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The Seeds Of Love [BOXSET]
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- Product Dimensions : 14.91 x 20.09 x 3.61 cm; 438 Grams
- Manufacturer : UMC - Mercury
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Label : UMC - Mercury
- ASIN : B089HXV7PQ
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,000 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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'The Seeds of Love' is the third studio album by Tears for Fears released in September 1989, entering the UK Albums Chart at No. 1 and certified Platinum by the BPI within three weeks. In the US, the album peaked at No. 8, and was also certified Platinum. Upon release it was seen (and still is) as one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. This deluxe box set edition contains not only the original album, but a new 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson which was done in conjunction with Roland Orzabal, as well as all the relevant B-Sides, alternate mixes and around 60 minutes of previously unheard demos and live rehearsals. The set is housed in a shoe box style box with an extensive booklet containing new interviews by Super Deluxe editor Paul Sinclair with the band and other players on the album. It also contains the tour programme of the era.
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The quality of the production on the original album was faultless and rather than bettering the original, the various mixes in this set add new and exciting dimensions to an already complex masterpiece. Spread over 5 discs (4 x CD and 1 x Blu-Ray) there is an exhaustive supply of early mixes and remixes, radio mixes, 7" and 12" versions, alternate versions, studio demo's and jam sessions. No matter how familiar you are with the original (and I am VERY familiar) there is a huge amount of new and exciting material to enjoy here.
The highlight of the set for me is the surround sound mix of the original delivered on a Blu-Ray. Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) was the perfect and obvious choice for remixing the master tapes into a gorgeous DTS-HD 5.1 Mix. If you have the equipment, I recommend you listen to this first. It really is glorious insight into the depth of the composition. Different aspects of the mix (vocal, snare, bass etc.) seem to leap out of the speakers and to the front of the sound stage without dominating, whilst still delivering a wholesome punch. It really is a juicy and immersive listening experience that I will enjoy it for years to come. I would have paid handsomely for this alone.
Paired with the extra content (a lot of which is brand new to the casual listener - hardcore fans may have heard a few before), the stunning packaging and included booklets, the box represents excellent value for money. This box set transported me back to the age of 12 when I first heard the original on chrome cassette, and was a fantastic journey into this 80s classic and much under-appreciated masterpiece. It is well worth the modest outlay and you should buy it now.
The remastering of the original album sounds great, and the collection of B-sides, demos and rarities on the other 3 CDs is comprehensive to the point of exhaustion. But...
The Blu-ray is a completely missed opportunity. For a start, there's no reason for it even to be a Blu-ray - there's no video content on it, and the 5.1 mix of the album is only in 48kHz/24-bit, which can easily be carried on a DVD. The disc contains two identical versions of the surround mix, both 48/24 and in identical quality - one is uncompressed and the other is losslessly compressed, so they are identical. The two stereo mixes are 48kHz 16 bit, which is identical to CD quality - so one of them is to all intents and purposes exactly the same as the CD version included, and the other is just the un-remastered original version.
That's it for the Blu-ray. There's no video content whatsoever - no promo videos, no "Going to California" live concert, the inclusion of which would have been a complete no-brainer, no Knebworth concert. There is plenty of official video footage from this era of the band, so to include none of it at all defies belief.
If this was just the CDs for £25 or £30, it would get five stars. But the inclusion of a Blu-ray which does nothing but bump up the price and seems to be mostly an afterthought knocks the value significantly.
Superb songs, great musicianship in fact everything today's disposable 'chart' rubbish is not.
Roland's voice is one of the most resonant and distinctive ever and I sure hope they come back with some new material once this nasty little virus has run it's course .