Eurythmics Album: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Special Edition)
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||Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Special Edition)
Genre:New Wave, 1980s Alternative, 1980s Pop
Label:Sony BMG Music Entertainment
|Jason Stein (San Diego, CA United States) - November 25, 2005
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
- This Is The House.
With their second release, Eurythmics hit paydirt. Unfortunately, in America, the only tracks that received airplay were the hits "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and "Love Is A Stranger". Also, any time there has been a greatest hits compilation, those are the only two songs included from this album. However, "Sweet Dreams" was so much more. As an electronic, new wave album, it definitely set itself apart from Depeche Mode, Human League, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins, Tears For Fears, OMD and the faceless others of the time.
"I Could Give You A Mirror", "Wrap It Up", "Jennifer", "This Is The House", "This City Never Sleeps", "Somebody Told Me", "I've Got An Angel" and "The Walk" all hold their own alongside the two hits. This was the first of many seamless albums from the duo. The remastering is excellent here--just listen to "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", and the b-sides are nice. This time there is a keeper--the previously unreleased Lou Reed cover of "Satellite Of Love". Simply excellent. However, "Home Is Where The Heart Is", "Monkey Monkey" and "Baby's Gone Blue" are not bad either. I enjoyed the 1991 remixes of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and "Love Is A Stranger".
Dave Stewart remastered the series, and he added additional photographs taken at the time which were amusing. The liner notes cover how the album was made (amazingly on a budget of 5,000 dollars--just proving once again that passion and simplicity can make unforgettable and timeless music). The only drawback is that there are no lyrics to the songs. The old version of this album came with the lyrics.
All in all, this is a great entry in the remastered series.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
- Their only really strong album
Going back to this I was struck by how consistent this CD is. After this album they started doing more genre pieces and their albums seemed like (fantastic) singles plus filler--there's no overall mood. But on this one, after the silly cover of "Wrap It Up," the kind of thing they couldn't get enough of later on, it moves into this gorgeous stretch that is unbroken through the amazing "This City Never Sleeps." It's like Sade meets Nico or something, and notably lo-fi, in a cool way. After all these years of "Missionary Man" and "Diva" and all that big pop stuff, which is great but kinda blowsy, the sustained late-night mystery of this album is something that is really special and a wonder to rediscover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
- Don't Wake Me Up...
I first heard "Sweet Dreams" in a mall in Las Vegas as a teenager. I still remember stopping in my tracks and listening until the song was over. Thus began my three decade love affair with Annie Lennox (and Dave Stewart).
I loved the original lp - still have it - and I love this CD. While most of the album is not as commercial as Sweet Dreams, it is a remarkably consistant record. The songs are individually great, but somehow form a cohesive album better than the sum of it's parts. It's one of those perfect records that doesn't have any duds, and just flows from start to end. I love the cool electronic mood of the record, and I am amazed at how well this has aged over time. As always, the best instrument on the record is Annie Lennox. Annie is one of the best rock/soul singers of our time.
I enoyed this cd so much, I purchased the entire Eurythmic discography for a second time. The pictures and liner notes are wonderful, the sound is incredible, and I love the new songs. On a side note, sadly, "1984" is not included among the reissues.
There are a few minor flaws. I did think the mix of "Love Is A Stranger" sounds a bit dated and could have been better. Furthermore, when you listen to the entire disc with the additional tracks, the continuity I mentioned is somewhat lost. I usually listen to the original album or make a playlist picking and choosing from the various cuts. Those are certainly minor issues.
This CD is like a trip to the candy store for this kid. Highly recommended.
DAJ (New York, NY) - January 06, 2006
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
- Best of the Reissues
Of all the new remastered versions of Eurythmics albums, this is the best. First, because the original version was one of the most important releases of the 80's, and secondly, it contains the best variety of bonus tracks.
The remastering of the original tracks is superb, and the album is so deep. Aside from the hits (Love is a Stranger, Sweet Dreams), the album captures Eurythmics at their most inventive and experimental. "The Walk," "Somebody Told Me," and "I Could Give You (A Mirror)" are my favorites of the remaining tracks, but they are all strong. Song for song, this is the best album Eurythmics produced.
The bonus tracks here show even more experimentation from Dave and Annie. "Home is Where the Heart is" is one of the few of the unreleased tracks which attains the quality of their original releases. "Satellite of Love" does not reach the level of intensity of the superior live version to be found on the "Sweet Dreams" DVD, but it is better than most of the other cover songs in the reissue series.
It is amazing that this largely self-financed album, produced on an 8-track recording machine for 5000 British Pounds, sounds so full, rich and diverse. This, along with "Touch" is Eurythmics most important contribution to music. It is a must have recording.
- Terrific album (5 stars), good bonus tracks, poor remaster
The Eurythmics debut in the U.S. (
was their debut in the UK and elsewhere)was a game changer for the band and music fans--sythesized 80's music with actual depth to the lyrics (Joy Division actually ushered all of this in IMHO)with lyrics as often filled with joy as anguish (and more than a touch of irony) Annie Lennox proved to be the perfect front person at the time playing with gender roles, delivering soulful vocals over Dave Stewart's instrumental backing. This wasn't Lennox and Stewart's first time around the block as they were both members of the band
but this was their first time with a big HIT under their belt courtesy of the great material and MTV. If you're an audiophile read on but if you're not, then go ahead and buy this.
"Sweet Dreams" IS a terrific album but this remaster is not. Remastered in 2005 by Ian Cooper, the album sounds harsh, compressed and LOUD lacking subtly, reducing the depth while making everything so bright and shiny it could blind you. Cooper has done some good work but this isn't one of them (and to his defense as a mastering engineer he's done what he is told by the label--labels are to blame for loud remasters more than the engineers although they aid in the process but they gotta eat, too).
The only reason for fans who have earlier editions of this to buy the reissue are the bonus tracks and they are quite good. The unusual arrangement on Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love". "Monkey Monkey" is also worthwhile (although it sounds like it might be a needle drop to me). For fans who wanted the longer, extended versions of the two big hit singles you are in luck--both "Sweet Dreams" and "Love is a Stranger" are both presented in their longer, extended versions of these songs.
Is this worthwhile for fans to pick up? Sure but I wouldn't trade in or sell your original CDs as they sound much, much better than this version (even if they are a bit on the thin side and a bit bass shy at times--these represent the other extreme).
So--a five star album, docked 3 stars for the mastering adding two stars for the bonus tracks for a total of four stars. Hopefully we'll see newer remasters with improved sound but I doubt it.