On this day in music history: July 12, 1986 – …

On this day in music history: July 12, 1986 – “Revenge”, the sixth album by Eurythmics is released. Produced by David A. Stewart, it is recorded at Conny’s Studio in Cologne, Germany and Studio Grand Armee in Paris, France in Early 1986. Following the success their previous album “Be Yourself Tonight”, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox continue to move away from the synthesizer and drum machine based music of their previous work, towards a more band oriented pop/rock sound. The album features guest musicians such as drummer Clem Burke from Blondie, bassist Phil Chen (Rod Stewart) and arranger Michael Kamen. It spins off four singles including the first release “Missionary Man” (#14 Pop), which wins Eurythmics their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1987. The duo also undertake an extensive world tour to support it, also releasing a live concert video in 1987 titled “Eurythmics Live” (directed by Geoff Wonfor (“The Beatles Anthology”) filmed during the Australian leg of the tour. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2005, with six additional bonus tracks added. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP on July 6, 2018. The reissue replicates the original LP packaging, and also includes an mp3 download card of the full album. “Revenge” peaks at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.