Very: Further Listening: 1992 - 1994 (2CD)

Pet Shop Boys will release the final set of albums in their definitive ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. This fourth batch of releases will see the PSB albums ‘Behaviour’ from 1990, the 1993 album ‘Very’ and the 1996 album ‘Bilingual’ reissued on 31st August 2018.

The 1993 album ‘Very’ was a number one record for Pet Shop Boys in the UK, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, and has to date sold in excess of five million copies worldwide. It contains 5 singles, including their cover of ‘Go West’ – a number 2 hit for PSB – and lead single ‘Can you forgive her?’.

Stylistically, ‘Very’ could be said to serve as an antithesis to ‘Behaviour’, insofar as the production and lyrical themes are generally more upbeat and positive than those of the previous album. Visually, too, PSB reinvented their image to incorporate more vivid colours and brightness, including Very’s now-iconic “Lego” album cover. The album is also the first to be produced almost entirely by Pet Shop Boys themselves - with additional programming and production courtesy of Pete Gleadall and Stephen Hague. This ‘Catalogue’ issue of ‘Very’ includes a Further listening disc of bonus material, such as the previously-unreleased tracks ‘Falling’ (a demo for Kylie Minogue), and a 1992 twelve-inch mix of ‘Go West’.

Track listing:
Disc 1
Can you forgive her?
I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing
A different point of view
Dreaming of the Queen
Yesterday, when I was mad
The theatre
One and one make five
To speak is a sin
Young offender
One in a million
Go West

Disc 2
Go West (1992 twelve-inch mix)
Forever in love
Confidential (demo for Tina)
Hey, headmaster
Too many people
I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing (seven-inch version)
Violence (Haçienda version)
Falling (demo for Kylie)
If love were all
Absolutely fabulous (single version)
Some speculation
Yesterday, when I was mad (single version)
Girls and boys (live in Rio)