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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. Not only are the arrangements more accomplished, but the songs themselves are more striking, incorporating a strong sense of melody, as evidenced by "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet with Dusty Springfield. Tennant's lyrics are clever and direct, chronicling the lives and times of urban, lonely, and bored yuppies of the late '80s. And the fact that dance-pop is considered a disposable medium by most mainstream critics and listeners only increases the reserved emotional undercurrent of Actually, as well as its irony.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
One More Chance (2018 Remaster)
00:05:31

Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer - Bobby Orlando, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield) (2018 Remaster)
00:04:23

Stephen Hague, Producer - Dusty Springfield, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Mixing Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Programmer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Allee Willis, Writer - David Jacob, Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Shopping (2018 Remaster)
00:03:37

Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Writer - Gary Maughan, Additional Programmer - J. J. Jeczalik, Programmer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Rent (2018 Remaster)
00:05:08

Stephen Hague, Mixing Engineer - Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Hit Music (2018 Remaster)
00:04:45

Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
It Couldn't Happen Here (2018 Remaster)
00:05:21

Angelo Badalamenti, Orchestral Arranger - Ennio Morricone, Writer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - David Jacob, Producer, Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
It's a Sin (2018 Remaster)
00:04:59

Stephen Hague, Production, Mixing Engineer - Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer - David Jacob, Mixing Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
I Want to Wake Up (2018 Remaster)
00:05:10

Shep Pettibone, Producer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Dave Meegan, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Adrien Cook, Programmer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Heart (2018 Remaster)
00:03:58

Andy Richards, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Julian Mendelsohn, Mixing Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
King's Cross (2018 Remaster)
00:05:12

Stephen Hague, Producer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer - David Jacob, Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 2

1
I Want to Wake Up (Breakdown Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:06:00

Shep Pettibone, Producer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Dave Meegan, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Heart (Shep Pettibone Version; 2018 Remaster)
00:04:12

Junior Vasquez, Editor - Shep Pettibone, Producer, Remix - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Dave Meegan, Additional Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer - Adrien Cook, Keyboards

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
You Know Where You Went Wrong (2018 Remaster)
00:05:51

Shep Pettibone, Producer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Dave Meegan, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer - Helena Springs, Additional Vocals, Additional Vocals Producer - Adrien Cook, Programmer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
One More Chance (7" Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:03:49

Stephen Hague, Remix - Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Remix, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals, Writer - David Jacob, Mixing Engineer - Bobby Orlando, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
It's a Sin (Disco Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:07:41

Stephen Hague, Remix - Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Additional Engineer, Additional Producer - Pet Shop Boys, Remix, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (with Dusty Springfield) (Extended Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:06:50

Stephen Hague, Producer - Dusty Springfield, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Mixing Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Programmer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Writer - Allee Willis, Writer - David Jacob, Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Heart (Disco Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:08:39

Andy Richards, Producer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - TONY PHILLIPS, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - J J Belle, Guitar

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
A New Life (2018 Remaster)
00:04:56

Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Helena Springs, Writer - David Jacob, Producer, Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Always on My Mind (Demo Version; 2018 Remaster)
00:04:04

Wayne Thompson, Writer - Mark James, Writer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Vocals - Johnny Christopher, Writer - David Jacob, Mixing Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Rent (7" Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:03:36

Stephen Hague, Editor, Mixing Engineer - Andy Richards, Keyboards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer, Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - David Jacob, Mixing Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
I Want a Dog (Edit; 2018 Remaster)
00:04:59

Josh Milan, Solo Piano - John Poppo, Mixing Engineer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - David Jacob, Engineer - Mike Nielson, Engineer - Frankie Knuckles, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1988, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Always on My Mind (Extended Dance Version; 2018 Remaster)
00:08:13

Wayne Thompson, Writer - Mark James, Writer - Andy Richards, Programmer - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals - Julian Mendelsohn, Additional Producer, Remix - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals - Johnny Christopher, Writer - David Jacob, Additional Producer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 1987, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Do I Have To? (2018 Remaster)
00:05:16

Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals, Writer - Bob Kraushaar, Mixing Engineer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Always on My Mind (Dub Mix; 2018 Remaster)
00:02:06

Wayne Thompson, Writer - Mark James, Writer - Andy Richards, Samples - Tim Young, Remastering Engineer - NEIL TENNANT, Vocals - Julian Mendelsohn, Producer - Pet Shop Boys, Producer, Remix, MainArtist - Chris Lowe, Keyboards, Vocals - Johnny Christopher, Writer - David Jacob, Producer

2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2001, 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

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. Not only are the arrangements more accomplished, but the songs themselves are more striking, incorporating a strong sense of melody, as evidenced by "What Have I Done to Deserve This?," a duet with Dusty Springfield. Tennant's lyrics are clever and direct, chronicling the lives and times of urban, lonely, and bored yuppies of the late '80s. And the fact that dance-pop is considered a disposable medium by most mainstream critics and listeners only increases the reserved emotional undercurrent of Actually, as well as its irony.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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