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Actually: Further Listening 1987-1988


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Pet Shop Boys will release the third set of albums in their definitive ‘Catalogue: 1985-2012’ series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums. The PSB albums ‘Please’ from 1986, ‘Actually’ from 1987 and 1988’s ‘Introspective’ will be reissued on March 2nd 2018. The albums have been remastered and repackaged, and will be accompanied by ‘Further listening’ albums of master quality bonus tracks - including demos, extended mixes and remixes of tracks from the albums and others created in the same period as each record.

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. 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. As Neil Tennant puts it: “I felt at this time that we had the secret of contemporary pop music, that we knew what was required.” The ‘Catalogue’ re-issue of ‘Actually’ includes the remastered original album with the 2-CD album features bonus material including the Shep Pettibone mix of ‘Heart’, and demo versions and alternative mixes of tracks including ‘One more chance’ and ‘Always on my mind’.

Disc 1:
One more chance
What have I done to deserve this? (with Dusty Springfield)
Hit Music
It couldn't happen here
It's a sin
I want to wake up
King's Cross
Disc 2:
I want to wake up (breakdown mix)    
Heart (Shep Pettibone version)
You know where you went wrong
One more chance (seven-inch mix)
It's a sin (disco mix)
What have I done to deserve this? (with Dusty Springfield) [extended mix]
Heart (disco mix)
A new life
Always on my mind (demo version)
Rent (seven-inch mix)
I want a dog
Always on my mind (extended dance mix)
Do I have to?
Always on my mind (dub mix)