Monday, November 3, 2014

CD Review: Universal Music Group Revisits Classic Album From 80s Pop Stars Tears For Fears

English new wave band Tears For Fears hit the big time with their pop-infused sophomore album "Songs From The Big Chair." It was originally released back in 1985 and topped the U.S. albums chart for five weeks, selling over 5 million copies. The album produced three top 5 hit singles ("Shout," "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Head Over Heels") and is considered one of the biggest selling album of 1985. Now, almost twenty years later, Universal Music Group is releasing a new "super deluxe edition" of the album on November 11th. This new 4CD/2DVD set brings together the original album, remastered in 5.1 surround sound and a new stereo mix.
The little differences are not noticed as much in their hit singles, but more in the lesser known album tracks. The jazzy shuffle of "I Believe" and the atmospheric flow of "Listen" allows you to appreciate their songwriting more as they structure these songs to appeal to everyone. The original eight-song album gets doubled with songs from the 1999 remastered version as the dance funk of "Empire Building" and subtle rhythm of "The Conflict" showcase another side to Tears For Fears sound in the mid-eighties.
Discs two and three combine almost thirty remixes, single versions, video versions and instrumentals to display all the rare mixes available from around the world. If six different versions of "Shout" is not enough for you then these two discs will certainly make your day. The fourth CD is the one that fans will enjoy the most. It contains fourteen unreleased versions of songs from the album, including early mixes, in-studio sessions and live versions from their concert at Massey Hall in Toronto. The two DVDs included in the set features the 5.1 surround sound mix of the album and a new stereo mix of the album available in DVD-Audio. The second DVD contains a 75-minute documentary on the making of the "Songs From The Big Chair" album and a 35-minute interview with producer Chris Hughes. Also included on this DVD are the famous music videos that turned Tears For Fears into a household name and their performance on "Top Of The Pops" following the album's release. Also included in the set is a 30-page replica tour program and a 32 page booklet with photos and information about the album.
If this is too much Tears For Fears for you, the album is also being released as a single remastered CD, a two-CD deluxe edition, on 180-gram vinyl and as a Pure Audio Blu-ray Edition featuring the highest audio quality possible. To find out more about this comprehensive box set, please visit

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