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Songs from the Big Chair Original recording remastered
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|2. The Working Hour|
|3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World|
|4. Mothers Talk|
|5. I Believe|
|7. Head Over Heels/Broken (Live)|
|9. The Big Chair|
|10. Empire Building|
|11. The Marauders|
|12. Broken Revisited|
|13. The Conflict|
|14. Mothers Talk (U.S. Remix)|
|15. Shout (U.S. Remix)|
This British duo ruled the pop world in '85, when they hit #1 with this LP and with two of its songs: Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Shout . This album is nothing less than a pop masterpiece-reissued here with seven bonus tracks.
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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The blu ray audio in 5.1 captures the creative genius of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. This is there best recording ever; but with the help of fellow Brit Steve Wilson of (Porcupine Tree) these songs have been taken to a new level. The only way to appreciate what I;m saying is to listen to it yourself in 5.1. I can't stress this enough. For me it's the only reason why i bought this disc. I highly recommend this disc and I'm very happy it's part of my library of music.
They gave you life
And in return you gave them hell
As cold as ice
I hope we live to tell the tale
Who would have thought that primal scream theory would result in deep lyrics? Ironic to say the least. But then when you start talking about four leaf clovers you are just going to lose people who are going to go back to the melodies and not bother to figure out the words. Looking at the writing credits on these songs you would have said Tears for Fears was clearly Roland Orzabal's group, but by the time Curt Smith bolted they had produced only one more album in three years which had one decent song on it. So Tears of Fears does not exactly come under the heading of a One Hit Wonder, but they certainly only had the solid really great album. However, unlike other groups you might point to in similar circumstances from this same time period (e.g., A-Ha, Mr. Mister), this was the group I really thought had the musical talent to build on. My bad.
I grew up in the 80's but I am not a fan of a lot of the music but this is an exception. This album stands shoulder to shoulder with the great pop records of the last 40 years.
If you like great music buy the CD. But if you love great sound by the Blu ray audio you will be glad you did!
Big Chair gave TFF two #1 hits, one for the primal "Shout" and the second for the pop perfection of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". My personal favorite on the album is the dark and thrashing combo of "Broken" and "Head Over Heels/Broken (Live)", which is every bit as good as the chart topping singles. Other standout tracks include "The Working Hour", "Mother's Talk" (which also placed on the charts) and "I Believe". All of the eight original songs are of exceptional quality, and highlight the songwriting and vocal talents of these two young artists. The remastered version also offers an additional seven bonus tracks, which aren't strictly necessary, but add a great glimpse into their creative process. Even if they're not up to the level of the original cuts, the bonuses are definitely enjoyable to listen to, and I'm not one to complain about getting extra TFF music.
Overall Big Chair is a phenomenal release from a pair of artists whose angst and raw energy permeates their work. It's unfortunate that this is the only Tears for Fears album that receives significant attention, as their entire catalogue is of exceptional quality. This is one of those rare albums that is able to transcend its origins ('80's pop), and it belongs on any list of all time classic albums.
Most recent customer reviews
Outstanding mastering work on this BR, plays up marvelously on a great sounding system.Published 4 months ago by Alpina Roadster-S
This album is a classic of the 80's era. There are a couple tunes on here that are sort of meh...(why oh why were sax solos so big back then? Read morePublished 10 months ago by LC9000
had a original copy from the 80's decide to buy the 180 Gram vinyl copy a must have long live 80's best music decadePublished 12 months ago by Stéphane De Montigny
Sound is clear and rich. Personally prefer the remastered 2 channel over any of the 5.1 mixes. The 5.1 seemed to engage the back channels too aggressively. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John P. Grant