Actually: Further Listening: 1987-1988

Actually: Further Listening: 1987-1988

by Pet Shop BoysPet Shop Boys


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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. [In 2018, Rhino continued their series of PSB reissues with a remastering of Actually that adds a second disc of songs plus a booklet with rare photos, lyrics, and insightful interviews with the Boys. Made up of single tracks, extended mixes, a couple of unreleased mixes, and a fun demo of "Always on My Mind," the second disc is a worthwhile addition to one of their best albums.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2018
Label: Rhino / Parlophone
UPC: 0190295826222
catalogNumber: 566338
Rank: 42148

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Primary Artist,Compield
Dusty Springfield   Vocals,Guest Appearance
J.J. Belle   Guitar
Helena Springs   Vocals
Chris Heath   Compield,Interviewee

Technical Credits

Pet Shop Boys   Producer,Remixing
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Angelo Badalamenti   Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Stephen Hague   Producer,Remixing,Additional Production
Phil Harding   Remixing
J.J. Jeczalik   Programming
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer
Chris Lowe   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Julian Mendelsohn   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Bobby Orlando   Composer
Shep Pettibone   Producer
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Andy Richards   Programming,Producer
Helena Springs   Composer
Neil Tennant   Composer
Blue Weaver   Programming
Allee Willis   Composer
David Jacob   Producer,Engineer
Adrien Cook   Programming
Gary Maughan   Programming
Cindy Palmano   Cover Photo
Mike Nielson   Engineer
Chris Heath   Introduction
Eric Watson   Cover Photo

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