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Pet Shop Boys – It’s Alright (The Alternatives) (UK 10″)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 16th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1989

A. Front

C. Poster

“It’s Alright” is the 13th single from Pet Shop Boys and was released in the UK by Parlophone Records on 26 June 1989. It reached number 5 in the UK and, as of February 2009, it is the Pet Shop Boys’ 8th best-selling single. The song was originally written and performed by Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge and came to the attention of Pet Shop Boys on a house compilation.

The lyrics list a wide variety of serious political issues in the headlines at the time (“Dictation enforced in Afghanistan, revolution in South Africa taking a stand…”), and then offers the positive message of the title—that on its “timeless wavelength”, “music is our life’s foundation”, it “shall last” and ultimately “succeed all the nations to come”.

On the 10″ single there are additional lyrics with Neil Tennant speaking: “there’s a boy standing by a river, there’s a girl lying with her lover, there’s a statesman standing at a crossroads, there’s a soldier polishing his gun”.

SIDE A:
It’s Alright 4:44

SIDE B:
It’s Alright (Extended Dance Mix) 10:30

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Parlophone ‎– 10R 6220
Format: Vinyl, 10″, Single, Limited Edition, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: Jun 1989
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: House, Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Design [Sleeve Designed By] – Mark Farrow
Engineer – Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Lipson
Mixed By – Julian Mendelsohn
Percussion – Danny Cummings
Producer – Pet Shop Boys, Stephen Lipson, Trevor Horn
Vocals [Additional] – Tessa Niles
Written-By – Sterling Void

NOTES:
“Limited edition contains free poster”

“These two alternative versions of It’s Alright were recorded in January, 1989 and are available only on this limited edition ten-inch disc.”

Designed at 3a.

Find the 10″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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43 Responses to “Pet Shop Boys – It’s Alright (The Alternatives) (UK 10″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Great post! I love rare 12 inches. Thanks Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano :0

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  2. Szymi Says:

    Great mixes! As a huge PSB fan and CD/vinyl collector I love all your PSB posts, especially the ones with US & promo only mixes. What I’m really looking for are these 2 rare versions of One More Chance recorded with Bobby Orlando and released in 1984 in Belgium/Germany on 12″ and in US as 12″ promo. My Belgium release sounds absolutely terrible, actually never heard a decent rip.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    i wiil try to get to those when i can Szymi 🙂

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  3. Jeff Says:

    Yes Paul!! The Pet Shop Boys are always great to see on your site. You have those great mixes and remixes we all crave. Thank you for giving a guy who no longer has a turntable artists and songs he has certainly missed out on over the years. What you do is indeed a miracle.

    Hugs,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. Hugs!

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  4. Jesse Says:

    My favorite group of all. Thank you!

    Today is like xMas… I got this and the new EP by Erasure, “Sometimes 2015.”

    🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Very cool Jesse 🙂

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    Jesse Reply:

    Hit me up on my site email and I would be happy to share, Paul. I have 16/44.1 FLACs.

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    NKelly Reply:

    What’s your site, mate.

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  5. Ziv Says:

    Great, I have this 12″ in mint condition.
    I have also the “DJ International” mixes.
    Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    This one is a 10″ Ziv 🙂 I also have the “DJ International Mixes”.

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    Ziv Reply:

    Opps… yes, I mean 10″ + poster 🙂

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  6. NKelly Says:

    Wasn’t sure there was going to be a post today and then we get this. Awesome! Being from the UK and speaking from a point of view of someone from here i can state that recent posts have far exceeded posts from the previous weeks. Like many of your fans i come to this site 5 days a week but multiple times as we anticipate each new post. As much as we adore favourite one hit wonders (in our own territory) like the recent Taffy post, it’s our favourite 80’s artists like Pet shop boys, Dead or alive, A-ha!, Madonna, Madness, Kraftwerk, The B-52’s, Gary Numan, Adam Ant, Blondie, Erasure, OMD, New Order, Queen, Freddie Mercury, Wham!, Tears for fears, Howard Jones, Thompson twins, Duran Duran, Falco, Level 42, Human league etc that beg the most for the wonderful BTG treatment. Thank you for these wonderful posts. I do hope that we can more of these huge 80’s artists here in the near-future.
    I’ve been very disapponted to get no news since July from the PSB on this, the 30th anniversary of their first worldwide hit, West end girls. Some new issues are due at some point but will clearly miss the actual anniversary. Great planning, eh? Not like the 30th anniversary has came from nowhere! DJPaulT to the rescue!

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    NKelly Reply:

    Anyone know if either of these mixes have appeared on CD? I’ve lost track!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    As far as I know only the short A side appeared on “Introspective Further Listening” remasteredCD.

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    NKelly Reply:

    Yes i just checked that on Amazon. You are correct on that. Not sure on the longer version if not on any compilation. Like most artists they have their fair share!

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    chercheur Reply:

    U’r (al)right.
    The B side doesn’t exist on CD.
    I have the vinyl….but you ripped it better than I did 😉

    Tx for that !

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  7. Stephen Says:

    A beacon of hope in a time of sadness. Thank you Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    That was my intention with this post Stephen I am so happy that you felt it 🙂

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  8. Davos Via 45 Says:

    I was sure Paul would come up with an appropriate and optimistic post after the tragic events in Paris, but unfortunately nothing’s gonna be alright. Europe will turn into a police state and the hate towards muslims and refugees will increase. Twice as tragic for the refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan which risk their lives on a dangerous trip to try to escape from wars to be safe in Europe. Also the bombings against the terrorist in Syria will increase and more civilian casualties will be unavoidable as on the territory controlled by the so called IS live 8 million people. Don’t even want to think what’s gonna happen when Europe closes their gates for the refugees, and the gates will be closed, rather sooner then later. On Sundays evening news I saw a surreal picture of Obama and Putin seating in a crowded bar and discussing the destiny of the world, just surreal!
    Btw. I also have both of the 12″ releases, also the Introspective remix album with a version of It’s alright, but this Julians Extended Dance Mix is the best version of the classic 80s mixes, but I don’t compare it with the Tyree Cooper and Sterling Void mixes, as those are tremendous Acid-House crowd movers.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Davos Via 45 I am a big Obama fan and I am scared what will happen in the US when we elect a new president next year. Obama wants to let some of the refugees into the US but several states have said they will not welcome them. It is such a shame that people can be so hateful.

    I really wanted this song to be more of a big hug than anything a comfort.

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    Dirk Reply:

    It is not the refugees who are the problem. It is the governments who act like they are helping, but do it only for the profits of war. Follow the money and the power, and you will come to the conclusion that The People Never Had The Power (sorry Patty), and never will have. The police state has always been there. The illusion of freedom is what we are hoping for to get back. In the meantime, let’s dance on our graves, like we always have.

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  9. Jon Lorenz Says:

    Amazing. Thank you so much! I have never heard this particular extended mix, and the quality of your rip of the 10″ version is much more beautiful than the compressed version available on CD. Like hearing it for the first time.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jon Lorenz it is a beauty 🙂

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  10. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul. Love the remixes.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  11. Joey Says:

    Thanks Paul for the great choice of song. The Music Lives Forever. Not that it will ever be alright, though this song sounds uplifting, the album version is like an uplifting/melancholy lullaby, contrasted with doubt, as Neil’s voice cracks “I hope it’s gonna be alright.” These are a couple of more obscure mixes. I remember the joy I felt when I first found this 10″ in a record shop. The extended version has never appeared on an official CD anywhere. I’m sure this is about as good a vinyl rip as one could hope to hear, and the best we shall have for the foreseeable future. I see this version as a true transition in their style and a great contrast to the version that ultimately got released as a single, as they moved from the classic 80’s sound. In effect this single marked the end of PSB 1.0 and the beginning of PSB 2.0.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Joey 🙂

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  12. Joey Says:

    Also, it makes you wonder if Justin Timberlake or his art director, was inspired by PSB for 20/20 by the sleeve of the standard 12″ with Chris’s glasses, combined with the Chris Lowe suit and tie on Actually.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Now that you mention it I can see that 🙂

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  13. Junior Says:

    Great cover from the PSB.

    Thanks Paul for these rare “Alternative Mixes” 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  14. Michael59 Says:

    Yes, PSB – always welcome! Thanks

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  15. maggim Says:

    Great to have this limited 10″ in a great rip.
    Thanx
    MM
    P.s
    Any chance to get Go West (Unauthorized Bootleg Remixes) 😉
    http://www.discogs.com/Pet-Shop-Boys-Go-West-Unauthorized-Bootleg-Mixes/release/378068

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    NKelly Reply:

    Never heard of that. Agree a rip of that would be truly awesome. Have you heard it?

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    maggim Reply:

    Yeah….i own them in a low q Mp3

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  16. Conner Says:

    Thank you. You rock. And thanks for the ABBA edit. You know i love me a radio edit!

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  17. steveasian Says:

    Thanks Paul for this amazing rip. Greatest PSB fan here.

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  18. Marc Says:

    Thanks so much for this great Versions.
    This triple Set would be fantastic to have…
    http://www.discogs.com/Pet-Shop-Boys-Club-Mixes-From-The-Pet-Shop-Boys-Introspective-Album/release/213701

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    Maggim Reply:

    I agree Marc
    That release would be great to have. 🙂

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    Maggim Reply:

    and if memory serves me right, this was on the old blog !

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  19. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.

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