December 21, 2017

Eurythmics - 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (1984) - Lp

Release:  1984
Genre:  Synth-pop 
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  206680
Prijs:  €10,00

1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) is a soundtrack album by Eurythmics, their fourth studio album overall, containing music recorded by the duo for director Michael Radford's 1984 film Nineteen Eighty-Four, based on George Orwell's dystopian novel of the same name. Virgin Films produced the film for release in its namesake year, and commissioned Eurythmics to write a soundtrack.
While it is not billed as an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, this album does contain, as a jacket note indicates, "music derived from Eurythmics."
 The original score of the motion picture 1984, it was treated as a side project for marketing purposes, not as Eurythmics' full-fledged fourth new studio album. Fair enough. Much of the album is instrumental, and the closest thing to a pop song, "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)" (which was a Top Ten hit in the U.K.), like the other vocal numbers, relates to the movie's future fiction theme.
As such, the album is substandard if judged as an independent Eurythmics album, adequate if judged as a soundtrack.
Lennox and Stewart worked as a duo for these recordings, with no contribution from other musicians. The music, while containing many electronic elements, was far from being synthpop; Stewart described some tracks as being like "Kraftwerk meets African tribal meets Booker T and the MGs."
Most of the tracks are instrumental, with song titles and lyrics of two songs on the album being derived from Orwell's text.
For instance, "I Did It Just The Same" is taken from a passage in the book where the protagonist, Winston Smith, relates how he committed "sexcrime" with a prostitute—initially deceived by her makeup, when he got close to her, he realised she was "about fifty—but I did it just the same". "Julia" was the name of Winston's lover. "Sexcrime" and "Doubleplusgood" are examples of Newspeak, the revised version of the English language spoken in Orwell's story. The track "Doubleplusgood" features a female announcer—the voice of the omnipresent Telescreen in the movie—reading out various memos which Winston had received at his job in the Ministry of Truth, where his role was to amend past and present newspaper articles so that they conformed to current Party dogma.
The "Ministry of Love" was the government police and torture department, and included "Room 101", a room which contained "the worst thing in the world"—i.e. where each torture victim would be confronted with their own worst nightmare.

Side A
A1.   I Did It Just the Same (3:28)
A2.   Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) (3:58)
A3.   For the Love of Big Brother (5:05)
A4.   Winston’s Diary (1:22)
A5.   Greetings from a Dead Man (6:13)

Side B
B1.   Julia (6:40)
B2.   Doubleplusgood (4:40)
B3.   Ministry of Love (3:47)
B4.   Room 101 (3:50)

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