Tears for Fears Detail "Songs From the Big Chair" 35th Anniversary Releases

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It was February 25, 1985, when Tears for Fears released Songs from the Big Chair. Packed with hits including Hot 100 chart-toppers "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," it was the album that made Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith into worldwide superstars. 

Today, the band has revealed a pair of special releases to celebrate the landmark album. On March 13, Tears for Fears will issue a limited edition vinyl picture disc of the LP. It will mark the first time SFTBC has ever been pressed on a picture disc. 

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On the same March 13 date, Tears for Fears will also re-release the out of print and Super Deluxe 4XCD/2XDVD box set version of Songs from the Big Chair. Among the extras include "a multitude of remixes, live tracks, BBC sessions, B-sides, previously unreleased tracks and 5.1 surround sound and stereo mixes of the album mixed by four-time Grammy nominee, Steven Wilson," according to the official press statement. See a complete breakdown of the contents below. 

"Pop music was still a growth industry. It hadn't sort of stagnated, stalled, diversified into streaming like it is nowadays," Roland Orzabal remembered of 1985 in the press release. "We were young, we were both good-looking and we had the right music. As we move further and further from that decade and you keep hearing 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World,' in various forms I do think it is an era-defining album."

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"You would never normally get three songs that strong in an album," added Curt Smith. "But balance that out with tracks like 'Listen,' 'The Working Hour;' all those things that give it air and give it time to breathe I think is what makes it something more than just the sum of its parts. I think the album had a lot more depth than a lot of those other albums of that time. And albums of more depth tend to stick around longer."

 

SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR – SUPER DELUXE EDITION – 4CD/2DVD

DISC ONE
Songs from The Big Chair
Shout
The Working Hour
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Mothers Talk
I Believe
Broken
Head Over Heels
Listen

B-Sides
The Big Chair
Empire Building
The Marauders
Broken Revisited
The Conflict
The Working Hour (Piano Version)
Pharaohs
When in Love with A Blind Man
Sea Song

DISC TWO
"Edited Songs": 7" Versions
The Way You Are (7" version)
Mothers Talk (Short Version)
Shout (Edit)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Single version)
Head Over Heels (Dave Bascombe 7" version)
I Believe (A Soulful Re- Recording)
Everybody Wants To Run The World

International 7" Versions
The Way You Are (Edit)
Mothers Talk (US Remix)
Shout (US Single Version)
Everybody Wants to Run the World (Running Version)
Head Over Heels (Hughes 7" Edit aka Radio Mix)
Mothers Talk (Video version)
Listen (Clean intro)
Interview with Curt and Roland

DISC THREE
Remixed Songs": 12" Versions, Dubs and more
The Way You Are (Extended version)
Mothers Talk (Extended version)
Shout (Extended remix)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Extended version)
Broken / Head Over Heels / Broken (Preacher Mix)
Mothers Talk (Beat Of The Drum Mix)
Shout (US remix)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Urban mix)
Mothers Talk (US remix alternate)
Shout (Dub)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Instrumental)
Shout (Acapella)

DISC FOUR
"Unreleased Songs": Promos, Demos & Live tracks
At The BBC
Head Over Heels (Radio 1 Richard Skinner Session)
The Working Hour (Radio 1 Richard Skinner Session)
Broken (Radio 1 Richard Skinner Session)

Live at Massey Hall
Mothers Talk
Broken/Head Over Heels
Memories Fade
The Working Hour
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Shout

Early Mixes
Mothers Talk (Early mix)
The Way You Are (Early mix)
Broken (Early mix)
Shout (Early mix)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (alt 7" with brass)

DISC 5 DVD AUDIO
Steven Wilson 5.1 Mix
Shout
The Working Hour
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Mothers Talk
I Believe
Broken
Head Over Heels
Listen

Steven Wilson Stereo Mix
Shout
The Working Hour
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Mothers Talk
I Believe
Broken
Head Over Heels
Listen

DISC 6 – DVD VIDEO
Scenes From The Big Chair (985 documentary) (1hr 14 mins)
Interview with producer Chris Hughes (2005) (35 mins)

Music Videos
The Way You Are (Music video)
Mothers Talk (Music video)
Mothers Talk (alternative UK video)
Shout (Music video)
Everybody Wants to Rule The World (Music video)
Head Over Heels (Music video)
I Believe (Music video)
Mothers Talk (US version)
Everybody Wants to Run the World (Music video)

Tears for Fears at the BBC
The Way You Are (Top Of The Pops)
Mothers Talk (Top Of The Pops)
Mothers Talk (Top Of The Pops)
Shout (Top Of The Pops)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Wogan)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Top Of The Pops)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Top Of The Pops)
The Working Hour (Wogan)

SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR – LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC

SIDE ONE
Shout
The Working Hour
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Mothers Talk

SIDE TWO
I Believe
Broken
Head Over Heels
Listen

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