Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (album)
|Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)|
|Studio album by|
|Released||4 January 1983|
|Studio||Eurythmics' 8-track studio and The Church, London|
|Singles from |
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the second studio album by British new wave duo Eurythmics. It was released on 4 January 1983 by RCA Records. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Background and release
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Release and popularity
After almost two years of initial commercial failure for Eurythmics, this album became a commercial breakthrough for the duo on both sides of the Atlantic. The title track became particularly popular, and it remains one of Eurythmics' most recognisable songs; its music video, popular on MTV in the United States, is memorable for Annie Lennox's gender-bending imagery. In the wake of this success, the single "Love Is a Stranger", previously a flop was re-released and became a hit as well. It too was accompanied by a striking video, which featured Lennox dressed both as a man and a woman.
The album was re-released in 2005 with the rest of the Eurythmics' studio catalogue (excluding the 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) album, to which Virgin Records holds the rights). The recordings were remastered and several bonus tracks were added to each of eight albums. In this release Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) acquired six bonus tracks.
Dave Stewart, together with Robert Crash and ex-The Selecter bassist Adam Williams, produced the album in Eurythmics' own relatively primitive 8-track studio, winning awards for the quality of the recording which belied its low-budget origins. Sweet Dreams saw the duo move away from the psychedelic, guitar-tinged band-oriented sound of their 1981 debut album In the Garden, instead focusing on raw analogue synthesizers (including the Oberheim OB1 and EDP Wasp) and drum machines (particularly the Movement Systems Drum Computer, which featured a graphic visual display of the drum patterns). Whilst the "synthpop" genre had grown in popularity in the preceding years, it was often associated with all-male groups and somewhat clinical, emotionless music. Eurythmics (particularly with Lennox's vocal stylings) brought a soul music twist to the electronic sound, which proved popular with broader audiences.
Early Australian, German and US CD releases (printed in Japan) and the 2005 reissue version of this album have a slightly longer version of "This City Never Sleeps". The length of 6:41 is due to some mixed sound effects and a backmasked message by David A. Stewart saying, "I enjoyed making that there record. Very good, very good" that total 21 seconds. This message also appears on original UK vinyl pressings.
During 1982 Eurythmics recorded many tracks which ended up as B-sides of singles or as alternative versions of other songs. Tracks such as "Step on the Beast", "Invisible Hands", "Dr. Trash", or the alternative versions of "The Walk" have not been released on CD yet and any future plans for re-release are unknown at this time. However, these tracks can now be heard through YouTube.
|1.||"Love Is a Stranger"||3:43|
|2.||"I've Got an Angel"||2:45|
|3.||"Wrap It Up" (featuring Green Gartside)||3:33|
|4.||"I Could Give You (A Mirror)"||3:51|
|6.||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"||3:36|
|8.||"This Is the House"||4:56|
|9.||"Somebody Told Me"||3:29|
|10.||"This City Never Sleeps"||6:33|
|2005 Special edition bonus tracks|
|11.||"Home Is Where the Heart Is"||3:03|
|13.||"Baby's Gone Blue"||4:17|
|14.||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (Hot Remix)||5:19|
|15.||"Love Is a Stranger" (Coldcut Remix)||7:17|
|16.||"Satellite of Love"||4:36|
Sweet Dreams: The Video Album
|Sweet Dreams: The Video Album|
|Genre||Music Video Album|
|Producer||Kate Burbidge, Maurice Bacon|
Eurythmics simultaneously released a video album for Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) featuring in-concert performances, promotional videos and narrative animation highlighting the duo's international hits "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", "Love Is a Stranger" and other songs from the album.
The live concert performances, taped at the Heaven nightclub in London, features a selection of songs from Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), as well as two songs from their 1981 debut album In the Garden, "Never Gonna Cry Again" and "Take Me to Your Heart".
The video album was directed by Derek Burbidge, with the exception of the promos for "Love Is a Stranger" (directed by Mike Brady), "Who's That Girl?" (directed by Duncan Gibbins) and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (directed by Chris Ashbrook).
- Director: Derek Burbidge
- Producers: Kate Burbidge, Maurice Bacon
- Executive Producer: Mickey Shapiro
- Animation: Bura and Hardwick Animation
- VHS release: 1983
- DVD release: 1998
- "Prologue" (introduction montage) 1:46
- "This Is the House" (live version) 4:48
- "Never Gonna Cry Again" (live version) 4:21
- "Take Me to Your Heart" (live version) 4:08
- "I've Got an Angel" (live version) 3:41
- "Satellite of Love" (live version) 5:01
- "Love Is a Stranger" (promo) 3:26
- "Who's That Girl?" (promo) 3:40
- "This City Never Sleeps" (live version) 5:12
- "Jennifer" (live version) 4:39
- "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (promo) 3:36
- "I Could Give You (A Mirror)" (live version) 3:47
- "Somebody Told Me" (live version) 3:25
- "Wrap It Up" (live version) 3:20
- "Tous les garçons et les filles" (live version) 3:40
- "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (live version) 3:40
- Annie Lennox – vocals, piano, melodica, synthesizer, flute
- David A. Stewart – guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, backing vocals
- Robert Crash – guitar, e-drums, synthesizer, robotic vocals
- Green Gartside – guest vocal duet on "Wrap it Up"
- Dick Cuthell – horns, trumpet
- Adam Williams – bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals
- Andy Brown – bass guitar
- Reynard Falconer – synthesizer
- John Turnbull – guitar
- Maria El Vira Behro-Garcia – "South American girl" vocal
- Chantal Arnaud, Nadine Masseron, Emily McLeod, Pauline Stride – chorus vocals
Note: musician credits are not printed on the album sleeve. However, some additional info can be gained from the sleeves of the Touch album and the "This is the House" single.
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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