Be Yourself Tonight

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Be Yourself Tonight
Studio album by Eurythmics
Released 29 April 1985
Recorded January 1985
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 43:15
Label RCA Records
Producer David A. Stewart
Eurythmics chronology
1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)
(1984)
Be Yourself Tonight
(1985)
Revenge
(1986)
Singles from Be Yourself Tonight
  1. "Would I Lie to You?"
    Released: April 1985
  2. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
    Released: June 1985
  3. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
    Released: October 1985
  4. "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
    Released: December 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Džuboks Favorable[3]

Be Yourself Tonight is the fourth studio album by the British pop duo Eurythmics, released in 1985.

Album background[edit]

Change in music direction[edit]

This album saw Eurythmics move away from their previous more experimental, synthesizer-based songs, to a more commercial pop/rock sound, incorporating a more traditional band line-up/instrumentation. Nonetheless, the recordings still possessed an atmospheric and cutting edge sound, winning Stewart awards for his production work on the album. The release of the album also coincided with a new look for singer Annie Lennox, who ditched the androgynous look of the previous albums and became, in biographer Lucy O'Brien's words, "a bleach-blonde rock 'n' roller."

Worldwide success[edit]

The album sold well, and was top 3 in the UK and top 10 in the US, as well as spawning several hit singles. It included guest appearances by notable artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Elvis Costello. The album included the duo's first (and only) UK number-one "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" and the American Top 5 and Australian number-one hit "Would I Lie to You?".

No tour followed the album's release, due to Lennox's continuing recuperation from vocal fold nodules. This condition also caused her to miss 1985's Live Aid concert, making Eurythmics one of the handful of successful 80's groups not to perform.

On 14 November 2005, Sony BMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalogue as "2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues". Each of their eight studio albums' original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Would I Lie to You?"   4:25
2. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"   5:22
3. "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"   4:04
4. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Aretha Franklin) 5:54
5. "Conditioned Soul"   4:30
6. "Adrian"   4:29
7. "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"   3:45
8. "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling"   5:40
9. "Better to Have Lost in Love (Than Never to Have Loved at All)" (Incorrectly labelled (Then Never to Have Loved at All) on 2005 remaster packaging) 5:06
2005 Special edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "Grown Up Girls"   4:13
11. "Tous les garçons et les filles" (Françoise Hardy, Roger Samyn) 3:25
12. "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Aretha Franklin) (ET Mix) 7:48
13. "Would I Lie to You?" (listed as 'ET Mix' but it is actually the "Extended Version" taken from the "Would I Lie to You?" 12" single) 4:55
14. "Conditioned Soul" (Live) 5:08
15. "Hello, I Love You" (Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore) 2:51

Credits[edit]

Eurythmics
  • Annie Lennox – vocals, keyboards (all tracks except "Would I Lie to You?" and "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"), keyboard sequencers on "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
  • David A. Stewart – guitars (all tracks except "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)", including electric and slide guitars on "Conditioned Soul" and 6-string octave guitar on "Adrian"), keyboards (all tracks except "Would I Lie to You?", "Adrian" and "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"), sequencers on "Would I Lie to You?", bass sequencer & drum programming on "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"
Additional personnel
  • Dean Garcia – bass guitar (all tracks except "Would I Lie to You?", "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain" and "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"), wood stomping on "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"
  • Olle Romo – drums (all tracks except "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain" and "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"), wood stomping on "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"
  • Nathan East – bass guitar on "Would I Lie to You?" and "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
  • Stan Lynch – drums on "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
  • Mike Campbell – lead guitar on "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" and "Adrian"
  • Benmont Tench – organ on "Would I Lie to You?" and "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
  • Stevie Wonder – harmonica on "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
  • Dave Plews – trumpet on "Would I Lie to You?" and "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
  • Martin Dobson – saxophones on "Would I Lie to You?" and "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)"
  • Sadie (and other uncredited performers) – gravel stomping on "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"
  • Adam Williams – drum programming on "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain"
  • Michael Kamen – strings on "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" and "Better to Have Lost in Love (Than Never to Have Loved at All)", celeste on "Adrian", keyboard solo and string parts on "Here Comes That Sinking Feeling"
  • Aretha Franklin – guest vocals on "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
  • Angel Cross – backing vocals on "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
  • The Charles Williams Singers – backing vocals on "I Love You Like a Ball and Chain", gospel choir on "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"
  • Elvis Costello – harmony vocals on "Adrian"

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Dave Stewart
  • Engineers: Don Smith, Adam Williams
  • Assistant engineer: Jay Willis
  • Mixing: Don Smith, Dave Stewart, Adam Williams
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Sequencing: Dave Stewart
  • Recorder: Shelly Yakus
  • Keyboard programming: Annie Lennox
  • Drum programming: Dave Stewart
  • Art direction: Laurence Stevens
  • Design: Laurence Stevens
  • Photography: Paul Fortune

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[25] Gold 27,170[25]
France (SNEP)[26] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[27] Gold 250,000^
Sweden (GLF)[28] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
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  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 14 November 2005. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
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  11. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
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  16. ^ "Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight". Chart Stats. 28 February 1987. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/301929/eurythmics/chart?f=305
  18. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  20. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1985" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
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  22. ^ "Billboard.BIZ – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1985". billboard.biz. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1986" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight". Music Canada. 
  25. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  26. ^ "French album certifications – Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  27. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Eurythmics; 'Be Yourself Tonight')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  28. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  29. ^ "British album certifications – Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Be Yourself Tonight in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  30. ^ "American album certifications – Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
1 July 1985 – 28 July 1985
Succeeded by
Listen Like Thieves by INXS