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on 15 February 2005
I first bought this album 12 years ago, and instantly became a fan of the band. This was the first time I experienced buying an album as a magical experience - probably something akin to how it would have felt to open a chocolate bar and find one of Willie Wonka's gold tickets! But don't be deterred by its age - it has stood the test of time and still sounds excellent. From the start the rhythms, melodies and, above all, Annie Lennox's amazing vocal style are captivating and unique; something which just gets better and better with each listen. Dave Stewart is definitely an under-rated guitarist, and his backing vocals complement Annie's soulful and rich voice (at times, such as on 'Love Is A Stranger' sounding almost sinister). If you are unfamiliar with Eurythmics' music this is the place to start - for those who are already fans this surely has to be an essential purchase, even though there are several other great tracks that couldn't be squeezed in here! (Maybe there will be a Part 2 in future, especially as they have since recorded some more recent material.....?)
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I was never particularly keen on the electronic music that dominated much of the eighties pop scene in Britain, but I found that Annie Lennox's outstanding voice and Dave Stewart's superb songwriting outweighed any reservations I might have about the electronics they employed.
Annie (born on Christmas Day) and Dave originally made their mark in the Tourists, a five-piece group who had several UK hits including a cover of I only want to be with you (Dusty Springfield), which peaked at number four - exactly as Dusty's version had done in the sixties. The Tourists disbanded after a couple of years but Dave and Annie later emerged as a duo, the Eurythmics.
The Eurythmics were at their most successful between 1983 and 1986 during which time they had nine UK top ten hits, some of which also made the American top ten. They had a British number one (There must be an angel) and an American number one (Sweet dreams are made of this), which made number two in the UK. Two other songs made the American top five - Here comes that rain again (a UK top ten hit) and Would I lie to you (a UK top twenty hit).
Perhaps the biggest surprise came when the Eurythmics teamed up with Aretha Franklin to record Sisters are doing it for themselves. With very different styles - both musically and vocally - Annie and Aretha may have seemed an unlikely duo, but the combination worked really well.
After Thorn in my side (a UK top five hit in 1986), the Eurythmics continued to have hit singles but most of them were minor hits. There wasn't room to include all the minor hits but all the big British and American hits are here. Eventually, the Eurythmics disbanded, with Annie establishing a solo career while Dave stayed in the music business, but rarely as a performer.
This compilation contains all the essential Eurythmics tracks. If you enjoy the electronic pop music of the eighties, you will surely love this collection. Even if, like me, you have doubts about it, you may find that the sheer talent of Dave and Annie can enable you to enjoy their music anyway.
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on 2 May 2013
The album has all the great hits you expect: There Must Be Angel, You Placed A Chill in My Heart, Sweet Dreams, Sisters Are Doing For Themselves, : Duet With Arita Franklin and many more.
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on 16 August 2001
This is a fantastic line in Eurythmics song "You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart" and it defines perfectly not only how life is but how Eurythmics songs are: ironic, plenty of significance, bitter most of the times but optimistic some of them too and extremely powerful. Annie Lennox's voice and image joined to Dave Stewart talent created one of the most amazing music groups in the 80's, and fortunate us, still alive in the 90's with their last album Peace after a decade apart. From Love Is A Stranger to Angel, every single song has something new to offer. And don't miss their Video collection including all different Annie's persona. A MUST for music lovers.
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on 26 November 2010
This is a brilliant album. I already knew that as I was simply replacing a lost album that I missed seriously
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on 11 October 2004
One thing that cant be denied about Eurythmics is how ahead of their time they were. Where 80's competitors such as Culture Club and Duran Duran now sound outdated - Eurythmics music continues to be fresh, original and powerful. Annie Lennox is now legendary having won every award known to man including an oscar! And rightly so. Few other artists are as innovative, intriguing and musically gifted. This is essential for any collection. You'll be surprised how many of the tracks you know and love, and probably didnt even realise a lot of them were performed by Eurythmics!
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VINE VOICEon 18 December 2012
Great Album by The Eurythmics (Dave Stewart. And Annie Lennox ) all the hits we know and like great stuff, meant to buy the album when it first came out, but somehow never got round to it,
Buy it wholly recommended
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on 8 December 2000
It features 18 of their most popular songs. If you grew up in the 80s, this is one collection that will bring back lots of memories. Sadly a few hit songs are missing that would make this collection complete. These are "Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)", "Revival" and "King And Queen Of America". Nevertheless this is a really good compilation, and worth all the money. If you like Annie Lennox or the Eurythmics, what are you waiting for???
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on 13 March 2014
i chose the item for personal choice as i wanted a cd version
was not dissapointed with the condition of the item as it was perfectly playable
and for the price the item i was more than satisfied
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on 17 September 2013
The postage was quick and I would recommend this product to my friends and family. Obviously I enjoy their music and can now listen to this whenever I choose. Thanks.
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