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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510 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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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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Speller on 25 Oct 2005
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 By A Customer on 5 Dec 2005
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 By A Customer on 2 Dec 2005
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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Eurythmics were one of the most prominent British synthpop acts of the 1980s. To their credit, they have over a dozen of worldwide hits, and almost every album in their impressive catalogue has been certified as gold or multi-platinum. All songs included in this compilation have been newly remastered and arranged in a near chronological order, what brilliantly presents the evolution of the band's music. Initially pioneers of the synthpop scene, what is reminded of by the classics "Love Is a Stranger", "Who's That Girl?", "Here Comes the Rain Again" and, naturally, the immortal "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart experimented with rock and soul on their mid-eighties album "Be Yourself Tonight", which spawned "Would I Lie to You?" and the evergreen "There Must Be an Angel". Subsequent releases saw duo's further departure from electro-pop towards rock music. Even though new singles didn't fly high in charts, Eurythmics still managed to produce many irresistible tracks, such as "When Tomorrow Comes", "I Need a Man" or the moving ballad "The Miracle of Love". The compilation disappointingly omits the hit single "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" and any recording representing the "We Too Are One" album, what would have made this collection truly "ultimate". It is made up for with two new songs though, including "I've Got a Life", which easily is one of the best things Eurythmics released since the second half of the eighties. The brilliant synthpop anthem about not giving up is a straightforward reference to the "Sweet Dreams" era, while the other novelty, "Was It Just Another Love Affair?", brings to mind the soul-inspiring music of Annie's solo effort "Bare", released two years earlier.
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