1978/1991: Hollywood Records HR-61062-2
My sister (a few years older than me) had this album while we were in our teens, and I came to know and enjoy it, albeit with some uncertainty about its uneven quality. I didnt have a problem with its unharmonized mix of rocking tracks and gentler pieces, nor with its definitely ambiguous sexuality, but I didnt know what to make of the co-existence of tracks like the weak and maudlin Jealousy and the fierce if irrelevant Mustapha on the same album as camp like Dreamers Ball and grit like Fun It.
Still, all of my confusion about the album generally receded in awe upon hearing the album-in-condensed-form that occurs near the end of More of That Jazz; to this day the only thing Ive ever heard that approaches that stroke of brilliant self-referential artistry is the audio/video pastiche that introduces the Eurythmics Greatest Hits video (and which pads the gaps between videos therein). That this solid audial compression was done in 1978 still amazes me, because it was exactly what could best express the albums highlights in just a few seconds and didnt require anything more than an exceptionally astute juxtaposition. Whoever did that, I consider you right up there with David A Stewart in terms of artistic production of pop music.
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