- Audio CD (Nov. 2 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B0000CFXNU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
We Too Are One (deluxe re-issue) Original recording remastered
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|1. We Two Are One|
|2. The King And Queen Of America|
|3. (My My) Baby's Gonna Cry|
|4. Don't Ask Me Why|
|7. You Hurt Me (And I Hate You)|
|9. How Long?|
|10. When The Day Goes Down|
|12. See No Evil|
|13. The King And Queen Of America|
|15. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me|
Limited edition remastered reissue of 1989 album is packaged in a digipak & includes five bonus tracks, 'Precious', 'See No Evil', 'King & Queen Of America' (Dance Remix), 'Angel' (Choir Version), & 'Last Night I Dreamt'. BMG. 2005.
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"We Too Are One" is indeed a slick pop affair, that may lack the experimentalism of the band's earlier work, or the playful approach used on their mid-80s albums like "Revenge" or "Be Yourself Tonight". It's a very straight-forward album, and one might even be tempted to say that anyone could have done it - that is, until you realize that extreme emotional states co-exist on this album, and that this kind of duality has always been at the very core of Eurythmics. Album tracks like the bitter "Baby's Gonna Cry", "Don't Ask Me Why" or the spiteful "You Hurt Me (And I Hate You)" are cleverly juxtaposed with hopeful and serene songs such as "When the day goes down", "Revival" and the title track. And the biting "King & Queen of America" just might be one of the most overlooked Eurythmics single ever (not to mention their funniest video ever).
All is not perfect on this album; the remastered sound is wonderful and breeds new life on these songs, but the somewhat generic production leaves the listener with the impression that the band was not at its creative peak. Perhaps the involvement of Jimmy Iovine on production duties somewhat diluted the band's creative approach to recording their music. For each masterpiece like the mournful "Angel", you get a slightly boring song such as "How Long". The Eurythmics themselves seem to have some trouble with this album - they didn't even bother including any songs from this underrated album on their recent "Ultimate Collection", in spite of the substantial chart success of singles such as "Don't Ask Me Why" or "Angel".
However, in light of today's disposable top 40 numbers, these compositions sound better and more accurate than ever before. Annie Lennox was perhaps at her peak vocally when she recorded this album, and David Stewart's musical arrangements are clever and complement Annie's vocals perfectly. If anything, this album is a mix of simple pleasures, intensely emotional songs performed by a band from whom you never knew what to expect.
It must be said that this remastered edition features five great bonus tracks (the choir version of "Angel" and the cover of "Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me" are outstanding), unreleased photos and extensive liner notes that bring additional insight on the recording of this album.
The farewell feeling is very tangible throughout the album, especially so on the rousing but sad King and Queen of America ("... the king of nothing/and the queen of pain ...") and the atmospheric When The Day Goes Down with its beautiful lyric about compassion for the weak.
Don't Ask Me Why and Angel made the charts in the UK and are the more immediately accessible tracks here. Not quite as brilliant as Savage, Be Yourself Tonight or Revenge, this is nevertheless still a strong album which all Eurythmics fans will appreciate.
The album has now been substantially enhanced with bonus tracks and deluxe packaging that includes a booklet with previously unreleased photographs and historical notes.
Of the additional tracks, my favorites are their interpretation of The Smiths' Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me, the dance remix of The King And Queen Of America and the soulful Angel (Choir Version). This enhanced album is absolutely essential for Eurythmics fans.
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This isn't to say that this is the Eurythmics at their worst, no, they were never subpar on any release, but it just didn't make an impression on me when it was released in September 1989. It's still not one of my favorite albums of theirs to listen to today.
As usual, Dave remastered the disc and it sounds great. No lyrics included. The liner notes are good, as are the extra photos of the time period. The b-sides are decent with "Precious" and "See No Evil" being average fare. The dance remix of "The King And Queen Of America" is rather obnoxious blending the hip-hop trends of the time into the mix. However, "Angel (Choir Version)" is fantastic. It's like an acoustic, gospel/vocal version of the song, and it reimagines the original very well. Their cover of The Smiths' "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" is all right, but again, nothing special.
So, this album coming at the end of the 80's and pretty much the end of their career as a duo until 1999's "Peace" is a mixed bag. But, I'd gamble on saying that it's better than "Peace".
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