- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B000091OVL
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,106,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Be yourself tonight (1985) [VINYL] Import
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EURYTHMICS Be Yourself Tonight (1985 US 9-track LP picture sleeve with rare Would I Lie To You? hype sticker. This item still has the factory shrink protecting the cover itself from wear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with little play evidence AJL-5429)
Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting listening to this so many years later, still good!Published 18 months ago by graham deans
One of the all time classics. Every track could have been a single.
Seller dispatched very quickly. Received two days from ordering.