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


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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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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"Songs from The Big Chair" is Tears for Fears' (TFF) sophomore release and exhibits some of the group's best music.
Captain Nojaa
The remastered version also offers an additional seven bonus tracks, which aren't strictly necessary, but add a great glimpse into their creative process.
Vilbs
Together, the songs form a masterpiece that is not only one of the best albums of the decade - it's one of the greatest albums ever made.
Tom Benton

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bill Anthony on June 22, 2006
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on 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 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Bellenger VINE VOICE on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Bellenger VINE VOICE on October 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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I had originally reviewed this release in 2006 with a critical opinion on the sound quality. However, my opinions have since changed quite a bit. Vincent Marino is right. The 1999 remaster sounds brighter than this 2006 remaster, and the sound is not as loud as the 1999 remaster or the 2003 3-CD 'The Ultimate Collection' release (which was 32-bit mastered). This "Deluxe Edition" uses the original master tapes and takes a more reserved approach to the audio, the result of the mastering engineer - Gary Moore @ Universal Mastering, London. While I prefer the louder sound, I know that I may be in the minority. For those fans concerned about brick-walling and loud mastering, this "Deluxe Edition" would be the way to go since the dynamics are preserved on both discs. The audio is a bit too flat for my tastes, however, but I'm sure that it would be perfect for those audiophiles concerned with "hot" mastering.

The track selection had the opportunity to be so much better. Like other Deluxe Edition releases this one is missing several rare gems. Where is the original "UK Remix" of "Shout"? Again, we get the same old "U.S. Remix", which can be found on numerous compilations. Where's the 12" version of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"? Ah yes, on other various artists compilations, not a Tears For Fears one. We do, however, get the "Urban Remix" of "World". Where's "Everybody Wants To RUN The World"? It would have fit nicely on this release. There's room for these tracks!

On a positive note, we do get 7" versions of "Shout" and "Head Over Heels.
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