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Although the opening track, "Shout," takes on the theme of catharsis that dominated THE HURTING two years earlier, the progression evident from that debut to SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR is manifest in every other facet. While many of the band's synth-pop peers continued to develop along a linear route, Tears For Fears vaulted into the potentially insipid world of '80s MOR.

Curt Smith sings on the radio-friendly "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," but Roland Orzabal's stronger voice takes center-stage for much of the album, including the spirited single "Mother's Talk" and a falsetto on the stadium-sized "Head Over Heels." "The Working Hour" is the perfect realization of the new sound: a smooth six-minute arrangement of saxophone, piano, and guitar that's marked by a restrained sense of drama. SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR is an excellent album and, shading Simple Minds' ONCE UPON A TIME, arguably the finest example of epic '80s pop.

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Disc 1 (Songs From The Big Chair):
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 Working Hour (Piano Version)
The B-Sides:
10. The Marauders
11. Empire Building
12. The Big Chair
13. Pharaohs (Single Version)
14. When In Love With A Blind Man
15. Sea Song
16. Broken Revisited

Disc 2 (Rarities 1983 - 1985):
The 7" Singles:
1. The Way You Are (7" Version)
2. Mothers Talk (Short Version)
3. Shout (Edit)
4. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (7" Version)
5. Head Over Heels (Dave Bascombe 7" N. Mix)
6. I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)
7. Mothers Talk (U.S. Mix)
The 12" Singles:
8. Shout (U.S. Remix)
9. Shout (U.S. Dub Version)
10. Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Urban Mix)
11. Mothers Talk (Beat Of The Drum Mix)
12. Broken / Head Over Heels / Broken (Preacher Mix)

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