Eurythmics continued to strengthen their repertoire with "Touch", their third album. Yet again, only the three hits "Here Comes The Rain Again", "Right By Your Side" and "Who's That Girl" were given airplay when the other six tracks were just as superior. In fact, this album marked a more experimental turn with the epic "Paint A Rumor" and "No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)" as well as "Aqua". "Regrets", "Cool Blue" and "The First Cut" also showcased a darker, edgier Eurythmics sound. Not one track was out of place, and not one note was wasted on this album.
The remastering is excellent, and the b-sides are bountiful. However, they are not up to the quality of the b-sides offered on the previous two album remasters (see "In The Garden" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"). Yet, I did like the acoustic versions of "Here Comes The Rain Again" and "Who's That Girl", but the long version of "Paint A Rumor" and the instrumental "Regrets" retitled "Plus Something Else" seemed wasteful. The cover of Bowie's "Fame" isn't very good. All of this does not detract from the original album and it's mark in the Eurythmics catalogue.
I am also going to make a statement here about "1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)", the album that followed "Touch". I am disappointed that Annie and Dave did not think highly of that work. It contained nine tracks, three of which I think are some of their best work like "Sexcrime (1984)", "For The Love Of Big Brother" and "Julia". I think it's criminal for them to snub their fourth album just because it was a soundtrack. To me, it was always, and still is, a great album that I consider to be a Eurythmics album, not a soundtrack. I hope Dave and Annie really reconsider their decision not to make it part of the remastered series.
So, "Touch" is definitely worth having, and certainly one of the best Eurythmics albums.