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1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) [Import, Soundtrack]

EurythmicsAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: December 14, 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000006YJZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Did It Just The Same
2. Sexcrime
3. For The Love Of Big Brother
4. Winston'S Diary
5. Greetings From A Dead Man
6. Julia
7. Doubleplusgood
8. Ministry Of Love
9. Room 101

Editorial Reviews

Full title - 1984 For The Love Of Big Brother. This is the soundtrack to the movie 1984 and features the Eurythmics hit 'Sexcrime'. 2001 reissue.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Love Of Obscure Eurythmics Sounds... December 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Being a rummager of cassette cut-out bins in the mid 80's, I found a lot of quirky, bizarre musical fare that was usually pretty good and inexpensive. This Eurythmics album was one of those rare gems that continue to fascinate me years later.
I purchased the soundtrack without seeing the movie. I had been a fan of Orwell's writing for years. I had also been a fan of the Eurythmics sound, and once I started to listen to this cassette I IMMEDIATELY loved it's interpretation of Orwell's work. I rented the movie (which had come out only a scant year prior to my find) and embraced both contemparary interpretations.
Lennox & Stewart had it down pat. If there is any track on the album that is the most contrived it has to be to be "SexCrime", which did get air play at the time. It's sole purpose seemed to be to promote the movie via MTV, which if that is "SexCrime"'s worst crime, then so be it.
The strongest tracks for me were "Julia" (which got a lot of airtime in the movie) which is a dark gothic type ballad that floats by like a black-vieled dream, and "I Did It Just The Same", which has a driving, funeral drum beat that sets the mood for the album perfectly. It's subtle, hidden energy is kept in check by the oppresive, gear-like machinations Orwell created for the reader. It's a credit to the Eurythmics abilities to be able to take something so intense and translate it note for note into a musical representation.
Other artists have presented similar types of works (most notably David Bowie's cancelled project of the 70's) but this has them all beat. Bowie's 1984 seemed terribly uninspired when compared to this Eurythmics venture... and I am a BIG Bowie fan.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate February 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
1984 by the Eurythmics has been one of the most underappreciated albums ever made. I remember when it first came out...I was in awe...amazed and overwhelmed with it. And when the industry, the label, and the listening public shunned it, I was stunned. It captures the essence of Orwell's 1984 . When the door slams on "Room 101", you can feel the finality of it. The eye of Big Brother is on you as "Doubleplusgood" keeps you updated on the news as Brother would have it. The passion of "Minsitry of Love"...the bittersweet haunting of "Julia". Its an immaculate album. My vinyl copy was beginning to warp, and I have mourned the day that it would cease to play...and now its available on disc! Its one album that I would never get over losing. The very best work the Eurythmics ever doubt about it. A masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, melodic, inspiring... March 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I could not understand at the time of its release why this album didn't do well. Then I realized that this was no ordinary "pop" album. Many people did not like the cd because it challenged them. One finds the tracks disturbing, first. Listen more closely, open your mind, and you might be able to understand Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox's intrepretation of 1984. Lennox uses her voice as an instrument, at times as hard and cold as steel (I Did It Just The Same), and at others as soft as falling leaves (Julia). This recording is exceptional.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! June 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I wore this tape out when in college. Thank God it is finally released on CD. It doesn't sound outdated at all! Annie Lennox's vocals are soooo good here. Doing the best ooohing and jamming on any of Eurythmics' CDs. A must have.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before it's time... October 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album would, if it had been produced in the mid to late 90's, have rivaled Nine Inch Nails' "Downward Spiral" for it's sheer intensity. It is orginal and came before it's time. It is dark, it is moody, but it has a passion that only Eurythmics could have given it. You probably need to be a major fan or a lover of experimental music to get into this album. But after searching for seveal years now for this album on CD...(and having been told that is was out of print and would not be reissued)...I am now a happy man. Now if I could just get Men Without Hats "pop goes the world on CD" my life will be complete.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music February 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
So many people did not either understand or know that the Eurythmics had been contracted to write the music that was supposed to be in the film release of Michael Radford's film 1984, but due to contractual problems in the US, the film was released without their music to the film. (It is my understanding that in the world wide release the music from this CD was on the film's soundtrack.) So many people who never read the book, yet were Eurythmics fans, could not understand how they, as a group, could create music that was not up to their regular standards (circa 1984). Not that I am a music snob by any means, but I think they did a great job conveying the feeling of George Orwell's phenomenal book, and Micheal Radford's vision of what music in that situation would sound like. Please read the book and listen to the soundtrack or watch the film with this soundtrack playing...I think that if you do not care for this CD now, it might change your mind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little CD September 26, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I just recently purchased this CD, and I really enjoy it. Though it's not exactly a "soundtrack" (a collection of music from the film), tracks such as "For the Love of Big Brother," "Ministry of Love" and "Room 101" contain a lot of music from the movie that's been elaborated upon by the Eurythmics.
Hands down, the best song on the CD is "Julia." It's a haunting tune with wonderful vocals by Annie Lennox, and it can easily be listened to over and over again. Much of "Sexcrime" sounds awfully dated today, but it's still an enjoyable song too.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this CD for both fans of the Eurythmics and Orwell.
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This is not really a soundtrack to 1984 since none of the music is actually used with the exception of the magnificent "Julia" played over the credits, but it is worth... Read more
Published 18 days ago by SLAPPYWAG1
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so happy I'll be lost soon in the strange melodic world ...
I would have to agree this album has haunted my mind for many years the music is that ethereal. I too have been searching and searching for this as well, I'm so happy I'll be lost... Read more
Published 24 days ago by David Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984 Classic!
I saw this movie in the theatre, it scared the heck out of me. The soundtrack from the Eurythmics is amazing, especially the title song "Sexcrime. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Keith Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost my copy
I lost my copy of this album from the Eurythmic's 1984. Love the song Julia and the song Sex a Crimes!
Published 5 months ago by David Lee Hedrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Hidden Jems
I think some of the Eurythmics best songs are on this soundtrack. From funky to mellow. Lennox at her best. Love it!
Published 7 months ago by T. Heartt
5.0 out of 5 stars When this came out, I danced to "Sex Crime" in the clubs and had a...
So, other than the aforementioned blast I had back in the day with that song, the pervasive mood of the music is rather melancholic, like the book and the movie, though not quite... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bowie in my DNA
5.0 out of 5 stars Several great songs here and the other songs are good too.
This is a very good addition to my collection I remember the music from this recording from many years ago and I just had to finally add it to my collection. Read more
Published 17 months ago by cicchimichael
5.0 out of 5 stars great retro music
reminded me of the original movie i saw that had this soundtrack. Wish i could get a blu ray of the orginal movie with soundtrack but can't find anywhere
Published 18 months ago by Maximiza
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Love of Big Brother
Has good tracks and it plays well. Came in good condition. A good cd to who ever likes this group.
Published 19 months ago by Steve Reyes
4.0 out of 5 stars I forgot how much i love this album!!
I bought this soundtrack in 1984 on casette. I played the cassette tape for years until it was finally destroyed in the early 1990s. Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by mike
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