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Ultimate Collection

Eurythmics, Dave Stewart Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca
  • ASIN: B000BMPQU6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I've Got A Life
2. Love Is A Stranger
3. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
4. Who's That Girl
5. Right By Your Side
6. Here Comes The Rain Again
7. Would I Lie To You?
8. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
9. Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves
10. It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)
11. When Tomorrow Comes
12. Thorn In My Side
13. Miracle Of Love
14. Missionary Man
15. You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart
16. I Need A Man
17. I Saved The World Today
18. 17 Again
19. Was It Just Another Love Affair

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Product Description

You just have to look through the tracklisting of Ultimate Collection to remember the impact these classics had. This album is a tribute to why Eurythmics are so revered. Included are strong and intelligent pop songs such as "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" and "Here Comes The Rain Again", hallmarks of the duo. "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" showcases Annie Lennox's powerful and expressive voice effortlessly combining with Aretha Franklin's. On "Who’s That Girl?" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", Dave Stewart's innovative production techniques sound as fresh today as they did on release.

BBC Review

Off we frolic into the frothy 80s as Eurythmics hurl their luscious tunes of yore at us again. But shame on you if you plan to make do with their Greatest Hits. This bad boy boasts two new tracks, including the single ''I've Got A Life'', a typically emotive synth-pop offering from the electro-twosome. The classics are still fresh: each one - from ''There Must Be An Angel'' to ''You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart'' - glowing with romantic insight, not to mention an opportunity for poptastic living-room prancing.

Nostalgia aside, age hasn't withered Lennox's heartfelt holler as the new tracks prove: and ''Was It Just Another Love Affair?'' could rival chillout-maestros Zero 7 for warmth and shimmer. Special. --Zoe Street

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Six years after their last album Peace, and less than six months after Annie Lennox's wonderful performance at Live8, Eurythmics return with two new songs and a new Greatest Hits collection.
17 of the 19 tracks catalogue their impressive career up to the present: the ice-cold electronica of "Sweet Dreams...", the glorious pop of "Here Comes the Rain Again", the AOR of "Thorn In My Side", the calm of 1999 hit "I Saved the World Today". And yes, you will know most of these songs already! All have the same things in common: the impressive vocal range of Annie Lennox, the ground-breaking production and arrangements of Dave Stewart, the often clever lyrics ("sweet dreams are made of this, who am I to disagree..."). New tracks "I've Got A Life", an up-tempo dance song; and "Was It Just Another Love Affair", tender and melancholic; see them sounding as good as ever, and fit in nicely amongst their other gems.
75 million records all over the world, awards galore, artists as eclectic as Marilyn Manson and Diddy covering and sampling their material: all bear testament to the superb quality of the songs this duo created. As a collection, this set is flawless. However, this collection is essentially a re-packaging of their 1991 Greatest Hits, and given the success of Lennox's set at Live8, this does reek slightly of "cashing in". But when sweet dreams are made of this, who really cares? Not me, anyway. And nor should anyone else, if you want seriously good music you will not go far wrong with this.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get better than this 5 Dec 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I was thrilled to see that Eurythmics were releasing a new single "I've got a life". It is an unusual title, however, very catchy and after a few listens is embedded into your consciousness. Eurythimcs never played safe so it would have been disapointing if the song and title weren't quirky.
The other new song on this CD is in an R'n'B style and after a few listens, you can't get it out of your head no matter how subdued it seems at first.
The rest of the songs are all well known classics and are familiar to all Eurythmics fans. It was nice to see some new tracks off "Peace" included, however, I think for Eurythmics fans of old, the value lies in the 2 new songs and the fact that all tracks have been re-mastered thus improving the listening quality.
I wondered at the reason for not including "Don't ask me why", "Angel" and concluded that they may be too controversial to religious sensibilities. Angel less so, however, it does appear to be about suicide. Leaving these out makes the album marketable worldwide in the same format and more profitable for Dave & Annie as the co-production payouts for the "We too are one" era songs will not be there!
Without a doubt, it is far better to have a copy of the greatest hits CD and the single "I've got a life", however, I still count "Was it just a love affair" as a wonderful song that I wouldn't want to be without.
What I'd love to see is "Eurythmics - The singles collection". This would be a double CD with the inclusion of all the missing songs "Never gonna cry again, Belinda, This is the house, Julia, Shame, Beethoven, King and Queen of America, Revival and the acoustic version of "You have placed a chill in my heart" that made it a big hit.
Thanks Dave and Annie & please can we have some more!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HITS & MISSES 2 Dec 2005
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Format:Audio CD
I agree with quite a few of the comments already posted. Many of their groundbreaking classics are here but the tracks chosen for this compilation more or less duplicate what was on the previous Greatest Hits collection and seminal tracks such as Beethoven, SexCrime, Don't Ask Me Why and Angel are curiously absent with no explanation. Very early in Eurythmics career, a video entitled Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This was released which featured a live performance from Heaven nightclub and specially shot footage of some of the tracks from that album. It even had little animated puppets of Dave and Annie by Bura & Hardwick (creators of Camberwick Green). It wasn't long before it was pulled from the shelves due to reported unhappiness on the part of Dave & Annie. They also famously fell out with Dominic Mulrooney who was involved in the score for 1984 which resulted in them withdrawing their support for the project even though the record was finished and available in the shops. It makes me wonder if the tracks that have been omitted from this collection are victims of similar problems 'behind the scenes'. If this is the case, this is very sad as the result is an incomplete product that omits some of their finest work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not ultimate at all 30 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Eurythmics made some of the greatest sounds of the 1980 in many genres, not just the standard synth-pop. Lennox & Stuart also made a major contribution in the forgotten band The Tourists before the birth of Eurythmics. Unfortunately this album contains too many tracks already available on Greatest Hits.

Some less inspired songs from the 1990s have been added. This really shows a lack of interest and imagination in view of the huge treasure trove of classic album tracks. The compilers could have chosen The Last Time from Revenge, Jennifer from Sweet Dreams, Shame & Beethoven (I Love to Listen to) from Savage, When the Day Comes Down from We Too Are One and Belinda & She's Invisible Now from the obscure first album In the Garden.
But for those who never got round to Greatest Hits, it's a worthwhile purchase. Every rhythm they took, they made their own: consider the catchy calypso of Right By Your Side, grand rock ballads like Thorn In My Side and When Tomorrow Comes or the perfect pop of Love is a Stranger. Their emotional range is unique: the chilling menace of You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart makes a stark contrast to the joyful exuberance of There Must Be An Angel or the powerful affirmative Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves.
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