Amanda Lear – Sweet Revenge (1978) – Lp
Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a million-album-selling disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia.
Artist: Amanda Lear
Title: Sweet Revenge
Label: Ariola Records
Catalog# 25900 OT
Sweet Revenge is the second studio album by French singer Amanda Lear, released in 1978 by West German label Ariola Records. The album turned out a major commercial success, spawning European hit disco singles “Follow Me” and “Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)“.
Producer Anthony Monn parades every effect known to Euro-dream imagery in support of Lear as disco vamp: whispers from inside a tunnel, rhythms that filter in subliminally, themes that scale up to soprano range, choirs of angels singing, guitar rhythm rock-ons, and, of course, Lear‘s voice. Lear‘s singing is perhaps Monn‘s greatest effect: androgynous, sultry, out of reach and horny at the same time, Lear works hard to pretend at playing the merciless siren.
Sweet Revenge was recorded between December 1977 and February 1978 between various studios in Munich, and consisted of mainstream disco material, with all lyrics written by Lear herself. The album incorporates elements of cabaret music in “Comics” and rock in “The Stud”. All songs from the side A of the original LP release are a lyrically linked non-stop medley, making Sweet Revenge a concept album. The songs tell the story of “a girl who sold her soul to the Devil and won”, as Amanda explained in the liner notes. The girl surrenders to the Devil’s temptation, who promises her fame and fortune, but eventually runs away and finds real love with a man, which is her “sweet revenge over the Devil’s offer”.
1. Follow Me (3:50)
2. Gold (3:45)
3. Mother, Look What They’ve Done To Me (4:32)
4. Run Baby Run (3:45)
5. Follow Me (Reprise) (3:40)
1. Comics (3:40)
2. Enigma (Give A Bit Of Mmh To Me) (5:08)
3. The Stud (4:02)
4. Hollywood Flashback (4:31)