Why can't I find the singles from Please in CD-single format?

EMI Records originally released the singles from Please ("West End Girls," "Love Comes Quickly," "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)," and "Suburbia") only on vinyl and cassette tape since at that time the compact disc format wasn't yet popular enough to make it economically viable to release them as CD singles. It was only with the Actually album, starting with "It's a Sin," that PSB singles began to be released as CDs.

When EMI re-released the PSB back catalog of singles on CD in the mid-1990s, it reached back only to those that had already been released in that format. So the Please singles were ignored. As a result, with the exception of a few rare promos, limited "foreign" releases, and bootlegs, those four singles have never enjoyed "authorized" release on CD.

Fandom has long clamored for a newly remastered latter-day re-release of the entire PSB singles catalog on CD, although at this point, after so many more singles, such a collection would prove prohibitively expensive for many fans. But if such a new re-release were to occur, it seems likely that the Please singles might finally see their long-overdue appearance in the CD-single format.