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Release DetailsEdit

  • September 27, 1993

TracksEdit

  1. 3:53 Can You Forgive Her? 'single release'
  2. 3:03 I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing 'single release'
  3. 4:05 Liberation 'single release'
  4. 3:25 A Different Point Of View
  5. 4:19 Dreaming Of The Queen
  6. 3:55 Yesterday, When I Was Mad 'single release'
  7. 5:10 The Theatre
  8. 3:30 One And One Make Five
  9. 4:45 To Speak Is A Sin
  10. 4:49 Young Offender
  11. 3:53 One In A Million
  12. 8:21 Go West 'single release' / (silence) / Postscript (I Believe In Ecstasy)

Chart DetailsEdit

UK: #1

Germany: #1

Norway: #8

Holland: #11

USA: #20

Australia #2

SummaryEdit

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Very was released worldwide, and was originally packaged in a specially designed orange opaque jewelcase, with raised dots on the front. In many countries, Very was also packaged as a limited edition 2CD release, coupled with Relentless, a 6-track EP of mostly instrumental techno tracks. This was issued in a flexible clear frosted plastic 'bubble wallet'. Both designs were created by Pentagram. When the Very album was re-released several years later, the orange plastic jewelcase was replaced by a standard case, with the front cover redesigned to depict the original orange case floating on a blue background.

On all CD releases, the last track, Go West, was indexed with 2 minutes of silence and a hidden unlisted track, called Postscript (I Believe In Ecstasy), sung by Chris. This does not appear on any cassettes or vinyl releases of the album.

BackgroundEdit

The band was disappointed by the limited success and some of the reviews of their previous album Behaviour, and the fact that it was not a dance album. For Very, they decided that it was going to be a more 'up' album, and that each song should be written as though it were good enough to be a single. They began recording demos at Chris' flat, and then later moved to Sarm West Studios in London to record. Stephen Hague mixed the album and performed additional production. While many people assisted in the creation of the record, it is the first time that the Pet Shop Boys primarily produced themselves. Another concept for the record was that they wanted it to sound "computery" -- meaning that many of the songs have beeps, bleeps and other electronic sounds that might be associated with video games.

The band decided also to completely alter the way they were presented visually. For everything related to this album, they wanted to appeared as though they were not a part of reality, and everything including their album covers, videos, and photographs reflected this. Most of this new image was from the mind of David Fielding, who had designed the 1991 Performance Tour. The pointy orange and white striped "dunce caps" are the most recognizable icon from this time period, as featured on the Very artwork and the video for Can You Forgive Her?

TriviaEdit

  • Very was the first Pet Shop Boys album to reach #1 in England.

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