Actually (stylised as Pet Shop Boys, actually. is the second studio album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in the United States and Canada. According to Neil Tennant and music historian Wayne Studer, Actually loosely critiques Thatcherism, the political zeitgeist of the 1980s, and was recorded in anticipation of Margaret Thatcher's re-election.
Actually’ debuted at the number 2 on the UK Albums Chart upon its release in 1987. The album was produced by Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Hague, Shep Pettibone, Andy Richards and Pet Shop Boys. This period saw Pet Shop Boys reach new critical and commercial heights with three number one singles, It’s a sin, Always on my mind and Heart, and ‘What have I done to deserve this’, their number two single featuring Dusty Springfield.
English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys have released 13 studio albums, three live albums, eight compilation albums, four remix albums, three soundtrack albums, two extended plays and 55 singles. The duo's debut single, "West End Girls", was first released in 1984 but failed to chart in most regions.
With their second album, Actually, the Pet Shop Boys perfected their melodic, detached dance-pop. Where most of Please was dominated by the beats, the rhythms on Actually are part of a series of intricate arrangements that create a glamorous but disposable backdrop for Neil Tennant's tales of isolation, boredom, money, and loneliness.
In 1987, Pet Shop Boys released their second album ‘Actually’, which became another huge hit album for the duo, debuting at the number 2 spot on the UK Albums Chart upon its release.
Pet Shop Boys - Actually: 10-track CD, the follow-up to their debut album, Please. Contains the hits What Have I Done To Deserve This feat. Dusty Springfield, It's A Sin, Heart, and more. See photo for track listing. CD and booklet are both in very good condition. From my personal collection - has been very well looked after. See my other items for more great deals on CDs.
Band Name Pet Shop Boys.
|A2||One More Chance||5:30|
|A5||It's A Sin||4:59|
|B6||What Have I Done To Deserve This?||4:17|
|B7||It Couldn't Happen Here||5:20|
|B8||I Want To Wake Up||5:08|
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NotesRelease appears in two versions of the inlay and miscellaneous cassette variants:
clear transparent with blank stickers attached (various patterns) or varied generic Takt Music labels.
This one is initial pressing. On subsequent issue there is annotation (in Polish) in the inlay: "Cassette for sale on territory of Poland only".
Tracks order is different than on official issue.
Songs are listed sequentially over the sides.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Rights Society: BIEM
- Barcode: ZAIKS
|PCSD 104||Pet Shop Boys||Actually (LP, Album)||Parlophone||PCSD 104||UK||1987|
|RE 2124||Pet Shop Boys||Actually (LP, Album)||EMI||RE 2124||Taiwan||1987|
|0190295832612||Pet Shop Boys||Actually (LP, Album, RE, RM, 180)||Parlophone||0190295832612||USA & Europe||2018|
|none||Pet Shop Boys||Actually (10xFile, MP3, Album, RM, 320)||Parlophone||none||Unknown|
|CDP 7 46972 2, CDPCSD 104||Pet Shop Boys||Actually (CD, Album, RP)||Parlophone, Parlophone||CDP 7 46972 2, CDPCSD 104||Europe||Unknown|