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Be yourself tonight (1985) [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl
  • 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)
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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)

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Remastering stops this being a 5 star review - clear but sounds loud and clearly compressed! Packaging is excellent - tastefully done! The album - if you are reading this, you probably won't be surprised to know - is still such a great album that has aged really well! Contains 4 of their finest singles and arguably one of their finest in 'It's alright (baby's coming back)' and absolutely no filler. For bonus tracks, 'Grown Up Girls' is a highlight, as is 'Hello I Love You'. The ET mixes add little, if not even subtract, from the originals and 'Tous ...' Is OK only. Live track 'Conditioned Soul', an undeniable album highlight, is a reminder they were a great live act too. All round - a very, very pleasing package :)
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Format: Audio CD
I remember hearing this album when I was in senior school around the time it would have been new out. I liked it then and in the last few years have toyed with the idea of picking it up on vinyl or CD. I approach this album as a casual fan and someone who picked up the 8 album boxset for a good price out of intrigue to hear their recorded album journey (well, most of it.)

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?
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Format: Audio CD
So the Eurythmics, hot off the success of "Touch" and "1984", decided to leap into fairly new territory. How you ask? By removing their renowned synthesisers and replacing them with an array of gospel singers, guitars and some surprise guests. Yes, "Be Yourself Tonight" marked the first artistic shift for the Eurythmics from synth-pop to rock-and-or-roll. The album recast Annie Lennox into a blond bombshell and Dave Stewart into a guitar god. The first track "Would I Lie To You" opens brilliantly, quickly removing any doubt about a loss a creative ideals. Again, Lennox's vocals are top-notch, with some nifty guitar skills from Stewart. The next track "There Must Be Angel" is the duo's (to this date) only UK NO.1. And deservedly so, for although it is slightly tongue-in-cheek, for Annie, it's tounge-and-vocals. More highlights include the Tibetan soundscape intro of "Conditioned Soul", the saucy feminist duet "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" with Aretha Franklin and the twisted "Adrian" with Elvis Costello. Any downpoints? Well, just a few; the album art is slightly dull (a blurred still from the "Would I Lie To You" video- apparently the original design was too graphic), and the final 2 tracks "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling" and "Better to have lost in love" are somewhat repetitive of each other. Overall, "Be Yourself Tonight" is just that- no illusions, no electronics, just Dave and Annie singing away with their usual flair. Just a shame that that flair seemed to later vanish...
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The classic Be Yourself Tonight has now been enhanced by extra tracks and reissued in deluxe packaging with new photographs. I think the album was intended as the band's excursion into R&B and Soul, but it's much more than that in its stylistic variety, exquisite musicianship and moving songs.
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.
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