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Actually Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) are the most successful duo in UK music history. Since signing to Parlophone Records in1985, they have had 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK, including four number ones.

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  • Audio CD (4 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00005J9LZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. One more chance
2. What have I done to deserve this?
3. Shopping
4. Rent
5. Hit music
6. It couldn't happen here
7. It's a sin
8. I want to wake up
9. Heart 1
10. King's Cross
Disc: 2
1. I want to wake up (Breakdown mix)
2. Heart (Shep Pettibone version)
3. You know where you went wrong
4. One more chance (sSven-inch mix)
5. It's a sin (Disco mix)
6. What have I done to deserve this? (Extended mix)
7. Heart (Disco mix)
8. A new life
9. Always on my mind (Demo version)
10. Rent (Seven-inch mix)
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Released at the height of their popularity and during the Thatcher / Lawson economic boom year of 1987, Actually is as much a pop commentary on the state of late-1980s Britain as a showcase of the Pet Shop Boys' unique ability to mix miserabalism with disco. Tracks such as "Shopping", "Rent" and "King's Cross" paint a picture of an urban way of life, which is increasingly becoming market-orientated. Their collaboration with composer Ennio Morricone, and the title track to their surreal, self-indulgent film "It Couldn't Happen Here" incorporates understated lyrics with soaring orchestration. The overall style of Actually is best summed up by the chart-topping track "It's a Sin", which merges Tennant's angry autobiographical lyrics / vocals--focused on his own schoolboy anxieties around sexuality--with an up-tempo, Euro-disco beat. In true post-modern style (which was the "in" thing with the chattering classes of 1987), Actually gracefully mixes old with new. The Further Listening Disc (1987-1988) includes three previously unreleased tracks, the most notable being a re-mixed version of "Heart" by ace 80s mix supremo Shep Pettibone (the other unreleased tracks are "I Want To Wake Up" (Breakdown Mix) and the 7" mix of "One More Chance"). Also included are the excellent B-sides "I Want a Dog2" (from the single "Rent") and "A New Life" (from "What Have I Done to Deserve This?"). --John Galilee

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. I. De Beresford VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2007
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This is one classy, catchy, dancey, trippy (oh yes) and poignant album, yet nobody seems to know it. For me, there is nothing the Beatles did that is as sad and moving as It couldn't happen here, save perhaps Blackbird, but for me the latter gets a bit boring when you've heard it a certain number of times. And great though the Beatles are the elephant in the room that nobody has had the wit to talk about viz their songs is that they're not really that great to do disco moves to. You certainly can with the songs on this album.
This album is like a musical disco opera, starting with a dramatic 12 inch song that invokes the City of London and a debonair and suave young man looking for his lover on a cold and wet evening. It pushes on into the yuppiedom theme, overturning convention with a man singing about how he is grateful that a lover pays his rent and much more subtle and clever social comment in "Shopping" than they manage with their clumsy rants in their sad latter day works. Savour no nonsense catchyness song after song on this effort.
Hit Music has been dismissed as being too 80s. Presumably such dismissers didn't listen to the last one minute and four seconds of the song. What is that? The Pet Shop Boys have invented Lounge Music ten years early. This is dreamy, lie on the floor and bliss-out stuff.
It is probably true that you have to be in touch with your feminine side, or have one, to really appreciate it. Everytime I hear it I hear myself mouthing the words, moving my body and I seem to be leaving my chair and dancing. And I'm doing this years after I first heard it. Perhaps most of the journos responsible for those tedious top 100 album lists are still struggling with feelings because this album never seems to get on their lists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 23 Feb. 2013
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About 18 months after their LP debut "Please", Pet Shop Boys were back with an album that is a classic to this day. "Actually" (released in September 1987) shows still the same amazing ability of the Boys at capturing the melodic essence of their time (a bit like "Please") but this time they can rely on higher production values. Julian Mendelsohn has replaced Stephen Hague as producer on most of the tracks in the album and you can feel it through a somewhat "grander" style (the intro to "One more chance" for example). Angelo Badalementi (of "Twin Peaks" fame) has joined for the beautiful "It couldn't happen here" while the Boys managed to put Dusty Springfield out of retirement for the magical "What have I done to deserve this"?.
But bar these "stylish" considerations what counts is the overall quality of the album. The dance tracks remain as inspirational as ever, like "One more chance", "Shopping", "It's a sin" or "Heart". But the ballads are absolutely beautiful, enhanced by the lyrics and Neil's beautiful, melancholic voice ("King's Cross", "Rent"). "What have I done to deserve this" in "Actually" is the spot-on counterpart to "Opportunities" in "Please". Pet Shop Boys also show, even if momentarily, their willingness to expand their musical universe and show vast ambitions in melody, orchestration and style - with "It couldn't happen here". In my humble opinion, "It couldn't happen here" is one of their best-ever, most poignant tracks. So for all these marvels, one has to suffer 4'45 in front of the pathetic "Hit music" but that's not very long, all things considered...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Oriana on 20 April 2009
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In my opinion this is the Pet Shop Boys' best ever album. I bought it originally on vinyl and thought I had better purchase it on a newer format.

It contains the first song that got me into the Pet Shop Boys, 'It's a Sin', along with lots of other great tracks including 'Rent' and 'Heart'. Even the non-single tracks are brilliant.

I also took the opportunity to update my collection with CD versions of 'Please' and 'Introspective' at the same time. Delivery was swift, and including delivery the three CDs cost under £17 total!

I would recommend Amazon to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Thomas on 3 Oct. 2006
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I was bought this for Xmas 1987 and became an avid fan instantly and have been ever since. The 4 singles are obviously great especially It's A Sin and Rent. Other tracks It couldn't happen here and King's Cross are early classics and unlike some fans I've always liked Shopping. Actually was such a critique of Britain at the time and is still an excellent album.

The bonus disc included in the reissue has some great stuff including the 7" mix of One More Chance and the demo version of Heart which I quite like. Also included are the excellent B-sides A New Life and Do I have To?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Torben Madsen on 10 April 2013
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While some of the songs on this album sound dated ('Shopping' and 'Hit Music'), this, Pet Shop Boys' second album, is still a great testament to just how great songsmiths Lowe and Tennant had become by the time of its release.

From 'One More Chance', the superbly produced opening track, to hit singles 'It's A Sin' and 'What Have I Done To Deserve This' (featuring Dusty Springfield), the album sounds the part of a late Eighties hit album. While these tracks could in some way be described as quintessential Pet Shop Boys, the two marvellous ballads included on the album ('It Couldn't Happen Here' and 'King's Cross') show that there is much more than mere brilliant pop to this duo.

The two duds still detract from the overall feeling of the album, but then again very few albums don't have weak tracks on them. For those interested in Eighties music or intelligent pop music regardsless of the release date, 'Actually' will not disappoint. It remains not only one of the Pet Shop Boys' best album, but indeed one of the best late-Eighites pop albums.
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