"WEST SIDE STORY" WEEK (NOVEMBER 10-16, 2013)
I bought a lotta dance singles in '97 and this combination of Bernstein and Pet Shop Boys was something I just had to hear. And it's exactly what you'd expect a dance take on West Side Story's most famous ballad to sound like. This version is completely frivolous and I love it. There's no doubt the release date is 1997 - it is definitely of its time.
They called this 6 track release a "CD5 Maxi Single" but at 39 minutes, it is longer than many albums I own.
Peak on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart: Did not chart (it "bubbled under" at 125)
Tracks: We're treated to 2 mixes of Somewhere, including a 10+ minute remix. Of those, I prefer the former to the latter. The original ends with an odd, but enjoyable, downbeat Beatleseque coda while the longer mix doesn't contain much of the original; I'm surprised Bernstein and Sondheim retained writing credit. We also get two versions of PSB's previous single, A Red Letter Day, from the album Bilingual, and not one, but two b-sides (if they were still called that in '97): The View From Your Balcony and Delusions Of Grandeur. No bad track, it's all well and good, but I really only want to hear the shorter version of Somewhere.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None
Previously revisited for the blog:
Disco 2 (1994)
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off You) (1991)