July 29, 2014 – 11:50 am

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With Chrissie Hynde
BBC Proms 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 23, 2014. Excellent webcast.

Better known as the electro-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe make their Proms debut here as composers. The world premiere of their large-scale work, A Man From The Future, inspired by code-breaker Alan Turing, sits alongside new orchestral arrangements of favourite Pet Shop Boys songs with legendary vocalist Chrissie Hynde.

The piece is inspired by the life and work of Alan Turing, who helped break the German Enigma code during the Second World War and formulated the concept of the digital computer, but was prosecuted in 1952 for his homosexuality, receiving a posthumous pardon last year. It comes as a timely homage, 60 years after Turing’s death.

The concert also includes new orchestral arrangements by renowned film composer Angelo Badalamenti of five Pet Shop Boys songs chosen by Tennant and Lowe, in which they are joined by Chrissie Hynde, as well as the exuberant overture to their 1991 tour, Performance, heard live in concert for the first time. - BBC

Thanks to paul_b35_uk who recorded and shared the tracks at Dime.

paul_b35_uk noted:

There is some minimal “static” type interference noticed for a few seconds at 4:40 into Overture to ‘Performance’ and a loud thud at 12 seconds into the quiet intro to Pet Shop Boys Songs/Four Songs In A Minor.

These are both present on the captured AAC stream so would appear to be integral to the broadcast. The thud sounds like something falling over in the venue itself.

This was a live broadcast and I also have not attempted any mastering or editing of such artefacts, no fade ins or outs between tracks are used and all accompanying spoken narration is included.

BBC Radio Four as part of BBC Proms, 2014 Season.
BBC 320kbps AAC > get_iplayer > Audacity (44.1KHz Wav) track cuts > flac

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Disc 1
Track 101. Spoken Introduction 2:44 (4.6MB)
Track 102. Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe - Overture to ‘Performance’ (arr R Niles) 7:55 (13.3MB)
Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe; orch A Badalamenti - Vocal, Love Is A Catastrophe, Later Tonight, Rent

Track 103. Four Songs In A Minor - Part A 11:01 (18.5MB)
Track 104. Four Songs In A Minor - Part B 9:24 (15.8MB)
32 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Spoken Introduction to ‘A Man From The Future’ 5:38 (9.5MB)
Neil Tennant/Chris Lowe; orch S Helbig; world premiere

Track 202. A Man From The Future - Part A 7:48 (13.1MB)
Track 203. A Man From The Future - Part B 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 204. A Man From The Future - Part C 14:22 (24.2MB)
Track 205. A Man From The Future - Part D 19:58 (33.6MB)
Track 206. Spoken Outro 4:19 (7.3MB)
59 mins

The tracks, Four Songs In A Minor and A Man From The Future have been arbitrarily split for easier access.

Juliet Stevenson (narrator)
Chrissie Hynde (vocalist)
Pet Shop Boys
BBC Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Dominic Wheeler (conductor)

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  1. 9 Responses to “PET SHOP BOYS - BBC PROMS 2014”

  2. i always think of al stewart when i hear these guys. ive met these guys and theyre incredibly nice people. the people that work with them.. i guess aids and pr people etc.. are crap but they themselves seem to treat fans and the public very nicely. they sign autographs and pose for pics and seem to have time to give when its requested. thats so kewl. at least thats how it was in the 80s. i doubt theyve changed.

    By darth on Jul 30, 2014


    By Stephen Hawkings Voiceover in Heinz Beans Commercial on Jul 30, 2014

  4. u really dont think the vocals on their hit ‘west end girls’ sounds like al stewart’s vocals at all? take a listen to it. i know im not the only one who hears that similarity.

    By darth on Jul 30, 2014

  5. I come I download the music and enjoy some historic occasions that would have been lost forever.
    but I find the response section is just full of trolls/dorks/retards just wanting to spoil any sensible posts

    So I download the music and avoid the comments and am Happy

    By Seth Haniel on Jul 30, 2014

  6. just out of curiosity.. how does one avoid the comments by commenting? and how do u know that the response section is full of what u mention (not that i disagree with u mind u) if u are avoiding the comments? i tend to avoid the comments unless i feel the urge to make one or one is made to / about me or i have something to post that i feel people might benefit from.

    By darth on Jul 30, 2014

  7. Well… since no one else is gonna say it - Thanks for this post, Big O!

    It looks pretty interesting and I’m sure my SO will find it enjoyable as she’s a big fan of PSB from back in the day. Keep up the good work!

    By golgo hakase on Jul 31, 2014

  8. I echo Golgo (which isn’t a sentence I thought I’d say when I woke up this morning). In their own way, the Pet Shop Boys have become something of mavericks, very much going their own way (as evidenced by this post). Thanks again, Big O.

    By E on Aug 1, 2014

  9. Also, have a close look at the photo (click to enlarge) - truly amazing how Chrissie can hold a microphone with one hand and play violin with the other. What a girl.

    By E on Aug 1, 2014

  10. Thank You!!

    By blureu on Aug 26, 2014

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