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Savage is the sixth studio album by the British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was released on 9 November 1987 by RCA Records.[8]

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Studio album by
Released9 November 1987
RecordedJanuary - May 1987 at Chateau de Dangu in Normandy; mixed at Grand Armée Studios in Paris
LabelRCA Records
ProducerDavid A. Stewart
Eurythmics chronology
We Too Are One
Singles from Savage
  1. "Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)"
    Released: October 1987
  2. "Shame"
    Released: December 1987
  3. "I Need a Man"
    Released: March 1988
  4. "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"
    Released: May 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[3]
Q5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
Smash Hits7/10[6]
Sounds4.5/5 stars[7]

The album peaked at no.7 in the UK and was certified Platinum by the BPI for sales in excess of 300,000 copies.



Following the much more mainstream commercial content of their previous two albums, Savage saw Eurythmics "turn sharp left" (as band member Dave Stewart put it), returning to the much more experimental sound that their early albums incorporated. Produced in France (recorded at Chateau de Dangu in Normandy and mixed at Grand Armée Studios in Paris), the album made heavy use of the NED Synclavier digital sampling keyboard. The only other musician working on the recordings with Stewart and Annie Lennox was drummer Olle Romo, who handled much of the Synclavier programming. Lennox brought more of a feminist focus to her lyrics which was made more evident by the accompanying video album, which featured a video for each song.

Release and receptionEdit

Although the album was not as commercially successful as their previous two albums, in the UK it made the Top 10, produced three UK Top 30 singles, and was certified platinum. It was less successful in the US, where it peaked at no.41. Despite this, Lennox and Stewart themselves stated that Savage is their personal favourite album out of the entire Eurythmics' discography.[citation needed]

On 14 November 2005, Sony BMG repackaged and released most of Eurythmics' back catalogue (including Savage) as Deluxe Edition Reissues. Each of their eight studio albums' original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except "Come Together" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

1."Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)"4:48
2."I've Got a Lover (Back in Japan)"4:25
3."Do You Want to Break Up?"3:38
4."You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart"3:50
7."I Need a Man"4:21
8."Put the Blame on Me"3:44
10."Wide Eyed Girl"3:29
11."I Need You"3:22
12."Brand New Day"3:42
2005 Special edition bonus tracks
13."Beethoven (I Love to Listen To)" (Extended Philharmonic Version)4:31
14."Shame" (Dance Mix)5:38
15."I Need a Man" (Macho Mix)5:55
16."I Need You" (Live)3:26
17."Come Together"3:20


  • Annie Lennox – vocals, keyboards, programming
  • David A. Stewart – backing vocals, guitar, keyboards, production, programming
  • Olle Romo – programming
  • Fred DeFaye – engineer, mixing
  • Manu Guiot – engineer, mixing
  • Alan Moulder – engineer
  • Serge Pauchard
  • Claude Pons – mixing



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[27] Gold 82,100[26]
Sweden (GLF)[28] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  5. ^ Steve Hochman (28 January 1988). "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  6. ^ Smash Hits, Barry McIlheney, 18 November 1987, p.86
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