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Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 20th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987

A. Front

Re-Rip Remaster

Originally I posted this one on January 12, 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

BACKGROUND:

“It’s a Sin” is a song recorded by Pet Shop Boys which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in 1987.

Written by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant, “It’s a Sin” was the lead single from the duo’s second “proper” album, Actually. Released in June 1987, it became the duo’s second UK number one single. It was also a massive hit across Europe, supposedly the best-selling European single of 1987. In the United States it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the duo’s third Top 10 hit there. A demo of the track was first cut in 1984 with Bobby O, and the song’s form in the demo remained intact to the final version, although the released production is far more dramatic.

The song is a description of Tennant’s Catholic upbringing and education at St Cuthbert’s High School in Newcastle upon Tyne. The song uses extensive samples from Latin masses (specifically, Tennant reciting a part of the Confiteor, and other sounds recorded at locations such as Westminster Cathedral) and religious imagery throughout to reinforce the feel of the song. Tennant has said that he wrote the lyrics in 15 minutes, purging his emotions in a moment of frustration and anger.

The Latin passage near the end translates as, “I confess to almighty God, and to you my brothers, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, act, and omission, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault”.

The dramatic, overblown production style of the song, loaded with synthesizers, orchestra hits and bookended by a non sequitur sample of a NASA countdown, has come to exemplify the most theatrical extremes of the Pet Shop Boys’ musical style. To date, it remains a concert staple, being one of only two songs (alongside “West End Girls”) that has been played during every Pet Shop Boys tour

CONTROVERSY:

At the time of the single’s release, British DJ Jonathan King accused Pet Shop Boys of plagiarising the melody for “It’s a Sin” from Cat Stevens’ 1971 hit, “Wild World”. He made the claims in The Sun newspaper, for which he wrote a regular column during the 1980s. King also released his own cover version of “Wild World” as a single, using a similar musical arrangement to “It’s a Sin”, in an effort to demonstrate his claims. This single flopped, while Pet Shop Boys sued King, eventually winning out-of-court damages, which they donated to charity.

SIDE A:
It’s A Sin (Phil Harding Latin Vocal Mix) 9:14
Keyboards [Fairlight] – Andy Richards
Remix – Pet Shop Boys , Phil Harding

It’s A Sin (Phil Harding Latin Dub Mix) 4:20
Keyboards [Fairlight] – Andy Richards
Remix – Pet Shop Boys , Phil Harding

SIDE B:
It’s A Sin (Remix)  8:18
Remix – Ian Ian Levine

It’s A Sin (Disco Mix)  7:39
Mixed By [Additional] – Stephen Hague

You Know Where You Went Wrong  5:49
Producer – Pet Shop BoysShep Pettibone

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1987 It’s A Sin U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #9
1987 It’s A Sin U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #3

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: EMI America – V-19256
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987
Genre: Electronic
Style: Latin, Synth-pop
Credits: Mastered By – Herbie Jr. :^)*
Producer [Additional] – Stephen Hague (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Producer, Engineer – Julian Mendelsohn (tracks: A1 to B2)
Written-By – Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe*

NOTES:
Packaged in 3-track sleeve for 1st 12″, stickered “4 special mixes of ‘It’s a Sin'”.

A1 and B1 “remixed in the U.K. for the USA”
A1 AKA “Phil Harding Latin Vocal Mix”
A2 as “Phil Harding Latin Dub Mix”

Sleeve mistakenly lists:
(Album version can be heard on the forthcoming album, “Jealousy”-ELT-46972)

Helena Springs courtesy of Arista Records.

(Album version can be heard on the LP, “Actually”-ELJ-46972)
“You Know Where You Went Wrong” (Not Available on the album “Actually”-ELJ-46972)

Find The 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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33 Responses to “Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin (US 12″)”

  1. NeilKelly Says:

    Wow. Fantastic. Been waiting for this. Thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Neil. Enjoy!

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  2. musicdivaSF Says:

    Hi Dj PaulT, I’m sure I have the previous rip of this maxi single and can I be honest with you, I was in a PSB mood lately and was just thinking of this song today. LOL! This is a sinfully amazing post and I want to thank you for re-posting this.

    PS: I’m looking forward to PSB’s new album now that they’re under a new recording company.

    Thank you very much!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome MusicdivaSF. The new album comes out in June can’t wait to here it 🙂

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  3. Spring Says:

    Good evening Paul! I remember this 🙂 But now its in 24/96 and it’s great! Thanks a lot.
    I whish you all the best today! xxx

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring. And just like your name the first day of Spring begins tomorrow 🙂

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  4. Piffard Says:

    Great,Great,Great!!!!!

    I had this,exaclty like you.

    Very good,great Paul,as ever! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Piffard. Enjoy!

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  5. Matt G C Says:

    Man, I paid an arm and a leg for this on vinyl during a rare trip to London when I was a callow teen. It was my prize possession for a good long while, and a cause for extreme jealousy from a mate who meticulously collected every PSB release he could find (including the bizarre “big label” versions of the early singles).

    The Phil Harding Latin Vocal (which I think is also called The Miami Mix or am I wrong there Paul?) is camp as tents but I still love it for the nostalgia factor.

    Nice to have a decent digi copy of it at last.

    Cheers Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Matt G C yes I believe the “Miami Mix” and “Latin Vocla Mix” are the same. Cheers!

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  6. dave76 Says:

    I love their disco mixes they have of most of their 80’s and early 90’s hits. Thanks mate! I hope you will upload more 80’s PSB.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dave76. Yes i will be posting more 80’s PSB in the future 🙂

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  7. woz Says:

    Awesome post – thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 🙂

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  8. musicfan Says:

    I am a big fan of the Pet Shop Boys but I have to say the verse structure of It’s A Sin is almost identical to Cat Steven’s Wild World:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_0U3DlLFSU

    I would hazard a guess they er.. ‘borrowed’ from it!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Musicfan for some reason I don’t hear it. Maybe i’m just not paying good enough attention lol.

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  9. ric Says:

    If any single deserves your BTG re-rip, this is it!
    Thank you Paul!
    A single that is commercially successful and critically lauded. A single that has not one not two but three different remixes that are all fabulous!
    When they performed this during one of their 90s concerts, they mashed it up (yes, always ahead of their time, they were already doing mash-ups then!) with I Will Survive. Even though it was an obvious choice, it was still a clever idea that gels well thematically and sonically.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric. I love that mash up I have it on a live DVD from the 90’s one of my favorites 🙂

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  10. Gilbert Gonzales Says:

    Thank you so much Paul for reposting this! Love PSB and PWL – huge fan here! I don’t think this remixes ever surfaced on CD/digital format. Therefore, your expert remastering is definitely precious! Stay well, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It was my pleasure Gilbert. Enjoy!

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  11. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul for this. Maybe you could post Heart and Left To My Own Devices next. Thanks

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar I have both f those singles planned for posting soon 🙂

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  12. Ally Says:

    Interestingly, the stereo channels of You Know Where You Went Wrong are reversed on the Actually / Further Listening 1987-1988 disc.

    Any chance you could post the Rough Mix of this song which appears on the It’s A Sin remix 12″? Thanks for the post!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi ally I don’t have that UK 12″ because the “Remix” was on this US 12″ but I have been wanting to get it because I like the alternate artwork on it. That said I will see what I can do 🙂

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    How did anyone work out the channels were reversed??! 😀

    Thanks for this DJPaul. The first-two-Pets-albums era is absolute classic. The rest I can take or leave. 🙂

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  13. Brian Says:

    Hi DJ Paul-

    This brings back so many great memories for me. I was fortunate enough to have lived in London the summer of this release and had forgotten of the Jonathan King dust up. I managed to pick up his 12″ but frankly could never “hear” the similarities he was a alleging. I’ll snap a picture if I can manage to locate it. Thanks again for a great post.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Brian this singles brings back loads of memories for me too 🙂

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  14. Ray Fisher Says:

    For a future Disco Friday, can you please consider Re-Ripping Babara Streisand’s “The Main Event/Fight”?

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  15. BIGDOM Says:

    Thanks for reposting this! Any chance of a 24 bit repost of the Arthur Baker remix of Suburbia? Thanks again!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi BIGDOM yeah I have it in my plans 🙂

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  16. dazz22 Says:

    again keep them coming can get some nice jems here

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  17. Jason63 Says:

    Thanks Paul. Looking forward to hearing these other mixes as I only had the Disco Mix.

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  18. Fede Says:

    Great Dj Paul! one of my fovourites band from the 80’s! thanks, greetings from Argentina

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