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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Tears For Fears


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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004U0OU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I think this is a compilation of their best work.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on June 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Tears For Fears is my favorite group, so it is very hard for me to be critical of any effort that they release. However when I look at the various compilations available for Tears For Fears, I definitely see "20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection" as the weakest of all the compilations on there. As someone who is a deep Tears For Fears fans, this compilation focuses on the hits. It brings a couple of things that may be unique, but ultimately not enough for a deep fan to add this to his/her collection.

Tears For Fears was a band formed by Bath England's Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. Curt and Roland would leave Graduate in 1981. Much of the reason why they left Graduate was that they didn't want to be confined to a band. When they would form Tears For Fears - they would operate in a "project" mode. This would mean that Curt and Roland would form the nucleus and bring in surrounding musicians to help them complete the picture. Tears For Fears would release three albums with Curt and Roland as the core nucleus: "The Hurting" (1982); "Songs From the Big Chair" (1985), and "The Seeds of Love" (1989). For the first two albums, the lineup would also consist of Keyboardist Ian Stanley and Drummer Manny Elias. On the third album, R&B/Gospel singer Oleta Adams would also be a part of the project. There are also many other various and talented musicians that would work with Tears For Fears - including Nicky Holland, who emerge as a key songwriter on "The Seeds of Love". Unfortunately, after "The Seeds of Love", Curt and Roland would go separate ways. Roland would continue to record and perform under the Tears For Fears name - releasing two albums "Elemental" (1993) and "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" (1995).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darren Peterson on January 7, 2001
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For thirteen years I had searched for a better recording of the US remix of Mothers Talk, which I bought in 1986 as a scratchy vinyl 45, and the closest I got was another very poorly recorded version on the remastered Songs From The Big Chair with bonus tracks. This new album "completed" my TFF collection, and the quality of the Mothers Talk recording is excellent! This collection is a must-have for anyone who love the music of TFF, and particularly the US remix of MT that unfortunately received very little air-play back in 1986.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on February 27, 2002
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Tears For Fears are my all-time favorite band. This CD is a millenium edition of their biggest hits and also a B-Side.
Two songs on here are different from the versions on their parent album. I Believe(A Soulful re-recording) is more electronic than the Big Chair LP version and the ending is a jumble of saxophones playing. The hit version of Mothers Talk was not the parent album version, it was the remix version. The remix version is less hard and a slight bit more jazzy but actually is better than the original.
This is not a bad sampler of the best band is the world but I say go and get the Shout: Very Best of TFF. That one is a better investment.
A plus on here is the inclusion of a B-Side called Pharaohs. Pharaohs is the B-Side to Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Pharaohs is a very haunting beautiful song that samples the drum loop and several guitar structures from EWTRTW but played with different notes to give a whole different feel even with the familiar guitar and synth licks.
I in no way am dissmissing this CD but I would suggest getting the 2001 Hits Shout: Very Best Of TFF for their bigger hits and for the B-Sides get the brilliant Saturnine Martial Lunatic CD. It has eighteen B-Sides including Pharaohs. This CD is more for the newbies who want to hear a good sampler CD of TFF. On top of it all though I say get all of their CDs including Raoul And The Kings Of Spain and get Roland Orzabals brilliant solo debut Tomcats Screaming Outside.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Ackley on August 7, 2000
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Was quite disappointed with the overall selection of songs for this latest "best" package. While Tears For Fears' had only a short run of hit singles in the mid to late 80's, their work was far more exciting than what is presented here. Early synth-pop tracks like "pale shelter" were overlooked as was Orzabal's later "solo" TFF work. The package does try to update the TFF story with the inclusion of "break it down again" (the only "solo" Orzabal track) but still falls short of being a great "best of" collection. Check out "tears roll down (greatest hits 82-92) instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bumgardner on November 6, 2004
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I agree with previous reviewers who think this is best left to those who have only a marginal interest in Tears for Fears - I happen to be in that category myself.

What this collection does have going for it is that most of the songs included will be familiar to anyone who owned a radio in the 80s and early 90s. This truly is a hits collection, with very little filler. I'm particularly pleased that this includes Break It Down Again, which was not on the "Tears Roll Down" collection. The extended version of Change and the b-side Pharoahs are the only rarities included, which is fine with me. Personally, I'd rather not wade through a bunch of their album tracks - just give me the hits. If I want to hear more, I'll get the original albums. No 80s collection is complete without a little Tears for Fears, and if you're only interested in the hits, this is the one to have.
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