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The image of this front cover has always alarmed me. Annie Lennox looks like a mannequin and only half of Dave Stewart made it onto the sleeve. Cover artwork aside, this is a fine collection of some of their biggest ever hits.
Who are they:
Scottish vocalist Annie Lennox and songwriter/producer Dave Stewart found fame in the eighties. Annie has had a successful solo career too.
On this album:
'Love Is A Starnger' kicks things off. I never liked this song, finding the melody too creepy and her vocals shadowy and sinister. Maybe it is the synths which add to the eerie feel here. I am more drawn to 'Sweet Dreams' which has one of the most recognisable synth riffs in music history, much sampled, never bettered. The track is quite dark and brooding yet has a dancey streak running through it too.
I love the jaunty rhythm of 'Right By Your Side' which always makes me think of the Carribean. I also rate 'Thorn In My Side' which is an upbeat classy pop workout, finding Lennox on fine form. She sounds more bright and cheerful here than she does on a lot of the other songs. Also check out the haunting 'You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart' which is not one of the more widely discussed songs. Gentle vocals and a restrained melody leave you feeling lightheaded, as Lennox's breathy vocals sweep over you.
'It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)' always sounded flat vocally, lacking the finesse of the other songs.
An eighteen track album is not be argued with. It is crammed with hits and you will see the memories come flooding back. Lennox's angelic voice and Stewart's synths work brilliantly and this is a worthy purchase
Greatest Hits - Eurythmics
Talk of the 80s and one British group always mentioned are the Eurythmics , such was the impact they had.
Made up of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart , they started off life in The Tourists . How many of you will remember I Only Want To Be With You . Quite a few no doubt.
With the breakup of The Tourists , Annie and Dave went on to form the Eurythmics , and at the height of their popularity released seven studio albums , prior to this compilation , and what a compilation it is , comprising of eighteen 80s anthems . The album was originally released in 1991 , but is still widely available at a cost of around #9.99 . namely :
1) Love Is A stranger - 1982
What a start , both to the album , and the Eurythmics musical career , although this track is taken from their second album release . The singing of Annie brings shivers down your spine , so spine tingling is it . A timeless classic if ever there was one .
2) Sweet Dreams ( Are Made Of This ) - 1983
If only dreams were......powerful singing with a tidy beat , no one can ever forget this one.
3) Whos That Girl - 1983
Haunting vocals , to a timeless ballad . WOW .
4) Right Beside You - 1983
Carnival feel , with whistles and boom boom boom drums , not forgetting the steel drums of course . Makes you feel your in Rio .
5) Here Comes The Rain - 1983
Keyboards to the fore , with great guitar accompaniment. A moody rock ballad , strong in content , with great chorus .
6) There Must Be An Angel ( Playing With My Heart) - 1985
Sung as if trying to every ounce of voice from within . Not one of my personal favourites , but still great pop .
7) Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves - 1985
Rock based , women thing . Can you guess the famous 2nd female voice. ?
8) Its Alright ( Babys Coming Back ) - 1985
One of my favourites . A fantastic track , sang with that feeling of relief .
9) When Tomorrow Comes - 1986
Really upbeat pop song , a great rhythm , matched by superb vocals . Just tap your fingers to the background drumming .
10) You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart - 1987
The closest the Eurythmics will ever come to a hippy love song . Thought provoking.
11) Miracle Of Love - 1986
True love ballad , with chilling vocals , and superb sing-a-long chorus , that everyone knows .
12) Sex Crime ( 1984 ) - 1984
This and the next title , are my all time favourites . Big brother is watching you babe . Upbeat , finger tapping , with a great beginning .
13) Thorn In My Side
Everybody has one , fortunately for the Eurythmics this isnt theirs ! This song is an epitome to 80s pop .
14) Dont Ask Me Why - 1989
Never released in the UK , but big in Germany , this song is very moody , and wouldnt suit our ears single wise . At the start you say No , but it really does grow on you.
15) Angel - 1989
Guitar based ballad , with a superb vocal contribution by Annie . A really strong tune.
16) Would I Lie To You - 1989
Big band rock feel , heavily reliant on trumpet to emphersize Annie's upbeat performance.
17) Missionary Man - 1986
No - not about a womans other halfs sexual preferences ! . Dark rock song , not one of my favourites . Sounds a lot like ~Lynnard Skynnard
18) I Need A Man - 1987
Annie sings a mean tune here , self explanatory title , sung with authority , almost domineering
- Overview -
To sum up this album ,a superb collection of the best years of the Eurythmics . Eighteen tracks that most people will never tire of listening to . Eighteen tracks that encompass the spirit of the 80's yet are totally individual and a class apart from the norm ( in main due to the quality and vocal expression supplied by Annie Lennox ) .
2000 saw their comeback as a duo with Peace ( although both have produced a variety of works on an individual basis ) , another great album , which perhaps one day Ill report on. Since then things have gone a little quiet again , although an official split has never been acknowledged or reported , so who knows , maybe there's more to come from this duo.
As for the cover , eight sides , five of which are used to the full . The center pages contain images of their previous albums , some of the covers deserve real praise , such were their impact . Not so of this one though . Song titles are reproduced twice , once with credits etc. Overall a bit of a let down I feel .
When this compilation album was recorded in 1991, I had to but it. It cost me 12.99p, but in my book it was money well spent. This album is one that you will never tire from and you can listen to it over and over without skipping any tracks, unlike most other albums. This album has eighteen tracks of some very memroble songs and I would guarantee, that you would know most of them once you have listened to them. THE TRACKS. 1)Love is a stranger 1982. 2)Sweet dreams (are made of these) 1983. 3)Who’s that girl 1983. 4)Right by your side 1983. 5)Here comes the rain again 1983 6)There must be an angel 1985. 7)Sisters are doing it for themselves 1985. 8)It’s alright (baby’s coming back) 1985. 9)When tomorrow comes 1986. 10)You have placed a chill in my heart 1987. 11)Mirical of love 1986. 12)Sex crime 1984. 13)Thorn in my side 1986. 14)Don’t ask me why 1989. 15)Angel 1989. 16)Would I lie to you 1989. 17)Missionary man 1986. 18)I need a man 1987. My favorite song is track 7 Sisters are doing it for themselves, it is a classic, and brings back so many great memories for me. So if you are a fan of the Eurythmics, I would defiantly recommend that you purchase this album. Here are some other albums by the Eurythmics, that I would also recommend. 1) In the garden 1981. 2) Sweet dreams 1982. 3) Touch 1983. 4) Be your self tonight 1985. 5) Revenge 1986. 6) Savage 1987 7) We too are one 1989. In my opinion these are all very good albums, but the greatest hits is by far the best. Thank you for reading, bubbles.:O)
Every song here has a beat that refuses to be ignored! This work is not only a great intro into this band's sound and style, it will keep you moving no matter what else is going on in the room. The striking and unique Annie Lennox has a voice that can shift through songs adamant, tender, derisive, gentle and wry as naturally as flames dancing in the wind. I have been a fan of Eurythmics since they first swept into my sound space in the late eighties. I have loved and lost many of their albums over the years, but this is usually the one that ends up getting re-purchased the most, which is a sure sign of a good album. Let's take a look at the list... Sweet Dreams: Even if you haven't heard of Eurythmics, you probably know this song. Synthesizers, drums, backup and Annie's lilting voice... "Sweet dreams are made of this and who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the seven seas-- Everybody's looking for something. Some of them want to use you. Some of them want to get used by you Some of them want to abuse you. Some of them want to be abused..." Simple but true, although it is probably a bit too repetitive for some listeners. However, the beat is undeniable. We all want something and somehow it always seems to lead back to how we want to be loved. From here we go to steady drums... When Tomorrow Comes: Some beautiful lyrics here... "Underneath your dreamlit eyes shades of sleep have driven you away. The moon is pale outside and you are far from here... Breathing shifts your careless head, untroubled by the chaos of our lives. Another day - Another night Has taken you again, my dear. And you know that I'm gonna be the one who'll be there When you need someone to depend on when tomorrow comes..." Love often seems the most euphoric when we contemplate our dear ones as they slumber in the moonlight. It ca
n seem a bit odd if you stop to think about it yet, how can you resist? All the cares of the world are smoothed from their face and in this idyllic moment you can see all that is best in the faces of those you love. Friend, lover, or child the sentiment still applies. A wise friend of mine once said, "I love my children best when they are asleep." I must say that I agree with her. It is this perfect moment of peace which still lures me into their rooms at night and I still stand in wonder at all that I see in their dreaming faces. Here Comes the Rain Again: Rain can mean many things. Sometimes it is seen as a renewal or the promise of hope, sometimes it conjures the image of sorrow and tears, some times it is just one more thing to go wrong on a bad day. "Here comes the rain again, raining in my head like a tragedy, tearing me apart like a new emotion. I want to breathe in the open wind, I want to kiss like lovers do, I want to dive into your ocean. Is it raining with you? So baby talk to me..." It seems here that she is alluding to something in a relationship that keeps causing them pain. She sees the trouble coming in like a storm and yet she also seems to know that afterwards, the clouds may part and leave their love clean, fresh, and pure once. She is longing for the storm to be over, for the happiness to start again and she asks him so eloquently if he is feeling the same pain and wants the same resolution. Tears, talk, and rain are the most renewing things I can imagine. Who's That Girl?: Lyrics and music slide through the air in this song of confrontation and betrayal. Not the most fortunate song to follow Here Comes the Rain, but her vocals support the emotions of the lyrics flawlessly. "The language of love Slips from my lover's tongue Cooler than ice cream and warmer than the sun. Dumb hearts get broken just like china cups. The language of lo
ve has left me broken on the rocks.." You hear all the fragile tenderness of a heart broken by lies and then music and voice speed up in the refrain to demand.. "But there's just one thing.. and I really want to know... Who's that girl Running around with you?" She has been wronged and her verdict is final. "Your careless notions have silenced these emotions. Look at the foolishness your lover's talk has done." All of which segues nicely into Would I Lie to You?: "Would I lie to you? Would I lie to you honey? Now would I say something that wasn't true?... My friend know what's in store. I won't be here anymore. I've packed my bags. I've cleaned the floor. Watch me walkin', Walkin' out the door!" His time is done and it's her time now. She seems to have no problem telling him just how things are. She rises above all his lies and tells him honestly that she's leaving and not to worry about her, she will be just fine. Hard truth but I believe her. I think she will be just fine. The story these last two songs tell have a very lifelike feel that runs so nicely into the next song... Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves: This is probably one of the best pieces I have ever heard relating a strong woman's attitude. There is a difference between being a feminist and being a rabid feminist. You can be strong, take charge of your life, be true to yourself and not be overly defensive or hateful about it. After all, you aren't doing any of this for anyone else or against anyone else. It is just they way things are. I can't help but see the image of Rosie the Riveter during this steady, insistent song. "Sisters are doing it for themselves! Standin' on their own two feet, and ringin' their own bells. Sisters are doing it for themselve
s. Now this is a song to celebrate the conscious liberation of the female state! Mothers- daughters and their daughters too. Woman to woman we're singin' with you.... We got doctors, lawyers, politicians too. Everbody -take a look around...There's a woman right next to you." Consider the following: Women won the right to vote just over eighty years ago in 1920. World War II forced women into many jobs that they wouldn't even have considered before and it forced the men that staid behind to accept them in those roles. In the 50's, women were still struggling to attain and accept these things within themselves as well and in the 60's and 70's we were calling for acceptance from others in an even louder voice. None of this was really so very long ago. Some women have pushed forward with all the terrifying zeal of religious fanatics, which has put off even other women from the whole topic. Extremes are generally bad things. The fact still remains that women are still searching both within themselves and from society for simple acceptance, and in all honesty this does not change who we are... "Now we ain't makin' stories and we ain't layin' plans. 'Cause a man still loves a woman and a woman still loves a man." As if to reinforce this reminder, this song is followed by.. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart): A light, simple tune sung with a joyful and tender voice. Again, a bit repetitive but it is simply a song expressing the pure elation that fills you when you love someone. "No one else on earth could make me feel like this. I'm thrown and overblown with bliss. There must be an angel playing with my heart." Love is miraculous and makes us feel as though we have been lucky enough to reach the pinnacle of our being. That's all she really has to say here. Apparently, she has stoppe
d wondering Who that Girl was and we have followed her full circle. We can flip over to side two having confirmed that she is just fine. Missionary Man: A totally fun song with great beat. I have no idea why there is a “woman in the jungle and a monkey on a tree” and frankly I don’t want to know. This song just makes my mundane chores far more fun. I do, however, like and get most of the other lyrics. “My mother told me good, My mother told me strong, She said be true to yourself and you can’t go wrong. But there is just one thing that you must understand, You can fool with your brother but don‘t mess with a missionary man!.... ...Well, the missionary man, he‘s got God on his side. He’s got the saints and apostles backin’ up from behind. Black eyed looks from those Bible books. He‘s a man with a mission got a serious mind...” Besides the obvious scathing look at organized religion, you can read plenty of other more mundane things into these lyrics. For example, you could take the viewpoint that she is saying here that no one is perfect, and she herself is no more innocent than the next gal. Being true to yourself is always sound advice and it sounds to me as though her mother is also warning her that there is a big difference between having a fling or friendship with a casual kind of guy and a relationship with a guy who is serious. A guy who is serious and believes he knows exactly what he wants is a completely different story! He has a mission. Yeah, I would have to agree that a man with a mission can be a pretty dangerous thing. Don’t Ask Me Why: A darker song which speaks of a bad relationship out of the past, and someone else’s blindness and regrets. Some would think what she has to say to this fellow is rather harsh. I think the truth does hurt sometimes and honesty is a rare quality. Here, she
offers him only truth, bluntly telling him how things are and that she has no answers for him. He got himself where he is and he is the one who has to deal with it, not her. She doesn’t sound exactly thrilled to see him, but it also sounds as though, for her, so much time has passed that there simply is no anger or pain left, just the memory of it all. When a woman has this kind of honesty and strength, she is often stereotyped and condemned for it. I wonder why? Aren’t these good qualities that everyone is supposed to aspire to? “Miracle of miracles look what the night dragged in. It’s a pocket full of misery and trouble on the wind. You spoiled the best years of your life, you took them all in vain. Now you think that you’re forgiven, but you can’t be born again and you say Why? You say Why? ... Don’t ask me why... ...Now you’ve got no one to turn to you’ve got no one but yourself, and you say Why?” I Need a Man: The best thing about this song is the Aretha Franklin quality to Annie’s singing. (Strangely enough, the music reminds me of Joan Jett.) She is just stating in no uncertain terms that she wants a man and she seems to know what she doesn‘t want... “ I don’t need a heartbreaker, fifty-faced trouble maker, two timing time taker, dirty little money maker, muscle bound cheap skate, Low down woman hater, triple crossing double dater, Yella bellied alligator... I don’t care if you won’t talk to me You know I’m not that kind of girl. And I don’t care if you won’t walk with me, it don’t give me such a thrill. And I don’t care about the way you look, you should know I’m not impressed. ‘Cause there’s just one thing I’m looking for and he don’t wear a dress.” Well, what ever she does want, this guy sure isn&
#8217;t it! Unless this about the same guy in the last song, this tune seems a bit out of place here. Love is a Stranger: Here are some thoughts on love that you aren’t likely to find in those old Love Is... cartoons! “Love is a stranger in an open car, to tempt you in and drive you far away... Love is a danger of a different kind, to take you away and leave you far behind, And love love love is a dangerous drug. You have to receive it and you still can’t get enough get enough of the stuff. It’s savage and it’s cruel, and it shines like destruction. Comes in like the flood and it seems like religion. It’s noble and it’s brutal. It distorts and deranges and it wrenches you up and you’re left like a zombie... It’s guilt edged, glamorous, and sleek by design. You know it’s jealous by nature, false and unkind. It’s hard and restrained and it’s totally cool. It touches and it teases as you stumble in the debris...” She captures so well the idea that no matter what love is like, there is no other force on earth quite like it. This is one of my favorites by this group. She really seems to have fun with this one. Thorn in My Side: I would rather see this song coupled with I Need a Man which would make a tidy trio with Don’t Ask Me Why. The title pretty much explains the song. Annie‘s voice seems to hover between regretful and chagrinned. The upbeat tune is a bit at odds with the lyrics but the saxophone really adds to the flavor. She sounds a lot happier when she sings of running (not walking!) away from him. “ You gave me such a bad time, tried to hurt me, but now I know... Thorn in my side, you know that’s all you ever were A bundle of lies, You know that’s all that it was worth...” The King and Queen of America: This song seems t
o be about success and fame as well as the regrets such things can cause. “’Cause we’re the all time winners in the all time loser’s game... Yea it’s the king of nothing and the queen of rage with a pile of confusion upon a glittering stage. You know we never did anything to make ourselves feel proud...” Success and fame can be very hollow things. Those who reach such heady pinnacles are often left wondering why they wanted to get there in the first place. Angel: This is the final song on the album and while it has a lovely lilting sound, the words are sad. She speaks eloquently of losing someone she believed in and loved, apparently to suicide. “Well she’s gone to meet her maker. Back to where she came from Come to save her soul... Come to save her soul... Come to take her home. ....My angel, fly over me, Angel... She took her life within her hands. She took her life within her own two hands And no one can tell her what to do now.” For me, this is one of the flaws in this album. Most of the songs here deal with some aspect of love and this is valid as far as the theme may be concerned. However, I generally want the album to end on an up note. Depress me or make me cry, sure, but leave me on an up note! You can see a good example of this in 12 Deadly Cyns by Cyndi Lauper. So, while most of the songs here are enjoyable etc, I don’t really care for the sequencing of the album as a whole. A bad ending can ruin a good book or movie for me and I guess the same holds true for albums as well. Thankfully, this isn’t a bad ending , just not the one I would prefer. More than anything else, her voice and some of these fantastic lyrics are what really make this work worth purchasing. A solid sampling of Eurythmics style, sound and lyrics. A good compilation album and easy to find.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Love Is a Stranger
2 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
3 Who's That Girl?
4 Right by Your Side
5 Here Comes the Rain Again
6 There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart)
7 Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
8 It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)
9 When Tomorrow Comes
10 You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart
11 Miracle of Love
12 Sex Crime (1984)
13 Thorn in My Side
14 Don't Ask Me Why
16 Would I Lie to You?
17 Missionary Man
18 I Need a Man