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Songs From The Big Chair [Original recording remastered]

Tears for Fears Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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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 (Live)
8. Listen
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)

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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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TEARS FOR FEARS Songs From The Big Chair (1999 issue Taiwanese 15-track digitally remastered CD album featuring the hit single Everybody Wants To Rule The World plus 7 bonus recordings including Mothers Talk and Shout US Remixes complete with extensive liner notes plus obi-strip)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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Format:Audio CD
Personally, Shout is my favorite song from this "greatest hits" album. However many of the songs on this CD are winners! catchy, they will get stuck in your head and have you dancing for hours! many of the songs seem spacy and far out but in a good sense, it really helps incorporate the vocals into the instrumental segments.

Tears will not be shed after purchasing this truly great album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rule the World"...... Dec 20 2011
By Breadmanwalking TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A reviewer stated that the remaster job on this disc
was steller....Absolutely Right. I got my copy and listened.
The big hit "Everybody wants to.....sounds fantastic. Other
cuts come on strong and the price I paid was a gift too.
Let's face it, delivered to my door for less than $10.00...
It's hard to beat. This is a good addition to the collection.
If you like this and need it....buy it and remember, always
checkout "sellers".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the Big Chair April 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great album! I don't have this remastered version, but I'm speaking for the original. Only complaint: it could be longer
Most people know it for the chart-toppers "Shout" and "Everybody wants to rule the world", as well as "mothers talk," "i believe", and "head over heels."
Ironically, I think my favourite songs on here are 2 of the 3 non-singles: "The Working Hour" and "Listen". Funny how it always seems to work out that way
A great album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply astonishing Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the most moving albums I have ever listened to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Remastering Is Amazing! Jan. 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
A while back I picked up "20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection" release issued by Universal Records in 2000. According to the liner notes, the songs have been remastered. I never really thought they sounded that great for remastering. I bought the remastered and reissued "Songs From The Big Chair" (which was actually issued in 1999) album a few weeks back and was blown away by the difference in sound quality. I really don't think the "20th Century Masters" collection was really remastered. Some tracks are quite dull. I've compared "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Head Over Heels" on both discs and the versions on "Songs From The Big Chair" are much more crisp and clear. I have gained a whole new appreciation for these songs, among the many others featured on this disc. So thumbs up to Universal for at least offering this better, remastered version. For those who say this reissue isn't worth it, take a listen to the difference in sound quality. Then again, if sound quality isn't that important to you, then stick with your original copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essencial! Dec 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
While "The Hurting" is surely an artistic triumph "Songs From The Big Chair" made Tears For Fears songs.The arrangements
are fuller and a full band sound is evident but their lyrical themes haven't changed-more people just were able to share in them.The result are the classic radio hits "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"-not to mention the John Lennon-like "Head Over Heals".It's obvious these guys spent alot of time not just with new wave but with John Lennon and Cat Stevens albums-the songwriting is classic and the aforementioned songs sound timeless despite this albums fairly recent vintage.The uptempo "Broken" is actually very dancable and "I Believe" is a simple,almost Beatlesqe ballad of high note.Mabye in the next twenty years or so "Songs From The Big Chair" will emmerge along with the "Sgt.Pepper"'s and "Pet Sound"s of all-time classic rock albums!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roland Lets it all out Sept. 7 2003
By Vilbs
Format:Audio CD
Not as raw and emotional as their debut "The Hurting", "Songs From the Big Chair" is the album that catapulted Curt and Roland into the international consciousness and captured them a place in music history.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of the 1980s. 15 Unforgettable tracks.
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