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Info for Peace (2018 Remastered)
The final album from the Eurythmics, Peace was released in 1999...10 years after the release of "We Too Are One". The album was promoted with a concert on the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior II. Profits from the following 24-date world tour were donated to Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
The British duo Eurythmics were a force on the Billboard charts throughout the ’80s, as their quirky electro-pop resonated with music fans. Now, the music of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox takes a new spin on turntables all over the world, thanks to the global re-release of the duo’s eight studio albums on vinyl. Spanning their entire career, the albums will be released by RCA/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment starting with In The Garden (1981), Sweet Dreams (1983) and Touch (1983), followed by Be Yourself Tonight (1985), Revenge (1986) and Savage (1987) then We Too Are One (1989) and Peace (1999). This is the first time that Peace will be available on HighResAudio, as the original release was only available in two formats: CD and cassette.
"We always gave a lot of thought to the order of the songs on our albums," says Lennox. "Dave would choose an order and so would I. We’d compare notes and move some songs around but we came to an agreement together so the listening experience had the continuum we desired."
Stewart and Lennox both listened to music pressed on vinyl when they were young. "We had a pink, plastic Dansette record player, in our house," recalls Lennox. "Someone gave me some birthday money and the first record I bought was the soundtrack to Mary Poppins. It was magical and wonderful. Before that, I used to visit my grandparents and they had a 78rpm record player. I’d go in the attic and find their box of records. I was entranced by The Merry Widow. And then as a teenager I bought ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procol Harum and at the first party for my class I was given the task of playing the music. The only music we had was ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ and I felt really cool about that because I thought, ‘You just had to listen to it over and over and over again.’ That particular song was big for me." (Years later, Lennox covered that Procol Harum hit on her Medusa album).
Stewart’s father built a homemade Gramophone and Dave would listen to his parents’ collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, which had such a heavy impact on him that he walked to school blissfully unaware of the consequences of singing "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from Flower Drum Song. "My brother was four years older, and he had a massive influence on me because he had great taste in music and he bought Bob Dylan’s first album. My cousin in Memphis sent us blues albums. So I had Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson. In Sunderland in the northeast of England, the Delta blues sounded like music from outer space. But that was the music I loved first, playing blues on a not-very-good guitar and then I got a broken bottle and smashed it up with some string on the neck and I was playing along with Robert Johnson, so that was my introduction to vinyl. You couldn’t get more extreme going from Rogers and Hammerstein to the delta blues. When I think about it years later, about arrangements and music and songs, I haven’t played blues obviously but when it came to sort of middle eights and bridges, I think a lot of my brain went back to Rogers and Hammerstein and those strange changes, and in pop music at the time, that was kind of weird."
Before they formed Eurythmics, Stewart and Lennox were in a band called the Tourists. Their self-titled album was released in 1979. Billboard wanted to know what it was like for the duo to hold their first vinyl LP in their hands. "I cried," Lennox confesses. "And not with joy. We chose a beautiful, classic elegant photograph for the cover, and then without telling us that they were going to do it, somebody at the record company decided to stick a new wave pink logo for the Tourists at the top. And so when I first saw our first album, I cried and I was angry and upset because I felt we had been negated. The next time you look at that cover, just think that I cried when I saw it."
But without the Tourists, there would be no Eurythmics. "Once Eurythmics started, I really thought to myself, 'Wow, now I feel that the Tourists were a rehearsal,'" says Lennox. "Because Eurythmics was the real deal for me. Once we established where we were going, after In The Garden and when Sweet Dreams came through, I thought, ‘Okay, this is it. This is where I want to be.’ And then there’s post Sweet Dreams, which is all the other albums and the touring and making the videos and it was the most prestigious of creativity one could imagine. We lived for that. That was our priority. It was bigger than us. Trying to have some sense of a personal life was impossible. So for a whole decade, it was just messy. And then it was a relief once we said, ‘Okay, you go your way. I’ll go mine.’ And then there was that whole period of, ‘What do I do now? I want to be a mom.’ I had a family. I had my children and making Diva and Medusa and thinking, ‘I don’t know if I can do it, but I need to try. I need to know if there’s anything in me as a solo artist,’ and I proved that I could do it. I still need to feel autonomous, so when I come back to meet Dave again, I have a strongly defined sense of self. At this point in my life, I feel more secure than I’ve ever felt, which is important to me, knowing that life is for everyone unknowable. It gives us the possibility to take the next step into the unknown."
Annie Lennox, vocals
David A. Stewart, guitar, vocals
Dave Catlin-Birch, bass
Pete Lewinson, drums
Chris Sharrock, drums
Steve Lewinson, bass
Chucho Merchán, bass
Pro Arte Orchestra of London
David Whitaker, strings orchestrator
Andy Wright, keyboards, percussion, programming
Produced by Eurythmics, Andy Wright
One of the finest and most outstanding musical voices of our time, singer, songwriter, campaigner and activist, Annie Lennox is celebrated as an innovator, an icon, and a symbol of enduring excellence. Annie’s music career is peerless with over 80 million record sales to date and winning countless awards, while her tireless charity work is widely praised receiving prestigious awards and honours.
In 1971, at the age of 17, Lennox left her native Scotland after gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
From a fortuitous chance encounter with Dave Stewart in the early seventies, the pair went on to form The Tourists, who ultimately achieved significant success in the UK, Europe and Australia.
It was not until the break up of the band in ’79 however, that Annie and Dave decided to form a duo, calling themselves “Eurythmics”.
They released their first album, “In the Garden” in 1981, but it was not until the worldwide success of their second album, (Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This) in 1983, that Eurythmics became the musical phenomenon we know today.
Eurythmics went on to sell over 75 million albums, and achieved over 20 international hits across the world.
In 1990, Annie released her debut solo album entitled “Diva”. Entering the charts at number 1 in the UK, the album sold around six million copies world wide, (including two and a half million in the USA). “Diva” included the Top 10 singles “Why”, “Walking On Broken Glass” and “Little Bird”.
In 1995, her second album was released, entitled “Medusa”. An album of lovingly crafted reinterpretations of some of Lennox’s favourite songs. It also debuted at number one, and included the massive single “No More “I Love You’s””. Medusa sold around 5 million copies.
Annie released her third solo album “Bare” to much critical acclaim in June 2003, which went on to sell approximately two million copies worldwide.
In October 2007 Annie released her much-anticipated album, “Songs Of Mass Destruction” to critical acclaim. The album featured “SING” a new song featuring 23 or the world’s most acclaimed female superstars, invited by Annie to appear on the record to help draw attention to the HIV AIDS pandemic, especially focusing on the country of South Africa, where women and children are worst affected.
“After personally witnessing Nelson Mandela describing the African HIV AIDS pandemic as a genocide, with women and children being the frontline victims, I set out to try and do something.” – Annie Lennox.
Annie Lennox was first invited to Cape Town in 2003, to take part in the inaugural concert of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV campaign. It was there that she personally witnessed the plight of people struggling to cope with the situation – in clinics, orphanages, hospitals and townships.
Now approaching it’s 4th anniversary, the SING campaign continues to raise funds and awareness in order to contribute to support and change. The money raised through SING helps prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa in different ways, most importantly through treatment literacy programs at a direct grass roots level. SING has already reached out to thousands of people.
In addition to the ongoing SING campaign, Annie is an Ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign, Amnesty International, The British Red Cross, London as well as supporting numerous other organisations.
In September 2008 Annie Lennox hosted the launch of the Amnesty Arts Fund. The Amnesty Arts Fund brings together people who believe passionately in freedom of expression and projects that inspire creative activism around the world.
Also in 2008 Annie was presented with the Award of Merit at the 2008 American Music Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Previous honourees include Prince, Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra, that same year Annie released her first ever-solo retrospective album called “The Annie Lennox Collection”. The 14-song collection brings together Lennox’s finest work from her four top-selling solo albums – Diva (1992), Medusa (1995), Bare (2003) and Songs of Mass Destruction (2007)
In 2009 Annie joined David Gray for the duet Full Steam, featured on his latest album – Draw the Line. Annie also joined Aretha Franklin in New York for a special one off performance, in celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 25th anniversary.
In 2010, Annie Lennox announced a new record deal with Universal Music Group, signalling the end of her 30-year relationship with the RCA Label. Annie also announced that her first album as part of this new exciting deal, “A Christmas Cornucopia”, would be released on Island Records in the UK and Decca in the US. The new album featured Annie’s versions of traditional festive songs along with a new track, ‘Universal Child’. Annie donated her publishing royalties for the new track to The Annie Lennox Foundation, and the album was certified Gold in the UK.
In January 2011, Annie Lennox received an OBE in the New Years Honours list. This great accolade was given for all her hard work and dedication as a humanitarian. Annie was absolutely thrilled to have been given such a prestigious award.
Throughout her career Annie has been honoured with prestigious awards in recognition for both her brilliant music and the great campaigning work she does for humanitarian causes around the world.
Maybe it’s not a straight line, but you can trace the vast and varied creative journey of Dave Stewart – the musician, music producer, author, entrepreneur, filmmaker and philanthropist – back to his childhood in Sunderland, England…and to Tennessee.
“When I was a kid, my cousin ran away to Memphis, and he’d send back boxes filled with all these old blues albums,” remembers Stewart. “We hadn’t heard anything like Robert Johnson or Howlin’ Wolf in north east England. It’s why I learned to start playing the guitar. And there are elements of those records, and what I felt when I listened to those records, that still underlie everything I do.”
Granted, the man does a lot. Stewart’s music career alone spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock group the Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This]”, “Would I Lie to You?” and dozens more). Behind the scenes, he’s produced albums and co-written songs for Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Mick Jagger, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and a host of others, racking up numerous Producer, Songwriter and Grammy Awards along the way.
Stewart’s work outside of the music world is just as impressive. He’s released a highly-regarded business tome now in eight languages (The Business Playground: Where Creativity and Commerce Collide), directed a number of short films and movies (including 2000’s Honest, which debuted at Cannes), produced an award-winning documentary that reflected his early musical passions (1991’s Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads), created a multimedia creative hub with Paul Allen called The Hospital, developed his own media company (Weapons of Mass Entertainment), and participated in a number of philanthropic and non-profit projects, from Greenpeace to Stand Up to Cancer, Stewart also worked personally with Nelson Mandela and helped launch his 46664 campaign using his innovative thinking. He even wrote two comic books (one of which, Zombie Broadway, you might see along the Great White Way sometime in the near future).
“I’ve been kind of busy,” says Stewart, laughing. “I co-produced and co-wrote the new Joss Stone album and I co-produced and co-wrote the new Stevie Nicks record In Your Dreams album. I’m going to go on tour with her soon. I just finished recording with Super Heavy, a new band I created along with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman. I shot full length documentary feature films for Stevie and Joss and my own project and The Musical “Ghost” based on the Movie is opening in London this month I wrote the songs for “Ghost” with Glen Ballard.
The list goes on (and on…and on…). But most recently, a chance encounter pushed Stewart to take center stage on a project for the first time in over a decade, as well as reconnect with those early music memories. Travelling and stuck in London following a volcanic eruption in Iceland, Stewart wandered into a vintage guitar shop. Drawn to a particular model on the wall, the singer was treated to the shopkeeper’s story about the guitar’s original owner, an eccentric country singer named Red River Dave. Stewart felt a spark. As he puts it, “I walked out of that guitar shop and I not only knew I was going to Nashville, but what something amazing was going to happen there.”
That “something amazing” ended up as The Blackbird Diaries (Razor & Tie/Surfdog Records/Weapons of Mass Entertainment), a whirlwind five-day recording session with some of Nashville’s top session players, recorded at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studio. The album, written by Stewart with co-write assist by Bob Dylan and guest appearances by Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and The Secret Sisters, is a reflective and story-driven journey, with nods to his blues inspirations (“Magic in the Blues,” “So Long Ago”), the price of success (“Beast Called Fame”) and relationships both lost and found (“Worth the Waiting For,” “All Messed Up”).
Stewart describes the album as thus: “It’s a little Dylan-esque meets Leonard Cohen meets Tom Petty meets Lou Reed meets Johnny Cash sounding kinda thing my low vocals and some quirky Beatles type chords and melodies thrown in.” The country/blues/Americana vibe of the record may come as a surprise to those who are more familiar with Stewart’s work with the more electronic sounds of the Eurythmics, but the musician doesn’t see it as a huge musical leap. (“Even back then, there was a blues element at work – you can hear it in songs like ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Missionary Man,’” he says).
After knocking out the album in astounding five days, Stewart gives credit to new bandmates (Chad Cromwell, Michael Rhodes, Dan Dugmore, Tom Bukovac and Mike Rojas) for his creative flow. “It felt like how bands in the 60s, like the Beatles or the Kinks, would record,” he says. “The guys are in the band all have roots in country and blues and rock. And they would just slam these songs home the first time out.”
Stewart also filmed a companion movie for the album (also entitled The Blackbird Diaries), featuring performances of the songs and an unusual behind-the-scenes look at the making of the record, involving both a fortuneteller and a hypnotist. For Stewart, it was simply another creative outlet. “I used to document everything, even back in the Eurythmics days,” he says. “I think filming and writing and music are all part of the same process.”
Impressed with how Blackbird turned out, Stewart already debuted the album live at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre and plans to tour with his new back-up group (as well as continue recording at the same breakneck pace), while continuing his myriad of projects. But it’s obvious what project he’s currently favoring.
“I used to like just being in the back, being sort of an experimental mad scientist behind the scenes,” says Stewart. “But I’ve done enough of that. I’ve lived to tell a lot of stories, and now I’m comfortable in my own skin. This is the journey I’m going to take from now on.”
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