Reality Effect

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Reality Effect
Reality Effect.jpg
Studio album by The Tourists
Released October 1979
Recorded Olympic Studios and DJM Studios London, August 1979
Label Logo Records
Epic Records (US/Canada)
Producer Tom Allom
The Tourists chronology
The Tourists
(1979)The Tourists1979
Reality Effect
Luminous Basement
(1980)Luminous Basement1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 starslink
Smash Hits6/10[1]

Reality Effect is the second album by the British band The Tourists, released in 1979.

This album received much more favourable reviews than the band's first album, with catchier songs and a stronger reliance on the vocals of singer Annie Lennox, the album contained two hit singles, "So Good to Be Back Home Again" (UK #8) and a cover of the 1964 Dusty Springfield song "I Only Want to Be With You" (UK #4).

Although the band featured Lennox and her future Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart on guitar, the bulk of the songs were written by singer/guitarist Peet Coombes, the album peaked at #23 on the UK Album Chart, and spent a total of sixteen weeks in the Top 100.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Peet Coombes except where indicated

Side 1

  1. "It Doesn't Have to Be This Way" – 3:45
  2. "I Only Want to Be With You" – 2:24 (Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde)
  3. "In the Morning (When the Madness has Faded)" – 4:09
  4. "All Life's Tragedies" – 3:48
  5. "Everywhere You Look" – 3:18
  6. "So Good to Be Back Home Again" – 2:39

Side 2

  1. "Nothing to Do" – 3:27
  2. "Circular Fever" – 3:06 (Peet Coombes, Dave Stewart)
  3. "In My Mind (There's Sorrow)" – 4:44
  4. "Something in the Air Tonight" – 3:42
  5. "Summer's Night" – 3:17


  • Ann Lennox – Vocals, organ, piano, harpsichord, string synthesiser
  • Peet Coombes – Vocals, electric 6 string & 12 string guitars
  • Dave Stewart – Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals
  • Eddie Chin – Bass guitar
  • Jim "Do It" Toomey – Drums, percussion
  • Trumpet and string arrangements – Graham Preskett
  • Engineers – Andy Lunn, Bill Gill, Dick Plant, Barry Kidd
  • Producer – Tom Allom



Year Chart Peak
1979 UK Album Charts 23


  1. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (November 15–28, 1979): 31. 
  • The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, fifth edition 1992