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EurythmicsIn The Garden

Label:RCA – RCALP 5061, RCA – PL 25377
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:New Wave

Tracklist

A1English Summer4:00
A2Belinda3:58
A3Take Me To Your Heart3:32
A4She's Invisible Now3:27
A5Your Time Will Come4:30
B1Caveman Head3:56
B2Never Gonna Cry Again3:02
B3All The Young (People Of Today)4:11
B4Sing-Sing4:03
B5Revenge4:31
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Sleeve © 1981 RCA Ltd.
Marketed and distributed by RCA Ltd., Record Division, 1 Bedford Avenue, London WC1

Recorded at Conny's studio, Cologne between February 81 & June 81.

All titles published by Arnakata Music Ltd. / Warner Bros Music Ltd. / Logo Songs Ltd.
℗ 1981 Dilkusa Music B.V.
Marketed by RCA Limited, England

On the center label, track B3 is called 'All The Young People' and B4 'Sing Sing'.
On side One, Conny Plank is misspelt as 'Conny Plonk'

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Price code): FG
  • Other (Printer's code, back cover, bottom right): TM 9/81 RS
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): RCALP 5061 A§ (PL 25377 A)
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): RCALP 5061 B§ (PL 25377 B)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): RCALP 50 61 A - 1U TOWN HOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): RCALP 50 61 B - 1U TOWN HOUSE

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
In The Garden (LP, Album, Black labels)RCA Victor, RCAPL 25377Germany1981
In The Garden (LP, Album, Orange labels)RCA Victor, RCAPL 25377Germany1981
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In The Garden (LP, Album, Promo)RCAPL 70006Italy1981
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In The Garden (Cassette, Album)RCARCAK 5061UK1981
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In The Garden (LP, Album)RCA, RCARCLP 20368, PL 25377Greece1981

Reviews

MAG49700's profile picture
MAG49700
This album is an essential masterpiece, and Eurythmics just go downhill throughout the rest of the 80s.
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GODBLESSME
Love at First Hearing... Love at First Hearing...Love at First Hearing.
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Crijevo
Whatever English summer truly feels like, "In the Garden" sets proper mood with the very first crickets/drum sticks bash of the opening track. The psychedelic overtones that dominate, mark the true outsider of a debut album. After breaking the ice with their later synth-driven affairs, then switching further to the MOR, "In the Garden" remains the most pleasantly confusing start of an otherwise commercially-driven, yet stunning pop career. Keeping its daring and unpredictable edge, regardless of replays, this truly is where many forthcoming indie-references meet as lost in transition, in favour of a nameless genre - kept frozen in time, while remaining so fresh and beautifully timeless.
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dlgale1974
Edited 5 years ago
A bit krautrocky, maybe it's ahead of it's time as it has the shoegazing Indie sound of later in the eighties. It's fairly accessible, and cohesive, but Lennox is a bit repressed; the albums just not that compelling.
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Numanoid
Eurythmics masterpiece. Stereolab a decade before Stereolab.
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Jarren
Edited 8 years ago
While the Eurythmics are best known for the huge "Sweet Dreams" and a steady flow of soulful, funky hits throughout the 80's, their debut album "In The Garden" is without a doubt my personal favourite of their entire career.

Released in 1981, you will not find any of the band's famous big production values here. No guest appearances, no hexagon drum kit and a distinct lack of harmonica.

No, not even on one song.

Instead, what you get is ten fantastic indie tracks that sound even fresher in 2010 than they did back in '81.

The album begins with English Summer, a wistful mid tempo track full of floating guitar and atmospheric natural ambience. Of course, there is Annie's wonderful voice (which permeates the album throughout as expected). However, on this debut Ms. Lennox sounds more understated than she would become famous for.

This (I'm gonna say it..) ethereal intro soon fades and introduces Belinda, which is when the album truly picks you up and demands your full attention. This is an indie pop song of the highest calibre, imagine classic mid-90's Pulp (minus Jarvis).

Track 3, Take Me To Your Heart, shows more of Dave Stewart's electronic leanings that would of course lead the band to fame within a few years. It still beats with an indie heart...

She's Invisible Now, the fourth cut, is outstanding. Annie's vocal is treated with a slight phazer, over the top of cute 8-bit electronics meet Strawberry Fields Forever-esque mellotron. This is one of the songs that particularly sounds fresh now. A delight from start to finish!

Your Time Will Come wraps up the first side of the album. A change in tempo, it zips along at a good pace following Annie's floating vocals into a properly uplifting chorus. I would liken this album as a whole to Ladytron's third LP "Witching Hour", perhaps it is the Scottish female vocals but I think it's much more in the style of the music itself. This track is where the album title comes from, when Annie sings it you'll be in that special place too.

Side two begins with a spiky number, Caveman Head. 70's glam drums pound over self conscious lyrics, and it suddenly becomes clear what an influence this album must have had on another modern indie band, The Long Blondes.

Never Gonna Cry Again slowly fades in, an inconspicuous start to the lead single from this album (no singles from In The Garden have been featured on any of the Eurythmics "Best Of" compilations). More "Strawberry Fields Forever" mellotron feature here to magnificent effect, embellishing an already strong song.

Number 8, All The Young (People Of Today), takes the tempo back down. A very mature track, it would fit on any later Eurythmics album. Well it would, but it would probably sound bombastic. Here it sounds elegant.

Quirky would be the most fitting word to describe Sing - Sing (or should I say Chantez - Chantez). Bright hi-hats and funky bass dominate the song, very much in the style of Who Made Who.

The album ends with Revenge, featuring a sparkling synth touch that would see light (in slightly more bouncy fashion) again on the breakthrough Eurythmics single "Love Is A Stranger". Here, on Revenge, it takes backstage to a groovy flow and Annie's insinuating lyrics.

In The Garden really is an album ahead of its time.