Pet Shop Boys ‎– Release

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"Release" is the eighth studio album by Pet Shop Boys, released in April 2002 in the UK.
On its first release, a limited run of metallic effect embossed sleeves were available in a choice of four colours: grey (poppy), blue (daisy), pink (rose) or red (orchid). In the US, this limited run also came with a bonus CD including remixes, new tracks and a version of the collaborative single released in 2001, "Break 4 Love".
This special 2-disc edition was also released in Asia.
It was re-released in 2017 with two bonus discs of material as part of the second installment of the Further Listening series.

Singles from the album:
Home And Dry
I Get Along
London (Germany only, promos in the UK)

Studio albums:
Nightlife > Release > Fundamental
Full length releases:
Closer To Heaven (Original Cast Recording) > Nightlife > Disco 3

Tracklist

Home And Dry 4:21
I Get Along 5:49
Birthday Boy 6:26
London 3:46
E-Mail 3:55
The Samurai In Autumn 4:17
Love Is A Catastrophe 4:50
Here 3:15
The Night I Fell In Love 5:04
You Choose 3:13

Versions (77)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8, 7243-5 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8, 7243-5 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Album(CDr, Advance, Album) EMI none Spain 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Album(CDr, Album, Promo) Parlophone none UK 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38598 2 4, none Pet Shop Boys Release + 8 Bonus (CD, Album, Enh, Unofficial) Parlophone (2), Flower Records (7) 7243 5 38598 2 4, none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
724353815028 Pet Shop Boys = 寵物店男孩* Pet Shop Boys = 寵物店男孩* - Release = 花開了(CD, Album) EMI 百代 724353815028 Taiwan 2002 Sell This Version
538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) EMI 百代, Parlophone, Parlophone 538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8 Taiwan 2002 Sell This Version
E0953, 3815028 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone E0953, 3815028 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
7243538150-2 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, EMI 7243538150-2 Colombia 2002 Sell This Version
538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8, 7243-5 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8, 7243-5 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
CDPCSJ (WF) 7221 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone CDPCSJ (WF) 7221 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
540 0232, 7243 5 40023 2 8 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, Parlophone 540 0232, 7243 5 40023 2 8 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, EMI 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8 Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
368 538150 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone 368 538150 2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38598 3 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone 7243 5 38598 3 UK 2002 Sell This Version
5381502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 72435281028 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) EMI, EMI, EMI, Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 5381502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 72435281028 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
06076-84553-2 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84553-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 28 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) EMI (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Parlophone 7243 5 38150 28 Malaysia 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5381502 8 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, EMI Music Canada 7243 5381502 8 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
7243540023-2 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) EMI, Parlophone 7243540023-2 Colombia 2002 Sell This Version
538 5982 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone 538 5982 UK 2002 Sell This Version
06076-84553-2 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Sanctuary Records 06076-84553-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album) Parlophone, EMI 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8 Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 40313 0 4 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD) Parlophone 7243 5 40313 0 4 France 2002 Sell This Version
06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9B, 06076-84554-2B Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Blu) Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9B, 06076-84554-2B US 2002 Sell This Version
06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9A, 06076-84554-2A Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Gra) Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9A, 06076-84554-2A US 2002 Sell This Version
06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9D, 06076-84554-2D Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Pin) Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9D, 06076-84554-2D US 2002 Sell This Version
06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9C, 06076-84554-2C Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Red) Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records, Sanctuary Records 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9C, 06076-84554-2C US 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 41486 0 6 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + S/Edition) Parlophone 7243 5 41486 0 6 Hong Kong 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 41486 0 6 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + S/Edition) Parlophone 7243 5 41486 0 6 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4, 5385982B, 7243-5385982 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Ltd, Blu) Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone, Parlophone 538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4, 5385982B, 7243-5385982 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Ltd, Gre) Parlophone, Parlophone 538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Ltd, Pin) Parlophone, Parlophone 538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
TOCP-65977 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, S/Edition) EMI, Parlophone TOCP-65977 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Ltd, Red) Parlophone, Parlophone 538 5982, 7243 5 38598 2 4 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
TOCP 65977 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Ltd, S/Edition) EMI, Parlophone TOCP 65977 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 2 8 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Promo) Parlophone 7243 5 38150 2 8 Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
RELEASE 01 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Promo) Parlophone RELEASE 01 UK 2002 Sell This Version
RELEASE 01 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Promo, Pac) Parlophone RELEASE 01 UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Unofficial) Parlophone (2) none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Unofficial) Parlophone (2) none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
7243-5385982C Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Unofficial) Parlophone (2) 7243-5385982C Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Unofficial) Parlophone (2) none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38598 2 4 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Unofficial) Parlophone (2) 7243 5 38598 2 4 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
SMK 64480, AVTCD-95472, MHM-1674 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Unofficial, Sli) Sony Music (2), Sony Music (2), Sony Music (2) SMK 64480, AVTCD-95472, MHM-1674 China 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Advance, Album, Promo) Parlophone, EMI Austria none Austria 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) Capitol Records none France 2002 Sell This Version
PSB1 Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) EMI PSB1 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) Parlophone none UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) Parlophone none UK 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) Sanctuary Records none US 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) EMI, EMI Music France none France 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) Parlophone, EMI Music France none France 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo) EMI, EMI Music France none France 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(CDr, Album, Promo, TP) EMI none UK 2002 Sell This Version
724353815042 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone 724353815042 Malaysia 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone 7243 5 38150 4 2 Poland 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone 7243 5 38150 4 2 Bulgaria 2002 Sell This Version
EKPC-0973 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone EKPC-0973 South Korea 2002 Sell This Version
none Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone, Virgin none India 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 40023 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone, EMI 7243 5 40023 4 2 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Gala Records (5), Parlophone 7243 5 38150 4 2 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone 7243 5 38150 4 2 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone, EMI 7243 5 38150 4 2 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 40023 4 2, E0953 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone, EMI 7243 5 40023 4 2, E0953 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 38150 4 2 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone 7243 5 38150 4 2 UK & Europe 2002 Sell This Version
E0953 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album) Parlophone, EMI E0953 Indonesia 2002 Sell This Version
TOCP 65977 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album, Promo) EMI TOCP 65977 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
7243 5 4151446 Pet Shop Boys Release(Cass, Album, S/Edition) EMI 7243 5 4151446 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
72435381504 Pet Shop Boys Release(DAT, Advance, Album) EMI 72435381504 UK 2002 Sell This Version
538 1501, 7243 5 38150 1 1 Pet Shop Boys Release(LP, Album, Whi) Parlophone, Parlophone 538 1501, 7243 5 38150 1 1 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
TOCP-54573 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone TOCP-54573 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
WPCR-80142 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, RE) Parlophone WPCR-80142 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
WPCR-17842/4, 0190295921149 Pet Shop Boys Release / Further Listening 2001–2004(CD, Album, RE + 2xCD, Comp + Dlx, RM) Parlophone, Parlophone WPCR-17842/4, 0190295921149 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
0190295921149 Pet Shop Boys Release / Further Listening 2001–2004(CD, Album, RE + 2xCD, Comp + RM) Parlophone 0190295921149 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
0190295944049 Pet Shop Boys Release(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Parlophone 0190295944049 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
ITL 042602 Pet Shop Boys Release Bonus(CD, Album, Unofficial) Invisible Halahup ITL 042602 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
06076-84553-2 Pet Shop Boys Release(CD, Album, Club, BMG) Sanctuary Records 06076-84553-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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vioexciter

vioexciter

July 17, 2021
referencing Release, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 0190295944049
Great record, good press. There are a couple of nuances, but in general you can listen to it.
birsaydog

birsaydog

July 15, 2021
referencing Release, CD, Album, 538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8, 7243-5
I've got a version of the US 2 CD set but in a completely white case. Can't seem to find this on here, anyone help me identify which version I have or is this version unlisted? Thanks
Ramzy

Ramzy

January 31, 2021
referencing Release, LP, Album, Whi, 538 1501, 7243 5 38150 1 1
Any clues as to where this was pressed? The catalogue numbers etched in the runout are handwritten and there aren't any other numbers in the deadwax. It's coloured vinyl so I wondered about Orlake but checking the dates the plant had closed by then.
Val_Kaludov

Val_Kaludov

January 14, 2021
referencing Release, CD, Album, 538 1502, 7243 5 38150 2 8, 7243 5381502 8, 7243-5
Such a great album and so underrated. It has nothing to do with any other PSB release and this is its strenght. Love to listen to it in the autumn - it's melancholic but always poppy to the year. One of their best!
djmpire

djmpire

July 16, 2020
referencing Release, LP, Album, Whi, 538 1501, 7243 5 38150 1 1
Referencing the White Album: Does anyone else have 2 B side labels? My copy is clearly a misprint. No idea what it's worth.
GarionOrb

GarionOrb

May 3, 2018
referencing Release, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 0190295944049
Outstanding pressing, really nice remaster job! Overall a high-quality release!
tikab

tikab

February 17, 2018
referencing Release, CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Red, 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9C, 06076-84554-2C

great album! but why is the description listed as an orchid when clearly it's a tulip?
deep_honey

deep_honey

August 7, 2017
referencing Release / Further Listening 2001–2004, CD, Album, RE + 2xCD, Comp + RM, 0190295921149

The kind of "Release" fans dream of. The album itself was never a favorite among PSB fans, though I personally enjoy the stripped-back, guitar-heavy sound as it lets the (rather good) songwriting shine. The two packed bonus discs are worth exploring regardless of your attitude towards the main record, as this was their most prolific period in which they went after dance and club sounds nearly as avidly as the era's better known and less popular vibe - they just left them off for the sake of a cohesive listen. The b-sides collected here have already popped up on singles and Format, but even the most diehard will find plenty of demos and unreleased tracks, which all taken together, complement and contrast the album for a well-deserved complete picture of the era. Interesting to see how just much material they produced around the time that arguably surpasses the final selections, with the added bonus of material recorded for the PopArt collection (including its singles and b-sides).
grantc

grantc

September 16, 2008
referencing Release, CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Gra, 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9A, 06076-84554-2A
I don't agree with the previous reviewer that this is a boring album, neither is it a failure. I think this is probably (after "Very") the most cohesive PSB album. It's not one you want to play when you need happy music - it's relentlessly downbeat, and the final track, "You Choose", is crushing. At the time of its release this was also the best-sounding of PSB's albums - very clean-sounding, with spacious acoustic guitars and a very subtle electronic sheen. Their recent "Fundamental" album further refines this aesthetic, but continued improvements in mastering and production have certainly made the Pets sound better than ever. Ok, I don't play this album in its entirety very often (there's just too much other music to hear!), but at least half this album contains some very beautiful songs: "London", "E-mail", "Samurai", "Here", "You Choose". Give it a spin sometime on a good system.
ledjfab

ledjfab

March 3, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
referencing Release, CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh + Ltd, Gra, 06076-84554-2, 0607 6 84554 2 9A, 06076-84554-2A
"The Pet Shop Boys are not officially allowed to rock." once said Neil Tennant. "I don't like rock n roll." once said Chris Lowe in a song called "Paninaro". With this "Release", the Pet Shop Boys broke their words, exploring Pop Rock and leaving their Electronic roots on the side of the road. After the making of their musical "Closer To Heaven", it seems they got tired and this is the result: it all starts with "Home And Dry": horrible keyboards sounds, standard supermarket beats, and terrible video for the song where a camera follow a couple of rats in the London subway. The Beatlesque "I Get Along" is not bad in itself, but the video is an obvious attempt to redo "Being Boring". "Birthday Boy" and "Love Is A Catastrophe" are probably the weakest songs on this opus. Slow, painful, without any irony or subtility. What a incomfortable feeling when, while on tour, they perform this after a couple of uptempo classics. "E-Mail" and "Samuraï In Automn" are very good on the other hand. "E-Mail" uses a fat Hip Hop beat and a nice orchestra while "Samuraï" is a "Relentless" soundalike Techno track, expressing their thoughts after bitter critics during the "Nightlife" tour. The humor of "The Night I Fell In Love" falls flat after a few listen, and the naive melody is just annoying. "London"'s got some horrible vocoder used on Neil Tennant's voice. Very fashionable after it got over used by Cher and Kid Rock. In all, "Release" is a boring album and it is certainly one of the biggest failure in the Boys career. This 2XCD edition is interesting for the extras. The Electro Mix of "Home And Dry" sounds a lot more better than the original. "Sexy Northerner" should have been on the album and released as a single, but again it didn't happen. "Nightlife", co-produced by David Morales and dropped from the precedent album, is very well done too.