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Gold - The Very Best Of Tears For Fears Import, Original recording remastered

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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.

Track Listings

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
  11. Advice for the Young at Heart
  12. Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)

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
  11. Floating Down the River (Once Again) [#]
  12. Mad World [Live][#]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000FZESYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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