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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 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 23 May 2017
One of my all time favourite albums which I now have on cd. Excellent.
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on 13 June 2017
Great product, just what i asked for
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on 3 March 2017
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on 19 June 2017
This is not 5:1 surround sound?
The sound is incredible, but I thought this would have a 5:1 mix 😞
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on 11 March 2017
Still a great album 35 years on
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on 4 June 2017
Great album
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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 19 November 2015
1980's New Wave Pop, around the time of Blancmange, Bananarama (they got their start with Funboy Three)Kim Wilde, Howard Jones, Nick Kershaw, Toto Ceolo, The Go-Go's, The Bangles, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Talk Talk, Fiction Factory, Monsoon, Pearl Harbour & The Explosions, The Flirts, Felony, The Payolas, Gary Myrick & The Figures, Simple Minds, Haircut 100, The Lotus Eaters, Romeo Void, Katrina & The Waves, Bram Tchaikovsky, The Waitresses, The Passions, the era of New Wave-Pop, which led to Scritti Politti, Mobiles, Fuzzbox, Tears For Fears's best record, notable for 'Change', 'Pale Shelter' and 'Way You Are', recorded between 1981-1983.
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