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Gold [Original recording remastered]

Tears For FearsAudio CD
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Who'd have believed it? With its deliberate storybook-inspired title, Everybody Loves A Happy Ending signals a welcome return for Tears For Fears - one of the biggest and best-loved bands of the post-MTV age-and one of the most unexpected reunions in pop music history.

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000FZESYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mad World
2. Pale Shelter
3. Change
4. The Way You Are
5. Shout
6. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
7. Mother's Talk [U.S. Remix]
8. Head Over Heels
9. Woman in Chains
10. Sowing the Seeds of Love
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Elemental
2. Cold
3. Break It Down Again
4. New Star
5. Raoul and the Kings of Spain
6. God's Mistake
7. Closest Thing to Heaven
8. Who Killed Tangerine?
9. Call Me Mellow
10. Secret World
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Editorial Reviews

The first compilation to follow Tears for Fears from its 1980s heyday to its 21st-century comeback, the two-disc Gold set deftly charts the British band's career course. While the first disc focuses on Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith's hit-making early years, including melancholy classics ("Mad World" and "Pale Shelter") and chart-topping anthems ("Shout" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"), the second disc compiles Tears for Fears' oft- maligned '90s material--when the act was essentially a solo outlet for Orzabal--before touching down on the ornate pop of Orzabal and Smith's reunion album ('04's Everybody Loves A Happy Ending). Capped off with the previously unreleased "Floating Down the River (Once Again)" and a live rendition of "Mad World," this anthology is an excellent Tears for Fears overview, and is ideal for those wanting to explore beyond the single-disc Shout collection.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid compilation December 5, 2006
By TFF fan
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to Tears for Fears or have just a passing interest in them then this is the album you should get. If you are a die-hard fan then you already own this album and do not need to read any further.

This is really the only compilation that truly spans all of their work and would give either the emerging fan, or the casually interested fan everything they are looking for. For the emerging fan there is a fair balance of songs comprised almost entirely of singles from all of their albums. This will allow you the opportunity to get a good slice of what some of their albums have to offer. For the casual fan you'll get all the radio favorites that you probably remember such as Shout, Everybody wants to rule the world, Head over heels, Sowing the seeds of love, and Break it down again. In addition there is a reasonable chance that you will find a few other songs that you recognize but never realized were Tears for Fears. The album sleeve provides additional information and the sound quality is good.

Therefore I would recommend this album as there is a higher probability that you will find songs you enjoy for the money you spend. Also Tears for Fears (a duo) was lucky enough to be comprised of two truly good artists, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. They were a group that really did focus on trying to craft good songs, and did not get too caught up trying to make the pop scene their priority. This is part of the reason why their popularity has outlasted several of the other "80's" bands of the era.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Skimpy for a "Gold" Title! September 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Yet another Tears For Fears compilation thrown on the market. It's one of many and unfortunately, this one doesn't get it right either. Other "Gold" titles from the Universal catalogue tend to have much more than 24 tracks total. I rarely see fewer than 30 tracks on one of these "Gold" collections. Then comes this 2006 release from the Hip-O/Mercury division of Universal.

While Tears For Fears have only recorded 4 studio albums together (as of this review), a compilation can be branched out beyond the main single releases. "Gold" was the perfect opportunity to include rare single versions, rare tracks, and a more comprehensive track selection. Unfortunately, this release has me wanting more from these guys in terms of a better 2-CD collection. It seems cut short, especially since so much excellent material remains in the vaults! Instead of re-packaging the same old hits over and over again, how about branching out this one time?

Well, for a 2-disc set, pretty much all the hits are included. Ideally, a collection like this would include tracks such as "Suffer The Little Children [7" Remix]", "I Believe [A Soulful Re-Recording]", "Shout [U.K. 12" Version]" (not the U.S. Remix! Also, how many more times can we get the regular album version?), "Everybody Wants To Run The World" (for 'Sport Aid', and a U.K. Top Five hit!), "Famous Last Words" (a single in France, Germany and U.K.), "Year Of The Knife" [7" Remix]", "Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams", "Goodnight Song" (a U.S. single), "Secrets", "Everybody Loves A Happy Ending" (a single in the U.K. b/w "Call Me Mellow"), and so forth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AWESOMELY DONE...but could have been better... October 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I would give this collection 4 1/2 stars really, because, whilst the right songs were picked here, it covers their whole career, and the NEW song "Floating Down The River (Once Again)" + 2005 live version of "Mad World" are superb, it's a bit skimpy. Universal could have fit another 8 songs on this 2CD set. 12 songs per disc, just under an hour per disc (54+ for disc 1 and 58+ for disc 2), is just not enough.

However, compared to other collections on TFF, this one averages out to be the best of the bunch, whilst not being perfect. There was a triple Dutch Universal collection which was cool, but the trackorder was haphazard. "Shout" was cool but just 1 CD, and those Millenium collections define skimpy. "Gold" is the best of the bunch, really.

The music speaks for itself. Personal yet universal, yet never dated. More than a guilty pleasure. An artrock/new wave/Britpop hybrid that sounds like no one else. Expansive and experimental but never sounding alien or like a "Huh??" to people who listen...TFF just connects, period. From their minimal yet grandeurish rocky synthpop masterpiece 1983 debut record "The Hurting" ("Change" is one of my fave songs of all time), to the more accessable yet experimental 1985 breakthrough "Songs From The Big Chair" to the soulful, jazzy, psychedelic 1989 followup "The Seeds Of Love", the duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith made music like none other, but fame didn't suit them. Curt left the band (he released 3 albums, 1993's "Soul On Board", 1997's debut under the name Mayfield, and 1999's "Aeroplane") whilst Roland continued solo under the TFF banner for 2 more albums, 1993's "Elemental" and, switching to Epic/Sony BMG, 1995's masterpiece "Raoul & The Kings Of Spain".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Received in a timely manner. Love this CD. I have been a big fan of Tears for Fears for many years now. Nice to have their latest CD.
Published 2 months ago by Susan J. Howes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kept Secret
Although this album is not new (2006) release, and neither are some of the songs, it is fantastic.
IF you don't know TFF this is a good opportunity to enjoy an... Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Arlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection throughout the years
This collection like many of the "gold" collections takes you through the artist's progression from start to finish in order. Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by U2 Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity missed
I was initially happy to find out that Tears for fears has a two cd collection, but was quick to be disappointed that the record company only put up 12 songs on each cd. Read more
Published on November 6, 2008 by Alex F
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of TFF hits.
If you are a TFF fan, you will enjoy these 2 CDs. Plus it includes at least 2 new songs from 2004. Definitely a great buy.
Published on June 8, 2008 by C. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold!!
This was a great purchase.
The sound is great, much better than the "Tears roll down-Greatest Hits 82-92". Read more
Published on April 30, 2008 by George Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Love you guys but stop with the Greatest Hits packages!
I've been a big, big fan of Tears For Fears since The Hurting and everything else they've released, together or apart. Read more
Published on August 19, 2007 by David Dardar
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Wants A Best Of TFF
I think if your missing any of the albums (which I have all of them including promos etc on CD/vinyl)then you should pick this one up. Read more
Published on June 28, 2007 by David D. McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Greatest Hits.
I have all of TFF's other albums, I love them all. I saw this one in a music store. It had two tracks I had not heard. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by TJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As with all TFF products, this is exceptional. If you're a fan, you have most of the songs on other CDs, your MP3 and anywhere else you can get them. Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Honestly Put
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