Shout: Very Best Of Tears For Fears CD (2001)

Artist: Tears For Fears

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a mostly solid collection of intellectually driven

by Jonathan on 5/28/2012

A lot of the songs here are good enough to bring goosebumps down one's neck, but there's also a few songs that simply are not, and the production and/or mastering sounds quite flat, which gives this CD a bit of trouble when it comes to repeated listening. Standouts, IMO, are "Suffer The Children" and, my personal favorite, "Goodnight Song". The song "New Star" is probably the weakest here and "Break It Down Again", while fun & whimsical, lacks the drama of the rest and is a little awkward.

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Label Uni/mercury
SKU 60501284
UPC 731454844826
UPC 14 00731454844826
Format CD
Release Date 9/25/2001
Author Tears For Fears
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Technical Info
Engineer Ross Cullum
CatalogID 548448
Lable Name Mercury
Released 09/25/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454844826
Album Notes and Credits
Tears For Fears: Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming); Curt Smith (vocals, keyboards, bass).
Additional personnel: Oleta Adams (vocals, keyboards); Alan Griffiths, Tim Palmer (various instruments); Phil Palmer, Robbie McIntosh, Neil Taylor, Randy Jacobs (guitar); Mel Collins (saxophone); William Davis (piano); Mark O'Donoughue (Wurlitzer piano); Simon Clark, Nicky Holland (keyboards); Ian Stanley (keyboards, programming); Pino Palladino (bass); Manny Elias, Chris Hughes (drums, programming); Manu Katche, Phil Collins, Simon Phillips (drums); Ross Cullum (percussion); Caroline Orzabal, Sandy McLelland, Annie McCaig, Marilyn Davis, Steve Lange, John Baker (background vocals).
Producers: Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum, Tears For Fears, David Bascombe, Tim Palmer, Alan Griffiths.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Includes liner notes by Jeremy Holiday.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
Personnel: Roland Orzabal (vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming); Curt Smith (vocals, keyboards); Oleta Adams (vocals); Neil Taylor, Randy Jacobs (guitar); Mel Collins (saxophone); Mark O'Donoughue (Wurlitzer organ); Ian Stanley (keyboards, programming); Manny Elias, Manu Katch?, Phil Collins, Simon Phillips (drums); Chris Hughes (programming); John Baker, Caroline Orzabal (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Photographer: Retna.
British duo Tears for Fears debuted in the age of New Romantic synth-pop, and while their early output did share some superficial elements with the likes of Simple Minds, OMD, et al, they were always master craftsmen first and foremost, in terms of both songwriting and production. SHOUT: THE VERY BEST OF TEARS FOR FEARS kicks off with such early hits as "Pale Shelter," "Change," and "Mad World," which array the requisite early-1980s layers of synthesizers in such an artful way that one would be forgiven for regarding TFF as the Beach Boys of electro-pop.
It didn't take long for Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal to transcend the genre, though, and elegant melodic pop gems "Head Over Heels" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" are lush, timeless classics more akin to the contemporaneous works of, say, Prefab Sprout. Unsurprisingly, Tears for Fears survived well beyond the Reagan/Thatcher years, turning their attentions to ornate, decidedly Beatlesque efforts, their "comeback" hit, "Sowing the Seeds of Love," exemplifying the shift. Those who assumed the pair had all the longevity and stylistic range of Blancmange will be pleasantly surprised at the bounty on offer here.
Artist Overview
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith's debut album as Tears For Fears appeared smack dab in the middle of the '80s UK synth-pop invasion, but it was no mere pop trifle. THE HURTING is full of sophisticated production and accomplished songwriting, using the electronic tools of the day in the service of highly evocative, emotive songs. While it was successful, the follow-up SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR made the duo international stars and turned out one hit single after another. Despite another hit in '89 with "Sowing the Seeds of Love," the band's fanbase quieted down as the years passed, but a cover of the melancholy "Mad World," featured prominently in 2001 film DONNIE DARKO showed that the world had not forgotten.
Disc 1
1 Mad World
2 Change
3 Pale Shelter
4 Way You Are, The
5 Suffer The Children
6 Mothers Talk - (US remix)
7 Shout
8 Everybody Wants To Rule The World
9 Head Over Heels
10 I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)
11 Sowing The Seeds Of Love
12 Woman In Chains - (with Oleta Adams)
13 Advice For The Young At Heart
14 Laid So Low (Tears Roll Down)
15 Break It Down Again
16 New Star - (from "Threesome")
17 Goodnight Song

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a mostly solid collection of intellectually driven by Jonathan on May 28, 2012