Tears For Fears Songs From The Big Chair Numbered Limited Edition LP
Numbered, Limited Edition! Pressed at RTI!
1985 Smash Includes Chart-Topping “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and
English Pop-Rock Duo Taps Into Soul and Sophistication on Breakthrough Set
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI:
Definitive-Sounding Version of Multiplatinum Record
Few songs in the mid-'80s attained bigger status than Tears for Fears’
contagious “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout.” As commercial
breakthroughs, the singles drew attention to the meticulous detail and
sophisticated arrangements gracing Songs From the Big Chair, a creative
maelstrom of emotional catharsis, dreamy melodicism, and magnetic lyricism.
Having hit the top of the album charts in most major countries, the 1985 album
remains a staple of the decade’s essential sounds and a critically beloved work.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI,
this Silver Label LP brings to a warmth and transparency to the music that
previous analog editions have lacked. By clearing a direct path to the
production, it reveals the multitude of soulful complexities contained within
tracks such as “Mothers Talk” and “Head Over Heels,” also charting hits.
Dramatic, literate, immediate, refined, and subtly elaborate, the material
glistens with carefully placed instrumentation. Here, the depth of the piano
chords, extension of the brassy horns, high frequencies of the backing vocals,
and bite of the guitar solos come to life as never before.
Named after psychotherapist Arthur Janov’s primal scream theories — which
suggest that adult problems often relate back to parental abandonment during
childhood, and that confronting such issues is essential to one’s development —
Tears for Fears, and key members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith transcended their
broken-home backgrounds by turning their raw feelings into self-expressive songs
etched with equal parts tenderness and directness, earnestness and melancholy.
After a promising synthpop-based debut, the duo took its finely crafted art up
several notches on Songs From the Big Chair, one of the period’s most
introspective and incisive pop works.
Rather than consume themselves with weighty prose, Orzabal and Smith cut to the
heart of their emotions, framing brooding sentiments and solitary thoughts
within tumbling hooks, memorable refrains, and delicate passages. Saxophones,
pianos, and support vocals shade the duo’s keyboard- and guitar-anchored
compositions, many of which flirt with R&B motifs and austere classicism.
Serious albeit freeing, Tears for Fears’ ambitious pop stood apart from the
decade’s casually tossed-off fare — a beneficial aspect that’s only grown in
stature since the album’s release.
Become ensconced in Tears for Fears’ soul-cleansing pop and relive the highs
achieved by some of the most liberating singles to ever top the charts.
• Limited Edition
• MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series
• Mastered and Cut on the famous MoFi Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de
Paravacini-designed mastering system
• Pressed at RTI on Audiophile-Grade Standard Vinyl
2. The Working Hour
3. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
4. Mothers Talk
5. I Believe
7. Head Over Heels