5099968286323 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
38297 Pet Shop Boys 'Elysium' Album Launch Concert - Live In Berlin(Blu-ray-R, Album, Unofficial) Eagle Rock Entertainment (2) 38297 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
509993 19772 2 7 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks (2) 509993 19772 2 7 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
5099930439122 Pet Shop Boys Elysium(CD, Album) Parlophone 5099930439122 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version

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ReadyBeast

ReadyBeast

May 2, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

If I had given a rating to this album after the first listening, I would have done as many did: I would have put a low grade. And that's the problem with music nowadays, nobody gives a chance for a record to grow on them. Music must please immediately. When it comes to the Pet Shop Boys it's even worse: people are expecting something and when they don't get what they want, they show no mercy. That's what happened with "Elysium", an album that didn't met expectations and that failed to please at first listening.
But "Elysium" deserves a lot more than that, and is a true diamond that needs to be observed from a different angle. Fortunately, there is more to Pet Shop Boys music than the type of "Very", "Disco", "Yes", etc... I treasure these albums but life would be much less interesting if there were only those.
When "Elysium" was released, I must admit that I was thrown. Apart from the two first songs, nothing was to my taste. Then I remembered listening to "Yes" for the first time and I knew that I had to take time to judge "Elysium", as disappointment always surfaces in the early days...
"Leaving" and "Invisible" don't need any comments as everyone pretty much agrees about them. "Winner" has been considered too literally. It's a good song about being able to enjoy the bliss that comes with achievements knowing that it won't last. And the tune is really moving. "Your early stuff" is a nonchalant midtempo song and is a manifesto of optimism regardless of criticism. "A Face like That" is a sweet dance track, light and mellow. It may be the one song of the album that is classic Pet Shop Boys. It could be the reason why everyone would have liked it to be released as a single but it has no commercial potential. The only flaw of "Breathing Space" is the musical phrase in the verse that sounds too much like "Winner". Apart from that, it's another PSB ballad that you can listen to without ever getting tired of.
"Ego Music" might not be as aggressive as it should have been musically speaking, considering the subject. But it remains an interesting moment as it doesn't sound like anything else. "Hold On"... What an underrated song! What is everyone's problem with musicals about this track? I don't get it. Everything is perfect according to me in this song, the vocals, the backing track. Too cheesy for you? Well a lot could be written about what could be considered cheesy in Pet Shop Boys career...
"Give It A Go" could have been released as the third single, as much as "You only tell me..." had been released off "Nightlife". You have to go back in time through several albums to find such a beautiful ballad. I've been missing this way of singing Neil has. If there is one song on "Elysium" that could be skipped, "Memory of The Future" is certainly the one. I've played this many times but the magic is not here. "Everything means something" reminds me that Pet Shop Boys always explore new territories and that, after all these years, they still show up where they are not expected. Great.
And last but not least: "Requiem In Denim And Leopard Skin". To put it simply, I fly away every time. If there is one song I play apart from the whole album, this is the one. It sounds old, but I think it's on purpose. It's like a bridge leading to the next world, the song to play after the most intense party of your life. The kind of song to which you shed tears, being grateful to have lived beautiful moments in your life. Going beyond with no regrets and riding the motorbike never looking back.
"Elysium" is a great album. I thought it was time to do justice to that marvellous record and I hope time will help everyone rediscover it.
Mrmilano

Mrmilano

September 15, 2012

Limited to 1000 produced, as described in the Pet Shop Boys specialty page, http://www.psb-catalogue.com
2xLP: 2012 DE (Parlophone; 5-0-999-3-04391-1 5) [7 Sep; limited edition; x1000]
and the double cd, also in limited Edition of 8000 worldwide.
2xCD: 2012 DE (Parlophone; 5-0-999-9-15977-2 4) [7 Sep; limited edition; x8000]