This is my favorite album by Tears For Fears.
When it was originally released in 1989, I was not really a big fan of the band. This was a game-changer, with every track a strong song, powerful guest vocals by Oleta Adams, and a bit of a psychedelic gloss sprayed over the album, particularly on the title track, that parked this right in my wheelhouse.
This edition contains not only the original album, but a new 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson which was done in conjunction with Roland Orzabal, as well as all the relevant B-Sides, alternate mixes and around 60 minutes of previously unheard demos and live rehearsals. The set is housed in a shoe box style box (similar to the band’sprevious two deluxes reissues) with an extensive booklet, with new interviews by Super Deluxe editor Paul Sinclair with the band and other players on the album. Also contains the tour program.
The demos and rehearsals give you a peek behind the curtain at how this very expensive and long-gestating album was recorded, and the new mix by Steven Wilson brings a new clarity to the music that wasn’t always there in previous digital releases.
Recommended for fans of Tears For Fears, fans of 1980s music and fans of quality psychedelic sounds. Available from Amazon in a variety of configurations, this link will take you to the most deluxe of the lot.
Check out that glorious title track…