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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, March 13, 2001
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Originally released in 1983, the debut album from Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, otherwise known as Tears For Fears, instantly blasted off one of the most stellar careers of the 1980s. Immaculately produced, stunningly sequenced and comprised of a sequence of timeless electronic pop classics, The Hurting sympathetically explored themes of childhood angst, adolescent heartache and the struggles of the transition from boy to man. It also gave birth to four of the era s essential singles Suffer The Children , Pale Shelter , Change and the landmark megahit Mad World .
Compiled with the full involvement of Roland and Curt, The Hurting 30th Anniversary Edition brings together the original album remastered at Abbey Road studios, plus all of the relevant B-sides, edits and remixes from the period, many of them available for the first time.
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Some critics in the market place are calling sacd, dts audio, dvd audio, and now blu ray audio - marketing ploys. They are wrong. These idiots have not a clue and are basing there opinions on pre-conceived biases without having, or hearing systems that truly turn these 24 bit/94khz recordings into audio bliss. Just my subjective opinion.
My criticism with this particular product is the audio quality. I am an audiophile (although I hate that term) and have purchased other Blu-ray discs that were outstanding in delivering a very immersive and emotional experience. This disc doesn't sound bad - just meh.
I do wish I had the standard CD to compare this to. Perhaps this is a big step up from the CD??
Each song is unique in their own way. Here are my opinions on each song;
The Hurting: Roland and Curt sing together to give us an insight of their thoughts and shows us that they are people with brilliant insight. No negative thoughts in this song (Not even in the other songs).
Mad World: The title says it all but Curt says that we can do something to improve it. The song still sounds relevant even to this day.
Pale Shelter: An insight of Roland and Curt's pasts and sung brilliantly and thoughtfully by Curt. Beautiful piece with electric and acoustic sounds.
Ideas as Opiates: Can be a little difficult to understand at first but when you get used to it, you find that Roland is singing that we should care about one another. He's right.
Memories Fade: Powerful song. You can actually feel, sense, and understand Roland's moods in his voice and the arrangements are cool.
Suffer the Children: The first song made by Tears For Fears, Roland brings out the "twin" to Pale Shelter. Very thoughtful song about kids not getting enough love and attention as they grow up. And the vocalizations sung near the end before Roland says; "Suffer, suffer the children" are sung by Caroline Orzabal who was and still is Roland's wife.
Watch Me Bleed: An non-negative song that we can all relate to with the lyrics: "I feel so young, I feel so old" because how many of us feel like life is moving too fast? Roland sells it with his lyrics but gives us hope when he says: "I'll close my eyes, I won't complain."
Change: The title says it all and Curt reminds us that "you can change." Very good song and can be fun to dance to (if you like to dance to Tears For Fears, that is).
The Prisoner: Definitely the song we can all easily relate to. The lyrics speak volumes but Curt reminds us that "love sets me free" and makes us see and know that we can break away from our negative thoughts and free ourselves from our prisons.
Start of the Breakdown: Roland gives us an insight about a breakdown situation with the amazing keyboard and percussion arrangements. Hits your heart and makes us really think about our relationships.
That's all I can say about these songs, folks. The extra songs in this album shows how Roland and Curt were learning to make their now-famous sound (read the booklet to get an idea of how the two were learning how to do it) and also shows a couple of b-sides such as The Conflict (also shows up in the Deluxe Edition of Songs From The Big Chair), We Are Broken (later named Broken for their Songs From The Big Chair album), an early version of The Prisoner, and Wino, which was previously unreleased and is the b-side to Suffer the Children along with different versions of Pale Shelter, Suffer the Children, Change, Mad World and interesting to listen to. But I do have one last thing to say; don't underestimate Tears For Fears or the title of the album and their songs. Roland and Curt have a positive attitude which is something we should have when we listen to them even if their songs may sound sad to you. So if you're a Tears For Fears fan, buy this album (don't forget the other ones as well) and enjoy but also feel every song and moment.
I was very lucky to have spent my early teens growing up in the early to mid-80's when New Wave was in its pomp and when it seemed that virtually everything coming out of the UK from the Pop Music scene was original and different. TFF competed for the airwaves and for my Walkman against U2, Adam and the Ants, the Human League, Soft Cell, the Eurythmics, Ultravox, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, the Thompson Twins etc and they all had their own unique sound but it was this album by TFF that really hit home for me.
Having had a troubled childhood and upbringing, I felt that finally, someone understood the trauma and turmoil that I went through when I heard the lyrics to the tracks here. Roland's singing was so heartfelt and seemed to be expressing the pain and hurt that I felt in my soul that I couldn't express. Somehow, he was speaking to my soul, telling me it's okay, others have gone through your anguish. I can tell you that singing along with the tracks on this album is a great stress reliever too.
The lyrics to every track are so meaningful and the accompanying music is the perfect complement that helps the album achieve its goal of expressing the most tragic of suffering: the emotional and psychological suffering of children that is so often submerged and repressed by the sufferers who are not mature enough to understand or express them. This is so eloquently expressed in "Suffer the Children" and in my favourite "Start of the Breakdown". "Pale Shelter" is another great track describing how a child who needs love is given the equivalent of 'pale shelter' instead.
The bonus tracks are also a plus as they include the hard to find "The Way You Are" single as well as extended versions of "Pale Shelter", "Mad World" and "Change". Although not the most commercially successful of TFF's works, this is overall in terms of the songwriting as well as the cohesiveness and strength of the material is their best work by far.
Very, very highly recommended.