Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) 180g LP
180g Vinyl LP!
Newly Mastered From The Original 1/2" Tapes!
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the second studio album from The
Eurythmics and was released in 1983. The album was included in the book 1001
Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The title track charted at #1 on the U.S.
Cash Box Top 100 and #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The British duo Eurythmics were a force on the Billboard charts throughout the
’80s, as their quirky electro-pop resonated with music fans. Now, the music of
Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox takes a new spin on turntables all over the world,
thanks to the global re-release of the duo’s eight studio albums on vinyl.
Spanning their entire career, the albums will be released by RCA/Legacy
Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment starting with In
The Garden (1981), Sweet Dreams (1983) and Touch (1983), followed by Be Yourself
Tonight (1985), Revenge (1986) and Savage (1987) then We Too Are One (1989) and
Peace (1999). This is the first time that Peace will be available on vinyl, as
the original release was only available in two formats: CD and cassette.
"Issuing our out-of-print vinyl albums in 2018 is a great thing because
people won’t be listening to our music on a cell phone," Stewart tells
Billboard. "They’ll have a record player and speakers and a sound system,
like we did when we were growing up. People will buy vinyl records and put them
on the turntable and listen to one side at a time, and hear the tracks played in
the particular order that we selected."
"We always gave a lot of thought to the order of the songs on our albums,"
says Lennox. "Dave would choose an order and so would I. We’d compare notes
and move some songs around but we came to an agreement together so the listening
experience had the continuum we desired."
Stewart and Lennox both listened to music pressed on vinyl when they were young.
"We had a pink, plastic Dansette record player, in our house," recalls
Lennox. "Someone gave me some birthday money and the first record I bought
was the soundtrack to Mary Poppins. It was magical and wonderful. Before that, I
used to visit my grandparents and they had a 78rpm record player. I’d go in the
attic and find their box of records. I was entranced by The Merry Widow. And
then as a teenager I bought ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procol Harum and at the
first party for my class I was given the task of playing the music. The only
music we had was ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ and I felt really cool about that
because I thought, ‘You just had to listen to it over and over and over again.’
That particular song was big for me." (Years later, Lennox covered that
Procol Harum hit on her Medusa album).
Stewart’s father built a homemade Gramophone and Dave would listen to his
parents’ collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, which had such a heavy
impact on him that he walked to school blissfully unaware of the consequences of
singing "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from Flower Drum Song. "My brother was four
years older, and he had a massive influence on me because he had great taste in
music and he bought Bob Dylan’s first album. My cousin in Memphis sent us blues
albums. So I had Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson. In Sunderland in the
northeast of England, the Delta blues sounded like music from outer space. But
that was the music I loved first, playing blues on a not-very-good guitar and
then I got a broken bottle and smashed it up with some string on the neck and I
was playing along with Robert Johnson, so that was my introduction to vinyl. You
couldn’t get more extreme going from Rogers and Hammerstein to the delta blues.
When I think about it years later, about arrangements and music and songs, I
haven’t played blues obviously but when it came to sort of middle eights and
bridges, I think a lot of my brain went back to Rogers and Hammerstein and those
strange changes, and in pop music at the time, that was kind of weird."
Before they formed Eurythmics, Stewart and Lennox were in a band called the
Tourists. Their self-titled album was released in 1979. Billboard wanted to know
what it was like for the duo to hold their first vinyl LP in their hands. "I
cried," Lennox confesses. "And not with joy. We chose a beautiful,
classic elegant photograph for the cover, and then without telling us that they
were going to do it, somebody at the record company decided to stick a new wave
pink logo for the Tourists at the top. And so when I first saw our first album,
I cried and I was angry and upset because I felt we had been negated. The next
time you look at that cover, just think that I cried when I saw it."
But without the Tourists, there would be no Eurythmics. "Once Eurythmics
started, I really thought to myself, 'Wow, now I feel that the Tourists were a
rehearsal,'" says Lennox. "Because Eurythmics was the real deal for me.
Once we established where we were going, after In The Garden and when Sweet
Dreams came through, I thought, ‘Okay, this is it. This is where I want to be.’
And then there’s post Sweet Dreams, which is all the other albums and the
touring and making the videos and it was the most prestigious of creativity one
could imagine. We lived for that. That was our priority. It was bigger than us.
Trying to have some sense of a personal life was impossible. So for a whole
decade, it was just messy. And then it was a relief once we said, ‘Okay, you go
your way. I’ll go mine.’ And then there was that whole period of, ‘What do I do
now? I want to be a mom.’ I had a family. I had my children and making Diva and
Medusa and thinking, ‘I don’t know if I can do it, but I need to try. I need to
know if there’s anything in me as a solo artist,’ and I proved that I could do
it. I still need to feel autonomous, so when I come back to meet Dave again, I
have a strongly defined sense of self. At this point in my life, I feel more
secure than I’ve ever felt, which is important to me, knowing that life is for
everyone unknowable. It gives us the possibility to take the next step into the
Stewart and Lennox are both happy that a new generation of music fans will be
able to enjoy their albums on vinyl. "I’ve got four children and Annie has
two daughters," says Stewart. "You’d be surprised how many kids love
vinyl. I took my daughter to Amoeba (one of the last record stores in Los
Angeles) when she was 11 and her eyes just went ‘boing!’ and she ended up
getting all these soul and old gospel albums, people I didn’t even know. It’s
kind of like saying, ‘let’s bring steam engines back.’ There’s something nice
about being on a steam engine. You kind of realize why people love that."
While he loves vinyl, Stewart listens to music in many different formats these
days. "I carry around three different portable bluetooth speakers, depending
on how loud I want to hear music, and where I am. I won’t listen on the phone.
In my house my main speakers are five-feet tall lovely wooden BMW speakers, with
a bass you could place anywhere in the room. I go to a shop on Ventura Blvd. [in
Southern California] that repairs and sells really old vinyl players, all the
way back to the one my daughter has from 1961. As the night goes on, I will put
on my vinyl collection of gospel, blues and country. I’ll sit in my library
surrounded by books that inspire me, playing Mississippi John Hurt on vinyl
while enjoying a vodka martini."
Stewart and Lennox have more to celebrate in 2018 than the release of their
eight albums on vinyl. They have been nominated for inclusion in the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame.
• 180g Vinyl
• Newly mastered from the original 1/2" tapes
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1. Love Is A Stranger
2. I've Got An Angel
3. Wrap It Up
4. I Could Give You (A Mirror)
5. The Walk
1. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
3. This Is The House
4. Somebody Told Me
5. This City Never Sleeps