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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually, the first CD here has almost the same identical songs as the Tears Roll Down collection, but with the following changes:
1) there are slightly different edits... Read more
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 23 months ago by Susan J. Howes
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
This collection like many of the "gold" collections takes you through the artist's progression from start to finish in order. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by The Westate
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 morePublished on November 6, 2008 by Alex F
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
This was a great purchase.
The sound is great, much better than the "Tears roll down-Greatest Hits 82-92". Read more