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Songs from the Big Chair Original recording remastered

4.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 29 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000JR29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
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.
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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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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6 2015
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
One of the best albums of the 80's finally gets the 5.1 treatment. As always Steven Wilson has done a amazing job mixing this record. Wilson has the knack of being able to remix something in 5.1 yet keep the feel of the original stereo mix. I recently took this to a friends place who is not a big fan of 5.1. Even he admitted this is the version to get. The only down side is the limits of digital recordings from the 80's. They don't sound as full as they do today but again Steve Wilson seems to get around this somehow and really gets the tracks to kick. I am hoping the "...Seeds of Love" is being done as we speak. I am a huge 5.1 fan to me it's like hearing songs for the first time again but it's not for everyone. But if you have the system for playback and it's balanced right I don't see how you could not be impressed.
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!
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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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