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on 25 October 2013
I bought the original on vinyl in 1983 (and the cassette for the New Version of 'Change'!) and its been a favourite ever since. This 30th anniversary box set won't disappoint... but if you're a long term fan it might (ever so slightly) rankle with what's missing.

The box set: nice A5 cardboard box packaging containing 3 cds and one dvd in card gatefold sleeves (the ones where you have to grip the side of the disc to slide it out, not ideal but ok) nice 'hurting' era fonts and great photos and 2 A5 booklets.

Disc 1: The original album. Exactly as you'd expect, great sound and the picture on the inner gatefold sleeve appears to show Roland recreating the moment the paper arrow speared him in the 'Pale Shelter' video ;)

Disc 2: B-sides and remixes. Would have worked better if they were in chronological order to bring back memories of flipping the disc to hear the b-side but everything you'd ever want is here with the notable exception of 'Saxophones As Opiates' (b-side to the 12" of 'Mad World') - Roland and Curt apparently had track listing approval and didn't want it on here which is a shame. Personal favourites are the original versions of 'Pale Shelter', the instrumental version of 'Suffer The Children' and (who'd have thought it) 'Wino'! Time has been kind to the bastard child of the back catalogue. At the time I thought it was an ironic joke of a song at odds with TFF's cutting edge synth technology and definitely not one to play to impress your mates but its matured better over time (or is that just me?) and really makes you wish they had released more early songs of just acoustic guitar and vocals (sadly no demo versions are included in the box set - do any even still exist?)

Disc 3: live sessions. 4 songs from the Peel sessions and 4 songs from the Jensen Sessions (The Hurting and The Prisoner appear twice and because the recording sessions are weeks apart there isn't a great deal of difference between the two). Also has the live versions of 'Change' and 'Start of the Breakdown' from 'The Way You Are' double 7". They are the only songs in any way connected to 'The Way You Are' that you'll find in this box set. 'The Way You Are' being the bridge between 'The Hurting' and 'Songs From The Big Chair' and, I think, more connected to 'The Hurting' but not a view shared by record company executives.

Disc 4: In My Minds Eye DVD. I remember getting the VHS video of this for Christmas in 1984 and although the computer graphics are dated and sometimes intrusive the overall quality of the production is a lot better than I remember it. The excitement at the time came from the inclusion of new songs 'The Working Hour' and 'Head Over Heels' and despite a repetitive and flat sounding early version of 'Mother's Talk' its a good concert. This concert is very much from 'The Way You Are' period which is ironic as although 'The Way You Are' was part of the set list it was cut from the video!
The definitive concert from 'The Hurting' period is undoubtedly the Rockpalast concert (found on youtube) as that concert features live versions of all of the Hurting tracks ('Watch Me Bleed'!!!! and also 'The Way You Are').
A glaring omission from the DVD are the promo videos for the 3 hit singles (and the hard to find 'The Way You Are'), their inclusion would have made this more of a definitive collection.

Tears For Fears On The Road tour booklet: a reproduction of the 1983 tour programme, a nice curio and typical of all tour programmes with photos but not a great deal of content.

The Hurting booklet: very nicely put together. Some photos were previously featured in the sublime 'tales from the big chair' book but the majority are previously unseen and some are also reproduced in the gatefold sleeves of each disc.
It makes for very interesting reading but it's quite sparse considering Roland and Curt contributed to it. The previous re-issue of 'The Hurting' had liner notes which had a couple of quotes from Roland and Curt on each song. I had hoped that would have been expanded upon here, but most songs don't even get a mention (there is more information in the tour booklet about their support band on their 1983 tour than there is about the majority of songs on 'The Hurting'). I'd have liked to have read more anecdotes from the recording sessions and reminisces from that period of their lives, and also more information about their choice of artwork for single covers and the reasons why the fishnet cover was withdrawn, the story behind Caroline Orzabal's art work on the 'Pale Shelter' reissued single and why the European cover of 'The Hurting' was different to the UK release...
Also why 'Watch Me Bleed' was the song chosen to be dropped from the live set.
The lyrics were on the inner sleeve of the original vinyl but, unfortunately, haven't been included here. Now, where did I put my original vinyl copy?

Overall: a fitting tribute to one of the best and influential albums of the early 1980s.
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on 29 January 2004
I remember first having this album on a bootleg tape from a market when it was first released back in 1983.
I can also remember not fully appreciating it as I was about 14 at the time, but after all these years in its remastered format you can appreciate this work.
It was a standout album of the 80's with its wonderful dark overtones and its subject matters.
It is an amazing debut album.
Alongside the well known first big hits 'Mad World' and 'Change' you have my personal favourite TFF song 'Pale shelter' you are surrounded by deeply felt personal songs from Roland Orzabal. Though they are deeply personal ' Memories fade' a good example, you never fail to appreciate the darkness and beauty in this album and its quite uncommercial, despite it being a Number 1 here in England.
Added to this addition is another gem from TFF 'The Way you are' which sadly isn't on a Greatest Hits / best of package which is a shame as its a nice song and I remember having it as a single.
A dark, personal and brilliant album - buy it.
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on 11 March 2001
It's ironic that my favourite track on this superb album when I bought it on vinyl in 1983 was (and still is) Memories Fade - ironic because listening to it again after all this time evokes such strong memories of my mid-teenage years. And surely the best of these was of going to see my first 'real' gig (accompanied by my first 'real' girlfriend!) in Margate in December 1983. And the band we saw? Tears For Fears - who played the whole album tracklist and more - the experience just blew me away! Fantastic! There isn't a weak song on this album - it's very catchy, very 'poppy' - but each track carries a deeper, thought-provoking lyric, and it's this just as much as the music that originally kept me listening and interested when other records of that era just got lost in my collection. Tears For Fears were the first band I'd heard that managed to combine a real intelligence with strong, catchy rhythms and melodies. Quite an achievement for a debut album. Although I still have the original on vinyl, I no longer have a turntable on which to play it, so I'm really pleased to have found it on CD - and the extra tracks are a real bonus. And what became of the girlfriend? We split up a few weeks after the gig! Ahhh! ;o)
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on 30 September 2000
The has to be one of the landmark albums of the 80s, and a damn sight better than the more commerical "Songs from the big chair". Songs like "Ideas as Opiates" and "Memories Fade" really tug at the heart strings. There's not one song that is out of place on this album. I first bought this back in 1985 on cassette, and I still play it to this day. That shows how little it has dated. "The hurting" , in my opinion, has been massively overlooked because of the later success of "Songs from the big chair" - but to these ears, "The hurting" was an album way ahead of its time and far surpasses anything that came after. If you are trying to build an 80's collection, this HAS to be on your hit list....
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VINE VOICEon 19 September 2006
i can remember taking the afternoon off school to buy this album on vinyl!!! that seems like yesterday and it still holds a special place in my heart!!!

i bought it on the back of the singles "mad world" and "change" and i was not disappointed!!! the next single which was a rerelease "pale sheleter" was better than the two before!!!

plus you get the classic album tracks "start of the breakdown" "memories fade" and my all time favourite tff song "watch me bleed"

there are a few poor songs "ideas as opiates" and "the prisoner" but they are well and truely forgiven by the rest!!!

anyone who was an angst teenager will adore is the best album they a hundred miles!!!!

and if that wasnt good enough you get the 12" mixes of pale shelter, mad world and change!!!!

worth anyones matter if you if were there when they released the album or not!!!

tortured lyrics like memories fade but the scars still linger...and watch me bleed, bleed forever!!!

pure 80s pop that has stood up to the test of time!!!
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on 11 October 2014
This album evokes so many memories of school back in the eighties that it has become my album of choice whenever I get the need to satisfy the strange nostalgia fix that I get once in a while. I remember the day that I bought "The Hurting" on vinyl which featured the same white cover as the cd does, and the much used cliche that the smell of the vinyl and brand new album cover was irresistible applies. I can still remember exactly the place (Andy 's Records, Ipswich), weather (overcast), day (Saturday), the fact that it was early in the afternoon, and also that like every other record that I bought, I was paranoid about not creasing the cover and treated the purchase like it was gold. But enough of all that.

For me, this was the best debut album by any band in the 1980's and after all these years it still sounds fresh and unique. The singles from the album "Mad World, Pale Shelter" and "Change" bring back so many memories to me and though I may be biased, they have stood up extremely well over thirty years later. In fact, I remember that the only track I struggled with as a teenager on the album was "The Prisoner", a track that wasn't as easy on the ear as the others - though I never skipped it. I always thought that in particular "Memories Fade" and "Watch Me Bleed" would have made hugely successful singles given the chance.

The tracks on the cd sound fantastic and although I am usually opposed to tampering with original releases, the bonus tracks here are excellent and help round off a brilliant package. A twelve page liner includes three pages of musings from Curt and Roland regarding the songs on the cd. Lyrics from the songs on the original album have been produced in the original typeface that was on the vinyl that I bought over thirty years ago. The lyrics by the way are remarkably mature considering that this was a debut album.

I recommend "The Hurting", my album of choice for nostalgia, to everyone.
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on 30 April 2001
Tears for Fears did not produce many albums, but when they did they were terrific. A case of Quality rather that Quantity. Its hard to believe that this debut is nearly 20 years old now as it still sounds as fresh as it did back then and is no less than brilliant, apart from the excellent familiar singles, the rest of the album is class. And now remasted with loads of excellent remixs, this album makes essential buying. An 8O's Classic.
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on 21 January 2012
I remember this on Vinyl 30 years ago, Mad Word appeared out of nowhere, followed by Change,I purchased and was amazed at how good this debut album was, Whilst updating my collection I discovered this remastered CD, it sounds as fresh today as it did then, the remastering has been done well, with the addition of some remixes, shame it did not have both versions of the 12" Pale Shelter releases, but I must say I am hooked again, buy this and you will want to revisit the other remasted TFF CDs. A masterpiece.
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on 27 November 2013
Loved the original on vinyl, loved the CD, loved the remastered version so had to have this little beauty. Totally happy with the versions, remixes, extras etc. Bit steep price wise, but what the heck, you're only here once and it is, without doubt one of my favourite albums of all time. Go know you want to
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on 10 June 2003
I have always loved tears for fears, and thourght they were one of the greatest bands ever. This album put simply is amazing. The way the tracks are influenced and based on the methods of psychotherapy and primal scream is very clever. the lyrics are brooding and dark and greatly imaginative,although some are very poppy and catchy a la hurting/suffer the children. The song structure the synth lines and the acoustic guitar work are original and brilliant, from the great pale shelter and the single mad world to the unforgettable start of the breakdown, its very poignant and profound. the great, and rare "way you are" b side is included on this remaster which is worth the price of the album alone, the synth lines are beautiful and feature brilliant effects, samples complex rythms and a catchy hook.This is how synthesizers and guitars should be played. And this is the way songs should be written. I couldnt recommend this anymore,get it now.
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