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Hear Eurythmics’ 1984 score before Dave & Annie reworked it for the album

1984

When Eurythmics released 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) – their 1984 ‘soundtrack’ to Michael Radford’s film Nineteen Eighty-Four – the album actually consisted of “music derived from the Eurythmics original score” rather than the score itself, which has never been made commercially available. The score has effectively been unheard without that pesky film dialogue and sound effects… until now!

There are actually three variations of the Nineteen Eighty Four film, one which uses Eurythmics’ score, one which uses an orchestral score (Radford’s preferred version) and one that mixes the two. Luckily for us, Twilight Time in the USA issued a new blu-ray late last year with a ‘bonus feature’ that is a real treat for Eurythmics fans – and that is an option to watch the movie with an ‘isolated score’.

Even better news, is that someone has ripped the isolated score and uploaded it to YouTube, so for the first time fans can hear properly the hypnotic music cues that formed the basis for tracks like The Ministry Of Love, Julia and I Did It Just The Same. Enjoy!

You can order the blu-ray below, and it’s region free.

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track_listing

On YouTube this is the ‘track listing’ to the score

@0:00 – Winston’s Diary
@2:03 – Dead Insects
@3:54 – I Hate Her
@5:09 – Who Is She?
@6:20 – It’s a Dream
@7:33 – Julia and Winston
@8:40 – Two Plus Two
@9:21 – The Call Has Come
@10:25 – Everything Fades Into Mist
@14:53 – Newspeak Dictionary
@16:08 – The Ministry of Love
@17:17 – No Martyrs
@17:37 – Five Fingers
@18:18 – The Worst Thing in the World

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59 responses to Hear Eurythmics’ 1984 score before Dave & Annie reworked it for the album

  1. Gary says:

    Oh wow. It’s a step towards this perhaps being issued one day. Well found Paul.

  2. CHDX says:

    Having played mine already, I can confirm that this release is region free.

  3. HS says:

    1984 is the only Eurythmics album I don’t own – simply because it was not a part of the re-issues from back in the day, which I bought. I don’t think it has ever been re-released and re-mastered, has it?

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Nope. I tried to get Dave interested in reissuing it but there are ‘issues’.

      • Josh Higgins says:

        There’s apparently major issues with all of the Eurythmics back catalogue due to no-one in the record companies (company mergers, etc. have not helped) taking ‘ownership’ of the vast catalogue. It is a crying shame.

  4. CDManiac says:

    Damn Paul! You got me excited. I already have the Blu. Wah Wah Wah.

  5. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    wonderful! thank you paul.
    sadly the “alternate version” of “julia” from the end credits is not in this compilation.
    i read that this version is different to the released album version.

    • Allen Z says:

      The edited version of JULIA during the end credits is on the isolated music track on the bluray. I just checked it.

  6. Jose Ramon says:

    Paul, there was a rumour some time ago about new Eurythmics Edsel reissues, any news?

  7. Piotr says:

    Can Dave not do what Andy Partridge does with Xtc’s back catalogue? License and borrow the master tapes, have the albums remastered, then issue then himself? I think it takes something like 15k sold units to break even for Andy, but at least the back catalogue is available in superb quality, with multitude of bonuses thus preserving the Xtc the legacy.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      He could do that, but there’s two people in the band and both would need to okay it.

      • vikerii says:

        Why bother with Sony? Dave should be able to initiate the copyright termination option on In The Garden by now I would think. Then the rest of the catalog as each album turns 35.

        • Warren Mason says:

          This approach is being contested now. From what I understand labels are arguing a broader interpretation of work for hire. I am hearing that some artists are filing suits to head off that risk by asking courts to limit the definition in advance of the 35 year milestone. Does anyone here have more details or a better articulation of the above?

        • Billy Dojcak says:

          Apparently, it’s a very time intensive, costly pain in the arse. It’s why more musicians haven’t done it.

  8. Leemer says:

    Thank you.

  9. Paul Murphy says:

    Did Dave give you any indication as to the ‘Mics being in any way a viable entity any more Paul? Or are they purely back-catalogue from now on?

  10. Paul Murphy says:

    Whilst here, as we are a nice community here at SDE, shall we all wish RJ Winchester a Happy Birthday for today?

  11. Michael Fortin says:

    This is timely considering the state of things here in the USA. I think the book itself is back on the bestseller list.

    Would love to see this soundtrack issued on CD, but as Paul said, not gonna happen :(

  12. CJ says:

    Thanks for the heads up on this–not only am I excited to listen to the soundtrack, but I snatched up a copy of the BluRay at a reasonable price (especially for a Twilight Time release).

  13. OMAR says:

    I don’t think Annie is too keen on having stuff reissued. Dave is the tech guru, i think he’s the one that should be pursued and he’s the one that knows what masters exist or who to contact. Yes, Sony is awful when it comes to artists. Look how long it took to have Alison Moyet’s cds reissued ? who knows what they’re doing with future George Michael stuff and probably don’t even care Eurythmics! Perhaps one day though!

  14. Michel says:

    Hi CHDX, are you 100% sure this BD is region free, and not your BD player which is dezoned or multizone ? Because when I use the SDE link above to Amazon USA and check the product details it is stated Region A/1 ?

    • CHDX says:

      I am. Since most of Twilight Time’s releases are Regio 1, Amazon didn’t bother to check and correct the info.

  15. Urs says:

    Thanks a lot for the info, Paul! Seriously considering buying the BR now (even though I don’t own a BR player yet – lol).

  16. Bruce Levenstein says:

    Does anyone have an original high quality audio file of the blu-ray rip? I assume this YT audio is not full quality.

    • Will says:

      ” I assume this YT audio is not full quality.”

      YouTube experimented with 256kbps audio feeds, but early last year they deactivated that feed before it officially launched. In one sweeping motion the audio quality of all videos reverted to a 1990s-era 128kbps, cutting off all frequencies above 15.5 kHz. I don’t understand the details but YouTube actually serves several variants of audio and video, and it is up to the browser to choose which is played. If you can force your browser to serve their WebM version, the cut-off is slightly better – about 16.5 or 17 kHz. That’s still terrible, but not as.

      Vimeo on the other hand has excellent quality, around 320kbps. I don’t see this there. But if you like watching movie trailers for example, the place to watch them is Vimeo not YouTube.

      For this, best bet is to buy the BluRay.

  17. Peter Cross says:

    Fantastic stuff. It’s not often you get to hear some unheard Eurythics stuff.

    This project must have been a huge labour of love for them. A real creative burst. I remember reading once that they had in mind Bowie’s Low album when they made it.

    Would be fascinating to find out if more material exists on those tapes.

  18. MICHEL MUFFAT says:

    Hello again, I’ve just checked onTwilight Time website the specs of the BD which confirm it is region free. I Just ordered it now, thank you Paul and CHDX for the tips :-))

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Mine arrived today and I can categorically confirm that it plays on my UK blu-ray player which isn’t multi-region. Also, as well as the isolated score there is the option to play BOTH versions of the film – i.e. with Eurythmics score OR Orchestral score. It’s quite interesting flicking between them with the ‘audio’ button :)

  19. HalloweenJack says:

    This is a pleasant surprise and a wonderful listening experience. I would definitely be interested in hearing more from these sessions in high quality stereo as part of a “super deluxe edition”! ;)
    There is enough material to release a three disc set…
    – Theme From “1984” (Sexcrime) [Special Radio Edit] 3:52
    – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four) [Single Mix] 3:57
    – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four) [Extended Mix] 7:57
    – Julia [7″ Edit)] 4:05
    – Julia [Extended Version] 6:37
    – The Ministry Of Love [7″ Edit] 3:43
    – The Ministry Of Love [Extended Version] 5:10
    – Greetings From A Dead Man [Extended Edit] 7:06

  20. James says:

    By sheer coincidence, John Hurt sadly passed away today.

  21. Brian says:

    Sadly this coincides with the passing of the great John Hurt.

  22. Paul Trotman says:

    And John Hurt (Winston in the movie) has just died.

  23. daveid76 says:

    You just killed John Hurt. Curse of SDE strikes again…

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  25. Boaz Halachmi says:

    According to Twilight Time website this edition is LIMITED TO 3,000 COPIES only…
    Make sure you get one.
    [http://www.twilighttimemovies.com/1984-blu-ray/]

  26. Derek Langsford says:

    Would love to see a comprehensive 2 CD Eurythmics Singles Collection. There are several single versions that have not been released on CD yet.

  27. Shane says:

    All Twilight Time blurays are region free, I own about a dozen. I hate that they are so expensive and limited, and it’s best to buy them directly from their website.

  28. Bill Davis says:

    Don’t know if I’m the only unlucky one, but Amazon.fr has informed me that I will not be getting the Vangelis box set that I ordered from them at the spectacular price I was alerted to by SDE. Dammit!

  29. christian says:

    Thanks Paul, this is literally something i’ve been waiting over 30 years to hear with several attempts at creating my own version from circulating copies of the film.

  30. Derek Langsford says:

    Looks like it is in mono 1.0 DTS-HD MA. Noticed the YouTube clip was in mono which made me check.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      the isolated score is in stereo on the blu-ray, but the two full soundtracks (with dialogue and effects) are in mono.

      • Derek Langsford says:

        Just saw your reply, went to purchase and now it’s almost $55 on amazon.com and Twilight Time want $15 p&p making it $45 from them. I can live with the mono YouTube clip and spend $45 on a lot more music elsewhere. I snoozed and lost. Sigh.

        • Derek Langsford says:

          For some reason Twilight Time automatically used international postage so when I switched to US domestic postage it was $34.30 total. Much better. Glad to have the opportunity to hear this new Eurythmics material in high quality stereo.

      • Coda Gardner says:

        The isolated score on this disc is actually in DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono.

  31. Steve says:

    Thank you, Paul !

  32. Michael says:

    $98 Aus…why???

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