Actually

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Actually
Studio album by Pet Shop Boys
Released 7 September 1987 (1987-09-07)
Recorded 1986–1987, Sarm West Studios, Advision Studios, London
Genre Dance-pop, Euro disco
Length 48:14
Label EMI Manhattan (US/Canada)
Parlophone
Producer Pet Shop Boys, Stephen Hague, Julian Mendelesohn, Andy Richards, Shep Pettibone, David Jacob
Pet Shop Boys chronology
Disco
(1986)
Actually
(1987)
Introspective
(1988)
Singles from Actually
  1. "It's a Sin"
    Released: 15 June 1987
  2. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"
    Released: 10 August 1987
  3. "Rent"
    Released: 12 October 1987
  4. "Heart"
    Released: 21 March 1988

Actually (stylized as Pet Shop Boys, actually.) is the second album by English pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released through Parlophone and EMI Manhattan Records in 1987. This album is also the group's third best selling album with over 4 million copies sold.

History[edit]

Actually is not much different from Pet Shop Boys' first album, Please, in terms of musical style, although production values are noticeably higher.

Actually spawned four UK Top 10 singles: the number one lead-off single "It's a Sin", "Rent", "What Have I Done to Deserve This?", a duet with fellow Parlophone artist Dusty Springfield which peaked at No. 2 in both the UK and US and led to a major resurgence of interest in Springfield's earlier work; and the duo scored another UK number one in April 1988 with a remixed version of the album's fourth and last single, "Heart".

During this period, the Pet Shop Boys also completed a full-length motion picture called It Couldn't Happen Here. Featuring songs by the duo, it was most famous for containing the video for "Always on My Mind" (starring Joss Ackland as a blind priest), which—while not on Actually—was released as a single during this period.

Actually was re-released in 2001 (as were most of the group's albums up to that point) as Actually/Further Listening 1987–1988. The re-released version was not only digitally remastered but came with a second disc of B-sides, remixes done by the Pet Shop Boys and previously unreleased material from around the time of the album's original release. Yet another re-release followed on 9 February 2009, under the title of Actually: Remastered. This version contains only the 10 tracks on the original.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Spin 9/10 stars[4]

In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at No. 22 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".[5] In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at No. 88 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".[6]

Actually is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "One More Chance" (Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Bobby Orlando) – 5:30
  2. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (with Dusty Springfield) (Lowe, Tennant, Allee Willis) – 4:18
  3. "Shopping" (Tennant, Lowe) – 3:37
  4. "Rent" (Tennant, Lowe) – 5:08
  5. "Hit Music" (Tennant, Lowe) – 4:44
  6. "It Couldn't Happen Here" (Tennant, Ennio Morricone, Lowe) – 5:20
  7. "It's a Sin" (Tennant, Lowe) – 4:59
  8. "I Want to Wake Up" (Tennant, Lowe) – 5:08
  9. "Heart" (Tennant, Lowe) – 3:58
  10. "King's Cross" (Tennant, Lowe) – 5:10

Further Listening 1987–1988[edit]

  1. "I Want to Wake Up" (Breakdown mix) – 6:00
  2. "Heart" (Shep Pettibone version) – 4:12
  3. "You Know Where You Went Wrong" – 5:50
  4. "One More Chance" (seven-inch mix) – 3:50
  5. "It's a Sin" (Disco mix) – 7:41
  6. "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (Extended mix) – 6:47
  7. "Heart" (Disco mix) – 8:40
  8. "A New Life" – 4:55
  9. "Always on My Mind" (Demo version) – 4:03
  10. "Rent" (Seven-inch mix) – 3:33
  11. "I Want a Dog" – 4:58
  12. "Always on My Mind" (Extended dance mix) – 8:15
  13. "Do I Have To?" – 5:15
  14. "Always on My Mind" (Dub mix) – 2:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Neil Tennant
  • Chris Lowe
Guest musicians
  • Andy Richards – Fairlight and keyboard programming on tracks 1, 4, 5, 7 & 9
  • Dusty Springfield – Guest vocals on track 2
  • J.J. Jeczalik – Fairlight programming on track 3
  • Gary Maughan – Additional programming on track 3
  • Angelo Badalamenti – Orchestra arrangement on track 6
  • Blue Weaver – Fairlight programming on track 6
  • Adrian Cook – Programming on track 8

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[7] 41
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 5
Canadian Albums Chart[9] 16
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 5
German Albums Chart[11] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 3
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 2
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 3
UK Albums Chart[16] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Pet Shop Boys: Actually" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The new Rolling Stone album guide (4, revised ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Pet Shop Boys". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Eric, Weisbard; Marks, Craig (1995). Spin alternative record guide. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-679-75574-6. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "40 Best Albums of the 1980s". Q (Bauer Media Group) (241). August 2006. ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308/page_2
  7. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually" (in German). austriancharts.at. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM (archived at Library and Archives Canada) (Volume 47, No. 7). 21 November 1987. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Charts-Surfer". charts-surfer.de. 
  12. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pet Shop Boys – Actually" (in German). hitparade.ch. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Actually". ChartStats.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  17. ^ "Actually > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2011.

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