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Tracklist

One More Chance5:28
What Have I Done To Deserve This?4:21
Shopping3:37
Rent5:07
Hit Music4:44
It Couldn't Happen Here5:19
It's A Sin4:59
I Want To Wake Up5:08
Heart3:57
King's Cross5:09

Credits (18)

Notes

"Actually", stylised as "Pet Shop Boys, actually." in artwork, is the third Pet Shop Boys' long player and their second studio album, released on 7 September 1987 in the UK.
The album was reissued in 2001 with a second disc of bonus material as part of the Further Listening series.

Singles from the album:
It's A Sin
What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Rent
• North America: What Have I Done To Deserve This? / Rent
Heart

From the same era, non-album single, included as a bonus in some territories (eg. US - Actually / Always On My Mind, Japan - Actually):
Always On My Mind

Studio albums:
Please > Actually > Introspective
Full length releases:
Disco > Actually > It Couldn't Happen Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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    Cover of Actually, 1987-09-07, VinylActually
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    Parlophone – 064 74 6972 1, Parlophone – 74 6972 1, Parlophone – 1C 064-7 46972 1
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    Cover of Actually, 1987-09-07, VinylActually
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    Parlophone – PCSD 104, Parlophone – 74 6972 1UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Actually, 1987, CDActually
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    EMI-Manhattan Records – CDP 7 46972 2US1987US1987
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    Parlophone – CDPCSD 104, Parlophone – CDP 7 46972 2Europe1987Europe1987
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    Cover of Actually, 1987, VinylActually
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    EMI – RP28-5507, EMI – BRP-1015Japan1987Japan1987
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    Cover of Actually, 1987-09-21, CassetteActually
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    EMI-Manhattan Records – E4J-46972, EMI-Manhattan Records – E4J 546972US1987US1987
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    EMI-Manhattan Records – ELJ-46972US1987US1987
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    Parlophone – 064 74 6972 1, Parlophone – 74 6972 1, Parlophone – 7469721
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    Parlophone – 7 46972 4Netherlands1987Netherlands1987
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    Parlophone – PSCD 104, EMI – PSCO 746972New Zealand1987New Zealand1987
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    Cover of Realmente, 1987, VinylRealmente
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    EMI – PCSD 104, EMI – 101 7469721, EMI – 10028
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    Parlophone – PCSD 104, Parlophone – 07777469721Hong Kong1987Hong Kong1987
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    Gong – SLPXL 37186, Parlophone – SLPXL 37186Hungary1987Hungary1987
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    Parlophone – PCSD 104Hong Kong1987Hong Kong1987
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    Parlophone – CDP 7 46972 2, Parlophone – CDPCSD 104Europe1987Europe1987
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    Parlophone – 14937 7, Parlophone – 1C 064-7 46972 1Germany1987Germany1987
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    Gong – MKL 37186, Parlophone – MKL 37186Hungary1987Hungary1987
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    Parlophone – PCSD 104Hong Kong1987Hong Kong1987
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    Cover of Actually, 1987-09-25, VinylActually
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    EMI – RP28-5507Japan1987Japan1987
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    Actually
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    Sout El Hob - EMI – PCPSD104AEgypt1987Egypt1987
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    Parlophone – 64-746972 4Italy1987Italy1987
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    King's – K 1365 AEDIndonesia1987Indonesia1987
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    Jugoton – LSEMI 78047, Parlophone – PCSD 104Yugoslavia1987Yugoslavia1987
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    EMI – SLPE 501 660Uruguay1987Uruguay1987
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    EMI – 274 7469724Spain1987Spain1987
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    EMI-Manhattan Records – ELJ-46972Canada1987Canada1987
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    Parlophone – 17 697-4Germany1987Germany1987
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    Parlophone – 062 7469721Greece1987Greece1987
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    EMI – EMCJ (D) 7469721, Parlophone – EMCJ (D) 7469721South Africa1987South Africa1987
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    • Bibliotakecare's avatar
      Edited 7 months ago
      Very often those kind of series, whether they reveal to be unmissable for completists, can be in fact rather boring to listen to. Logically this is not the case with the great Pet Shop Boys at the time of one of their greatest peak ! Nontheless Actually remains by far one of their very best albums, but the collected b-sides, out takes and long versions have not got too gold beacuse they are written like perfect gems and always melodic. The bonus cd is very pleasant to be listened to which is a very good surprise. This box set is a must in a perfect eighties discography.
      • B.A.Harkins's avatar
        B.A.Harkins
        This is definitely the copy I have, but the weird thing is that on Side 1’s runout matrix, instead of starting with ELJ, my copy starts with ELT. 🤷🏻‍♂️
        This is my favorite Pet Shop Boys album. A lot of really good memories connected to this music.
        • jacfud's avatar
          jacfud
          Excellent sound quality! Probably Maxell tape was used to produce this cassette. Great item for all PSB collectors.
          • speedingdeacon's avatar
            Excellent pressing. Mastering is top notch and well rounded. Definitely worth picking up before it gets rare and expensive.
            • Crijevo's avatar
              Crijevo
              Where "Please" felt like a dress rehearsal of sorts, "Actually" makes a sizeable step forward. While melancholy and joy prevail in their music in equal measure, "Actually" added a darker tone to it - the opening "One More Chance" audibly not giving a merry introduction. As is known by now, the song's been previously released under Bobby Orlando's trademark supervision. A club favourite of its time, the song then got re-recorded by Julian Mendelsohn; first offered in a '7" mix' version which PSB rejected, with Mendelsohn then reworking it further into a much darker version (initially to be a 12" mix of the song) that finally ended on the album, by which time PSB learned a great deal from the Hi-NRG and Italo/Euro disco idioms, shaping up their own, timeless electro-pop sound.

              Needless to say the album version completely surpassed both - Orlando's signature dirge, as well as the rejected, somewhat lazy 7" rework of the song. The snare drum/piano intro crushing into a sudden, restless beat aided by the sound of the screeching tires and synthetic crickets, suggesting a creepier, more threatening (night) atmosphere reflecting further in Neil Tennant's storyline. The tension ends with the first tacts of "What Have I Done To Deserve This?", lyrically no less ironic but soothing a duet between Tennant and the duo's guest icon Dusty Springfield (her career revived with this song). "Shopping" further shoots its effective poison arrows into the consumerist ears, with "Rent" adding to it a daring theme of high class prostitution. The simplistic "Hit Music" ends the album's side one on a cheerful "sod off" note on the brainwashing radioplay system, a mood swing from catchy to sleepy.

              Side two suitably continues where "Hit Music" concludes - into smooth, melancholic balladry. "It Coudn't Happen Here" is remarkable on all levels, mixing sadness and uncertainty, given a gorgeous orchestral/keyboard treatment by the one and only Angelo Badalamenti (a possible template for Myléne Farmer's equally gorgeous 1988 hit "Ainsi Soit Je"). The promising aspect of "It's a Sin" in its earlier Bobby O mix, shines gloriously on "Actually" - added the orchestral punch with suitable choral / gothic effects. "I Want To Wake Up" is a suitable intermission piece - a hit that never was, although a perfect little obscurity left to enjoyable repeated listens within the album. Depending which version you prefer, "Heart" is a strange beast here - toned down and as such suffering somewhat when compared to the amazing single version, especially due to an unnecessary fade out - a cold ending would be a better move, paving way to the album's closing masterpiece, "King's Cross" - a song addressing the St. Pacras tube station's history of violence, bizarrely predicting a fire incident there, which happened not long after the album's release.
              • phinyls's avatar
                phinyls
                Fantastic pressing, one of the best I own! An essential album for sure.
                • ggggreenisaac's avatar
                  ggggreenisaac
                  I bought this hoping it'd have a special mastering, like the Please release in this series (TOCP-8176). It didn't. It's just a slightly louder version of the 1987 CD. Still, the booklet has the lyrics for each song, which is nice.
                  • XETSOF's avatar
                    XETSOF
                    An essential purchase for any record collection. Great sound / packaging / pressing. Just buy it.
                    • MS1980's avatar
                      MS1980
                      Amazing sound! The best PSB album ever! Shopping and Heart best songs!
                      • normanharvey
                        WHAT AN AWESOME album and what an awesome package of 2 cds and an awesome booklet with awesome stories

                        great remastered and well done

                        it was done with a lot of love. Thank You parlophone for that great idea.
                        The Pet shop boys had huge cds and a lot of hits in the 80s and 90s and even their b sides were great

                        maybe this Package is the best of the FURTHER LISTENING series

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