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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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Songs From The Big Chair + Seeds of Love + Hurting
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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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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 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Tears for Fears - a winning combination!! June 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I was but a wee lad, I made the important and fortunate decision to purchase this masterpiece album by T for F. This record album was so listener-friendly even me stodgy mum and pa enjoyed it. In fact, the record album spun on our record player non-stop. As a family, we literally played this record all the time, and I think we wore it out. Sometimes I'd play it outside and the music would blare and echo amongst the hills of beautiful Scotland. At any rate, there are some very diverse sounds on this T for F record, which will please all listeners of the world. The bursting energy of "Shout" is a stellar leadoff tune, and I used to sing this song to myself a lot before getting ready to play golf (a fun game that began in Scotland). Quickly, however, this record delves into a jazzy sound on the second song, and from there the music is wide-ranging in terms of depth and sound. There were several hits from this record album, but even the ones they never played on radio were quite good. It was made in the '80s and is thus a little shorter than record albums made these days; but shorter albums in the '80s seemed to have better songs, because the artist had limited recording space. Yeah, these guys were creative, and they went on to make other great albums. They kind of have a pop/adult contemporary vibe, so that even your pa and mum will enjoy them.
I have many other favorite American pop bands, but T for F might be one of my favorites.
From Scotland, signing off...
Thank you
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Songs From the Big Chair" was the first CD I ever bought; about four months before I actually had a CD player. But this was one of the first really hot CDs and it was where I got my infamous "three song rule." This rule states that if you are interested in an album by a new group all you need to justify the purchase is for the album to have three solid songs you would like to have. This one offered by "Shout," "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Head Over Heels." I still listen to it about once a month and there is always a touch of regret that Tears for Fears self-destructed. The group produced a rather unique blend of synth-pop that made it stand out from most of what was going on in 1985 and the lyrics would have made for nice essay questions on a psychoanalysis exam:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic group, with fantastic songs, on a Fantastic Album!!
Personally, Shout is my favorite song from this "greatest hits" album. However many of the songs on this CD are winners! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth David Barclay
5.0 out of 5 stars Rule the World"......
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. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2011 by Breadmanwalking
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the Big Chair
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... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Jay Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply astonishing
This was one of the most moving albums I have ever listened to.
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Bruce Greinke
5.0 out of 5 stars Essencial!
While "The Hurting" is surely an artistic triumph "Songs From The Big Chair" made Tears For Fears songs. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Andre' S Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Compilation
This "Greatest Hits" is just that-the best of the tracks we know and love. Tears for Fears has a place in all of our hearts and memories, and while listening to the songs... Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by WGS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs ever made
Tears For Fears music has endured very well, far better than alot of music from the 1980s. What TFF put in their music was depth and creativity, something alot of other music at... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2002 by Distant Voyageur
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning 80's album
It's a classic effort that should be in everyone's music collection. I seriously don't believe it is possible for someone to NOT like something on this cd. Read more
Published on March 30 2002 by Azurestrangelove
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of the 1980s. 15 Unforgettable tracks.
For many TFF fans, The Big Chair album will be forever remembered for it's giant hits 'Shout' and Everybody Wants To Rule The World' as well as the lesser number 3 hit 'Head Over... Read more
Published on March 29 2002 by Distant Voyageur
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