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  • Audio CD (Dec 6 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000CFXNP
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
6. Sweet Dreams [Are Made Of This]
7. Jennifer
8. This Is The House
9. Somebody Told Me
10. This City Never Sleeps
11. Home Is Where The Heart Is (BONUS TRACK)
12. Monkey Monkey (BONUS TRACK)
13. Baby’s Gone Blue (BONUS TRACK)
14. Sweet (BONUS TRACK)
15. Dreams [Hot Remix] (BONUS TRACK)
16. Love Is A Stranger [Coldcut Remix] (BONUS TRACK)
17. Satellite Of Love – Previously Unreleased (BONUS TRACK)

Product Description

Full title - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Limited edition remastered reissue of 1983 sophomore album is packaged in a digipak & includes six bonus tracks, 'Home Is Where The Heart Is', 'Monkey Monkey', 'Baby's Gone Blue', 'Sweet Dreams' (Hot Remix), 'Love Is A Stranger' (Coldcut), & 'Satellite Of Love'. BMG. 2005.

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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 29 2006
Format: Audio CD
Eurythmics followed up the fragile and ethereal but somewhat inaccessible In The Garden with this album of pure pop genius. The early 1980s saw an explosion of synthesizer-driven sounds and there were other duos too, like OMD and Yazoo, but Eurythmics outlasted them all. This enhanced album contains 6 additional tracks and a booklet in a fold-out sleeve with historical notes and beautiful full colour pics.

Sweet Dreams provided Eurythmics with the commercial breakthrough in its shimmering masterpieces such as Love Is A Stranger and the dreamy title track. The videos of these two are superb too. Not all of these are flowing pop songs though; there's also the ethereal I've Got An Angel and the enervated experimental Wrap It Up, plus the more soulful outings I Could Give You A Mirror and The Walk with its great trumpet solo.

Besides the aforementioned hits, my favourites also include the atmospheric Jennifer and the elegant This Is The House with its Spanish spoken intro, its instrumental flourishes and its mood of sadness. It's true that not every single track on the original remains as memorable as the ones mentioned, but the album certainly deserves five stars for its melodic and lyrical beauty, especially with the added songs.

Of the bonus tracks, my favourites are the lilting Home Is Where The Heart Is, the Hot Remix of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), the Coldcut Remix of Love Is A Stranger and this awesome rendition of Lou Reed's Satellite Of Love that in its vocal style reminds one somewhat of great atmospheric tracks like Belinda from the debut album In The Garden. The classic Sweet Dreams album is now even better, revealing more of the greatness of this pioneering synth-pop band.
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By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 24 2006
Format: Audio CD
When the Eurythmics exploded on the international musical scene with the title song from this classic 80s album, not many people actually knew that this success had been years in the making. Annie Lennox and David Steward had spent a few years in the pop band The Tourists, and had tasted the bitter indifference of the public and the press with their first album as Eurythmics, the injustly overlooked "In The Garden". Perhaps this paradoxal combination of determination and rejection is what inspired them, but in any case their second album had just the right formula to win over any audience with open ears. After two failed singles ("This is the house" and the magnificent "The walk"), the band's fortunes were reversed when "Love is a stranger" and the title track (perhaps the ultimate 80s recording) became runaway smashes in early 1983.
This remastered edition has done a superb job of enhancing the album's many strengths; songs like "Wrap it up", "I could give you (a mirror)", "I've got an angel" and "The walk" have never sounded better, while eerie and somber tracks such as "Jennifer" and "This city never sleeps" reveal themselves as the hidden gems that they have always secretly been. The album's funky rhythms and thick bass lines are pushed forward, and it's clear today that the Eurythmics were greatly influenced by R&B and funk music.
The album does rely heavily on synths, as well as Annie Lennox's superbly versatile vocals, but it all never ever sounds dated or cheesy. Something about the production, the performance and the experimental songwriting keeps the album from being yet another dated 80s album.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Only Slightly Disappointing Nov. 16 2005
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Sweet Dreams" is one of my favourite Eurythmics releases and I've been waiting a very long time for the reissue of the back catalogue. I got my hands on this the day it was released and here's my take on it. The remastering is pristine. The expanded liner notes are a little spare on information ( and there are no lyrics, which the original cd release did have ) but contain a wealth of unseen photographs. But as others have noted, there are many B-sides missing here. I thought that what "bonus" was all about. It is nice, however, to see the B-Side "Monkey Monkey" finally on CD, despite the fact that it was mastered from a vinyl source ( I can hear the pops and clicks at the begining of the song, and it is all mid-range, with hardly any bass or treble in the mix. ) Most disappointing are the 1991 remixes of "Love Is A Stranger" and the title track. They are very badly dated; I would have preferred the original 12" mixes. Get this one for the terrific sound upgrade, but beware a few of the other Eurythmics reissues - they are a spotty lot.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This Is The House. Nov. 25 2005
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With their second release, Eurythmics hit paydirt. Unfortunately, in America, the only tracks that received airplay were the hits "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and "Love Is A Stranger". Also, any time there has been a greatest hits compilation, those are the only two songs included from this album. However, "Sweet Dreams" was so much more. As an electronic, new wave album, it definitely set itself apart from Depeche Mode, Human League, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins, Tears For Fears, OMD and the faceless others of the time.

"I Could Give You A Mirror", "Wrap It Up", "Jennifer", "This Is The House", "This City Never Sleeps", "Somebody Told Me", "I've Got An Angel" and "The Walk" all hold their own alongside the two hits. This was the first of many seamless albums from the duo. The remastering is excellent here--just listen to "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", and the b-sides are nice. This time there is a keeper--the previously unreleased Lou Reed cover of "Satellite Of Love". Simply excellent. However, "Home Is Where The Heart Is", "Monkey Monkey" and "Baby's Gone Blue" are not bad either. I enjoyed the 1991 remixes of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" and "Love Is A Stranger".

Dave Stewart remastered the series, and he added additional photographs taken at the time which were amusing. The liner notes cover how the album was made (amazingly on a budget of 5,000 dollars--just proving once again that passion and simplicity can make unforgettable and timeless music). The only drawback is that there are no lyrics to the songs. The old version of this album came with the lyrics.

All in all, this is a great entry in the remastered series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dreams even sweeter now Dec 31 2005
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Eurythmics followed up the fragile and ethereal but somewhat inaccessible In The Garden with this album of pure pop genius. The early 1980s saw an explosion of synthesizer-driven sounds and there were other duos too, like OMD and Yazoo, but Eurythmics outlasted them all. This enhanced album contains 6 additional tracks and a booklet in a fold-out sleeve with historical notes and beautiful full colour pics.

Sweet Dreams provided Eurythmics with the commercial breakthrough in its shimmering masterpieces such as Love Is A Stranger and the dreamy title track. The videos of these two are superb too. Not all of these are flowing pop songs though; there's also the ethereal I've Got An Angel and the enervated experimental Wrap It Up, plus the more soulful outings I Could Give You A Mirror and The Walk with its great trumpet solo.

Besides the aforementioned hits, my favourites also include the atmospheric Jennifer and the elegant This Is The House with its Spanish spoken intro, its instrumental flourishes and its mood of sadness. It's true that not every single track on the original remains as memorable as the ones mentioned, but the album certainly deserves five stars for its melodic and lyrical beauty, especially with the added songs.

Of the bonus tracks, my favourites are the lilting Home Is Where The Heart Is, the Hot Remix of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), the Coldcut Remix of Love Is A Stranger and this awesome rendition of Lou Reed's Satellite Of Love that in its vocal style reminds one somewhat of great atmospheric tracks like Belinda from the debut album In The Garden. The classic Sweet Dreams album is now even better, revealing more of the greatness of this pioneering synth-pop band.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Their only really strong album Jan. 10 2006
By DC Music Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Going back to this I was struck by how consistent this CD is. After this album they started doing more genre pieces and their albums seemed like (fantastic) singles plus filler--there's no overall mood. But on this one, after the silly cover of "Wrap It Up," the kind of thing they couldn't get enough of later on, it moves into this gorgeous stretch that is unbroken through the amazing "This City Never Sleeps." It's like Sade meets Nico or something, and notably lo-fi, in a cool way. After all these years of "Missionary Man" and "Diva" and all that big pop stuff, which is great but kinda blowsy, the sustained late-night mystery of this album is something that is really special and a wonder to rediscover.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't Wake Me Up... May 5 2010
By Krone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

I first heard "Sweet Dreams" in a mall in Las Vegas as a teenager. I still remember stopping in my tracks and listening until the song was over. Thus began my three decade love affair with Annie Lennox (and Dave Stewart).

I loved the original lp - still have it - and I love this CD. While most of the album is not as commercial as Sweet Dreams, it is a remarkably consistant record. The songs are individually great, but somehow form a cohesive album better than the sum of it's parts. It's one of those perfect records that doesn't have any duds, and just flows from start to end. I love the cool electronic mood of the record, and I am amazed at how well this has aged over time. As always, the best instrument on the record is Annie Lennox. Annie is one of the best rock/soul singers of our time.

I enoyed this cd so much, I purchased the entire Eurythmic discography for a second time. The pictures and liner notes are wonderful, the sound is incredible, and I love the new songs. On a side note, sadly, "1984" is not included among the reissues.

There are a few minor flaws. I did think the mix of "Love Is A Stranger" sounds a bit dated and could have been better. Furthermore, when you listen to the entire disc with the additional tracks, the continuity I mentioned is somewhat lost. I usually listen to the original album or make a playlist picking and choosing from the various cuts. Those are certainly minor issues.

This CD is like a trip to the candy store for this kid. Highly recommended.


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