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Songs From The Big Chair (Remastered) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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This is an album that helped define the feelings in music of the 80's, and it established Tears for Fears as a band to be reckoned with. I initially bought this disc for three of its cuts, but after listening to it in all of its 5.1, uncompressed glory, I have to say the whole album is a masterpiece. Sonically, this disc shines with all of what Blu-Ray Audio can do. The added textures and detail in the music are far more clearly apparent. The 5.1 mix. created by none other than surround mixer extraordinaire Steven Wilson, maintains the balances of the stereo mix while expanding the sound out to reveal far more of the intricacies in the music. The only track where the mix had to be "created" was "Broken", because the tapes needed to do the full discrete 5.1 were missing. It still sounds mighty good.

The three tracks I bought this for, "Shout", "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", and "Head Over Heels" all sparkle in 5.1. Universal's "Pure Audio" Blu-ray Audio releases are excellent, but they really have to pay more attention to those of us clamoring for more music in surround, especially where the masters exist in that format. I'm definitely in favor of disc-based, high resolution music. I'm not a fan of downloads. So, powers that be at Universal, please give us more Pure Audio with 5.1. I'll grovel if I need to.
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I got this Blu-Ray the other day and immediately realized it's one of the best sounding music discs I own. I had been disappointed / unimpressed with some other Blu-Ray audio discs I have purchased. But this...WOW!!

Don't even bother with the original stereo mix or the basic 24/96 mix. Meh.

Instead: The default mix is (wisely) the DTS Master 5.1 mix.

FIRST AUDITION ON HEADPHONES:
The DTS Master 5.1 mix is stunning. It's luscious, superb and many other superlatives. It has everything you might dream of (technically) as far as sound quality: Clarity, Punch, excellent Bass, Air, Soundstage and that ever elusive and hard to find: Warmth Without Muddiness.

And yes, I'm hearing many things - instruments, sounds, that I've never heard before till now.

Did I mention that I get this kind of sound quality using my cheapo $30.00 Sony headphones and a consumer grade home theater (Pioneer VSX-1021 which I admit does have DTS decoding) and $200 Sony Blu-Ray player? I can only imagine what this would sound like on a high end system.

OVER MODEST 5.1 SPEAKERS: For speakers I just have Panasonic towers and surround from an older $650 bundle HTIB kit of which I replaced the center speaker with a Definitive Technologies Mythos and the receiver with the Pioneer. This album sounds wonderful and immersive over my present speakers, you are in a whole "world". The only 5.1 mix I can liken it to as an equal for technical competence and clarity is a Jurassic Park 5.1 Blu-Ray that I own - a particular older version before they messed with the screen color rendering.

"Listen"ing ; ) to some of the songs on this Blu-Ray is an out of body experience.
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