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  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000JR29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shout
  2. The Working Hour
  3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  4. Mothers Talk
  5. I Believe
  6. Broken
  7. Head Over Heels / Broken
  8. Listen
  9. The Big Chair
  10. Empire Building
  11. The Marauders
  12. Broken Revisited
  13. The Conflict
  14. Mothers Talk
  15. Shout

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Product Description

1. Shout
2. The Working Hour
3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4. Mothers Talk
5. I Believe
6. Broken
7. Head Over Heels / Broken
8. Listen
9. The Big Chair
10. Empire Building
11. The Marauders
12. Broken Revisited
13. The Conflict
14. Mothers Talk
15. Shout

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Considering that Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the English duo known as Tears for Fears, were avid followers of Arthur Janov, father of the Primal Scream form of mental therapy, it wasn't surprising that one of their biggest hits was titled "Shout". What was surprising was how the two managed to take all their deep- rooted inner turmoil and make such positively buoyant music. Case in point: their other Songs From the Big Chair-spawned, No. 1 hit, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", was a meditative contemplation of the struggle for power within interpersonal relationships as a metaphor for global supremacy--which, thank god, had a good beat so you could at least dance to it. --Billy Altman

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Format: Audio CD
The original album 'Songs From The Big Chair' features the worldwide smash hits 'Shout', 'Everybody Want To Rule The World' (No.1 in the USA, No.2 in the UK) and 'Head Over Heels'. However, it was only eight-track long and didn't fully showcast Roland Orzabal amazing talent at writing meaningful and out-of-the-mainstream compositions. The extra tracks on this re-release of 'Songs From The Big Chair' paints a better picture of what the duo was about. All the extra tracks were available on the b-sides of the singles when they first came on vinyl. Most can also be found on the brilliant Tears For Fears collection of b-sides 'Saturnine Martial and Lunatic' album.
If you don't own a Tears For Fears album this is the one to get. Overall it's a good blend of pop chart hits and soundtrack quality b-sides. And the mind-addictive 'Shout' will have you muttering the lyrics to yourself for weeks.
In terms of production, this re-mastered collection is amazingly well 're-mastered'. The sound that comes through my hi-fi system is crip and clean, and at least twice better than the original album version. It worth noting that Chris Hughes was the producer of the original album, and he is also involved in the re-mastering of this new collection -- the result is one of the best re-mastered albums in my collection.
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Circa March 1985 an issue of a magazine called Electronics and Music Maker featured Tears for Fears on the cover and prompted me to investigate them. Twenty years on the use of TFF material in 'Donnie Darko' prompted me to revisit their albums. Strangely, like a lot of recently released 80s albums (Rio, Don't Stand Me Down, Porcupine), this is a lot better than I remember it being. The album strikes a neat balance between fast dance orientated tracks, pop songs, and slower numbers. Standout tracks are the relentless Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World', 'Mother's Talk', the gorgeous melody and understated grandeur of 'I Believe', and the sheer pop bliss of 'Head Over Heels'. This is the sound of an adventurous band that wasn't given credit at the time for its achievements. Much like OMD, TFF suffered in the cool stakes for reasons other than the music - bad hair/incessantly namechecking Arthur Janov's 'The Primal Scream' in the case of TFF and bad dancing/attire in the case of OMD. These days where some new bands seem unable to function without visibly referencing the past it's refreshing to hear music that wasn't afraid of sounding modern and wasn't concerned about some foggy notion of retro authenticity. This issue is rounded off with a goodly number of, somewhat inessential, bonus tracks. I quite like 'The Marauders' though, the tinkly bonk synth sounds and burbling bass bringing to mind a Radiophonic Workshop with some of the kinks ironed out.
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Artistically and commercially brilliant. An album for my all-time Top Ten, including ALL artists and ALL genres of music. Over the last 25 years, few artists with substantial emotional depth and intelligence have managed to achieve mainstream international success. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith did just that with "Songs From The Big Chair".
From the cathartic chant of opener "Shout" (still great for leaping around to at home!), to the ridiculously catchy massive hit "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", to the jazz crooning of "I Believe", every track has quality and substance. The standard of musicianship is exceptional, and a wide range of styles are embraced. Raw emotional power, lyrics that dig deep into psychological suffering but which are still somehow uplifting (even if it's not always clear what they are actually about), and great tunes. The sheer craftmanship shines throughout.
Tears For Fears made some excellent music both before and after this album, but it was with this one that all the ingredients really came together as a whole. Masterful. Thank you Roland and Curt.
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Already owning quite a bit of TFF stuff (inc the remastered/extra tracks release of Songs From The Big Chair from 1999 and the B Sides album Saturnine, Martial & Lunatic) i wasnt to sure whether it would be worth owning this as well, but i succummbed in the end. If you already have the two previous albums i mentioned, then you have around 75-80% of this album covered by those two, however, this album features a few mentionable tracks not available anywhere else, inc the Urban Mix of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (which features in its mix some elements used in the re-release for Sport Aid - see further on in my review) and the proper 7" vinyl version of "Mothers Talk" (featuring the slightly diff drum and bass), plus a few other previously unavailable 12" versions. This 2CD set (an import as well) is nicely packaged with artwork concurrent from the original relase period, and a nice booklet with some notes about the album. Sound quality is very good. The only reason i give this 4 stars really is because i would have thought they could have included the Sport Aid version of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (known as "Everybody Wants To Run The World") which i dont think is available on and previous CD releases at this time, and which i still have on vinyl in 7" and 12" formats. The same with the standard 12" mix of EWTRTW, which again, i dont think is on any other CD release. Infact, they could have easily dropped a few tracks from this release, such as "The Way You Are" which is not really from this period, and probably belongs more with The Hurting period, and the 7" version of Everybody Wants To Rule The World which is essentially the album version.
All in all a nice purchase, but you'll have to decide if its worth another £15 (current Amazon price) if you already have the earlier stuff; much better value if you dont !
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