The Epic 2017 Project #070: 170311
Eurythmics – Be yourself tonight (1985)
Largely recorded in Paris, with additional recording in Detroit and Los Angeles, the Eurythmics’ fifth album saw a move away from their previous more experimental, synthesizer-based songs, to a more commercial pop/rock sound. Combining elements of Motown and rock music, the album incorporates 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.” Be Yourself Tonight included guest appearances by notable artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Elvis Costello.
‘Love you like a ball and chain’ is one of my top ten tracks of the eighties. The ‘oomph’ factor here is second to none.