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Touch
Studio album by Eurythmics
Released November 26, 1983
Recorded 1983 @The Church, London
Genre New Wave, Synthpop, Electronica
Length 45:30
Label RCA Records
Producer David A. Stewart
Professional reviews
Eurythmics chronology
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
(1983)
Touch
(1983)
Touch Dance
(1984)

Touch is the third album by the British new wave duo Eurythmics, released on November 26, 1983. The album was the duo's first UK number-one album, and also reached the top 10 in the US. It has since been certified Platinum in both countries.

By this time, the duo had achieved international success with their hit single "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." The follow-up, Touch, was reputedly recorded and mixed in only about three weeks at Eurythmics' own London studio facility, The Church. In addition, Touch was also the first album to be released simultaneously on record and on the then-new CD format in the United States.

The album featured the singles "Who's That Girl?" (#3 UK, #21 US), "Right by Your Side" (#10 UK, #29 US) and "Here Comes the Rain Again" (#8 UK, #4 US). The music video for "Who's That Girl" featured a variety of British stars (including Stewart's future wife, Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama) and also featured Lennox playing both a man and a woman. At the end of the clip the male-Lennox kisses the female-Lennox. Lennox later reprised this image dressed up as Elvis Presley for the 1984 Grammy Awards.

On November 14 2005, SonyBMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalog as "2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues." Each of their eight studio albums' original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 500 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[1]

Contents

Track listing

all songs by Lennox and Stewart

  1. "Here Comes the Rain Again" – 4:54
  2. "Regrets" – 4:43
  3. "Right By Your Side" – 4:05
  4. "Cool Blue" – 4:48
  5. "Who's That Girl?" – 4:46
  6. "The First Cut" – 4:44
  7. "Aqua" – 4:36
  8. "No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)" – 5:24
  9. "Paint a Rumour" – 7:30
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bonus material (2005 reissue)

  1. "You Take Some Lentils And You Take Some Rice" – 3:01 (Taken from "Who's That Girl?" 7-inch single)
  2. "ABC (Freeform)" – 2:36 (Taken from "Who's That Girl?" 12-inch single)
  3. "Plus Something Else" – 5:20 (Taken from "Right By Your Side" 12-inch single)
  4. "Paint a Rumour" (Long Version) – 7:57 (Taken from "Here Comes The Rain Again" 12-inch single)
  5. "Who's That Girl?" (Live) – 3:28 (Taken from "Miracle Of Love" 12-inch single)
  6. "Here Comes the Rain Again" (Live) – 3:07 (Previously Unreleased)
  7. "Fame" – 2:39 (David Bowie cover, previously Unreleased)

Personnel

Eurythmics

Additional personnel

Live band for the accompanying tour included:

Production

  • Producer: Dave Stewart
  • Engineer: Jon Bavin
  • Sequencing: Dave Stewart
  • String arrangements: Michael Kamen
  • Arrangers: Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart
  • Art direction: Laurence Stevens
  • Design: Laurence Stevens
  • Cover design: Andrew Christian, Laurence Stevens
  • Photography: Brian Aris, Pete Ashworth

Chart performance

Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 7
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 35
Australia 4
Germany 9
Norway 8
Sweden 9
Switzerland 14

Certifications

Organization Level
BPI (UK) Platinum
RIAA (USA) Platinum
Preceded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson
UK number one album
February 4, 1984 – February 17, 1984
Succeeded by
Sparkle in the Rain by Simple Minds


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