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Songs From the Big Chair [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

Tears For FearsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Everybody Wants To Rule The World 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Mothers Talk (U.S. Remix) 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mercury/Universal
  • ASIN: B00000JR29
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This stunning album was the pinnacle of 80's UK invasion pop/rock, and a great album with 4 classic singles. An extremely cool reissue, with all the b-sides and 7" versions included, and the 12" singles section of disc 2 contains Shout (and it's dub), Mothers Talk, and Head Over Heals exactly as they were released on 12" single in America, but the version of Everybody Wants To Rule The World is the Urban Mix released in the UK, not the very different and superior "Extended Version" released on 12" in the USA in March 1985. Almost perfect....
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs ever made August 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 the time and especially now lacks.
There were two huge hits off The Big Chair. Shout is one of the angriest and heaviest songs with it's blasting guitars and angry lyrics. Everybody Wants To Rule The World is the other one. EWTRTW is one of the best songs that 1985 offered. There was one lesser hit and that was Head Over Heals.
In my opinion I like the parent album version more than the version on both the Tears Roll Down(Greatest Hits 82-92) & Shout: Very Best Of TFF mainly because the song ends with a live performance of Broken as an attachment for a more incredible listen.
The best song though in my opinion is The Working Hour. This track my favorite song off The Big Chair. It's a very intense song that begins with as an eerie track but then African drums come in and then a huge wash of powerful synthesizers and rock guitars come in.
The other track to point out is the final track(On the 8 song editon of this CD)Listen. Listen is a very apocolyptic song with a cold brooding atmosphere that is more intensified with the industrial mechanical beats and sound effects combined with dark melodies.
The Big Chair was re-issued in 1999 with seven bonus tracks added. The Big Chair(song title), Empire Building, & Marauders are also available on the brilliant B-Sides rarities collection Saturning Martial Lunatic. One track called The Conflict was previously unrealeased. The other three are remixes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital Remastering Is Amazing! January 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent album and remastered sound! :) March 12, 2006
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First off, the sound quality to this remastered version of the album is magnificent ... In fact, I also own the Original Master Recording gold CD, and the sound/volume is notably louder and clearer on this reissue than on the gold! It's still nice to own both versions though, because the gold CD features bonus extended mixes of "Shout" and "EWTRTW" (Which includes a fantastic extended guitar solo in the middle of the track), which the reissue doesn't have.

I wasn't too fond of most of the bonus tracks on the reissue ... They sounded more like a hodgepodge of sound effects to me, rather than music. It's too bad that, in the space of those recordings, the extended mixes from the gold CD weren't used instead. I did enjoy the mixes of "Shout" and "Mothers Talk," though ... The slowed-down vocal in the middle of both remixes of "Shout" is hilarious, but I have no idea what he is saying! :) I could take or leave "Broken Revisited" ... The slowed-down, backwards vocal in the beginning freaked me out!

"EWTRTW" and "HOH/Broken (Live)" were two of my favorites, because they sounded the most upbeat to me. The beautiful yet eerie "Listen" was the true highlight for me, because it sounded like the most experimental and surreal track on the album. I love how the synthesisers emerge from the crowd cheering, from the previous track, plus there are loads of amusing sound effects throughout the recording. The song also overflows with beautiful keyboard sounds and the guitars really rock, too! "Listen" is a creative explosion, and reminds me of something from "The Moody Blues" ... My brother thought it sounded like "Enya," too! :)

In my book, the factor of brilliant sound quality outweighs the factor of bonus tracks that I'm not crazy about, when it comes to this re-release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasant memories from the 80's.
Reminds me of high school.
Published 15 days ago by Mitchell Vollert
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 16 days ago by Laraine Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be every TFF fan's first choice.
This album packs most of the greats from these guys, plus some extras and remixes. It's always a great choice for a good Tears For Fears fix.
Published 17 days ago by Erik
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The first half of the album is digestible and very much enjoyable. After Head Over Heels, the album gets all experimental on your ass and i just can't. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hector Nevarez
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy to have a new one
I had lost my original cd of "Songs From the Big Chair" many years ago. I am very happy to have a new one. A big fan of "Tears For Fears".
Published 18 days ago by Susan J. Howes
3.0 out of 5 stars Great price though
There are only two songs on this album that I am familiar with. Great price though. The other songs are pretty good, just not as good as "Shout."
Published 19 days ago by D. C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a great hard to find gift
Arrived sooner than promised. Made a great hard to find gift. Thanks!
Published 1 month ago by Hector R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A repurchase of music lost in a burglary.
Published 1 month ago by Richard T. Reagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A truly classic album that reads basically like a greatest hits for the band, or at least some of their most recognizable songs). Very good stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Wheeler
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