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on 29 November 2005
Eurythmics' breakthrough second album, following their interesting but unfocussed debut In The Garden, still stands the test of time as one of their finest, despite the fact that more than most of their releases, this one runs the risk of being tied to its time of release due to its heavily (though innovative) electronic sound. As a piece, Sweet Dreams holds together very well and contains few weak links: the iconic title track has become a modern-day standard and still retains its careful mix of passion and menace to this day, as does the perhaps even more sinister Love Is A Stranger, but there is much to enjoy besides these monolothic hits. The forgotten early single The Walk vies with Sweet Dreams as the standout track, a moody and disturbing vocal and lyric offset by a stunning brass arrangement, Jennifer's wistful description of a drowning once again treads the fine line of being heartfelt yet unsettling, and This City Never Sleeps, with its understated tale of urban alienation is a subdued yet powerful closer which still resonates today.
The key to the brilliance of this album is its ability to combine both warmth and cold, which prevents the electronic feel from seeming dated, and in that sense is perhaps Dave and Annie's crowning achievement (all the more incredible given the limited materials and budget with which the album was made - milkbottles for instance were used as percussion on Sweet Dreams). The reissue sleeve contains a number of new photos and an essay which gives some interesting details on the album's making but omits some key detail (it implies that Love Is A Stranger was the first single, whereas in fact both This Is The House and The Walk has been released prior to this). The extra tracks are among the best haul of all the Eurythmics reissues, helped partly the embarrassment of riches of B-sides featured on the album's various singles (a number of B-sides have been omitted, including all of the bonus tracks from The Walk single, some of which are definitely worthy of release). Eurythmics' B-sides tended to be more avant garde and experimental than their album tracks, which might put off the casual listener, but they are never less then interesting. Home Is Where The Heart Is is pleasant, the instrumental Monkey Monkey is catchy if over-long, but it's Baby's Gone Blue which is the real find - a whirl of soundbites, samples and snatches of Annie's emotive singing describing a car crash. Although some purists aren't keen, I like both of the 1991 remixes included, which give a slightly different slant on the album's two big hits, although the excellent Obsession Mix of Love Is A Stranger would have been preferable to the Coldcut Mix included here. Finally, the little-heard cover of Lou Reed's Satellite of Love fits in perfectly with the rest of the album and is one of the best covers included in this series of reissues.
For those looking to go beyond the greatest hits, this album is a perfect place to start and gives a good idea of why Eurythmics were seen as so innovative and slightly dangerous when they first appeared in the boardroom surrouned by cows. The original album was strong enough by itself: this remastered and expanded edition only makes it even more indispensible.
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on 18 November 2005
First I have to say that I love this album. This is one of my all times favorites, superb songwriting and innovative in production, but beware of the concept of remastering. Remastering should bring you a better recording but the truth is that in most cases you end up with a recording that is far worse than the original cd. Just compare the trumphet on track five ( The Walk )on the resmastered version with the original cd version. The new version is very harsh and much to noisy. The problem is that remastering in most cases only means turning up the loudness of the record. It gives you an impression of more power an apperance in the production, but if you put to much loudness into a media like the cd you lose some of the original sound. If the recording reaches more than 0 db you get a distorted sound i these parts. In the sound production you try to compensate by simply cutting out these parts but this also gives noise. The result is a very loud cd with a distorted trebble. This production technique is very common in the recording industri today. The idea is that you have to create at " wall of sound " so the record company can get their product at maximum attention level to the potential buyer. Bad speakers in cars, noisy cafés or recordshops are the medias that many ( big )record companys today have in mind when they produce their music. The end of story is that you if you care just tiny bit about sound quality and run a cd like this on a fairly good soundsystem, well then you got a headache comming your way. My advice is to buy the old version, it´s cheaper and the sound is so much better. Conclusion 5 stars for album and 1 for the mastering.
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Eurythmics followed up the fragile and ethereal but somewhat inaccessible In The Garden with this album of pure pop genius. The early 1980s saw an explosion of synthesizer-driven sounds and there were other duos too, like OMD and Yazoo, but Eurythmics outlasted them all. This enhanced album contains 6 additional tracks and a booklet in a fold-out sleeve with historical notes and beautiful full colour pics.
Sweet Dreams provided Eurythmics with the commercial breakthrough in its shimmering masterpieces such as Love Is A Stranger and the dreamy title track. The videos of these two are superb too. Not all of these are flowing pop songs though; there's also the ethereal I've Got An Angel and the enervated experimental Wrap It Up, plus the more soulful outings I Could Give You A Mirror and The Walk with its great trumpet solo.
Besides the aforementioned hits, my favourites also include the atmospheric Jennifer and the elegant This Is The House with its Spanish spoken intro, its instrumental flourishes and its mood of sadness. It's true that not every single track on the original remains as memorable as the ones mentioned, but the album certainly deserves five stars for its melodic and lyrical beauty, especially with the added songs.
Of the bonus tracks, my favourites are the lilting Home Is Where The Heart Is, the Hot Remix of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), the Coldcut Remix of Love Is A Stranger and this awesome rendition of Lou Reed's Satellite Of Love that in its vocal style reminds one somewhat of great atmospheric tracks like Belinda from the debut album In The Garden. The classic Sweet Dreams album is now even better, revealing more of the greatness of this pioneering synth-pop band
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on 26 September 2012
sweet dreams album Made in late 82 vry early 83, its eronious thinking that music tech was 'primitive' in 1983' it wasn't.
midi and digital recording, sampling and cd sound, fairlight linndrum oberhiem dmx simmons drums, mci and ssl 32 track mixing recording effects consoles, neumann 77 microphones, lexicon out board effects units aphex aural exciter's, voyetra synth dsp devices, eq eventide harmonizers, spectrum harmonics micro comoser sequencers, fm synthesis vo corders these were just some, of the tech that were all available by this time and more.
Exciting times developing instruments and tech appearing month by month, trends and attitudes changing very fast, poeple do forget the realitys of then and replace with quaintness, i wonder why? 2014, no where near as interesting or creative and yet the past sounds juicily enticing, and with this album The eurythmics captured and blended it all with hi style, wit and pathos and a lot of dancieness. Annies voice was simply soaring on this break through album, d&a were a breath of new and fresh air, and its all deliberately accidental. The past music is relevant to present, theres only good music or bad music, past or present. 'modern' or 'old fashioned' has nowt to do with it any more, this has a 'can do' attitude musically, and theres fun to be had, commerce meets creative experimentalism with soul thrown in. The machines only do what we make em do, and this is a great example in 83'.
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on 3 November 2011
Was so looking forward to getting this album in high quality sound so's I could play it loud- I really fell in love with these tracks a long time ago and one of their strong points was the sparsity of the sound, poppy, precise, bleak and beautiful with space to enjoy the sounds of an awesome collaboration- the remastered version is terrible, filling every empty space with overdone vocals and trebly effects. If you loved this album and want to buy it again go second hand but ditch this cannibalism!
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on 18 May 2013
I used to have this on an analogue medium. Getting the digital version was just a matter of time. Now I have it, I can check it off my list, as I continue accumulating digital versions of stuff I had back in vinyl or cassette days. Annie Lennox has a great and unique vocal talent.
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Eurythmics followed up the fragile and dream-like In the Garden with this album of pure pop genius. The early 1980s saw an explosion of synthesizer-driven sounds and there were other duos too, like OMD and Yazoo, but Eurythmics surpassed them all. This enhanced album contains 6 additional tracks and a booklet in a fold-out sleeve with historical notes and beautiful full color pics.

Sweet Dreams provided Eurythmics with the commercial breakthrough in its shimmering masterpieces such as Love Is A Stranger and the oneiric title track. The videos of these two songs are superb too. Not all the tracks are flowing pop songs though; there's also the ethereal I've Got An Angel and the enervated experimental Wrap It Up, plus the more soulful outings I Could Give You A Mirror and The Walk with its great trumpet solo.

Besides the aforementioned hits, my favorites include the atmospheric Jennifer and the elegant This Is The House with its Spanish spoken intro, its instrumental flourishes and its melancholy mood. It's true that not every single track on the original remains as memorable as the ones mentioned, but the album certainly deserves five stars for its melodic and lyrical beauty, especially with the added songs.

Of the bonus tracks, the best in my opinion are the lilting Home Is Where The Heart Is, the Hot Remix of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), the Coldcut Remix of Love Is A Stranger and this awesome rendition of Lou Reed's Satellite of Love that in its vocal style reminds one somewhat of great atmospheric tracks like Belinda from the debut album. The classic Sweet Dreams album is now even better, revealing more of the greatness of this pioneering synth-pop band.
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on 11 January 2014
Fantastic album. I have loved it since it's first release. It's been great to be able to download it at such a reasonable price
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on 26 June 2014
Great to hear again after many years I had this album on 12" LP when I was a teenager. I particularly like Wrap it Up.
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on 28 October 2015
Everything is oke :-)
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