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Be Yourself Tonight

Eurythmics, Dave Stewart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000026F7N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Would I Lie To You?
2. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
3. I Love You Like A Ball And Chain
4. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
5. Conditioned Soul
6. Adrian
7. It's Alright - (Baby's Coming Back)
8. Here Comes That Sinking Feeling
9. Better To Have Lost In Love (Than Never To Have Loved At All)

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Casting off their rep for digital iciness, the Eurythmics got Be Yourself Tonight over on electric fire and the fluttering warmth of Annie Lennox's voice; the first two seconds of "There Must Be an Angel" are the prettiest seconds ever recorded. In fact, it's essentially a deep soul album in white-English-geek drag, from the Stax horns of "Would I Lie to You" to the guest shots by Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Lennox and Elvis Costello doing their best Marvin-and-Tammi impression on "Adrian". But the style points wouldn't matter without great songs and this disc has some of the band's finest: the best feminist anthem ever written, rockers that dig their heels in deep and love songs fuelled by real longing and joy. --Douglas Wolk

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4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I remember hearing this album when I was in senior school around the time it would have been new out. I liked it then and in the last few years have toyed with the idea of picking it up on vinyl or CD. I approach this album as a casual fan and someone who picked up the 8 album boxset for a good price out of intrigue to hear their recorded album journey (well, most of it.)

A good test of how easy something is to listen to (for me anyway) is to play it when ill. I had not been holding back on playing the CD at home waiting for a bout of man flu, but at the latter end of recovery I gave it a spin on the home stereo expecting it to sound bright and compressed like many remasters seem to these days. It is to the credit of Ian Cooper at Metropolis Mastering that this was very easy to listen to. It sounds like every thing was taken from good sources, although there is a little tape damage or something audible in parts of the 12" mix of Sisters... but I found that quite charming in a way.

So, the album:
Sounds nice, NOT harsh, NOT mega trebbly - hooray! I think it has stood up well over time, although the last two tracks of the album proper are easily skipped for me despite memory telling me I quite liked the last track: Better To...

The bonus tracks:
I'm not a mega fan so some may strongly disagree but it appears across this series that Eurythmics were not really champions of the classic b-side or 12" mix. Nothing made me run out of the room screaming, but there's maybe only one or two tracks that I'd want to pay more attention to in the near future. The two b-sides are generally "b-side"y. The 12" mix of Sisters is not very exciting - it shows to me that they really nailed the mix with the LP version. However, the 12" of Would I Lie To You?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out with the old and in with the new... 21 Oct 2002
By Pete A
Format:Audio CD
So the Eurythmics, hot off the success of "Touch" and "1984", decided to leap into fairly new territory. How you ask? By removing their renowned synthesisers and replacing them with an array of gospel singers, guitars and some surprise guests. Yes, "Be Yourself Tonight" marked the first artistic shift for the Eurythmics from synth-pop to rock-and-or-roll. The album recast Annie Lennox into a blond bombshell and Dave Stewart into a guitar god. The first track "Would I Lie To You" opens brilliantly, quickly removing any doubt about a loss a creative ideals. Again, Lennox's vocals are top-notch, with some nifty guitar skills from Stewart. The next track "There Must Be Angel" is the duo's (to this date) only UK NO.1. And deservedly so, for although it is slightly tongue-in-cheek, for Annie, it's tounge-and-vocals. More highlights include the Tibetan soundscape intro of "Conditioned Soul", the saucy feminist duet "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" with Aretha Franklin and the twisted "Adrian" with Elvis Costello. Any downpoints? Well, just a few; the album art is slightly dull (a blurred still from the "Would I Lie To You" video- apparently the original design was too graphic), and the final 2 tracks "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling" and "Better to have lost in love" are somewhat repetitive of each other. Overall, "Be Yourself Tonight" is just that- no illusions, no electronics, just Dave and Annie singing away with their usual flair. Just a shame that that flair seemed to later vanish...
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5.0 out of 5 stars SONIC SPLENDOR 4 Dec 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Whoah! This album kicks up a storm! I think it was intended as the band's excursion into R&B and Soul, but it's much more than that in its stylistic variety, many moods and moving songs. It starts revealing its pleasures with the uptempo Would I Lie To You, followed by the delicate pop of There Must Be An Angel, and reaches a climax on the duet with Aretha Franklin, a brilliant tour de force. Conditioned Soul is another gem with beautiful intricate and dramatic guitar infusions and Lennox at her vocal best on some of their most poetic lyrics. Not as resigned as Savage, Be Yourself Tonight still has an undertone of sorrow, as in the tender Adrian. A great slice of 80's R&B follows in the form of It's Alright, followed by the most sorrowful of all, the entrancing Here Comes That Sinking Feeling with its doubled-up vocals (one set sounding like it's spoken over the telephone) which gives it an eerie feel. It concludes with the bittersweet Better To Have Lost In Love, a haunting finale that is a rousing affirmation of hope. Some of Eurythmics most literate and profound work is found here, but it's serious stuff and not always as accessible as their other masterpieces like Sweet Dreams or Revenge. Then again, it's nowhere near as difficult as In The Garden or as bleak as Savage. Be Yourself Tonight is an album of real soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful sounds 7 Jan 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The classic Be Yourself Tonight has now been enhanced by extra tracks and reissued in deluxe packaging with new photographs. I think the album was intended as the band's excursion into R&B and Soul, but it's much more than that in its stylistic variety, exquisite musicianship and moving songs.
The sonic delight starts with the uptempo Would I Lie To You, followed by the delicate pop of There Must Be An Angel, and reaches a climax on the duet with Aretha Franklin, a brilliant tour de force. Conditioned Soul is another gem with beautiful intricate and dramatic guitar infusions and Lennox at her vocal best on some of their most poetic lyrics.
Not as resigned as Savage, Be Yourself Tonight still has an undertone of sorrow, as in the tender Adrian. A great slice of 80's R&B follows in the form of It's Alright, followed by the most sorrowful of all, the entrancing Here Comes That Sinking Feeling with its doubled-up vocals (one set sounding like it's spoken over the telephone) which gives it an eerie feel.
The bittersweet Better To Have Lost In Love, is another highlight, haunting in its blend of hope and sadness. Some of Eurythmics most literate and profound work is found here, but it's serious stuff and not always as accessible as their other masterpieces like Sweet Dreams or Revenge.
Then again, it's nowhere near as difficult as In The Garden or as bleak as Savage. Be Yourself Tonight is an album of real soul. Of the additional tracks, my favorites include the French song Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles and the remix of Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album delivered quickly
One of the all time classics. Every track could have been a single.
Seller dispatched very quickly. Received two days from ordering.
Published 27 days ago by Bob Knight
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One of the best albums from the Eurythmics
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I love the Eurythmics and Only had This Album on vinyl .Had a recent craving to listen to certain tracks only found on this Album and found it being sold on Amazon for a low price... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey Gadd
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mess
'Be Yourself Tonight' may well be the stepping stone between the synth-driven earlier albums and the more guitar-oriented 'Revenge'. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Yourself Tonight - Eurythmics
This was always one of my favourates when I was a kid, growing up in the 80's. I'm pleased to say that I was absolutely thrilled with my recent purchase and have listened to it... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2010 by MISS KEWISH
5.0 out of 5 stars More Brilliance!
The Eurythmics just cant stop pumping out more and more high quality music and you dont have to be a Eurythmics fanatic like me in order to appriciate any of their albums. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars More Brilliance!
The Eurythmics just cant stop pumping out more and more high quality music and you dont have to be a Eurythmics fanatic like me in order to appriciate any of their albums. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2001
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