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5* album tacky deluxe version not, deleted when it's been re done
on 17 June 2012
Songs from the big chair is still one of the best 80's albums, it sold millions and when you listen to it you can see why. Shout, Everybody wants to rule the world, Head over heals, every track could be a single, and in fact nearly every track was. The problem with this set is not the music, but the mistake's in the track listing the package no longer having the plastic sleeve, but instead the deluxe label stuck on the paper sleeve, which you now have to take off to get at the CD, and once removed it damages the box, not very nice when you are shelling out full price for this set.
Some releases have gone back to the plastic slip case, but not all (I just wish this was). On the second disc track 4 was meant to be everybody wants to run the world the sports relief single, but due to a mix up this the same version of everybody wants to rule the world as disc one appears.
On the plus side the re-master is very good keeping sonic sound levels at a good level not ruining the quality by turning everything up. This is a timeless album and I personally feel this version should be pulled and re issued correctly giving the fan and listener the quality album they should be getting for a deluxe version. On a final note it would have been nice to have had a DVD of the videos, but from the leaflet inside that's available else where.
Since I wrote this Universal have decided to give Songs from the Big chair the same treatment as the Hurting. A six disc Super deluxe version, a two disc deluxe version, finally correcting all(including everybody wants to run the world) the errors, and a re-mastered single disc. So be careful which one you buy especially when the old one is for sale, and not deleted which is wrong. All the reviews come up on the all the versions of the CD.